The MMA Word is a weekly video podcast that features interviews with mixed martial artists fighters and prominent figures from around the world of combat sports. Host Michael Wellman gives his views and opinions on the latest headlines in MMA, as well as fight previews and recaps. For Episode 43, Mike is joined by Bellator 123 fighters Matt Bessette and Kin Moy.
UFC 177 is in the past and everyone involved deserves an “I survived UFC 177” T-shirt. The PPV itself wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be, as Joe Soto lasted until the fifth round with UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. Next up on the UFC schedule is Fight Night 50 this Friday night, headlined by Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza. The event is of unique significance because the UFC will be going head-to-head with Bellator on cable television, and holding an event just eight miles down the road from Bellator’s show.
The wheels never stop turning in the world of mixed martial arts, and all we can do is try to keep up. Here’s what we’ve got lined up for this week’s podcast:
-UFC 177: That bad? : I give my thoughts of TJ Dillashaw’s title defense, Bethe Correia’s win over Shayna Baszler, and the rest of the UFC’s “cursed” card of 2014.
–Matt Bessette Interview: “The Mangler” stops by to talk about his most recent loss to Daniel Weichel, and his fight this Friday night against Scott Cleve at Bellator 123.
–Kin Moy Interview: Kin “Kong” Moy is an undefeated (6-0) bantamweight fighter out of Redline Fight Sports in Cambridge, MA and makes his Bellator debut this Friday night against Steve Gonzalez. We discuss where he got the nickname ‘Kong’ and how he got into MMA.
–Weight Cutting: I give my thoughts on the weight cutting, which is seemingly becoming more of a problem impacting the sport. With Renan Barao being removed the day before his UFC main event, the issue needs to be looked at. I give my take on how we would explain the purpose of weight cutting in mixed martial arts to an alien who had no knowledge of the process.