The MMA Word is a weekly video podcast, where host Michael Wellman offers up his views and opinions on the latest headlines in mixed martial arts, as well as interviews with fighters and prominent figures from around the world of combat sports. For Episode #34, Mike is joined by Jim Genia from Fightline.com to discuss mixed martial arts in New York, and Zane Simon from BloodyElbow.com to take an in depth look at the UFC’s roster and some recently signed prospects.
After Bellator 120 and its seemingly endless barrage of the unexpected, The MMA Word mixed martial arts podcast returns to Fightline.com with another episode to help you pick up the pieces. The puzzling judging in the main and co-main events, along with Muhammed Lawal’s endless shoot promos on his employer left us in a state of bewilderment on Saturday night. Aside from assessing the fallout from Bellator’s first pay-per-view event, we’ve also got a few guests on the podcast this week. Here’s what is lined up for this week’s extra–long show:
–Bellator 120 Recap: Tito Ortiz puts Alexander Shlemenko to sleep, Rampage wins a controversial decision over King Mo, and Will Brooks won a (split) decision over Michael Chandler. Oh what a night it was. I break down the action in and out of the cage from Bellator’s epic first night behind a paywall.
–Jim Genia Interview: Jim Genia comes on the show to fill us in on the current efforts to get this fighting stuff legalized in New York. The Senate passed a bill, but the Assembly won’t even vote on one. We also talk about what could be done to open the eyes of the general public in New York to make it more of a priority.
–MMA Headlines: Bruce Leeroy vs. The California Kid, Guida vs. Bermudez, and Bas Rutten’s thoughts on Jon Jones and eyepoking made headlines this week. I go over those stories and other newsworthy occurrences in the world of mixed martial arts from the past week or so.
–Zane Simon Interview: Zane Simon from BloodyElbow.com joins us to discuss the current state of the UFC’s roster. We talk about some recently signed prospects to look out for and the sheer size of the roster these days.
–UFC 173 Preview: TJ Dillashaw gets his shot at the belt this Saturday when he takes on UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao. I break down the fights and give my predictions for the main card, which also features Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson in a number-one contender fight at light heavyweight.
As always, you can follow me on twitter @mikewellman88 for podcast updates and other mixed martial arts news and discussion.