UFC 226 feels like a bright beginning. A true superfight between current light heavyweight and heavyweight champions is enough to get any fight fan’s blood pumping. Add to that a title defense, in which one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on earth faces a creative challenger who has finished every one of his last seven opponents. And then there is the undercard, a worthy appetizer.
We couldn’t ask for a better event to preview for Dr. Patrick Wyman’s final episode as co-host of this podcast. Pat has been a regular part of the show for nearly four years, and his insightful analysis, good humor, and passionate fury will all be missed. We are joined once again by new co-host Phil Mackenzie, and since this is a landmark episode, I didn’t try to hard to edit it down. That’s right, prepare yourselves for an hour and a half of the analysis you crave, including such topics as:
- Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier: can DC still take heavyweight power, and can Stipe wrestle with the crotch lift king?
- Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega: holy hell, this fight
- But really, Ortega could’ve gotten three times better since his last fight, in which he was markedly better than the fight before that
- And that still might not be enough against the combat genius of Holloway. THIS FIGHT.
- Francis Ngannou looks into a funhouse mirror and sees a chubbier version of himself. Who wins?
- Israel Adesanya, and the gentle-as-can-be test that is Brad Tavares
- Gokhan Saki and Khalil Rountree: two incredible athletes with skillsets no deeper than a sidewalk puddle–for Pat
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