State of Combat with Brian Campbell

Join CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell as he brawls his way through the worlds of boxing, WWE and mixed martial arts in separate episodes each week. BC and his guests will share their unique takes on the hottest topics from the combat sports you love while welcoming in big-name guests.

State of Combat with Brian Campbell

Join CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell as he brawls his way through the worlds of boxing, WWE and mixed martial arts in separate episodes each week. BC and his guests will share their unique takes on the hottest topics from the combat sports you love while welcoming in big-name guests.

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  • WWE: MITB recap, 24/7 title, AEW Double or Nothing preview

    With so much to talk about in the world of professional wrestling, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein do not waste any time recapping Money in the Bank from Sunday, including what went well and what flamed out from WWE's first post-WrestleMania pay-per-view. The guys also debate the introduction of the 24/7 championship and the returns of both Brock Lesnar and Dolph Ziggler. BC and The Silver King end the show with their candid thoughts ahead of AEW's first show, Double or Nothing, and what is at stake for the upstart organization.

Episodes of This Show

  • MMA: Junior dos Santos talks truth, pursuit of title; UFC Rochester recap

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise are joined by former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos ahead of his return against top contender Francis Ngannou. JDS talks the secret behind his resurgence and why fans should expect nothing but action against "The Predator." Plus, a detailed breakdown of UFC Rochester including the fall of Kevin Lee and whether Rafael dos Anjos deserves a long-awaited Conor McGregor fight. The guys also update their pound-for-pound rankings and continue to hype their 2019 sparring match. 
  • Boxing: Wilder's massive KO, Inoue's push to the top

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew break down a busy weekend of fights, including WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder's brutal first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale, what's next for Wilder and whether he can become a modern-day version of Mike Tyson from the standpoint of delivering violence? Plus, Naoya Inoue's push to becoming the pound-for-pound best in the world and whether the "Monster" can cross over into the mainstream. The guys also breakdown Josh Taylor's unification win and whether he's the best 140-pound fighter in the world. 


  • WWE: Money in the Bank preview, Ricochet stops by, AEW on TNT

    In a special extended edition, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein break down every match ahead of Money in the Bank, one of WWE's signature pay-per-views each year (1:48:00). The guys open the show by discussing the big AEW on TNT announcement, including what it means for AEW itself and the world of professional wrestling as a whole (13:19). BC and Adam also discuss the untimely death of the real Silver King, improvements to Raw and SmackDown, the Kabuki Warriors, Lars Sullivan's fine and the "Holy Grail" match between Bret Hart and Tom Magee (1:00:00). Plus, WWE superstar Ricochet stops by to share his excitement over Sunday's ladder match and explain his ascension to the main roster (1:27:00).

    To watch our Money in the Bank Preview on video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWKufe3lwWw.
  • Boxing: Breazeale explains Wilder beef, Williams-Hurd rocked

    Brian Campbell is joined by Dominic Breazeale ahead of Saturday's heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder on Showtime. Breazeale relives his transformation from college quarterback to heavyweight contender and shares the backstory behind a hotel skirmish that kickstarted his feud with Wilder. Rafe Bartholomew drops by to recap Julian Williams' breakthrough win over Jarrett Hurd and debate it's merit as a fight-of-the-year frontrunner. Plus, how does Top Rank fix the Isaac Dogboe experiment? 

  • MMA: UFC slam heard 'round the world, Bellator steps up

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise look back at a wild weekend in MMA highlighted by Jessica Andrade's knockout slam of Rose Namajunas at UFC 237 and a number of possible finales for UFC legends. Should Namajunas ever fight again following her post-fight comments, and how quickly should UFC book an Andrade-Joanna Jedrzejczyk rematch? Plus, a full breakdown following Bellator 221, including Patricio "Pitbull" Freire's quick finish of Michael Chandler and Douglas Lima's thrilling knockout of Michael Page in the Welterweight Grand Prix. Also, Jake "Jack Swagger" Hager's future in MMA after beating a meat packer and a preview of Saturday's UFC Rochester main event between welterweights Rafael dos Anjos and Kevin Lee. 
  • WWE: Hitting rock bottom; Kevin Owens, Hangman Page stop by

    WWE hit rock bottom on Monday night, and while Brian Campbell prefers not to talk about it, Adam Silverstein opens the show with an epic rant in an attempt to set the company straight. The guys break down what was so bad about Raw and whether SmackDown Live was a saving grace on Tuesday. Plus, is Daniel Bryan sneakily becoming the best wrestler in the world? BC and The Silver King also welcome in Kevin Owens to discuss his return to the squared circle and how plans changed at WrestleMania 35, as well as Adam "Hangman" Page to talk about the formation of AEW and the upcoming Double or Nothing pay-per-view.
  • MMA: Randy Couture talks PFL opener; UFC 237, Bellator 221 previews

    Brian Campbell is joined by MMA legend Randy Couture to set the stage for Thursday's PFL return in a card headlined by Kayla Harrison. Couture shares what he likes about PFL's unique format, explains why he took a stand in his prime for fighters' rights, and divulges how close he came to a fighting comeback in recent years. Brandon Wise stops by to recap Donald Cerrone's exciting win at UFC Ottawa and preview a loaded weekend of action including UFC 237 in Brazil and a Bellator 221 card featuring Michael Chandler-Patricio Freire and Douglas Lima-Michael Page.



  • Boxing: What's next after Canelo-Jacobs, Hurd-Williams preview

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew provide a detailed recap of Canelo Alvarez's victory over Danny Jacobs to unify middleweight titles. The guy's break down what's next for both fighters and what won and lost them the fight. Plus, Gennady Golovkin names his new trainer and a preview of a busy weekend including Jarret Hurd-Julian Williams and an all-action ESPN doubleheader from Tucson. 

  • Boxing: Canelo-Jacobs interview extravaganza, Part II

    Brian Campbell returns at radio row in Las Vegas ahead of Saturday's Canelo Alvarez-Danny Jacobs middleweight unification bout on DAZN to provide a second day of engaging and entertaining interviews you won't want to miss. Get fired up for the fight and find out the inside stories on some of the biggest fights historically as BC chats with Alvarez, Jacobs, George Foreman, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Danny Roman, Devin Haney, Brian Kenny, DAZN EVP Joe Markowski and boxing personalities Ak and Barak. 

  • Boxing: Canelo-Jacobs interview extravaganza, Part I

    Brian Campbell takes over Las Vegas ahead of Saturday's middleweight unification bout between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs on DAZN. This first of two bonus interview shows includes colorful chats with Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sergio Mora, Todd Grisham, Ryan Garcia, Jessie Vargas, Chris Mannix and Tom Loeffler. The experts break down the fight, tackle the biggest news topics in boxing today and look back by sharing inside stories on iconic moments in the sport.
  • WWE: Jon Moxley, Brock Lesnar and MITB build failures

    A horrific week of WWE television, including a lackluster build to their upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view, has Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein on edge. The guys open the show breaking down the surprise Jon Moxley (f.k.a. Dean Ambrose) promo video, Brock Lesnar's MMA retirement and potential WWE return, another WWE show in Saudi Arabia, Cody's shot at the Attitude Era and more. BC and The Silver King also discuss the week that was in WWE, including the latest incarnation of Firefly Funhouse, the terrible MITB match announcements and where we are headed with this Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles feud.
  • Boxing: Canelo-Jacobs preview, GGG turns heel

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew break down Saturday’s Canelo Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs middleweight unification bout on DAZN from every angle before predicting a winner. How much will Jacobs’ rehydration clause play a part in the outcome? What about Alvarez’s history of favorable treatment from the judges? Plus, an in-depth look at Gennady Golovkin’s breakup with trainer Abel Sanchez and how that might affect GGG heading into a fall showdown against the Alvarez-Jacobs winner. The guys also recap a busy weekend including big wins from Juan Francisco Estrada, Regis Prograis, Nonito Donaire and a lightweight stinker in Las Vegas.
  • WWE: Special WrestleMania 35 interview show

    Brian Campbell was on site in Manhattan and Brooklyn throughout WrestleMania 35 weekend interviewing some of WWE's top superstars. Over multiple appearances, State of Combat compiled interviews with Matt Hardy, Kacy Cantanazaro, The Revival, Roderick Strong, The Bar, The IIconics, Daniel Bryan, Bobby Lashley, Dana Warrior, Lacey Evans, Zack Ryder, D'Von Dudley, Alicia Fox, Drew Gulak, Ali, Maria & Mike Kanellis and Curt Hawkins. Check them all out in this special interview episode that you simply do not want to miss.
  • WWE: Quick rebound from a poor Superstar Shakeup

    With the Superstar Shakeup leaving a lot to be desired for Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein, the guys were pleased to see WWE switch things up and deliver five solid hours of TV this week. BC and The Silver King break down AJ Styles' immediate push, Kevin Owens' expected heel turn, Charlotte Flair remaining in the main event, the Firefly Funhouse, Robert Roode and everything else that went down during a busy week in WWE. The guys also touch on CM Punk's surprise indy appearance, Dustin Rhodes' move to AEW, the upcoming Double or Nothing card and much more.
  • Boxing: Crawford surges up P4P rankings, Joshua needs an opponent

    Brian Campbell welcomes an ill Rafe Bartholomew live from the Philippines to recap a busy boxing weekend including big wins from Terence Crawford and Danny Garcia. Did "Bud" surpass Lomachenko as the new pound-for-pound king? Which big-name welterweight will DSG draw next? Did Amir Khan quit the fight? The guys also recap the fallout from "Big Baby" Jarrell Miller's trio of failed drug tests and handicap the pool of opponents vying to face Anthony Joshua on June 1. Plus, unbeaten junior welterweight Regis "Rougarou" Prograis drops by to preview Saturday's return and share his interest in a future fight against Crawford. 


  • MMA: Previewing UFC Sunrise, Bellator 220

    Brian Campbell is joined by Brandon Wise and producer Mike Mormile to break down the latest news, including a recap of Alistair Overeem's victory at UFC St. Petersburg. The guys also look ahead to a loaded weekend, including a UFC Sunrise card headlined by "Jacare" Sousa-Jack Hermansson and a Bellator 220 card featuring welterweight champion Rory MacDonald against Jon Fitch. Also, an update on training camp ahead of the big sparring match.
  • Wrestling: Ric Flair, Conrad Thompson talk history, Starrcast

    Brian Campbell sits down with the legendary "Nature Boy" Ric Flair to discuss some highlights of his career, watching his daughter at WrestleMania 35 and participating in the show, Cody Rhodes following in his father's footsteps and what "The Roast of Ric Flair" will be like at Starrcast 2. The impresario of that event, Conrad Thompson, then joins BC to discuss the formation of Starrcast, his exact relationship with AEW and its chances of success, becoming a wrestling historian, his wrestling podcast empire and and how he convinced Flair to get roasted in the first place.
  • WWE: Becky Lynch stops by, shaken up by the Superstar Shakeup

    Just over a week after winning both women's championships, Becky Lynch rejoins Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein to discuss her wild ride to the top of WWE, main eventing WrestleMania 35, what she may have said to Sasha Banks and thoughts on her run from Steve Austin and Vince McMahon. BC and The Silver King also break down every angle from WWE's Superstar Shakeup, first explaining their disappointment in the last two weeks of shows and the concept of the shakeup itself. What will SmackDown have in store for Roman Reigns and Finn Balor? Is AJ Styles moving to Raw a good idea? Will either of these rosters help make the WWE better with the blue brand moving to Fox in October? And what, exactly, is The Viking Experience?!
  • MMA: Catching feels at UFC 236 after star turns from Poirier, Adesanya

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise relive an incredible close to UFC 236, including a pair of fight-of-the-year contenders in interim title victories by Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya. The guys answer the tough questions including: Was Adesanya-Kelvin Gastelum a top five fight in UFC history? Can Poirier defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov? Why is Jon Jones trying to crash the Adesanya party? Also, a look at Conor McGregor's passive turn on Twitter, TJ Dillashaw's suspension and the latest on the road to Campbell-Wise.
  • Boxing: Loma, Shields shine; Crawford-Khan preview, Floyd speaks

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew recap a loaded weekend in boxing, including wins from pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko and undisputed women's middleweight champion Claressa Shields. What's next from a marketing and matchmaking standpoint for the self-proclaimed G.W.O.A.T., and will Lomachenko face Mikey Garcia in 2019? Plus, a detailed preview of this weekend's action including the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan pay-per-view and Danny Garcia's return on Fox. The guys also ponder Floyd Mayweather's cryptic announcement tease and debate whether a creative Mayweather-Lomachenko superfight would ever happen. 



  • WWE: Failure to follow WrestleMania 35; NXT, NJPW analysis

    With WrestleMania 35 in the books, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein reconvene to again go over the finish to the women's triple threat main event before breaking down the "after WrestleMania" editions of Raw and SmackDown Live. Did WWE deliver or disappoint once again like last year, and is the delayed Superstar Shakeup the primary culprit? The guys discuss Becky Lynch's appearance on both shows, the brief Seth Rollins-Kofi Kingston storyline and whether anything on Monday or Tuesday hit them in the feel spot. BC and The Silver King also evaluate their experiences at NXT TakeOver: New York and the G1 Supercard of Honor show over the weekend in New York.
  • Boxing: Claressa Shields previews major bout, Vasiliy Lomachenko returns

    Brian Campbell welcomes unbeaten middleweight champion Claressa Shields ahead of what could be the biggest fight in women's boxing history on Saturday when she faces Christina Hammer in a Showtime unification bout. Shields talks the pressures of carrying the sport on her shoulders and relives a sparring session against UFC star Cris "Cyborg" Justino. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew returns to preview pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko's return, react to Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman rumors and look ahead to Paulie Malignaggi's planned Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship debut against Artem Lobov. 


  • MMA: Holloway, Gastelum preview UFC 236; McGregor's uncertain future

    Brian Campbell is joined by Brandon Wise and producer Mike Mormile to preview all things UFC 236 ahead of Saturday's card featuring a pair of exciting interim title bouts. Max Holloway and Kelvin Gastelum also stop by preview their title fights. Plus, Conor McGregor's disturbing trend has his fighting future in question and his public Q rating at an all-time low. 



  • WWE: WrestleMania 35 instant analysis

    After a 7.5-hour WrestleMania 35 and endless travel, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein convene to break down everything that went down Sunday night at WWE's biggest show of the year. From Kofi Kingston's mountain top moment to the planned historic women's main event ultimately failing to deliver, the guys touch each of the 16 matches on the show and let you know where WWE succeeded, which bouts surprised and how WrestleMania may have fallen short throughout the night. This is a must-listen for anyone who watched the 2019 edition of WrestleMania.
  • WWE: Kofi Kingston, The Miz joins us to talk WrestleMania 35

    In a special WrestleMania 35 interview edition of the show, Brian Campbell sits down one-on-one with Kofi Kingston for an extended discussion about his rise to the top of WWE's biggest show of the year in a WWE title match against Daniel Bryan. BC and Kingston break down his early career, the creation and explosion of New Day, when the momentum shifted in 2019 and what Kingston's rise means for other African-American superstars in WWE. Adam Silverstein then joins the show as the guy speak with The Miz fresh off the return of his reality show "Miz & Mrs" and ahead of his 'Mania match with Shane McMahon. Miz also discusses Kingston's success, the women main eventing and what's ahead for the Cleveland Browns. Be sure to listen to all three of our WrestleMania week shows.
  • WWE: WrestleMania 35 ultimate preview

    The Road to WrestleMania 35 ends here. Just days before WWE's biggest show of the year, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein bring you an ultimate WrestleMania 35 preview. The guys break down the go-home editions of Raw and SmackDown, some hot topics heading into the show and all 15 matches from the seven-hour 'Mania card. Which matches have been built well and what storylines are lacking entering the pay-per-view? Is it possible that Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston all win their main event matches? Does it make any sense for Roman Reigns to win once again at WrestleMania? And most importantly, how will the entire show play out from top to bottom? BC and The Silver King answer all of those quetstions and more as they hit your feel spots, spill plenty of milk of marknesia and make official the first edition of the SoC Mount Rushmore.
  • WWE: Triple H, Adam Cole preview NXT TakeOver: New York

    WrestleMania 35 week begins with Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein previewing NXT TakeOver: New York. BC welcomes Adam Cole to discuss his NXT title match against Johnny Gargano, the future of the Undisputed Era and what it means to have "great chemistry in the ring" (05:52). The Silver King then helps preview Friday night's big show with the guys offering predictions and picks for the big matches and strorylines (37:12). Brian wraps things up by welcoming in NXT patriarch and WWE executive vice president Paul "Triple H" Levesque to talk NXT, D-Generation X being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame with Chyna and the women main eventing WrestleMania for the first time in company history (1:07:12). There is plenty more to come from this week in New York!
  • Boxing: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan talk PPV clash

    Brian Campbell welcomes welterweights Terence Crawford and Amir Khan ahead of their April 20 title bout from Madison Square Garden in New York. The fighters break down both the matchup and what's potentially at stake for the winner. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew returns to recap an interesting two weeks in the sport and debate everything from the three-headed heavyweight soap opera to DAZN's financial future and whether or not Floyd Mayweather will return in 2019. 


  • WWE: Charlotte Flair interview, women to main event 'Mania

    Now 11 days out from WrestleMania 35, Brian Campbell speaks with Charlotte Flair just hours before she surprised by winning the SmackDown women's championship. Flair discusses the women learning they will main event 'Mania, the women's evolution in WWE and her recent Instagram picture in a certain someone's hat. Adam Silverstein joins to break down the most recent booking of the triple threat match between Flair, Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch and what those changes mean long-term in WWE. BC and The Silver King also talk Kofi Kingston's big night (aided by New Day), Drew McIntyre's major push, a lack of momentum for Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins and much more.
  • Wrestling: G1 Supercard preview; Jay Lethal, Joey Jalena talk 'Mania weekend

    Brian Campbell chats with Ring of Honor world champion Jay Lethal about the legends who helped prepare him for stardom, his friendship with Randy Savage, what it means to headline the ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard show on April 6 in Madison Square Garden, and his take on WWE's Kofi Kingston storyline. Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby stop by to preview the card in depth and look ahead to the big events during WrestleMania 35 weekend not promoted by WWE. Plus, independent star Joey Janela talks promoting his own Spring Break show and signing with AEW. 
  • MMA: Pettis saves career, McGregor moratorium, UFC Philadelphia preview

    Brian Campbell is joined by Brandon Wise and producer Mike Mormile to recap Anthony Pettis' dramatic knockout win over Stephen Thompson at UFC Nashville, debate his Hall of Fame chances and ponder whether Conor McGregor's challenge makes sense. The guys also decide to book McGregor's future one final time before he eventually announces a fight amid the endless cycle of fighters calling him out. Plus, a preview of UFC Philadelphia, including a potentially violent main event between lightweights Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje


  • WWE: Kofi Kingston, Ronda Rousey and the rocky Road to WrestleMania 35

    Just over two weeks out from WrestleMania 35, it is imperative that Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein take a broad look at where WWE's top storyline stands with the company's biggest event of the year approaching. Kofi Kingston remains the hottest superstar on either brand, but is his "old" Daniel Bryan booking actually working? Drew McIntyre has been elevated over the last two weeks, but has it come at the expense of Seth Rollins? Ronda Rousey is showing an awesome shoot-style demeanor, but are Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair cooling off? BC and The Silver King answer all those questions and more before diving into Hero or Zero where topics include Beth Phoenix's return, Kurt Angle's farewell match, the Shane McMahon-Miz storyline, Rey Mysterio's title opportunity and where NXT stands with TakeOver: New York approaching.
  • MMA: Masvidal breaks out, McGregor may be eyeing Holloway rematch

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise recap a wild UFC London card including both a knockout victory for Jorge Masvidal over Darren Till and a backstage brawl involving Masvidal and Leon Edwards. The guys also look at Conor McGregor's takeover of the headlines from a felony arrest for robbery to trading words with Max Holloway on social media and rumors of a July comeback. Plus, a preview of Saturday's UFC Nashville card headlined by welterweights Stephen Thompson and Anthony Pettis. 
  • Boxing: How good is Errol Spence Jr.?

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew break down Errol Spence Jr.'s welterweight title defense against Mikey Garcia from all the angles as Spence made his case for pound-for-pound best in the world. Was Garcia too small, or was Spence too skilled? Who should be the next opponent for both fighters? The guys also break down the latest news, including Deontay Wilder's decision to possibly spurn DAZN's offer, and preview this weekend's fights including Lamont Peterson-Sergey Lipinets. 
  • WWE: Fastlane fallout, breaking kayfabe, Mustafa Ali stops by

    A divisive WWE Fastlane has fans split with some loving and others hating the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 35, so Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein open by debating the show's merits and how it set the stage for the final leg of the road. BC and The Silver King then break down the last appearance of The Shield, Batista getting what he wants from Triple H and a couple kayfabe-breaking angles involving Kofi Kingston and Vince McMahon as well as the Raw Women's Championship. Brian then welcomes Mustafa Ali to discuss his unlikely road shattering stereotypes along his meteoric rise to becoming a superstar on SmackDown. Also on the show: Kurt Angle's "farewell match," Harlem Heat in the Hall of Fame, the value of WrestleMania hosts and correspondents, and angles involving Shane McMahon-Miz, Finn Balor-Bobby Lashley and Randy Orton-AJ Styles.
  • WWE: Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine talks life on the road, Hall of Fame career

    Brian Campbell is joined by WWE Hall of Famer Greg "The Hammer" Valentine to talk about his role in the "350 Days" documentary profiling the highs and lows of life on the road for a professional wrestler. Valentine relives his run in the 1980s as a WWF intercontinental champion during the launch of the WrestleMania era and why he was never considered for a run at the heavyweight title. "The Hammer" also shares behind the scenes stories on his epic dog collar match with Roddy Piper at Starrcade '83, backstage regrets in WWE and why it was important to him to make a professional wrestling match look like a real fight.
  • MMA: How to book McGregor, Masvidal previews UFC London, Sefo talks PFL's rise

    Brian Campbell is joined by Jack Crosby and producer Mike Mormile to preview Saturday's UFC London card and talk with Jorge Masvidal about his welterweight headlining bout against Darren Till. The guys also recap UFC Wichita, sort out the heavyweight division after Junior dos Santos' win and try to make sense of Conor McGregor's future in 2019. Plus, president Ray Sefo of the Professional Fighters League talks new ESPN deal and what role his promotion will play in relation to UFC. 
  • Boxing: Spence-Garcia preview, Malignaggi and Conlan stop by

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew set the stage for Saturday's Errol Spence Jr.-Mikey Garcia welterweight title fight and tackle all of the hard questions ahead of the inaugural Fox pay-per-view card. Former two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi stops by (1:00:00) to talk about his signing with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and whether he believes he can lure Conor McGregor. Plus, Irish featherweight sensation Michael "Mick" Conlan previews (1:50:00) Sunday's St. Patrick's Day return in New York on ESPN+. 


  • WWE: Roman Reigns speaks on his recovery, reaction to Dean Ambrose

    The Big Dog is back in WWE ... and on State of Combat. Just two weeks after returning to WWE following his battle with leukemia, Roman Reigns stops by to speak with Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein. Reigns discusses his fight with cancer, the immense support from fans, what else he did while away from the squared circle, his thoughts on Dean Ambrose turning the night Reigns made his announcement and what may be one final match with all three members of The Shield at Fastlane. BC and The Silver King then discuss the Reigns interview, including some questions left unasked and their hopes for WWE's top star at WrestleMania 35. Before they sign off, the guys also dive into Ronda Rousey's heel turn and YouTube video in which she shares some choice words -- err expletives -- with the WWE Universe.
  • WWE: Rousey's turn, Triple H's promo, Ciampa's injury, Fastlane preview

    The Road to WrestleMania 35 takes a pit stop at Fastlane in Cleveland on Sunday, so Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein are here as always to break down what went down this week in WWE, starting with the death of WWE legend and WrestleMania 2 main eventer King Kong Bundy (4:13). From Ronda Rousey's heel turn and the continuation of her now-convoluted feud with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair (15:42) to Triple H throwing some gasoline on his feud with Batista (39:02), Raw certainly delivered. We saw a surprise title change with Samoa Joe taking a strap on SmackDown (54:19), and just before the show some news broke about NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa likely being sidelined upwards of a year with a neck injury (1:03:45). BC and The Silver King also ruminate about whether Stephanie McMahon cooks and their WrestleMania plans before breaking down Fastlane with a match-by-match preview (1:18:47). Don't miss a special WWE episode of SoC coming Friday!
  • MMA: UFC 235 recap; Johnson, Alvarez talk ONE Championship invasion

    Brian Campbell chats with former UFC stars Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez and Sage Northcutt (1:15:00) about why they chose to sign with ONE Championships and what they won't miss about UFC. Mixed martial arts legends Rich Franklin and Miesha Tate (1:29:00) discuss, from a business standpoint, how ONE can compete in a crowded American MMA landscape. Plus, Brandon Wise and producer Mike Mormile join for a detailed recap of UFC 235 (4:45) with debates surrounding whether Jon Jones should move to heavyweight, Kamaru Usman's next opponent, and whether this is the end for Cody Garbrandt as an elite fighter. The guys also preview UFC Wichita and a heavyweight duel between Junior dos Santos and Derrick Lewis. 

  • Boxing: Canelo, Jacobs talk May fight; Hearn updates Joshua-Wilder talk

    Brian Campbell sits down with middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (1:27:30) and Daniel Jacobs (1:33:30) ahead of their May 4 showdown to talk size difference, judging concerns and whether fans can expect a Hagler-Hearns type action fight. Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya (1:40:00) talks the pressure on Canelo to fight dangerous opponents and win in light of his landmark DAZN deal and Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport (56:00) shares whether we are closer to a Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder fight and whether or not he respects Tyson Fury's power move to ESPN. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew drops by to recap Erislandy Lara's return, debate the fighter of the decade and preview Shawn Porter's welterweight title bout against Yordenis Ugas on Saturday. 



  • WWE: Surprise returns, major changes ignite Road to WrestleMania 35

    With the milk of marknesia flowing and feel spots getting activated left and right this week, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein wasted no time breaking down everything that went down this week in WWE. The Main Event begins with the amazing announcement from Roman Reigns that his leukemia is in remission. Was WWE right to delay this announcement for Raw, and what should the company do with Reigns at WrestleMania 35? The guys then discuss Batista's surprise return and attack on Ric Flair before weighing in about Vince McMahon's decision to replace Kofi Kingston with Kevin Owens for a match at Fastlane. How will this developments impact the 'Mania card? In Hero or Zero, BC and The Silver King debate the continuing angle with Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair; Matt Hardy coming back to tag with his brother Jeff; why WWE is having The Revival lose so often; the Johnny Gargano-Velveteen Dream match from NXT and the return of Bruce Pritchard to the creative team. All of that and much more in a loaded episode of SoC.
  • WWE: The Honky Tonk Man joins 2019 Hall of Fame class

    He's cool, he's cocky, he's bad ... and he's the newest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. The Honky Tonk Man joins Brian Campbell to discuss his legendary career, including his still-record 64-week run with the intercontinental championship, the loudest pop in the history of professional wrestling, the origin of the guitar shot and whether he has any regrets in his career. BC is then joined by co-host Adam Silverstein to break down the interview, Honky Tonk Man's place in WWE history and the 2019 Hall of Fame class as it stands with D-Generation X as the headliner.
  • MMA: Did GSP retire as G.O.A.T.? Jones headlines loaded UFC 235

    Brian Campbell, Brandon Wise and producer Mike Mormile break down the legacy of Georges St-Pierre following his retirement and debate whether UFC still could make a GSP fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov (4:28). The guys also discuss what's next in a loaded lightweight division following the announcement of an interim title fight between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier at UFC 236 in April (1:00:10). Plus, a detailed preview of a stacked UFC 235 card on Saturday (1:17:45) featuring titles defenses from Jon Jones and Tyron Woodley, along with a must-see welterweight bout between Robbie Lawler and Ben Askren.
  • WWE: Future of NXT, Kofi Kingston, Elimination Chamber fallout

    With Elimination Chamber in the rear view and both Fastlane and WrestleMania 35 on the horizon, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein sit down to discuss a curveball thrown at fans by WWE this week with four NXT superstars showing up for matches on Raw and SmackDown. What exactly should be made of those appearances, and what is the big surprise that NXT is teasing (7:30)? Up next, Silver King hits the siren over Kofi Kingston's push but is concerned about his upcoming title opportunity at Fastlane possibly indicating he is not in the plans for a WWE championship match against Daniel Bryan at 'Mania (50;12). BC and Adam then discuss all the fallout from Elimination Chamber, including three new title holders, Ronda Rousey's matches against Ruby Riott, Lacey Evans and the awful Lafayette, Louisiana, crowd at Raw (1:05:20). Before the guys sign off, they break down whether The Undertaker showing up at Starrcast is a harbinger for more to come in the "Revolution"  (1:19:55) and hit you with their feel spots.
  • MMA: Velasquez crumbles, MVP-Daley bombs, will the Diaz bros fight again?

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise look back at a wild weekend of fights including a shocking 26-second loss for two-time heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in his comeback against Francis Ngannou. What's next for the UFC's heavyweight division in the fallout? Plus, a disappointing end to Bellator 216 between welterweights Michael "Venom" Page and Paul Daley summed up a weird weekend for the promotion in general. Also, will Nick and Nate Diaz ever fight again? 

  • Boxing: Fury curveball complicates Wilder rematch plans

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew react to the breaking news of lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury signing a co-promotional deal with Top Rank and ESPN. What does that mean for a 2019 rematch against Deontay Wilder? How will that affect Anthony Joshua and the rest of the heavyweight division? The guys also recap a busy weekend, including wins from Leo Santa Cruz and Rob Brant. Plus, a detailed look at the March 16 pay-per-view bout between Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia following last weekend's live press conference. 



  • WWE: Elimination Chamber preview, Charlotte Flair and Kofi Kingston

    There is no other way to start this week's show than with Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein discussing WWE's controversial storyline decision to elevate Charlotte Flair as a corporate-chosen challenger and cool off Becky Lynch with a "suspension" (13:00). The guys try to make sense of this booking and break down whether there may be a potential saving grace as we continue down the Road to WrestleMania 35. Up next, BC and The Silver King ponder what The Revival winning the Raw tag team titles mean long term and theorize if what they have seen from Dean Ambrose recently indicates he may not be leaving after all. The guys also discuss the second AEW press conference ahead of Double or Nothing, including if Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho II is the correct main event (40:45). Up next is a complete Elimination Chamber preview primarily focused on the two namesake matches that will decide the women's tag team championship and WWE championship (58:45). Did the elevation of Kofi Kingston on SmackDown signify anything either for Sunday's pay-per-view or beyond? BC and SK close things out with an NXT-heavy edition of Feel Spots where Matt Riddle and Eric Bugenhagen get some love from the guys (1:30:30).
  • MMA: Cain Velasquez returns; MVP, Paul Daley talk Belator Grand Prix

    Brian Campbell is joined by Bellator welterweights Michael "Venom" Page and Paul Daley to preview Saturday's must-see Welterweight World Grand Prix bout. Brandon Wise and producer Mike Mormile join in on a recap of UFC 234 including a vintage performance from Anderson Silva and what's next at middleweight following Israel Adesanya's win and Robert Whittaker's injury. Plus, a preview of former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez's long-awaited return against Francis Ngannou. What's next for Conor McGregor? Will Daniel Cormier vacate the heavyweight title? All that and more. 


  • Boxing: Gervonta Davis shines, Jose Ramirez lights up Fresno

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew recap a busy weekend of fights including unbeaten junior lightweight champion Gervonta Davis' return in a first-round knockout. The guys tackle the hard questions regarding what's next for "Tank," is he avoiding Vasiliy Lomachenko and should he be above the idea of fighting smaller kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa? Plus, a firsthand recap of Top Rank's exciting Fresno, California, card featuring exciting wins from Jose Ramirez and Ray Beltran. Also, a preview of featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz's return on a card featuring the all-action Omar Figueroa Jr. and John Molina Jr. The guys also try to go an entire show without Dwyer drops. 

  • MMA: UFC 234 interview special -- Whittaker, Silva, Adesanya, Gastelum

    Brian Campbell chats with the four biggest names on Saturday's UFC 234 card in Melbourne, Australia, as a pair of must-see middleweight bouts top the marquee. Champion Robert Whittaker explains why he's just an every man who happens to be good at fighting (4:30) and challenger Kelvin Gastelum shares bounty hunting stories and breaks down why he's the one to ruin the UFC's best-laid plans (17:00). Anderson Silva looks back on five of the biggest moments of his legendary career and explains why he believes he has one more trick up his sleeve at age 43 (32:30). Finally, the brash Israel Adesanya talks mental toughness and why he's not just the future of the sport, he's the now (45:45).


  • WWE: Becky Lynch's injury, Ronda Rousey's promos, Halftime Heat

    Brian Campbell and co-host Adam Silverstein decided to roll the balls out with an off-the-cuff show, and the disputes ran hot. BC and The Silver King open up by breaking down why the ongoing Becky Lynch angle is good -- but not great -- and how Ronda Rousey again failed to live up to expectations on the microphone. The guys then discuss the pros and cons of Halftime Heat and Worlds Collide, whether it is worth discussing AEW rumors and if the RKO is actually the best finisher in professional wrestling history. With DM slides and off-topic rants aplenty, Brian and Adam add some life into a rather mundane week in the world of professional wrestling.
  • Boxing: Gervonta Davis on becoming next PPV star, Sergey Kovalev's big rebound

    Brian Campbell welcomes unbeaten junior lightweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis to preview Saturday's Showtime tripleheader when he faces Hugo Ruiz. Davis breaks down his goal of becoming the biggest star in boxing by 2020 and talks his former beef with promoter Floyd Mayweather and whether he sees himself fighting pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew helps recap big wins from Sergey Kovalev and Teofimo Lopez Jr. over the weekend. 


  • MMA: UFC 234 preview, Silva's last stand & Khabib's punishment

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise preview Saturday's UFC return to Australia and a pair of middleweight bouts as champion Robert Whittaker faces Kelvin Gastelum and rising star Israel Adesanya meets legendary former champion Anderson Silva. Will things end badly for the "Spider?" Just how good would a Whittaker-Adesanya fight be? The guys also recap UFC Fortaleza including breakthrough performances from bantamweight title contender Marlon Moraes and former featherweight king Jose Aldo. Plus, was Khabib Nurmagomedov's Nevada punishment too strict? How much longer should Amanda Nunes fight? 

  • WWE: Rise of Becky Lynch, futures of Ronda Rousey and Dean Ambrose

    The Road to WrestleMania 35 is underway with Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein along for the ride. The guys open this week's show by getting BC's delayed Royal Rumble take before diving into the expected main events for the show (7:45). Was Seth Rollins winning the men's Royal Rumble and choosing Brock Lesnar too predictable, or does The Silver King have an epic booking scenario that could send this match over the top (17:56)? Plus, women's Royal Rumble winner Becky Lynch went face-to-face with both Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair this week (27:27). Is a triple threat the clear direction at 'Mania, and can Rousey actually take us there on the mic? The second part of this week's Main Event deal with news that Dean Ambrose is leaving WWE when his contract expires in April ... unless ... it's all a work (1:00:33). The guys then move into Hero or Zero (1:23:50) where topics include Daniel Bryan's new WWE title, booking for the intercontinental and U.S. championships, turning Elias and Rusev back heel, and the women's tag team championships. Last but not least, BC and SK take a look at NXT TakeOver: Phoenix and wonder whether it lived up to their heightened expectations (1:45:00.
  • Boxing: Thurman's place among welterweights, all or nothing for Kovalev

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew recap the weekend action including welterweight titleholder Keith Thurman's scare against Josesito Lopez and whether the victory puts him in line for a Manny Pacquiao fight. The guys also debate the merit of rising heavyweight Adam Kownacki's claim that he's ready for Deontay Wilder and update the latest on Anthony Joshua's return. Plus, a weekend preview featuring former light heavyweight king Sergey Kovalev's return in a rematch against Eleider Alvarez that could serve as a crossroads moment in his career. 
  • MMA: dos Santos and Gastelum stop by, Bader becomes Bellator king

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise recap Bellator 214 as Ryan Bader knocked out Fedor Emelianenko to become the promotion's first simultaneous two-division champion. The guys also welcome former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (40:40) and middleweight title challenger Kelvin Gastelum (1:09:40) to discuss their upcoming fights. Also, a preview of Saturday's UFC Fight Night card in Brazil featuring Jose Aldo's return and a sneaky good bantamweight main event. 





  • WWE: 2019 Royal Rumble instant analysis

    Riding solo for this instant analysis, Adam Silverstein breaks down the entire 2019 Royal Rumble and whether WWE delivered with one of its biggest shows of the year. The Road to WrestleMania 35 kicked off with a bang as Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch won their respective Rumble matches, but was that the right call by WWE? Plus, what should we make of Nia Jax’s appearance in the men’s Rumble and the return of Rowan to side with WWE champion Daniel Bryan? The Silver King covers all of that and more in this instant analysis edition of the podcast, so be sure to open those ear holes ahead of another week of WWE action.