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Every Monday and Wednesday, The Athletic's Chuck Mindenhall and Shaheen Al-Shatti bring you up to speed on the world of mixed martial arts, including fight previews, recap shows and quality analysis from our team.

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Every Monday and Wednesday, The Athletic's Chuck Mindenhall and Shaheen Al-Shatti bring you up to speed on the world of mixed martial arts, including fight previews, recap shows and quality analysis from our team.

    UFC Raleigh and Bellator 238 Previews, Fight Announcements, Interim Titles, and more

    UFC Raleigh and Bellator 238 Previews, Fight Announcements, Interim Titles, and more

    Shaun and Chuck take a look at both of this weekend’s events, UFC Raleigh, headlined by Curtis Blaydes and Junior dos Santos, and Bellator 238, featuring Cris Cyborg making her debut against Julia Budd for the Women’s Featherweight crown, and decide which promotion put forth the better card.
    The guys discuss what’s at stake between Curtis Blaydes and JDS and how much of a shadow Francis Ngannou casts over the main event, as well as the intriguing co-main event matchup between Michael Chiesa and Rafael Dos Anjos.
    With Cris Cyborg making her promotional debut for Bellator, the guys talk about her legacy and what it would mean for her to capture yet another championship in a different organization, and whether Julia Budd is being drastically overlooked in this matchup. Then, a quick look at the Darrion Caldwell vs. Adam Borics Featherweight Grand Prix matchup in the co-main event, Sergio Pettis’s Bellator debut, Aaron Pico vs. Daniel Carey, and more.
    Plus, examining the pay-per-view numbers for UFC 246, Tyron Woodley vs. Leon Edwards, Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan, and the guys hand out their Interim Titles of the Week. 
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    UFC 246 Recap: Return of the Mac, Ranking Next Opponents, and much more

    UFC 246 Recap: Return of the Mac, Ranking Next Opponents, and much more

    Shaun and Chuck break down Conor McGregor’s mystifying return to the Octagon at UFC 246, running through Cowboy Cerrone in a mere forty seconds, and discuss who and what makes sense for his next fight, Dana White’s insistence that Khabib-Conor 2 is the right move, Stephen A. Smith’s commentary about Cowboy before and after the fight, and more. Plus, the guys briefly recap the rest of the main card, highlight standout performances from the undercard, and give their takes on Stylebender vs. Yoel Romero headline UFC 248 and the targeted Henry Cejudo vs. Jose Aldo title fight targeted for UFC 250.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Instant Reaction: UFC 246 Post-Fight Show

    Instant Reaction: UFC 246 Post-Fight Show

    Shaun and Chuck give their instant analysis following Conor McGregor’s triumphant return to the Octagon, finishing Cowboy Cerrone with a head kick and punches at just forty seconds of the very first round, as well as some quick thoughts on the rest of the card.
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    • 27 min
    UFC 246 Preview, Questions, and Picks

    UFC 246 Preview, Questions, and Picks

    Shaun and Chuck break down the UFC 246 main event bout between the returning, former two-weight world champion, Conor McGregor, and Cowboy Cerrone, a man with his name all over the UFC record books, and ask One Big Question looming over each fighter heading into Saturday night. Plus, the guys makes their main card picks, as well as their locks of the night, and hand out Interim Titles of the Week to close the show.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Petesy Carroll on Conor McGregor’s Reputation in Ireland, UFC 246 Stakes, and much more

    Petesy Carroll on Conor McGregor’s Reputation in Ireland, UFC 246 Stakes, and much more

    Shaun and Chuck are joined by the show’s first ever guest, and host of the Eurobash podcast, MMAFighting’s Petesy Carroll, to discuss all-things Conor McGregor including how he’s currently being perceived and discussed in Ireland, whether his legacy is truly at stake in this fight or not, Artem Lobov and Gunnar Nelson being absent from his training camp heading into fight week, and much, much more. Plus, the guys talk about the likely rematch between two former UFC Women’s Strawweight champions in Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade at UFC 249 and Jessica Penne facing a 4-year anti-doping suspension from USADA, claiming she was “bullied” into a de facto retirement.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Catching Up on Headlines, Recently Announced Fights, and a UFC 246 Undercard Preview

    Catching Up on Headlines, Recently Announced Fights, and a UFC 246 Undercard Preview

    Producer Chris throws out headlines and news items that were overlooked during the holidays as Shaun and Chuck gives their takes on interesting Conor McGregor and John Kavanagh interviews, Conor’s terrible UFC 246 walkout shirt, Ryan Hall calling out Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar, Edson Barboza moving down to Featherweight, and much more. And, the guys discuss recently announced fights including Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Calvin Kattar vs. Jeremy Stephens, Demian Maia vs. Gilbert Burns, and a likely Israel Adesanya title defense against Yoel Romero. Plus, everyone picks a UFC 246 undercard bout to highlight heading into a big fight week next week, and the guys hand out their Interim Titles of the Week to close the show.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

allroy123 ,

This is awesome!

I remember first time seeing Chuck (and Jeff) on MMA Beat and thinking - MMA needs more old men talking about this sport. Been a fan ever since.

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Great MMA Podcast

I subscribed to the Athletic in order to follow great writer like Shaheen and Chuck. The podcast is solid and they provide some interesting perspectives each week. Also, big shout out to their producer who adds some real value when he chimes in.

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