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The MMA Word Episode #16 (UFC 167 Recap w/ Chris Leslie, Pettis Knee Injury, Bellator Releases Askren, UFC adds Strawweights)

The MMA Word mixed martial arts podcast returns on This week host Mike Wellman is joined by Chris Leslie from, and we recap the fights from UFC 167, which ended in controversy after most people watching thought that Johny Hendricks had defeated Georges St. Pierre to become the new UFC welterweight champion, and St. Pierre won via split decision to retain the title.

–We recap the biggest winners and surprising performances from UFC 167, and where some of the fighters go from here.

–UFC President Dana White announced this past week that the UFC will be introducing a women’s strawweight division, and we discuss who might be the first 115-pound fighters to step foot in the octagon.

–We also discuss the bad luck that is Anthony Pettis’ latest knee injury. Pettis is out of action with a torn PCL, and we discuss what that means for Pettis, and the rest of the lightweight division.

–Bellator and Ben Askren have parted ways, seemingly allowing Askren to sign with the UFC unrestricted. Not so much. The UFC isn’t interested, and we discuss what might be next for Askren.