Spinning Back Clique: Is the world ready for packed arenas at UFC events?

MMA Junkie Staff
·2 min read

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

This week, our panel weighs in on a few upcoming UFC title fights, what can be done about weight cutting in MMA, and what type of message the UFC is sending by announcing fans are returning to future events. Host Simon Head is joined by panelists Brian “Goze” Garcia of MMA Junkie Radio, as well as MMA Junkie’s Farah Hannoun and Danny Segura. Let’s get into it!

  • Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2: It’s a huge fight, but if you’re Jon Jones – who seems to be waiting in the wings for the winner – what do you want to hear from Bruce Buffer at the end of the fight at UFC 260? “And new,” or “And still”?

  • The UFC’s vacant lightweight title fight will feature Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler in May. What’s your reaction to that booking, and who do you think will take over Khabib Nurmagomedov’s mantle at 155 pounds?

  • There were scary scenes at the UFC on ESPN 21 weigh-ins, when Julija Stoliarenko passed out on the scale. What should be done to prevent a repeat, or worse?

  • And finally, the UFC has confirmed that UFC 261 in Jacksonville and UFC 262 in Houston will both play to maximum-capacity crowds. It’s a big statement from the UFC, with Dana White making good on his promise to be the first sport back to full arenas. But what are your feelings on this? Is being the first sport back a good thing, or would the UFC be better off waiting?

Hope you enjoy this week’s show. Watch Episode 72 of “Spinning Back Clique” above.