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Spinning Back Clique: The Prochazka-Teixeira instant classic, Shevchenko, Jedrzejczyk, more

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Check out this week’s “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly show that takes a spin through the biggest topics in mixed martial arts.

Our  panel of Brian “Goze” Garcia, Matt Wells and Danny Segura discuss five topics with host “Gorgeous” George Garcia.

  • Jiri Prochazka and Glover Teixeira fought an instant classic at UFC 275. Teixeira was 28 seconds away from likely retaining his title, but Prochazka found a rear-naked choke to win the title. Are we giving more credit to Prochazka for winning – or to Teixeira for losing?

  • Valentina Shevchenko eked out a split decision over Talia Santos for her seventh straight women’s flyweight title defense at UFC 275. It was the first time Shevchenko was truly tested during her title reign. A clash of heads in Round 3 caused Santos’ eye to shut for the championship rounds, which Shevchenko took advantage of. Is Shevchenko lucky to escape with a win?

  • The rematch between Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk was a barnburner, until Weili’s spinning backfist ended their UFC 275 fight early in Round 2. Jedrzejczyk leave her gloves in the cage to end an stellar career. Where does “Joanna Champion” rank among all-time women’s MMA fighters?

  • Was the Jiri Prochazka vs. Glover Teixeira title fight the kind of classic that could wind up in the UFC Hall of Fame down the road? And did it overtake Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustaffson 1 as the greatest light heavyweight title fight in history?

  • The UFC 278 main event in August in Salt Lake City will be welterweight champ Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards in a rematch. That’s a great headliner, but what are some candidates for the co-feature?

“Spinning Back Clique” is released each Tuesday on MMA Junkie’s YouTube channel. You can watch the full episode in the video above.