State of Combat with Brian Campbell

CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell breaks down the latest news surrounding Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts in separate episodes each week. UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans co-hosts the MMA podcasts while New York Times best selling author Rafe Bartholomew co-hosts the Boxing episodes. You can expect breakdowns of the latest news, full event previews, big-name interviews and instant reaction podcasts for the biggest events.

State of Combat with Brian Campbell

CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell breaks down the latest news surrounding Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts in separate episodes each week. UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans co-hosts the MMA podcasts while New York Times best selling author Rafe Bartholomew co-hosts the Boxing episodes. You can expect breakdowns of the latest news, full event previews, big-name interviews and instant reaction podcasts for the biggest events.
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  • Charlo PPV: Derevyanchenko, Rosario talk upset plans

    Brian Campbell sits down the opponents in Saturday’s unique Showtime PPV card featuring dual main events headlined by twin brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo. Sergiy Derevyanchenko explains whether he will need to alter his style following two close title losses to Daniel Jacobs and Gennadiy Golovkin. Jeison “Banana” Rosario, meanwhile, shares his belief that his big right hand will be enough to unify 154-pound titles. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew drops by to preview the card at length.

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    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @Rafeboogs, @stateofcombat

     

    For more boxing coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/

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Episodes of This Show

  • Israel Adesanya previews UFC 253; Has Colby Covington's shtick gone too far (9/22)

    Brian Campbell is joined by UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya to preview Saturday's title bout against fellow unbeaten Paulo Costa at UFC 253. Rashad Evans drops by to preview the must-see fight in great detail and look back at Colby Covington's victory last weekend. Should Tyron Woodley retire? Did Covington's trash talk against Woodley and Kamaru Usman go too far? Who should get the next welterweight title shot?

  • The state of the union at 154, Erickson Lubin interview, best Mexican Independence Day fights

    Brian Campbell welcomes junior middleweight contender Erickson Lubin to preview Saturday's return against Terrell Gausha on Showtime. Rafe Bartholomew also drops by to sort out the top players at 154 pounds entering a flurry of big fights. The guys also lament a Mexican Independence Day weekend without Canelo Alvarez and count down the biggest fights on this day over the past decade. Plus, should Jeff Horn listen to his wife and retire?

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    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @Rafeboogs, @stateofcombat

     

    For more boxing coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • CBS Sports Presents: 'All Things Covered with Patrick Peterson & Bryant McFadden'

    'All Things Covered' with Patrick Peterson & Bryant McFadden' debuts on Tuesday, September 22nd with special guest Tyrann Mathieu. Download and subscribe now to get the first episode in your feed as soon as it is released!

    Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden have made a living for their coverage skills on the football field, and while it's a different technique, they're now applying those traits on their new podcast 'All Things Covered'. Instead of wide receivers, tight ends and running backs, they'll be covering sports, entertainment, social issues, personal interests and more. Every Tuesday, the 8-time Pro Bowler Peterson and 2-time Super Bowl champion McFadden will discuss what's happening on the gridiron as well as what intrigues them off the field. Each week they'll welcome a star from the sports and entertainment world to have wide-ranging conversations about what interests them. Guests can include active or former football players but also athletes and influencers from other sports and walks of life. Football is how we know our hosts, but far from what defines Pat and BMac. The name says everything; expect all things to be covered!

  • Mcgregor in the news again, UFC FN Waterson-Hill + Bellator 245 & 246 recaps

    Morning Kombat takes over the State of Combat feed as Rashad Evans Fills in for Luke Thomas. On episode 60 of Morning Kombat and joins Brian Campbell to recap everything that happened in the MMA this weekend, including two big Bellator events and Michelle Waterson taking down Angela Hill. The guys also discuss the recent sexual assault allegations against Conor McGregor and preview the upcoming weekend's showdown between Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

     

    For more MMA coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/mma/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Canelo sues DAZN, Golden Boy; Did Herring quit?

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew provide instant analysis to the bombshell dropped in California federal court by Canelo Alvarez to the tune of $280 million against DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions for breach of contract. The guys debate the potential fallout and look at who is right and wrong based on the 24-page complaint. Plus, an emotional reaction to Jamel Herring's title defense and whether he gave up against Jonathan Oquendo knowing he was ahead on the scorecards.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @Rafeboogs, @stateofcombat

     

    For more boxing coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Overeem still a threat at 40, Nick Diaz eyes return, Bellator preview

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans break down the latest news in MMA including Alistair Overeem keeping his title hopes alive with a brutal stoppage of Augusto Sakai. The guys debate whether Nick Diaz can be effective in his UFC return at age 37 despite a five-year layoff. Plus, a preview of weekend action including Michelle Waterson-Angela Hill in the UFC and a pair of Bellator cards highlighted by Lyoto Machida-Phil Davis II.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

     

    For more MMA coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/mma/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Canelo vs. DAZN, Charlos set for PPV debut, Ramirez edges Postol (9/2)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew break down the latest headlines in boxing including the standoff between Canelo Alvarez and the streaming app DAZN over his next purse which could lead to the Mexican star taking all of 2020 off. What's the future for boxing on DAZN? The guys also react to three weeks out from the Showtime PPV featuring both Charlo twins and decide whether each are entering the toughest test of their respective careers. Plus, a recap of Jose Ramirez's close decision win over Viktor Postol and what that means for future fights against Josh Taylor and Terence Crawford.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @Rafeboogs, @stateofcombat

     

    For more boxing coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Free agent Brock Lesnar's fighting future; big setbacks for Anthony Smith, Robbie Lawler

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans react to the news of Brock Lesnar becoming a free agent from WWE and whether that leads to a possible MMA return. The guys speculate which promotion would make the most sense for the former UFC heavyweight champion and what fun fights could await him. Plus, a detailed breakdown of UFC Fight Night including Aleksandar Rakic's dominance of Anthony Smith and Robbie Lawler's flat performance in a loss to Neil Magny. Should Lawler retire for good? What is Smith's next move? The guys also look ahead to Saturday's UFC main event as heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai face off.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

     

    For more MMA coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/mma/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Bonus interviews: Ramirez, Postol, Roach and Garcia preview 140-pound title bout

    Brian Campbell chats with unified junior welterweight champion Jose Ramirez and his opponent on Saturday, former champion Viktor Postol, about their preparations ahead of this title bout. Plus, legendary trainers Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia look at the soap opera angle of Ramirez facing off against his ex-coach and also look react to some of the biggest headlines in the sport entering this Top Rank attraction. Would Garcia make a comeback to face Oscar De La Hoya? Would he ever let his fighters -- including Mikey Garcia and Vergil Ortiz Jr. -- fight each other?

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @Rafeboogs, @stateofcombat

     

    For more boxing coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Jeff Horn dethroned, Povetkin shakes up heavyweight, Sergio is back!

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew provide instant analysis to the mid-week Australian boxing Super Bowl that was Tim Tszyu's knockout of Jeff Horn. Should "The Hornet" call it quits? Is Tszyu ready for the global elites? The guys also recap a wild weekend featuring Alexander Povetkin's comeback KO of Dillian Whyte, Sergio Martinez's resounding comeback win and Joe Smith Jr.'s conquest of Eleider Alvarez. Also, a look ahead at the weekend to come as Jose Ramirez defends junior middleweight titles against Viktor Postol.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @Rafeboogs, @stateofcombat

     

    For more boxing coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • CBS Sports Presents: 'Fantasy Football Today in 5' podcast

    Fantasy Football Today in 5, the fastest way to keep up with fantasy football, debuts on Monday, August 31. Download and subscribe now to get the first episode in your feed as soon as it is released!

    Want Fantasy advice, news and analysis fast? Fantasy Football Today in 5 will get you caught up on what you need to know to win your league in just 5 minutes every weekday morning. Join host Adam Aizer and a rotating cast of analysts including Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard, Heath Cummings and Ben Gretch as they guide you to a Fantasy championship. The FFT crew will filter through the news cycle and deliver what matters most from a Fantasy perspective so you can make your start/sit moves, Waiver Wire transactions and trades before breakfast.

  • Vintage Frankie Edgar, UFC's light heavyweight future, how Khabib becomes the GOAT

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans break down the latest news in MMA including Frankie Edgar's upset win in his bantamweight debut over Pedro Munhoz and Vadim Nemkov's dismantling of Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader. The guys also look at the future of the UFC's 205-pound division in the aftermath of Jon Jones' exit and react to comments from Khabib Nurmagomedov's coach about how wins against Justin Gaethje and Georges St.-Pierre to close out his career could make "The Eagle" the greatest of all-time.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

  • Canelo cuts Benavidez in WBC line, Clay Collard talks 'Rocky' story from UFC to Top Rank (8/19)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew recap the weekend that was in boxing, including David Benavidez losing his super middleweight title on the scale and the WBC ordering Canelo Alvarez to fight for the vacant title. The guys also preview a loaded weekend of fights from Dillian Whyte-Alexander Povetkin and Shawn Porter's PBC return to Aleider Alvarez-Joe Smith Jr. and Sergio Martinez's retirement comeback. Also, Top Rank middleweight Clay Collard relives his wild transition from UFC castoff to upset-minded boxing middleweight entering his return.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @Rafeboogs, @stateofcombat

     

    For more boxing coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Jon Jones moves to Heavyweight, Stipe is king, DC walks away (8/18)

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans address the fallout of Stipe Miocic's victory over Daniel Cormier in their trilogy bout at UFC 252 including Jon Jones' decision to vacate his 205-pound title and move up in weight. Should UFC book Miocic against Jones or top-contender Francis Ngannou in a rematch? How will Cormier's legacy be affected by two losses to each of his biggest rivals? The guys also react to rumors of Anthony "Rumble" Johnson's return to light heavyweight and whether the division is simply waiting for Dominick Reyes to become its new king. Plus, a weekend preview of Ryan Bader's Bellator return and Frankie Edgar-Pedro Munhoz at UFC Fight Night.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

     

    For more MMA coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/mma/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • 🚨 UFC 252 Instant Analysis: Miocic defeats Cormier in trilogy, O'Malley injured

    Brian Campbell is coming to you moments after UFC 252 breaking down the biggest storylines and fallout from the event. Does this make Stipe the greatest heavyweight of all time? What happened to Sean O'Malley's foot? Plus much more.

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    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

     

    For more MMA coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/mma/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Benavidez has no love for Plant ahead of Showtime return, Wallin relives Fury thriller

    Brian Campbell is joined by WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez to preview Saturday's return on Showtime against Roamer Alexis Angulo and explain why he's one of the most exciting future stars in the game. Benavidez also explains his beef with fellow 168-pound champion Caleb Plant and talks why that fight needs to happen next. Heavyweight Otto Wallin also drops by to relive his close call with Tyson Fury and break down his future in the division. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew looks at the latest headlines including a PBC on Fox rollout, Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. getting delayed and updates on Vasiliy Lomachenko-Teofimo Lopez Jr. negotiations.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @Rafeboogs, @stateofcombat

     

    For more boxing coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Daniel Cormier talks legacy ahead of UFC 252 trilogy, "Chito" Vera ready for the "Sugar" (8/12)

    Brian Campbell sits down with Daniel Cormier and Chito Vera ahead of their UFC 252 fights. Daniel Cormier discusses what a win in the trilogy bout would mean for his legacy. DC also discusses how this third Stipe Miocic fight came to place and what his mindset is going into UFC 252. Next up Chito Vera stops by to discuss his upcoming bout with rising star Shane O'Malley.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

     

    For more MMA coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/mma/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Stipe-DC III preview, Chandler hits free agency, the Black Beast shines

    Brian Campbell and Rashad Evans kick off the show by reacting to UFC Fight Night Lewis-Oleinik. The guys discuss how important this win was for Derrick Lewis. Next up they discuss Chris Weidman's win over Omari Akhmedov. How impressive was Weidman's wrestling in this match? Rashad is very impressed by Beneil Dariush's evolution over these past few fights. What's next for Dariush? Onto Bellator 243... Could Michael Chandler have had a better potential last matchup in Bellator? What's next for Michael Chandler... Should he jump ship for the UFC? Plus more on Bellator 242. Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones was pushed back so the guys discuss the impact of that. Rashad was out with Mike Tyson in California so he gave an inside look into Tyson's focus. Finally the guys close the show with a full preview of UFC 252.

  • McGregor's future in doubt, Brunson shines, Chandler-Henderson II preview (8/4)

    Brian Campbell is back from vacation and is joined by Rashad Evans to recap UFC Fight Night Brunson-Shahbazyan and preview Bellator 243 and UFC Fight Night: Lewis-Oleinik. The boys open the show by talking about Mike Tyson since Rashad is out in LA and watched him train yesterday. Rashad was on commentary duty at UFC Fight Night: Brunson-Shahbazyan and we broke that card down in full. Who's next for Derek Brunson? Did Edmen Shahbazyan bite off more than he can chew with Brunson? Jennifer Maia shot herself into title contention with her win over Joanne Calderwood. Plus much more. Onto the previews... First up the guys preview UFC Fight Night Lewis-Oleinik and follow up by previewing Bellator 243.

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    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

     

    For more MMA coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/mma/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Khabib-Gaethje is OFFICIAL! Whittaker defeats Till + Brunson-Shahbazyan preview

    Rashad Evans is joined by Tyrone Spong to recap UFC Fight Night: Whittaker-Till, Break down the latest news, plus preview UFC Fight Night: Brunson-Shahbazyan. What's next for Robert Whittaker after his split decision win over Darren Till? Did Darren Till's stock rise in his loss to Whittaker? Shogun was able to improve to 3-0 over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who should be next up for him? Who impressed the guys the most throughout the rest of the card? Justin Gaethje vs Khabib Nurmagomedov is official and we will get that fight on October 24th. Could we potentially see a GSP-Khabib fight? Rashad hits Tyrone Spong with some rapid fire questions... Which fighters are his favorite to watch? Who hit Tyrone the hardest in his career? Finally the guys preview UFC Fight Night: Brunson-Shahbazyan.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

     

    For more MMA coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/mma/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Big John McCarthy previews Bellator's return, how to fix MMA scoring

    Brian Campbell chats with legendary referee and Bellator commentator "Big" John McCarthy ahead of the promotion's first card in five months on Friday with Bellator 242. McCarthy looks at Aaron Pico's response to adversity and breaks down the bantamweight main event between Sergio Pettis and Ricky Bandejas. McCarthy also looks at the state of MMA scoring and breaks down why certain fights have created controversies and how it should be fixed.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

  • PBC/Showtime announce loaded 2020 schedule, Vergil Ortiz Jr. previews return

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew react to the nine PBC fight cards in five months that Showtime announced it will close 2020 with. The guys celebrate the return of big-time boxing and rate the group of fights, which includes pay-per-views headlined by Gervonta Davis-Leo Santa Cruz and the Charlo brothers. The guys also welcome unbeaten welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr. to preview his return on Friday as DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions hold their first card since the quarantine. Plus, rumors of Callum Smith as a Canelo Alvarez fall opponent have the guys fired up.

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @Rafeboogs, @stateofcombat

     

    For more boxing coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Figueiredo becomes flyweight king, Whittaker-Till preview (7/21)

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans recap UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo-Benavidez, break down the latest news, and preview UFC Fight Night: Whittaker-Till. Deiveson Figeiredo put on a dominant performance against Joseph Benavidez on saturday night... What is next for him? Where does Joseph Benavidez go from here? Jack Hermansson defeats Kelvin Gastelum via first round submission. Where does this win put Jack Hermansson in the middleweight title picture? Kelvin Gastelum has now lost 3 in a row, Is he still the same fighter he once was? Did the Israel Adesanya fight change Kelvin Gatelum for the worse? Plus a bonus break down of the middleweight division. The guys finish up by discussing who impressed them most on the card. Finally the guys close out the show by giving you a full breakdown with expert picks of UFC Fight Night: Whittaker-Till.

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    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

     

    For more MMA coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/mma/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • UFC Fight Island instant analysis: Welcome to the Figueiredo era (7/18)

    Brian Campbell provides his instant reaction to the UFC Fight Night card from Saturday in Abu Dhabi where Devieson Figueiredo finished Joseph Benavidez in their rematch to capture the vacant flyweight title. BC looks at what's next for the division and reacps a key 125-pound bout which could produce the next title challenger as Askar Askarov held off Alexandre Pantoja. Plus, Jack Hermansson re-entered the middleweight title picture with a quick submission of Kelvin Gastelum just as the division is heating up with Robert Whittaker-Darren Till next weekend and a Israel Adesanya-Paulo Costa title bout now set for September.

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    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

     

    For more MMA coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/mma/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • "Survivor" special: Ethan Zohn talks strategy, David Samson relives being voted off, Eric Raskin ranks the best

    Brian Campbell shares his love for the CBS staple "Survivor" after 20 years and 40 seasons of the reality and competition show with a special podcast. Three-time player Ethan Zohn talks strategy, beating cancer and how his Season 3 win catapulted him to instant celebrity. Former Miami Marlins president David Samson, the host of CBS Sports' "Nothing Personal," relives being voted off first in his lone "Survivor" appearance and breaks the fourth wall to talk hygiene and surviving on an island. Plus, "Survivor" expert and friend of the show Eric Raskin ranks the greatest players in the show's history and looks back on memorable moments and the evolution of game play

  • Kattar reaches 145 elite, Masvidal’s next move, Figuereido-Benavidez II preview (7/16)

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans recap UFC Fight Night Kattar-Ige and Preview UFC Fight Night Figueiredo-Benavidez. Calvin Kattar takes another big step forward with his unanimous decision win over Dan Ige. What's next for Calvin Kattar in a stacked featherweight division (1:00)? Tim Elliott defeats Ryan Benoit in a close decision... Did the judges get the score right in the fight? Do we need to revisit the MMA scoring system (14:20)? Jimmie Rivera defeats Cody Stamann via Unanimous decision (19:15). Plus the guys discuss which other fighters impressed them on the card (22:00). The guys discuss what's next for Jorge Masvidal after he lobbies for an immediate rematch (27:35). BC & Rashad end the show by previewing UFC Fight Night Figueiredo-Benavidez (42:37).

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    'State of Combat' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Bullhorn and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

     

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @SugaRashadEvans, @stateofcombat

     

    For more MMA coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/mma/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Best win of the decade, Horn-Tszyu is on, Lemieux wants Canelo

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew look back on the last 10 years in boxing and debate which victory was the most impressive and important from Guillermo Rigondeaux outboxing Nonito Donaire to Tyson Fury's upset of Wladimir Klistchko and Floyd Mayweather topping both Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao. The guys also react to recent trash talk spinning off of the August 26 announcement of Jeff Horn-Tim Tszyu in Australia and decide if David Lemieux is the perfect pandemic opponent for Canelo Alvarez. Also, a recap of the latest results from the Top Rank "bubble" including Mikaela Mayer, Jose Zepeda and Clay Collard.

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    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @BCampbellCBS, @Rafeboogs, @stateofcombat

     

    For more boxing coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/

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  • Whats next after UFC 251?; Dan Ige ready for Calvin Kattar

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans give you a full recap of UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal. Is Kamaru Usman severely underrated? Will Kamaru Usman continue to train with Trevor Whitman? Who should the fans blame for what they consider a "boring" fight? Is the UFC pay structure to blame? Who deserves the next shot at Kamaru Usman's welterweight title (1:30)? Alexander Volkanovski retains his title in a controversial decision over Max Holloway. Does MMA scoring need to change? Should they push even farther into the boxing scoring system with 1 point awarded for a knockdown? Should the UFC go back to the old Pride scoring system (29:20)? Petr Yan impressed everyone at UFC 251, but who should be his first title defense? Why wouldn't Dana White commit that Aljamain Sterling is next in line for Yan's title? Could Henry Cejudo come back and challenge Petr Yan (36:30)? Rose Namajunas faced her demons and defeated Jessica Andrade in their rematch. Is Rose Namajunas next in line for Weili Zhang's title (39:35)? Amanda Ribas defeats Paige Vanzant and said she wants to drop back down to Strawweight... but is that the right decision? Should Ribas be trying to make a run at the Women's Flyweight title (41:15)? Dan Ige is headlining UFC Fight Night Kattar-Ige and he stops by the podcast to discuss his upcoming fight. Are we underestimating Dan Ige in this matchup (45:30)? Finally the guys break down the rest of the UFC Fight Night Kattar-Ige card (1:02:35).

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  • 🚨 UFC 251 instant analysis: Usman demands our respect

    Brian Campbell provides instant reaction to a trio of title bouts atop UFC 251 on Saturday from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman ruined Jorge Masvidal’s attempt at a storybook ending by using his grappling and improved striking to defend his title. Plus, did the judges get it right in Alexander Volkanovski’s close rematch with Max Holloway? And who should be next for new bantamweight king Petr Yan?


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  • UFC 251 betting guide; Holloway, Namajunas interviews

    Brian Campbell welcomes Brandon Wise to look at Saturday's UFC 251 card from a betting standpoint ahead of Jorge Masvidal's return. BC also sits down with former featherweight champion Max Holloway to chat about his unusual training camp before his rematch with Alexander Volkanovski. In addition, Rose Namajunas shares her mental journey from losing her strawweight title to Jessica Andrade and nearly retiring to accepting their rematch this weekend.

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  • UFC 251 Ultimate Preview

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans give you a full preview of UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal. How excited are the guys to get the fight that they originally wanted in Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal. Did Jorge Masvidal get the payday that he was originally holding out for? How will the short notice weight cut impact Masvidal? How does the last minute opponent change impact Kamaru Usman (3:10)? Onto the Co-main event... Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway for the UFC Featherweight title. Can Holloway regain the title he lost to Volkanovski (26:30)? Next up Petr Yan will be facing Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight championship. Is Petr Yan seasoned enough to take on Jose Aldo? What type of game plan should Jose Aldo follow to get this win? What happens to Jose Aldo if he wins (31:35)? Jessica Andrade will take on Rose Namajunas in a huge Women's strawweight contender matchup. Can Namajunas learn from her mistakes in the first fight and defeat Andrade (39:45)? Amanda Ribas takes on Paige Vanzant in the opening fight on the main card (43:50). Plus more on the rest of the UFC Fight Island card.

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  • Canelo teases return, Broner raps, Jose Zepeda talks 140 title picture (7/2)

    Brian Campbell welcomes junior welterweight contender Jose Zepeda to preview Tuesday's return in the Top Rank bubble and look back at his disputed loss to unified 140-pound champion Jose Ramirez. Zepeda talks sparring with Floyd Mayweather, working with Freddie Roach and which fighters he's targeting. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew talks Canelo Alvarez's 2020 plans, reacts to yet another failed drug test for Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller and helps BC give their review on Adrien Broner's new rap album.


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  • Poirier-Hooker an instant classic, is McGregor tough enough for today's lightweights? (6/30)

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans break down the latest news in the MMA world. The guys break down Dustin Poirier's unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker. Where does this rank in the fight of the year talk? How much of a toll on your career does a fight like this take? What does this win do for Poirier's career (7:52)? Where does Conor McGregor fit into this entire situation (29:50)? The guys break down Mike Perry's win over Mickey Gall and all the craziness leading up to this fight (35:36). The guys recap the rest of the UFC Fight Night Poirier-Hooker card (46:45). Rashad discusses the difficulties that some fights could face at UFC Fight Island (1:01:30).

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  • Mike Perry goes off!; Poirier, Hooker preview UFC Vegas 4

    Brian Campbell sits down for a trio of interviews ahead of Saturday's UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas including a combative moment where welterweight Mike Perry storms off following a select choice of words. Top lightweights Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker set the stage for their main event this weekend and settle the trash talk between them. Plus, UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans drops in to help preview the card.

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  • Oscar teases comeback, Top Rank bubble rolls on

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew reconvene after a lengthy break to look at the latest news in boxing, including 47-year-old Oscar De La Hoya's claim that he's close to announcing a comeback and wants to face the very best in the sport. Also, a recap of recent action from the Top Rank "bubble" in Las Vegas which featured a title upset at bantamweight when Josh Franco defeated Andrew Moloney. From Joe Calzaghe claiming he would've beaten Andre Ward to Chris Eubank Jr. claiming he would stop Canelo Alvarez, the guys look at everything from callouts to proposed future fights over the second half of 2020.

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  • Dana fires back at Blaydes, Can Jones defeat Tyson in boxing? Plus Fallout from Drysdale-Rohskopf incident (6/23)

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans recap UFC Fight Night Blaydes-Volkov and break down the latest news in the MMA world. How should Max Rohskopf's corner situation have been handled? Should fighters/corners be more okay with throwing in the towel? Does the UFC pay structure play into the Rohskopf-Drysdale situation (4:10)? Is Dana White right in his callout of Curtis Blaydes following his win over Alexander Volkov (22:15)? The guys break down Josh Emmett's win over Shane Burgos and what is next for each fighter (35:15)? Plus the guys pitch an idea as to whether or not the UFC should dramatically ramp up the fight of the night bonuses as a way to both help fighter pay and convince guys to fight even harder and riskier (37:50). Mike Tyson was on IG live talking about MMA vs Boxing pay and that sparked a potential Tyson-Jones matchup. Where is Tyson really at in his potential comeback? Could Mike Tyson beat Jon Jones in a 3 round boxing matchup (58:55)? Daniel Cormier said that he "hopes Stipe brings his wrestling shoes" to the rematch... Is that the truth or is he just trying to get into Stipe Miocic's head (1:05:00)?

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  • Curtis Blaydes sounds off on fighter pay; UFC Vegas 3 preview (6/18)

    Brian Campbell welcomes UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes ahead of Saturday's Fight Night main event in Las Vegas against Alexander Volkov. Blaydes calls out UFC brass over the disparity in fighter pay and explains why he believes he's closer to a heavyweight title shot and a trilogy against Francis Ngannou than most realize (13:00). Plus, Hall of Famer Rashad Evans stops by to preview the card in full, including a featherweight co-main event pairing Josh Emmett and Shane Burgos (27:00).


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  • Jorge Masvidal stays hot, Amanda Nunes teases retirement

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans look at the latest news in MMA including Jorge Masvidal's continued issues with fighter pay and criticism from ex-fighter/broadcasters. The guys also make sense of Amanda Nunes' recent retirement tease and explain why that's both good and bad for UFC's future. In addition, a full recap of UFC Fight Night from Las Vegas as women's flyweights Cynthia Calvillo and Mariya Agapova stole the show to help add depth to a weak division.

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  • Jessica Eye previews UFC Fight Night; the good/bad of Fight Island (6/11)

    Brian Campbell welcomes top-ranked women's flyweight Jessica Eye to preview Saturday's UFC Fight Night main event against Cynthia Calvillo. Eye talks about her journey overcoming injuries and personal setbacks along with why she should never be counted out. Plus, Hall of Famer Rashad Evans slides in to preview this weekend's card and react to news of a third Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier fight. BC also brings the heat on whether Dana White pulled a bait and switch about the realities of Fight Island.

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  • Fury-Joshua for real?; Shakur Stevenson welcomes boxing's return (6/10)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew provide a sobering look at boxing's televised return amid the coronavirus pandemic following Tuesday's Top Rank card in Las Vegas headlined by Shakur Stevenson. The guys compare boxing's handling of things with that of UFC and Dana White. They also react to breaking news of Eddie Hearn announcing a two-fight deal with Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury for 2021 that comes with multiple hurdles that first need to be cleared. How legit is Ryan Garcia's beef with Golden Boy and DAZN over pay? All this and much more, including Rafe's lament at exiting the boxing writing game.

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  • Fight Island Revealed, Fighter pay revolt + bantamweights own UFC 250 (6/9)

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans recap UFC 250 and break down the latest news around the MMA world. Are people doubting how good Amanda Nunes is? Should people be respecting Felicia Spencer's heart and toughness more or should we upset with her coaches for not throwing in the towel? How much longer should Amanda Nunes continue to fight and who should be next (3:35)? Which Bantamweight impressed Rashad Evans the most at UFC 250? Is Cody Garbrandt in title contention now? Garbrandt wasn't the only bantamweight to put on a show Aljamain Sterling and Sean O'Malley put on dominating performances at UFC 250. Who does Rashad Evans think will be the champion of the Bantamweight division at the end of 2021 (15:50)? Following UFC 250 Conor McGregor announced his retirement on twitter again.... Fighters like Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal are starting to speak out about the UFC-fighter pay split. What can the UFC do to fix this problem? What would it mean if these fighters truly stepped away at the top of their games (39:30)? Dana White's fight island was leaked and it looks like Abu Dhabi will be the site for the UFC on July 11th. The guys break down more rumors about about who could be on UFC 251 (1:01:37)?

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  • The Undertaker bares all: Mark Calaway talks The Streak, life with VKM and more

    Brian Campbell talks with the man behind The Undertaker, Mark Calaway, on his new WWE Network docuseries "Undertaker: The Last Ride," and why he chose to open up after 30-plus years in pro wrestling. Calaway relives how the ending of The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak came to be, how his character survived the ever-changing landscape of the business and how his relationship with Vince McMahon evolved. Plus, Taker shares the story of the best rib VKM ever played on him and what he has in mind for the perfect way to end his legendary career.


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  • Jones vs. Dana, UFC 250 preview, Ryan Bader talks Bellator (6/3)

    Brian Campbell is joined by UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans to break down the war of words between Jon Jones and UFC president Dana White, including Jones' future at light heavyweight and whether the time is right to push for more money. The guys also recap Gilbert Burns' breakout win at UFC Vegas and set the stage for Saturday's UFC 250 card featuring Amanda Nunes and a trio of must-see bantamweight bouts. Plus, two-division Bellator champion Ryan Bader talks about his career resurgence of winning the Heavyweight Grand Prix and which big-money fights interest him most.

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  • Boxing open for business, Mike Tyson chatter continues (5/28)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew react to news of boxing’s return in Las Vegas on June 9 and debate which parts of the sport’s flawed business structure might improve because of the quarantine. The guys also sort out the latest call outs for 53-year-old Mike Tyson to fight again and ponder how DAZN’s rumored financial issues might impact the sport’s broadcasting landscape.


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  • UFC Las Vegas interviews: Woodley, Burns, Shevchenko and Chookagian (5/26)

    Brian Campbell chats with a four-pack or fighters who will square off at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas. First up is Gilbert Burns discussing his welterweight bout against Tyron Woodley (10:52). Next up Kaitlyn Chookagian on why any drama of fighting the Shevchenko sisters in back-to-back is overplayed (25:02). Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley vows he has no pressure entering main event against Gilbert Burns (37:21). Plus, Antonina Shevchenko on fighting out of the shadow of her champion sister and much more (53:35).

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  • Usman-McGregor next? White nixes Jones-Ngannou + Woodley-Burns preview

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans break down the latest news in the MMA world. There are reports that a Kamaru Usman vs Conor McGregor could be the next fight for the welterweight title. Does this fight make any sense? Could Conor McGregor handle the size of Kamaru Usman (7:00)? Will Jorge Masvidal fight Nate Diaz next (15:43)? Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou take to twitter to lobby for a fight but Dana White seems to have other plans. Does Jon Jones deserve the money he is asking for to fight Ngannou (23:05)? Mike Tyson is training for a potential comeback.. and that means the guys at BKFC are offering up big money for a potential Mike Tyson vs Wanderlei Silva fight (35:02). Rashad and Brian discuss Henry Cejudo's retirement (42:01). PLUS a full preview of UFC Fight Night Tyron Woodley vs Gilbert Burns (56:30).

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  • It happened: Richard Dwyer talks boxing (5/21)

    Brian Campbell is joined by longtime show favorite and YouTube gambling expert Richard Dwyer to talk his unique celebrity along with his boxing takes on Tyson Fury's historic significance, who is the pound-for-pound king, which great welterweights could've beaten Floyd Mayweather and more. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew drops by to look at how UFC's recent success could open the door for boxing's comeback and discusses his controversial decision to sit out of the Dwyer interview. He jacked, folks.

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  • The case for Jones-Ngannou, UFC Jacksonville recap

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans react to the latest MMA headlines including Jon Jones teasing his interest in a heavyweight bout against Francis Ngannou. The guys break down big wins from Alistair Overeem, Claudia Gadelha and Dan Ige at UFC Jacksonville and debate the merits of damage versus activity in fight scoring. Plus, reaction to the May 30 UFC main event pairing Tyron Woodley against Gilbert Burns and a final examination following "The Last Dance" of how Michael Jordan's mindset can be adapted into daily life.

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  • Teixeira-Smith Reaction, Calvin Kattar interview + UFC Fight Night Overeem vs Harris Preview (5/14)

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans look at the fallout from UFC Fight Night Teixeira vs Smith (1:30). Why didn't Anthony Smith's corner stop the fight before the fifth round (5:30)? What's next for Glover Teixeira (14:30)? What is next for Ben Rothwell after defeating OSP (21:20)? Plus full breakdown of the rest of UFC Fight Night Teixeira vs Smith (23:30). Calvin Kattar stops by to discuss his big win at UFC 249 and much more (36:40). The guys finish up by giving you a full preview of UFC Fight Night Overeem vs Harris (52:50).


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  • UFC Fight Night Smith-Teixeira Preview, Rashad's UFC 249 reaction + Matt Mitrione Interview

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans look at the fallout from a wild UFC 249 card, including Justin Gaethje's breakthrough win and Henry Cejudo's retirement (24:43). Does Conor McGregor's Twitter rant suggest he can crash the lightweight title party (16:33)? The guys preview Wednesday's UFC Fight Night card in Jacksonville (1:13:50) and Bellator heavyweight Matt Mitrione stops by to relive his run through the Grand Prix heavyweight tournament (57:05).


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  • UFC 249 instant analysis: Justin Gaethje's moment

    Brian Campbell reacts moments after an exciting UFC 249 card comes to a close as Justin Gaethje captured the interim lightweight title with a savage victory over Tony Ferguson. What are Gaethje's chances against Khabib Nurmagomedov? Where does Ferguson go from there? BC also looks at Henry Cejudo's big win and surprise retirement, along with a scary knockout from Francis Ngannou over Jair Rozenstruik. Plus, how well did the UFC do in keeping their fighters safe while presenting an entertaining product despite an empty arena?


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  • McGregor accepts Oscar's challenge; Jim Ross talks AEW, partying with Ric Flair

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew react to Conor McGregor's viral tweet about a boxing match with Oscar De La Hoya that started with a debate on last week's podcast. Could the fight really happen? Who would win (2:37)? The guys also hit up the latest boxing headlines including Mike Tyson being offered $20 million by BKFC to fight (25:20), Tyson Fury's father calling "Iron Mike" out (31:12) and Gennadiy Golovkin's hard stance against a Canelo Alvarez trilogy (46:55). Plus, pro wrestling legend Jim Ross stops by to talk why working in AEW without Vince McMahon in his ear has been so liberating, partying with Ric Flair and how he's adjusting as a widow during quarantine (1:09:15).


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  • UFC 249 interviews: Dana White, Cowboy Cerrone, Stipe Miocic, Anthony Pettis (5/6)

    Brian Campbell chats with a few of the major players ahead of Saturday's UFC 249 card and catches up with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic about who he hopes will win the Francis Ngannou-Jair Rozenstruik bout (28:08). UFC president Dana White relives the struggle that went into making this card a reality and addresses his critics who say his motivation was financial. White updates the latest on Fight Island and whether it's possible we see Jorge Masvidal-Conor McGregor in 2020 (5:25). Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone shares the mental barriers that prevented him from "showing up" against McGregor and his opponent (38:56), Anthony Pettis, talks about what fans can expect when two all-action legends square off (17:40). Plus, Miocic shares tales from the frontlines of the pandemic and gives his take on whether Daniel Cormier will get the trilogy fight he's after.

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  • UFC 249 Ultimate preview + Expert picks

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans get you ready with a full breakdown of UFC 249. The guys start at the top of the card and break down each fight and give their expert picks... Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje (1:55), Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz (19:58), Francis Ngannou vs Jair Rozenstruik (30:40), Calvin Kattar vs Jeremy Stephens (40:45), Greg Hardy vs Yorgan De Castro (44:10), Donald Cerrone vs Anthony Pettis (46:58), PLUS full breakdown of the rest of the prelims (51:35).


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  • Storytime with Rashad Evans Part Two: Bursting on the scene

    In the second installment of 'Storytime with Rashad' Brian Campbell sits down with UFC Hall of Famer 'Suga' Rashad Evans to relive his career and break down his first four fights in the UFC. After winning 'The Ultimate Fighter: Season 2' and signing a UFC contract, Rashad took four fights in under 300 days. Rashad began making a name for himself by defeating Sam Hoger in his first UFC fight in the light heavyweight division (14:00). Next up was TUF Season 1 runner-up Stephan Bonnar, who many expected to run through Rashad (36:40). Heading into the Jason Lambert fight, Rashad was facing a ton of scrutiny about his lack of finishing ability... How did the lack of respect fuel Rashad ahead of this fight (61:30)? We finish off the episode with arguably Rashad's most famous head-kick KO of Sean Salmon. What was it like headlining his first UFC event and winning the knockout of the night bonus (1:13:45)? Tune in to 'Storytime with Rashad Evans Part Two: Bursting on the scene' for stories that have never been heard before.

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  • Oscar De La Hoya talks economic impact of quarantine, why Canelo-GGG 3 must be next

    Brian Campbell is joined by Golden Boy CEO and Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya to get his thoughts about when boxing might be able to return. De La Hoya looks at the economic impact of the current pandemic and whether he agrees with old nemesis Dana White's boldness in getting the UFC back on track. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew reacts to Sergio Martinez's comeback at 45 and whether Errol Spence Jr. is right in saying he could beat a prime Floyd Mayweather.

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  • UFC 249 is set; Bellator's Michael Chandler, Aaron Pico stop by (4/28)

    Brian Campbell reacts to Dana White's announcement that UFC 249 will take place on May 9 with the first of three cards in eight days. Has White's war with the media got in the way of important newsgathering? How loaded is the card as a whole and should Amanda Nunes face criticism for pulling out? BC also chats with Bellator MMA stars Michael Chandler and Aaron Pico about dealing with the quarantine and what's next for both including Chandler's impending free agency and why he feels he is best fit to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov.


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  • Fighter to Fighter: Rashad Evans & Kamaru Usman discuss Quarantine, UFC 249 & his next opponent

    In case you missed it UFC Hall of Famer Suga Rashad Evans sat down with UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman to discuss everything from how his quarantine is going to what it would take for him to fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 249.

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  • Crawford sounds off, Joe Bob Briggs relives the '90s, 20for20 with Rafe

    Brian Campbell attempts to break the quarantine monotony with a fun boxing episode which includes an interview with legendary horror and B-movie reviewer Joe Bob Briggs to relive the 1990s and preview his collaboration with pro wrestling star Chris Jericho. Rafe Bartholomew drops by to update the latest boxing headlines including some bold assertions from welterweight champion Terence Crawford, Canelo Alvarez setting a future retirement date and the COVID-19 deaths of two figures close to the sport. Rafe also pulls back the curtain to answer the difficult questions in the debut of SOC's 20for20 segment.


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