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Luke Thomas hosts his weekly live chat where, with the help and contribution of readers and viewers, he discusses the most important and relevant topics in combat sports. He is the Senior Editor at MMA Fighting and SB Nation as well as host of the SiriusXM Fight Club.

Luke Thomas hosts his weekly live chat where, with the help and contribution of readers and viewers, he discusses the most important and relevant topics in combat sports. He is the Senior Editor at MMA Fighting and SB Nation as well as host of the SiriusXM Fight Club.


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Luke Thomas hosts his weekly live chat where, with the help and contribution of readers and viewers, he discusses the most important and relevant topics in combat sports. He is the Senior Editor at MMA Fighting and SB Nation as well as host of the SiriusXM Fight Club.




Live Chat, ep. 20: Joshua Fabia Reaction, Wilder-Fury 2 & UFC Auckland Preview

Today on the podcast, I'll react to my interview with Joshua Fabia, Deigo Sanchez's coach and manager, following the controversy at UFC Rio Rancho. We'll also preview this weekend's big boxing rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury as well as UFC Auckland: Dan Hooker vs. Paul Felder. We'll discuss the intersection of politics and sports, especially with a left-leaning media and right-leaning audience and we'll discuss Dustin Poirier looking for a welterweight fight with Al Iaquinta....


Live Chat, ep. 19: Jones-Reyes Rematch, MMA Judging, Valentine's Day

In this episode, we'll dig into the details of UFC 247's Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes, whether we should give extra weight to later rounds, if an immediate rematch is the right call to make and more. We'll preview UFC Rio Rancho, Gegard Mousasi vs. Douglas Lima at Bellator MMA, discuss whether Demetrious Johnson fought tougher fighters than Jon Jones, my worst Valentine's Day story and more. This is episode 19 of The Luke Thomas Live Chat.


Live Chat: UFC 247, Cowboy's Injuries, Covington's Claims, Joe Rogan's Role

On today's podcast, we'll look ahead to UFC 247: Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes, discuss Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone denying he sustained injuries against Conor McGregor at UFC 246, assess Colby Covington's claims, talk more Joe Rogan, the worst injuries MMA fighters can sustain, what's next for Justin Gaethje, Kevin Lee training at TriStar with Firas Zahabi and more. This is episode 18 of The Luke Thomas Live Chat.


Live Chat: Joe Rogan-Smith Debate Final, UFC 247 Preview, Stipe-DC 3

On today's podcast, we'll close the debate between UFC commentator Joe Rogan and ESPN talking head Stephen A. Smith, preview UFC 247: Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes, discuss the potential of Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier 3, what to make of prospect Arnold Allen, impressive feats of strength, potential Khabib Nurmagomedov matchups and more. This is episode 17 of The Luke Thomas Live Chat.


Live Chat: Kobe Bryant's Death, Rogan vs. Stephen A. Smith, UFC/Bellator Recap

On today's podcast, we'll discuss the sudden and tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, the dispute between Joe Rogan and Stephen A. Smith related to UFC 246 (related to Conor McGregor and Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone) and more. We'll also recap UFC Raleigh, Bellator 238, Showtime's Danny Garcia vs. Ivan Redkach card and more. This is episode 16 of The Luke Thomas Live Chat.


UFC 246 Post-Fight Special: Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone

At UFC 246, Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone fought in the main event with the Irish former champion easily winning in the first round, stopping Cerrone within minutes with strikes. In the co-main event, Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington fought to an uninteresting but clear cut decision win for Holm. Elsewhere on the fight card, Carlos Diego Ferreira submitted former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, Alexei Oleinik submitted Maurice Green, Brian Kelleher submitted Ode Osbourne...


Live Chat: UFC 246 Preview, McGregor Media Issues, Fighter Pay

On today's podcast, we'll preview in detail UFC 246: Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone, discuss McGregor facing questions about sexual assault investigations in Ireland from the media, how much McGregor is actually paid, Cerrone's noticeable anger towards the media, who is on my MMA Mount Rushmore, Robert Whittaker's future, more fighters having issues with USADA and much more. This is episode 15 of The Luke Thomas Live Chat.


Live Chat: Conor-Cowboy, Reebok Deal, Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero

On today's podcast, we'll discuss Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero, more on the UFC 246 main event between Conor McGregor and Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone, the impending end of the Reebok deal, my most terrifying DC Metro adventure, Kevin Lee vs. Justin Gaethje, favorite combat sports films, Jorge Masvidal wanting a fight with Georges St-Pierre (GSP) and so much more. This is episode 14 of The Luke Thomas Live Chat.


Live Chat: Khabib vs. McGregor 2, 2020 Goals, Gaethje Title Shot

On today's podcast, we'll talk about whether Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight Conor McGregor if McGregor beats Donald Cerrone, goals for this YouTube channel, UFC President Dana White's justification for passing Justin Gaethje up for a title shot, a potential return of Georges St-Pierre (GSP), Kayla Harrison's push for the PFL, how Henry Cejudo would do at featherweight and much more. This is episode 13 of The Luke Thomas Live Chat.


Live Chat: Conor McGregor Rumors, Star Wars Review, UFC In 2020

On today's podcast, we'll discuss the latest rumors involving Conor McGregor's upcoming UFC 246 bout with Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone, why Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker is that bad, various predictions for the UFC in 2020, why we should condemn Ramzan Kadyrov, what's next for Israel Adesanya, the commentary of Joe Rogan and more. This is episode 12 of The Luke Thomas Live Chat.


Live Chat: UFC 245 Results, UFC Busan Preview, Impeachment, Star Wars and More

On today's podcast, we'll talk UFC 245 leftovers - what's next for Colby Covington? Kamaru Usman? Jorge Masvidal? - and how it changes the welterweight division, preview UFC Busan: Frankie Edgar vs. Korean Zombie, discuss the latest in Star Wars with the release of The Rise of Skywalker, maybe dabble a bit in impeachment talk, Rory MacDonald to PFL after leaving Bellator and whatever else you want to talk about in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) and beyond. This is episode 11 of The...


Post-Fight Special | UFC 245 Results: Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington

At UFC 245, Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman battled in the main event where Usman won via fifth-round stoppage. In the co-main event, Max Holloway put his featherweight title up for grabs against Alexander Volkanovski. In a decision victory, Volkanovski defeated Holloway to become the new champion. In the feature fight, Amanda Nunes defended her belt against Germaine de Randamie, although it got difficult in moments. Jose Aldo fought Marlon Moraes to a controversial decision loss, Geoff...


Live Chat: UFC DC, UFC 245, McGregor-Cerrone Ruiz-Joshua 2, Charlo-Hogan Previews and More

I'm late posting this, but...UFC on ESPN 7 (UFC DC) is this weekend and UFC 245 is right around the corner. We'll preview both of those events and some of the bigger fights on the cards (Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rosenstruik, Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington). We'll also delve into some boxing talk with Anthony Joshua rematching Andy Ruiz on DAZN this weekend plus Jermall Charlo facing Dennis Hogan on Showtime. Conor McGregor is returning to the Octagon, Frankie Edgar is facing the...


Live Chat: Floyd Mayweather Unretires, UFC 245 Preview, Ben Askren's Career

Today we'll discuss Floyd Mayweather apparently unretiring from boxing following a recent public meetup with UFC President Dana White. We'll also look ahead to UFC 245's biggest fights, reflect on Ben Askren's career, explore more USADA issues, circle back to Nick Diaz questions, discuss the latest with Cody Garbrandt or Frankie Edgar or Tony Ferguson and more. This is episode 8 of The Luke Thomas Live Chat.


Live Chat: UFC Sao Paulo, Nick Diaz-Jorge Masvidal, MMA Fighter vs. Boxer

Today we'll discuss the UFC's card that takes place in Sao Paulo tomorrow, the latest developments in the life of Nick Diaz and how Jorge Masvidal intersects with them, the ongoing idiotic MMA fighter vs. boxer crossover discussions (Canelo vs. Masvidal, Stipe Miocic vs. Tyson Fury), what to make of developments at SBG Ireland and John Kavanagh, the latest Colin Kaepernick news, why liking Ben Shapiro is the intellectual equivalent of liking Nickelback and so much more. This is episode 7 of...


Live Chat: Nate Diaz's Future, Jorge Masvidal Title Shot, KSI-Logan Paul Talk

Nate Diaz's future in the UFC is now uncertain after a social media post, Jorge Masvidal success with the BMF title and promotion has rocketed him potentially into a title shot, Israel Adesanya has articulated a need to fight Yoel Romero, UFC Moscow is this weekend, DAZN is showing a boxing fight with YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul plus we're talking albums of the decade, book recommendations and so much more.


Post-Fight Special | UFC 244 Results: Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz

At UFC 244, Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz fought through three rounds before a doctor stopped the contest. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) pinned the belt on the winner. In the co-main event, Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till fought to a decision victory for Till. Elsewhere on the fight card, Kevin Lee viciously knocked out Gregor Gillespie, Derrick Lewis scored a split decision victory over Blagoi Ivanov, Stephen Thompson scored a well-earned victory over Vicente Luque, Corey Anderson blew past...


Live Chat: UFC 244 Preview, USADA Debate, Adesanya vs. Romero

In today's episode, we dig further into the details of UFC 244: Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz, what the Baddest Motherf-cker (BMF) title actually represents, what to make of Darren Till vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie and more. We also dig further into the USADA debate and why fighter/athlete consent in professional sports matters plus talk Ben Askren's future, how to prep for media work, whether Israel Adesanya should fight Yoel Romero and much more. This is episode 5 of...


Live Chat: Nate Diaz USADA Issues, Askren vs. Maia Talk, Best Comedians

Nate Diaz is battling with USADA and anti-doping in general and may not compete at UFC 244. Ben Askren is set to square off with Demian Maia at UFC Singapore and there's a lot on the line for the former Olympian. Bellator is featuring the finals of their welterweight grand prix between Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima with a lot being different about the rematch this time around. Who to make of Edward Snowden especially after his recent interview with Joe Rogan? Why are Doug Stanhope and...


Live Chat: UFC Boston Preview, Joe Rogan Commentary, Adesanya-Jones | Episode 3

In today's episode from Bogotá, Colombia, we preview UFC Boston's Chris Weidman vs. Dominick Reyes and what it means for both fighters and a potential showdown with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. We also circle back to LeBron James's comments on NBA's China controversy, why Kron Gracie and Mackenzie Dern struggled at UFC Tampa, managers Ali Abdelaziz and Abe Kawa squabbling, Israel Adesanya ratcheting up tensions with Jones, the value of Joe Rogan's commentary and much more. This is...