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Welcome to “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly show that takes a quick spin through the biggest topics in mixed martial arts. This week, host Simon Head is joined by panelists Brian “Goze” from MMA Junkie Radio, as well as MMA Junkie’s John Morgan and Nolan King. Let’s get into it!
Paige VanZant made her debut for BKFC at the weekend at their “KnuckleMania” event. She came up short on the scorecards against Britain Hart but has since posted a defiant, expletive-laden message on Instagram since then, stating that she won’t quit when things get tough. She says she’s in it for the long haul, but what does that mean? How will VanZant’s combat sports career progress from here?
Rumor and speculation continues to swirl over what’s next for the UFC lightweight division, with a certain Nate Diaz adding a little more spice to the mix by getting involved in social media exchanges with Tony Ferguson and, most notably, Dustin Poirier. It seems Diaz is spoiling for a fight, but does one matchup rise above the others in terms of potential appeal?
UFC Fight Night 184 on Saturday night saw two contenders come up big with impressive finishes at the UFC Apex. Alexander Volkov finished Alistair Overeem in the second round of the heavyweight headliner, but Cody Sandhagen stole the show with a stunning flying-knee knockout of Frankie Edgar in the co-main. Both men are angling for title shots in 2021, but which man is most likely to get his wish first – and will they be successful when they get it?
And finally, the action rolls on at the UFC Apex on Saturday night in Las Vegas, as welterweight champion Kamaru Usman puts his title on the line against former teammate and training partner Gilbert Burns at UFC 258. It’s a fascinating matchup between two men who know each other very well, but is that knowledge going to be enough to help Burns dethrone “The Nigerian Nightmare” in Saturday night’s main event?
Hope you enjoy this week’s show. Watch Episode 66 of “Spinning Back Clique” above.