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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.

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 DC: Is Bigi Boy Ready for The Demolition Man? Plus, Tito Ortiz at Combate Americas, Mailbag Leftovers, and Interim Titles of the Week

Shaun and Chuck break down the UFC DC main event between Alistair Overeem and Jairzinho Rozenstruik and discuss whether “Bigi Boy” is ready for a step up in competition against a veteran Heavyweight like “The Reem”, Overeem’s career resurgence, and what’s at stake for both guys on Saturday night, as well as which undercard bouts to pay attention to. Plus, Tito Ortiz’s upcoming fight against Alberto Del Rio, leftover mailbag questions about possible breakout UFC stars in 2020, the Weili...


Khabib vs. Ferguson Booked for a 5th Time, Conor Returns Against Cowboy, Gina Carano, and more

Shaun and Chuck discuss Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson getting booked for a fifth time, how things have changed since the last time the fight was scheduled, whether El Cucuy will make Khabib bleed or not, and make early predictions for how the fight will play out. Plus, thoughts on Conor McGregor’s return trip to the Octagon against Cowboy Cerrone in a Welterweight bout, the reaction from fans when the fight was announced, and the dark cloud of sexual assault allegations hovering over...


The 2010s: Best of the Decade Picks

Shaun, Chuck, and Producer Chris look back at the last ten years of mixed martial arts and make their Best of the Decade selections across twelve different categories: Knockout, Submission, Fight, Male Fighter, Female Fighter, Comeback (Career), Comeback (Fight), Rivalry, Event, Promo, Feel Good Moment, and the wildcard, Fill in the Blank. Get 40% off your annual subscription to The Athletic when you visit


Fight Flashback: WEC 53

Shaun, Chuck, and Producer Chris go old school and revisit one of the best fight cards in MMA history, WEC 53, World Extreme Cagefighting’s final event before the merger with the UFC. The guys break down the full event, including the headline Lightweight title fight between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis and the co-main event dual UFC-WEC Bantamweight title bout between Dominick Cruz and Scott Jorgensen. Plus, the guys discuss the biggest takeaways from a card that featured the likes of...


Mailbag! Which Jon Jones Opponent Would Eventually Beat Him, Who Could Fill Dana White’s UFC Shoes, Is Colby Covington in a Must-Win Situation, and more

Shaun and Chuck open up the mailbag and answer listener questions, including whether Colby Covington’s UFC 245 fight vs. Kamaru Usman is a must-win or not, which of Jon Jones’s former opponents would eventually beat him if the fights kept getting rematched at that point in time over and over, best venues to cover an event, reworking the pound-for-pound list into tiers, which fighter would succeed in another sport, would Ben Askren have become a UFC champion if he went straight to the UFC,...


Ben Askren Retires, Shaun Drives the Charles Oliveira Bandwagon, Blachowicz Wins Lackluster Main Event

Shaun and Chuck discuss Ben Askren’s retirement from MMA following a 1-2 run inside the Octagon and reflect on their favorite moments from his career. Plus, breaking down what might’ve been the worst event of the year in UFC Sao Paulo, including Jan Blachowicz’s split decision win over Jacare Souza, Charles Oliveira’s standout performance on an otherwise lackluster card, the Shogun-Craig draw, and the possible end of the line for Renan Barao in the UFC. Save 40% on an annual subscription to...


UFC Sao Paulo Preview, Assessing the Nick Diaz Interview, a UFC/Strickforce Hypothetical, and more

Shaun and Chuck discuss the UFC Sao Paulo main event between Jan Blachowicz and Jacare Souza, the possible polar opposite outcomes for Jacare in his Light Heavyweight debut, and the potential showcase victory for Shogun Rua in the co-main against late-replacement, Paul Craig. Then, the guys dive deep into the controversial Nick Diaz interview conducted by Ariel Helwani on Monday and discuss whether Nick should get another fight or not. Plus, Producer Chris presents the guys with an...


UFC Moscow Recap, Grading the Greg Hardy Experiment, Spotlight on Novelty Fights, and more

Shaun and Chuck recap UFC Moscow and discuss the fallout, including cardio potentially being Zabit’s Achilles' heel, post-UFC 245 Featherweight title fight options, and grading Year 1 of the Greg Hardy Experiment. Plus, the guys talk about the marketing shadowplay creating novelty fights like KSI vs. Logan Paul and the BMF championship, Jon Jones embracing his inner villain during a Twitter back-and-forth with Dominick Reyes, the New York State Athletic Commission fining Kelvin Gastelum,...


BMF Fantasy Tournament Picks, Mini UFC Moscow Preview, Interim Titles of the Week

Shaun and Chuck discuss the UFC Moscow main event between Zabit Magomedsharipov and Calvin Kattar, Kattar’s willingness to venture into enemy territory for the fight, the sneaky Featherweight title implications, Greg Hardy’s potential moment of truth in his short-notice co-main event vs. Alexander Volkov, and whether the MMA world is prepared for the consequences of a Hardy win or not. Plus, in a really fun segment, the guys each chose their four entrants into a BMF tournament and explain...


UFC 244 Recap: Reassessing the Masvidal-Diaz Stoppage, Kevin Lee Steals the Show, Fighter of the Year Debate, and more

Shaun and Chuck go in-depth and recap UFC 244, including reassessing the doctor stoppage in the Jorge Masvidal-Nate Diaz BMF title main event, whether Masvidal has achieved superstar status or not, and what could be next for both fighters going forward. Plus, the guys debate who the Fighter of the Year could be, and discuss Kevin Lee’s absolute highlight reel KO of Gregor Gillespie, Corey Anderson’s stick-it-to-the-man domination of Johnny Walker, Wonderboy Thompson’s vintage performance,...


UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz Deep Dive, Fight Picks and Predictions, Stylebender-Romero on the Horizon, and much more

Shaun and Chuck deep dive into the UFC 244 BMF title fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz and talk about what’s at stake, how the fight might play out, and debate whether this is the best card of the year or not. Then, the guys make their picks for the best of the rest of the card and answer one big question about each of those matchups. Plus, how Paulo Costa’s injury status has opened the door for a possible Israel Adesanya-Yoel Romero UFC Middleweight title fight, and the guys hand...


Nate Diaz Pandemonium, Demian Maia Is One of the Greats, Douglas Lima Is a Pound-For-Pound Welterweight, and more

Shaun and Chuck break down a wild last several days in the world of Nate Diaz, detailing how Nate used his leverage against the UFC, and USADA, to have his reputation unequivocally cleared after an adverse anti-doping test result put his UFC 244 BMF title fight against Jorge Masvidal in jeopardy. The guys also discuss Demian Maia’s submission win over Ben Askren at UFC Singapore, Maia’s place as one of the greats in UFC history, Askren’s murky Octagon future, the impressive start to Ciryl...


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