Submission Radio returns with an action-packed show, featuring interviews with Chad Mendes, Gunnar Nelson, Paige VanZant, and a breakdown of MMA’s hot topics with Elias Cepeda of Fox Sports.
As always, the video above features clickable annotations and timestamps, and below is a rundown of what to expect on the episode. We hope you enjoy the show.
Chad Mendes comes on (at the 21:27 mark) to talk about his fight against Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. “Money” addresses accusations of taking the Conor McGregor fight just to cash a pay check, why only “retards” question his cardio, why Frankie Edgar has to watch out for his wrestling and knockout power, Frankie getting screwed out of a title shot, why this fight is important for his legacy, how much he misses TJ Dillashaw since he left Team Alpha Male, how he would do against Conor McGregor in a rematch, why the nickname “Mini Mendes” doesn’t actually piss him off, and more.
Gunnar Nelson returns to the show (at the 44:34 mark) to discuss his fight against Demian Maia at the stacked UFC 194. Gunni discusses his recent time spent in Dublin Ireland and what it was like watching Aisling Daly get the biggest win of her career, the disappointment of not fighting on the card, Dustin Poirier’s decision not to take a fight on short notice, his grappling being better suited to MMA than Demian Maia’s, visualizing himself submitting Maia, working on new movements and theories, the current issues with weight cuts in MMA (including Conor’s), how much Conor’s ACL injury affected his performance at UFC 189, the dynamic between his and Conor’s friendship, and lots more
Paige VanZant makes her first appearance on the show (at the 3:30 mark) and discusses her fight against Rose Namajunas at UFC Fight Night 80. Paige talks about the sacrifices she’s made to get to the UFC, training to be a fighter while her friends were out partying, meeting Sage Northcutt and the comparisons to Ken and Barbie, being marketed around her looks, detractors of her and her exclusive Reebok deal, Angela Hill’s comments about her being groomed by the UFC, what advantages she has against Rose Namajunas, how it feels to be main-eventing a card, why she’s always smiling, and much more.
Elias Cepeda joins our roundtable chat to discuss some of the hot topics in MMA, including Khabib Nurmagomedov getting injured again and possibly retiring (at the 1:07:47 mark), Rousimar Palhares’ 2 year suspension and if it was the right call by NSAC (at the 1:25:04 mark), and also Glory kickboxing being cancelled from Spike TV (at the 1:41:07 mark) and if it means the end for the promotion.
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