Spinning Back Clique: UFC 283’s new champions, Ngannou’s options, Power Slap, more

Check out this week’s “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly live show that takes a spin through the biggest topics in mixed martial arts. This week’s panel of Brian “Goze” Garcia, Mike Bohn and Nolan King will join host “Gorgeous” George Garcia live at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) to discuss and debate:

  • Jamahal Hill starts title reign: Jamahal Hill dominated former champion Glover Teixeira in the UFC 283 main event to become the new light heavyweight champion. He’s the first graduate of Dana White’s Contender Series to become a UFC titleholder. Who else from DWCS can become a UFC champ? And how long can Hill reign as champion?

  • Brandon Moreno starts second reign: In the UFC 283 co-main event, Brandon Moreno likely wrapped up his rivalry with Deiveson Figueiredo with a third-round TKO to unify the flyweight titles. Figueiredo is going to move to bantamweight now, he said, and Moreno moved to 2-1-1 in their four-fight series. Was the final fight between the two satisfying? And what’s next for Figueiredo?

  • Breaking down DJ’s pay: Former UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson recently opened up about his pay when he was with the promotion, and it got plenty of scrutiny given how little he said he was making, even while he was a titleholder. Did the UFC promote him properly? What could have worked out differently for “Mighty Mouse,” who now is a ONE Championship titleholder?

  • Francis Ngannou’s next move: Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is a free agent, and the combat sports world will be anxiously awaiting word of his next move. He seems to have a bounty of options, particularly ones that could be very lucrative. Tyson Fury is interested in boxing him. Will the Jon Jones-Ciryl Gane winner truly be the Baddest Man on the Planet? And did Ngannou make the right move to leave the UFC?

  • Power Slap … is a thing: The UFC-backed Power Slap League started this past week on TBS. The ratings came out, and they weren’t good. And there’s been a bevy of criticism – even from fighters who get their paychecks from Dana White and the UFC. Opinions on it have been strong, and we won’t hold back giving ours.

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


Twitter reacts to Glover Teixeira's retirement after UFC 283 title loss to Jamahal Hill


Twitter reacts to Brandon Moreno's title unification TKO win over Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 283

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