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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  • 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.

Episodes of This Show

  • 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.

  • Boxing: Pacquiao turns back clock, Thurman returns, Canelo-Jacobs set

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew catch up on a busy two weeks in boxing, headlined by Manny Pacquiao's pay-per-view victory over Adrien Broner. The guys debate future opponents for the 40-year-old "PacMan" and ponder whether Broner is finally out of chances. Plus, a preview of Saturday's Keith Thurman-Josesito Lopez welterweight title fight and reaction to Canelo Alvarez agreeing to face Daniel Jacobs in a May 4 middleweight unification. 

  • WWE: Daniel Bryan, Matt Riddle joins us to preview Royal Rumble weekend

    Bro! In an loaded episode, WWE champion Daniel Bryan and NXT sensation Matt Riddle stop by to discuss the latest developments in their careers. Bryan dives into every facet of his "new" character, explaining how it is an extension of his inner monologue and has provided him improved enthusiasm going forward in WWE (8:30). Riddle then goes deep on what it means to be the "King of Bros," sharing some of his long-held keys to happiness, current thoughts on Dana White and what life is like as a top NXT superstar (1:11:08). Between the big interviews, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein break down the entire cards for the 2019 Royal Rumble (31:31) and NXT TakeOver: Phoenix (1:41:20) entering one of WWE's biggest weekends of the year. This is a show you absolutely, positively cannot miss ... bro.
  • MMA: Cejudo shines at UFC Brooklyn, Fedor-Bader preview

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise catch up on a wild week in mixed martial arts after BC's triumphant return from vacation. The guys recap Henry Cejudo's knockout victory of TJ Dillashaw, former NFL star Greg Hardy's disastrous loss and debate whether UFC's debut on ESPN+ was a success. Plus, a full preview of Saturday's Bellator 214 card from Los Angeles as Russian legend Fedor Emelienenko faces 205-pound champion Ryan Bader for the vacant heavyweight title in the finals of the Bellator Grand Prix. 

  • WWE: Finn Balor's push, Braun Strowman's status, Andrade's future

    Following a hot week of WWE programming, Adam Silverstein takes over the main chair as Brian Campbell takes his annual break ahead of the 2019 Royal Rumble. But don't worry, there is plenty for The Silver King to break down this week with Braun Strowman taking a seat to Finn Balor as the new No. 1 contender for the universal championship (6:15). What does this mean for the futures of Balor, Strowman and champion Brock Lesnar, and what direction will WWE go for WrestleMania 35? CBS Sports WWE editor Jack Crosby joins Adam to break down that along with the Ronda Rousey-Sasha Banks angle from Raw to open The Main Event (40:35). Up next, the guys discuss the two lead angles on SmackDown and whether WWE is actually enacting the change it promised the few weeks ago (45:10). Hero or Zero includes a look at the future of Andrade (01:01:02), sneak previews of the new NXT call-ups, the continued introduction of the women's tag team titles, some more adult-themed storylines on WWE TV and new intercontinental champion Bobby Lashley. Adam and Jack wrap things up by answering some of your DM slides (1:33:52) and sharing their Feel Spots (1:44:20).
  • MMA: UFC Brooklyn preview; Forrest Griffin, Dan Lambert stop by

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise get you fired up for Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ debut, headlined by a flyweight superfight between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw. Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin talks about his new role bettering the health of fighters at the UFC Performance Institute and relives his 2005 brawl with Stephan Bonnar that saved the promotion. Plus, American Top Team coach/founder Dan Lambert talks Amanda Nunes's upset of Cris "Cyborg," his decision to welcome Greg Hardy and how his love of pro wrestling led to a heel manager role with Impact Wrestling in 2017. 

  • WWE: Becky Lynch discusses her breakthrough and what's next for 'The Man'

    In a must-listen interview, "The Man" Becky Lynch stops by to accept her CBS Sports Wrestler of the Year award and detail her breakthrough in 2018 that saw her rise to the top of WWE as the most exciting superstar in sports entertainment. Lynch explains her mindset when she was told to cut a promo against the fans that propped her up and tells us whether she was ever actually told that her accent was holding her back. She also breaks down her invasion of Raw, her straight fire social media game, Vince McMahon's reaction to her rise, John Cena's new hair and how the women of WWE have raised their game to take opportunities rather than be handed them by management. After the interview, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein go through everything Lynch said and preview her road to WrestleMania 35. This is a can't miss edition of State of Combat! 
  • WWE: Hulk Hogan honors 'Mean' Gene, reaction to AEW rally

    In an extended episode that covers all angles of a massive week in professional wrestling, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein convene to determine whether the return of Hulk Hogan to WWE television was well-intentioned or included an ulterior motive (1:06:56). But first, BC and The Silver King react to the formal introduction of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), including the signings of Chris Jericho and Pac, the potential for the company how it needs to set itself part from WWE and the future of Kenny Omega (6:20). The Main Event continues with a breakdown of NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 (52:22) before the guys move on to Brock Lesnar's appearance on Raw and whether Braun Strowman can bounce back from a horrendous segment (1:16:46). The guys then debate Daniel Bryan's recent promo work, Sasha Banks's title shot, the top angle on NXT and much more in Hero or Zero (1:20:58) before closing with their Feel Spots.
  • Boxing: Pacquiao-Broner preview, handing out 2018 awards

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew return from an extended break to look back on the year that was in the world of in boxing and hand out their unique awards celebrating the wild and wacky in 2018 (18:54). The guys also go in depth for a preview of the Jan. 19 Showtime pay-per-view bout between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner (1:36:55). BC and Rafe then debate whether Floyd Mayweather's exhibition win in Japan was a work (4:59), if the Charlo Twins took a step back in their Fox debut (10:15) and Amir Khan's decision to chase Terence Crawford (14:05).  

  • WWE: Delivering over the holidays, AEW news, Wrestle Kingdom 13 preview

    Before starting the first show of 2019, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein remember the late, great "Mean" Gene Okerlund, who died at age 76. The guys recap Okerlund's career and share their favorite moments from one of the most legendary voices in professional wrestling history. In the Main Event, BC and The Silver King break down all the known details for the newly announced All Elite Wrestling and share their expectations for the upstart promotion (12:25). Up next is a look at the last two weeks of taped WWE action as the company somehow found a way to deliver in a major way despite airing four taped episodes (41:49). Hero or Zero returns with Brian and Adam grading WWE's most impactful booking decisions, including character changes for AJ Styles and Seth Rollins (1:02:58). And last by certainly not least, the guys preview New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 13 card (1:18:17) before signing off. Start the new year off right with the State of Combat.
  • MMA: Amanda Nunes, Jon Jones steal show at UFC 232, 2018 year in review

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise recap big wins from Amanda Nunes and Jon Jones at UFC 232 and what's next for two of the best fighters in MMA history. The guys also spotlight breakout performances from Alexander Volkanovski, Michael Chiesa and Petr Yan. Plus, a look back on 2018 as a whole and hand out a slew of year-end awards for best fight, fighter and more, as well as reaction to Floyd Mayweather's exhibition boxing win in Japan at RIZIN 14. 
  • WWE: 2018 Year in Review, second annual Samson Awards

    In this special year-end episode, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein bring you the second annual Samson Awards. The final show of 2018 kicks off with BC and The Silver King wrapping up the year that was in professional wrestling, including the highs and lows in WWE and beyond. The guys then hand out awards in a variety of categories. Who won the Katie Vick Award? Did Becky Lynch or Ronda Rousey get some much-deserved honors? Was Omega-Okada IV actually the match of the year? We cover it all as State of Combat wraps up for 2018 and gets ready for the new year and the road to WrestleMania 35. Don't miss it.
  • 12/17 Boxing: Canelo-Rocky fight breakdown, Teddy Atlas discusses his legacy

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew recap Canelo Alvarez's DAZN debut on Saturday in a knockout of Rocky Fielding and handicap what his future might look like in terms of opponents. Legendary trainer and broadcaster Teddy Atlas drops by to discuss his 2019 induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (49:30). Plus, "The Contender" season 5 winner Brandon Adams talks about what's next (1:35;15) and a full preview of the weekend action including a Charlo Twins doubleheader in the PBC on Fox debut card. 
  • 12/16 WWE: TLC instant analysis and the Road to WrestleMania 35

    Just minutes after WWE TLC went off the air, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein break down the company's final pay-per-view -- and arguably its hottest -- of 2018. Enter the feel spot activation station as BC and The Silver King hit the sirens and rev the engine for the triple threat TLC main event featuring Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Asuka. What did the finish mean for the future of WWE, and will it have a direct impact on WrestleMania 35? Plus, Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles put on an absolute classic, Ronda Rousey once again shows out in a major way, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose brawl, Braun Strowman appears, and a number of undercard matches unexpectedly deliver. All of that and more in this special instant analysis edition.
  • 12/13 Boxing: Canelo Alvarez talks Floyd Mayweather's jealousy, future fights

    Brian Campbell chats with the participants ahead of Saturday's DAZN debut for Canelo Alvarez when he moves up to 168 pounds to challenge Rocky Fielding. Alvarez talks about Floyd Mayweather's jealousy, possible future opponents on DAZN and whether a third fight with Gennady Golovkin is in the works (41:25). Fielding shares his won "Rocky" story and what an upset victory would mean to him and his country of England (32:35). Plus, promoter Oscar De La Hoya talks the future of Golden Boy MMA and talks with GGG (11:50). Middleweight legend Bernard Hopkins breaks down Alvarez's growing legacy at 160 pounds (24:35) and top contender David Lemieux previews his co-main event return against Tureano Johnson and what he has to do in order to land Canelo (4:20).

  • 12/12 WWE: TLC preview, Raw works itself into a shoot

    With WWE TLC set for Sunday, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein convene to preview every match on the card and the storylines that have gotten us to the company's final pay-per-view of 2018. But before that, BC and The Silver King explain how Raw has worked itself into a shoot and break down whether Seth Rollins's promo to open the show Monday was a good decision by WWE or a mistake as it looks to rectify a couple weeks of poorly booked TV. The guys also discuss the rise of the "new" Daniel Bryan, Mustafa Ali's surprise match on SmackDown, the top NXT storylines and whether NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 13 card is perhaps the best on paper this calendar year. 
  • 12/11 MMA: Is Max Holloway the featherweight G.O.A.T.?

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise recap UFC 231 including title victories from Max Holloway and Valentina Shevchenko and ponder a Holloway move to lightweight, Joanna Jedrzejczyk's future and Brian Ortega's toughness. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison (with a cameo from boyfriend and UFC fighter Tony Martin) talks her Dec. 31 return at PFL 11, why she's morally against cutting weight and her dream of a superfight against Cris "Cyborg" Justino. Plus, a preview of Kevin Lee-Al Iaquinta II at UFC on Fox in Milwaukee and whether UFC was wrong to book Greg Hardy and Rachel Ostovich on the same card.