This is The A-Side Live Chat on MMA Fighting.
Today on the show, we’ll talk Henry Cejudo retaining his UFC flyweight title against bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Brooklyn. Was the stoppage too early? How did Dillashaw look at 125 pounds? What’s next for Cejudo and the entire division?
We’ll also discuss the aftermath from the UFC Brooklyn card, the first-ever UFC event on ESPN+. What was the new format like? Any hiccups? Did the ratings and subscriptions added impress? Plus, what’s next for the likes of Paige VanZant, Gregor Gillespie, Joanne Calderwood and others?
In addition, Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone seemingly, informally agreed to fight each other after Cerrone’s impressive TKO win over Alexander Hernandez. Will this fight happen? Should it? And what’s going on with McGregor and the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) anyway?
We will also speak about Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader headlining Bellator 214 on Saturday. The bout is the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix and for the Bellator heavyweight title. Can Emelianenko somehow turn back time and pull it off? What would a win say for Bader at this stage?
Also on tap, we’ll chat about Greg Hardy’s disqualification loss to Allen Crowder at UFC Brooklyn. Hardy landed an illegal knee and Crowder could not continue. Where did things go wrong for Hardy, the former NFL player with awful outside-the-cage baggage? How did he look overall in his UFC debut?
If there is time, we can also talk about Khabib Nurmagomedov laying out a possible final three opponents of his career in Georges St-Pierre, Floyd Mayweather and Tony Ferguson; the rest of the Bellator 214 card; and Yoel Romero competing on a reality show.
There is plenty to talk about, so join us to discuss all of the above and much more. All is up for discussion. The chat will start at our time of 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
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