The MMA Circus w/ Amanda Nunes, Kajan Johnson and Marvin Vettori

Episode 74 of The MMA Circus features UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, UFC lightweight Kajan Johnsonm and UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori.

EPISODE 74: The MMA Circus, hosted by Nick Baldwin and Andrew Lawrence, is back for your listening pleasure.

Guests:

Amanda Nunes (0:04:12) — UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes discusses her first-round submission of Miesha Tate, headlining UFC 200, whether or not Ronda Rousey will return, being the first openly gay UFC champion, and much more.

Kajan Johnson (0:28:28) — UFC lightweight Kajan Johnson discusses his recent injuries, when he plans to return to action, the opening of TriStar Vancouver, the recent launch of the Professional Fighters Association, his support for the Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Association, and much more.

Marvin Vettori (1:16:05) — UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori discusses his recent debut victory over Alberto Uda at UFC 202, being in Las Vegas for the first time, possibly headlining a UFC card in Italy, and much more.

Discussion Topics:

UFC on FOX 21 (1:53:18) — UFC on FOX 21 took place live from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, Aug. 27. In the main event, Demian Maia defeated Carlos Condit by submission.

Should Conor McGregor be stripped if he doesn’t return to featherweight? (2:08:40) — If UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor looks to fight in heavier weight classes yet again, should he be stripped of his 145-pound title?

UFC Fight Night 93 (2:17:53) — UFC Fight Night 93 takes place live from Hamburg, Germany on Saturday, Sept. 3. In the main event, Andrei Arlovski fights Josh Barnett.

Gets It/Doesn’t Get It (2:30:56) — Nick and Andrew let you know who gets it and who doesn’t get it. Simple as that.

Dumb Questions (2:39:00) — Nick and Andrew round out the show by answering infamous “dumb questions” submitted by listeners.

Social Media:

Nick Baldwin: @NickUFC

Andrew Lawrence: @TheClownKid

Amanda Nunes: @Amanda_Leoa

Kajan Johnson: @IAmRagin

Marvin Vettori: @MarvinVettori

Listen:

iTunes: HERE

Stitcher: HERE

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Episode 74 of The MMA Circus features UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, UFC lightweight Kajan Johnsonm and UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori.

EPISODE 74: The MMA Circus, hosted by Nick Baldwin and Andrew Lawrence, is back for your listening pleasure.

Guests:

Amanda Nunes (0:04:12) — UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes discusses her first-round submission of Miesha Tate, headlining UFC 200, whether or not Ronda Rousey will return, being the first openly gay UFC champion, and much more.

Kajan Johnson (0:28:28) — UFC lightweight Kajan Johnson discusses his recent injuries, when he plans to return to action, the opening of TriStar Vancouver, the recent launch of the Professional Fighters Association, his support for the Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Association, and much more.

Marvin Vettori (1:16:05) — UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori discusses his recent debut victory over Alberto Uda at UFC 202, being in Las Vegas for the first time, possibly headlining a UFC card in Italy, and much more.

Discussion Topics:

UFC on FOX 21 (1:53:18) — UFC on FOX 21 took place live from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, Aug. 27. In the main event, Demian Maia defeated Carlos Condit by submission.

Should Conor McGregor be stripped if he doesn’t return to featherweight? (2:08:40) — If UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor looks to fight in heavier weight classes yet again, should he be stripped of his 145-pound title?

UFC Fight Night 93 (2:17:53) — UFC Fight Night 93 takes place live from Hamburg, Germany on Saturday, Sept. 3. In the main event, Andrei Arlovski fights Josh Barnett.

Gets It/Doesn’t Get It (2:30:56) — Nick and Andrew let you know who gets it and who doesn’t get it. Simple as that.

Dumb Questions (2:39:00) — Nick and Andrew round out the show by answering infamous “dumb questions” submitted by listeners.

Social Media:

Nick Baldwin: @NickUFC

Andrew Lawrence: @TheClownKid

Amanda Nunes: @Amanda_Leoa

Kajan Johnson: @IAmRagin

Marvin Vettori: @MarvinVettori

Listen:

iTunes: HERE

Stitcher: HERE

Make sure to check out our sponsors, Unique Kennels and Classic Barber Shop.

Unique Kennels has been raising healthy and affordable bulldogs for 30 years are located in South Carolina. If you’re interested, make sure to purchase and bring home a brand new baby bulldog. Check out Unique Kennels on Twitter HERE and on Facebook HERE.

Classic Barber Shop is your top barber shop in Albuquerque, NM. Fighters and fans, head over to Classic Barber Shop if you’re in the Albuquerque area for the best haircut you’ve ever had. Visit Classic Barber Shop’s website HERE, and check out Classic Barber Shop on Twitter HERE and on Facebook HERE.

Benson Henderson vs. Michael Chandler Headlines Bellator 163

A fight that a lot of hardcore MMA have wanted to see for years have been booked, and it takes place in November. Bellator MMA announced on Wednesday that former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson would challenge newly crowned Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler at Bellator 163. Henderson (24-6) is currently on a one fight

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A fight that a lot of hardcore MMA have wanted to see for years have been booked, and it takes place in November.

Bellator MMA announced on Wednesday that former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson would challenge newly crowned Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler at Bellator 163.

Henderson (24-6) is currently on a one fight winning streak and is 3-3 in his last six bouts. He is coming off a win over Patricio Freire at Bellator 160 by second round TKO. Chandler (15-3) is currently on a three fight winning streak and is 4-2 in his last six bouts. Chander won the title after beating Patricky Freire at Bellator Dynamite 2 by first round KO.

Also announced for the event was undefeated British striker Michael “Venom” Page (11-0) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (25-13). Bellator tried to book the fight at Bellator 151 and Bellator 158, but it never panned out. Additional contests will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here is the updated card for the event:

Lightweight World Title Main Event: Michael Chandler (15-3) vs. Benson Henderson (24-6)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Michael “Venom” Page (11-0) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (25-13)

The event takes place on November 19th at SAP Center in San Jose, California. Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, Sept. 2 at Bellator.com, as well as SAP Center Box Office and Ticketmaster. Bellator Nation presale offer will take place Thursday, Sept. 1.

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Josh Barnett: Andrei Arlovski Is ‘Not Going To Be Good Enough’

Two former UFC heavyweight champions are set to do battle in the main event of this weekend’s (September 3, 2016) UFC Fight Night 93 from Hamburg, Germany as No. 6-ranked Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovski will take on No. 9-ranked Josh “Warmaster” Barnett. Both men have struggled as of late, but Barnett appears to be quite confident

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Two former UFC heavyweight champions are set to do battle in the main event of this weekend’s (September 3, 2016) UFC Fight Night 93 from Hamburg, Germany as No. 6-ranked Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovski will take on No. 9-ranked Josh “Warmaster” Barnett. Both men have struggled as of late, but Barnett appears to be quite confident heading into the bout.

Despite the “Pitbull’s” previous accomplishments, the “Warmaster” simply feels as if Arlovski won’t be ‘good enough’ to beat him this weekend on FOX Sports 1:

“He’s done so much over so long of a career and everybody has witnessed his talent time and again. But, I’d like to think that whatever he possess now is not going to be good enough. And to say that whatever he had then was never going to be good enough. But, I have to go out there and implement my will upon him.” Barnett said on The MMA Hour earlier this week.

Although his confidence is sky high, Barnett isn’t over looking Arlovski, who has suffered back-to-back losses in his last two bouts. In fact, the “Warmaster” labeled his Belarusian opponent as a ‘cornered animal’:

“But, knowing how tough Andrei Arlovski is meant that I had to train incredibly hard, I had to keep a lot of things in mind while I was training to perfect my approach for this fight. He is not someone to take lightly and he isn’t somebody to underestimate. I have ultimate faith in who I am and in what I possess to go into that cage. Knowing that, it doesn’t diminish the fact of how dangerous of an opponent of how Andrei Arlovski is. He’s coming off of two loses, but like people always say, it’s like a cornered animal.”

Barnett is also coming off of a loss to Ben Rothwell meaning both men will be looking to bounce back when the Octagon door closes in Hamburg.

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The Complete Guide to UFC Fight Night 93: Arlovski vs. Barnett

The UFC heads to Hamburg, Germany, for the first time with a show on its Fight Pass platform this Saturday, September 3. This will be the UFC’s fifth show in Germany, a market to which it has devoted sporadic attention since its first show there in 200…

The UFC heads to Hamburg, Germany, for the first time with a show on its Fight Pass platform this Saturday, September 3. This will be the UFC’s fifth show in Germany, a market to which it has devoted sporadic attention since its first show there in 2009.

In the main event, veteran heavyweights Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski will put their combined 36 years of MMA experience to use in an excellent matchup that’s still relevant to the top of the division. Both fighters are coming off losses—two, in Arlovski’s case—and badly need a win to stay among the elite.

A pair of light heavyweight bouts adds additional interest to the event. In the co-main event, two-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson takes on Poland’s Jan Blachowicz in a get-back-on-track fight for the Swede, while Ilir Latifi gets a shot at high-level competition as he takes on Ryan Bader.

After that, however, the quality of the card drops off drastically. The matchups are fun, especially a bantamweight fight between Brazil’s Leandro Issa and rising Frenchman Taylor Lapilus, but there’s nothing that much affects the top of any division.

Let’s take a look at each matchup.

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Rumor: Joe Silva Leaving His Role As UFC Matchmaker In Near Future

While he has been a behind-the-scenes personality that is rarely seen in public, Joe Silva is no doubt one of the more integral management figures that has played a key role in the success of the UFC for well over a decade now, however all of that may …

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While he has been a behind-the-scenes personality that is rarely seen in public, Joe Silva is no doubt one of the more integral management figures that has played a key role in the success of the UFC for well over a decade now, however all of that may soon be a thing of the past.

Although it should be taken strictly as a rumor until reported otherwise, TalkMMA reported via Twitter a rumor regarding Silva, the longtime UFC matchmaker, possibly parting ways with the company in the near future.

Dana White was the key management figure that was kept on in the same role following the sale of the UFC from Zuffa (Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta) to WME | IMG, a deal that was reportedly worth $4 billion. Prior to the official announcement of the sale, it was reported that Joe Silva would be staying on in a similar role like White did, however as seen below, there is now talk that he may be on his way out after a lengthy, successful run with the promotion, which dates back to the pre-Zuffa days when SEG (Semaphore Entertainment Group) owned the company.

The TalkMMA crew wrote the following two messages on Wednesday afternoon:

“Also, rumor is Joe Silva is parting ways with the UFC. He’s staying on as a courtesy. No word on his replacement at this time.”

“I have confirmed that Joe Silva is parting ways with the UFC.”

UPDATE: Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com is reporting the same rumor regarding Joe Silva’s departure. They noted that he is expected to part ways with the company by the end of 2016.

Joe Silva Reportedly Leaves UFC

When the UFC was sold to talent agency WME-IMG for a record setting $4 billion earlier this year, fight fans and pundits alike wondered what, if any, changes would occur within the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Perhaps today (August 31, 2016) we have received wind of quite a substantial change. According to

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When the UFC was sold to talent agency WME-IMG for a record setting $4 billion earlier this year, fight fans and pundits alike wondered what, if any, changes would occur within the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Perhaps today (August 31, 2016) we have received wind of quite a substantial change.

According to a report from Talk MMA, which was later confirmed by Jason Coles of the MMA Sun, longtime UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has parted was with the promotion:


Silva has been with the UFC for years now serving as the company’s Vice President for Talent Relations in addition to putting together some of the biggest fights in the history of the sport. This move is a surprising one especially given the fact that Silva was in attendance at the UFC on FOX 21 weigh-ins this past weekend (Sat., August 27, 2016) in Vancouver, Canada.

Details regarding the situation are still scarce as both Silva and the UFC have yet to comment on the situation.

Stay tuned to LowKickMMA as more news regarding the manner unfolds.

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