An irreverent and unscripted look at the week's mixed martial arts news from The Athletic's Ben Fowlkes and Chad Dundas. Topics include the latest happenings in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.
Two Monday morning cage fighters that love all things MMA. Raf is a freelance MMA writer/Comedian/MMA practitioner located out in sunny LA. Kevin is a Comedian/MMA Practitioner living out in sunny Denver, Co. Together they are analyzing fights, mocking each other, and keeping everyone humorously in tune with the world of MMA. Listen to one, you'll be sure to download more.
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Writer for The Athletic and from the Co-Main Event Podcast we have Ben Fowlkes on to talk all things MMA media! We love Ben, and you already should too. On the small chance you don't, listen to this podcast and you will.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
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There are a lot of Dana and Conor story lines, we try to address as many as we can on the way to explaining UFC 253. Derrick Garza is a national treasure and you should follow him / listen to him here. Cheers to the Fun of this episode.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Israel Adesanya froze Paulo Costa like a statue, battered him with leg kicks from range and then toppled him with strikes to the dome piece in the second. It was, in short, exactly the kind of performance you'd want from a budding UFC superstar. Speaking of stars, how about your dude Janny Blackjacks? How long can we reasonably expected him to hang…
Go check out his gym: https://darkclanfightlab.com/ Then, listen to this amazing podcast featuring his brilliance and after that, buy some gear from NoGiBJJgear.com!!! Its grappling season, and we're ready for it. Also, Raf complains about the Lakers, all around heart happy episode.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Colby Covington pretty much shut down Tyron Woodley en route to a fifth-round TKO victory on Saturday night. Then Covington opened his mouth and spewed awful racist bile all over the place during the postfight. You know, like he does. Plus, Donald Cerrone draws Niko Price and, hey, UFC 253 is this weekend!…
Please don't hear us out, comment blindly based only on the title of the episode and tag Tim Kennedy when you do. We had no fun at all talking about how unqualified Joe Rogan is to host a presidential debate, but how qualified he is to continue interviewing celebrities and tech guru's about DMT. Listen in, and stay in your lane America.…
There were a ton of fights this weekend, and the CME will forego its normal three-round format in order to talk about as many of them as possible. We discuss Michelle Waterson's win over Angela Hill, Ed Herman's Dundasso and those terrible low blows in Bellator, among other things.
We had too much fun talking about gender reveal parties, Overeem vs. Sakai, and GSP has hair. GSP stops by to discuss what Tom Brady treatment he is on. Plus, have you wanted a Broken Arrow sequel? Either way, listen in.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Alistair Overeem's late-career dream continues, in the form of a fifth-round TKO over Augusto Sakai. All the props in the world to Overeem for remaking himself as a crafty veteran, but how far can he continue to roll at age 40? Plus, Nick Diaz back? Fight Island back?
Raf spent 30 hours covering fights this weekend, and Kevin even joined. Roll over to The Grappling Hour for all that coverage and more, and listen to this podcast for the best back and forth in MMA coverage. All things Daniel Cormier, Submission Underground, and a fun night of fights for the UFC. Be kind. Vote. Resist.…
Anthony Smith made a somewhat short turnaround after his high-publicized de-toothing by Glover Teixeira back in May, just to return Saturday night to get outpointed by Aleksandar Rakic. Chances are, Smith's not going to be happy with that. Plus, are we seeing the end of the Brutal Bob Lawler Era? And Chad invents a time machine and sends Ben on a m…
We're talking RNC, DNC, and Uncle Dana's props for his speech. We spend 14 minutes talking mma and politics, then just a lot of MMA and headlines. Listen in! We're what's next for America.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Frankie Edgar finally made his bantamweight debut on Saturday and ... well ... it looked a lot like what we've seen from him at every other weight, which is to say quite good, but also prone to producing fights that could go either way. Plus, Ryan Bader finds out why you don't tempt the MMA Gods and--what's this???--some actual UFC vs. Bellator bee…
We had so much fun with Danny and Nick, and damn you want to listen to this one. They're great, we'e always great, and no issues with DMT here. Listen to our coverage of UFC 252, the BoloBros, and all the other things going on. Cheers, we love you!By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Stipe Miocic will continue being the man after his unanimous decision victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 concluded that pair's heavyweight title trilogy. As for Cormier? We're not totally sure, though we hope it's something good. Plus, just to add to this event's weirdness, Sean O'Malley's leg went kablooey.…
Join us for the amazing Bolobros Podcast Verbal Tap clash! We have Daniel Maira (@dannyfreesty1e) and Nick Salles (@thatnicksalles) to help us preview UFC 252. Please go follow them, go listen to The Grappling Hour for all the coverage for events from the weekend, and go vote in November. We love you! ... and yes, its Over Under Kevin 252.…
Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier fulfill the trilogy this weekend. Kind of feels like it snuck up on us, no? Plus, we love Derrick Lewis, but is he trying to do too much? And shouldn't some MMA company just give Michael Chandler whatever he wants?
This week the podcast takes some somber and feisty notes. Up top we address the recent news about Bryan Callen, and then quickly pivot to the world of fighting and grappling. Listen in, let us know your questions, thank you so much.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Score one for the grizzled veterans, as Derek Brunson became the first professional fighter to crack the riddle of Edmen Shahbazyan on Saturday night. Plus, chaos ruled at UFC Fight Night 176 and--what's this???--a certified weirdsmobile fight between Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik is on tap.
We talk MLB Marlins CoVid trouble and the almost fight. Most importantly, Marcus Buchecha Almeida signs with ONE FC. This is HUGE! Also, Conor did something. Listen in.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Wow is Isiah Wright from Colorado worth the price of any fight card he's on, and is just as dazzling on the podcast! He opens up about some topics and shows his inspiration is both on and off the mat. Also, a little UFC talk before that, including GSP. Cheers.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Robert Whittaker reasserted himself as one of the UFC's elite middleweights--and reminded us he has no qualms about stomping a motherfucker's knee to shreds. Plus, Shogun and Roger Nog didn't make us sad, while Khamzat Chimaev and Tanner Boser arguably emerged as the Pandemic Era's breakout stars.
Raf watched everything, Kevin watched some things, and fight island features 0 boats. Dana is leaving it, and we got none of the frat humor we needed. Is there a yacht? I don't follow. Listen in as we talk that and the O/T event.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Joseph Benavidez likely saw his last, best chance at a UFC title evaporate when he got choked unconscious by new undisputed flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo on Saturday. Plus, what did we miss from Wednesday and -- hoo boy -- the UFC's Yas Island vacay looks to end with a bang.
We are elated to talk to Mason Fowler about UFC 251. More than that, he fought Craig Jones in a very weird ending with a verbal tap. The rules are quite clear, just kidding, this is BJJ! Join in to hear our thoughts on Mason's match, and more importantly, Mason's thoughts on Mason's match. Tune in.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
The legend of Street Jesus collided with the best welterweight in the world at UFC 251 and ... well ... it was a long night in the Bread Game. Plus, Max Holloway maybe got jobbed (or maybe not!) and Petr Yan beat Jose Aldo into a living death there at the end.
We have the exciting Mason Fowler on the show today to help us with UFC 251 fight island. We pick the fights, talk to him about his upcoming fight with Craig Jones, and have some fun. Enjoy.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Gilbert Burns is out and Jorge Masvidal (probably, almost certainly) in against Kamaru Usman in the UFC 251 main event. It was a circuitous route to the fight that should've been headlining this pay-per-view all along, but all's well that ends well, right. RIGHT?
Wow what a set of fights Saturday. Poirier vs. Hooker was amazing. Listen in, we had a blast recapping the UFC and Grappling events. Once again the live coverage can be found at The Grappling Hour, and thank you so much for joining us!By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker went to battle on Saturday in the main event of UFC on ESPN 12. Did Hooker prove he belongs among the lightweight elite? Did Poirier revive his title aspirations? This week, it's an All Questions Considered episode of the CME.By Co-Main Event Podcast
We had so much fun watching Craig Jones, the SUG tournament won by Fowler and run by Jimenez and Colvin. We also watched a lot of UFC Fight Night, and preview the Mike Tyson vs. Jon Jones Fight. Listen in, we love you.By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips
Curtis Blaydes told us exactly what he was going to do to Alexander Volkov on Saturday night and then he went out and did it. He also warned some of you more punch-and-kick-oriented types that you might not like it. One person who didn't? Dana Frederick White Jr., though in fairness it was likely more Blaydes' comments on fighter pay that set the U…
Eye vs. Calvillo headlines a fun event. Raf was live streaming and keeping an eye on JitzKing. Listen in as the guys recap the only events in fighting over the last week. Follow us on social media @VerbalTapCast Thank you!By Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips