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Sparring Partners Podcast

By Coby McKinley and Brad Jones
An MMA Podcast hosted by Coby McKinley of FightFreaks.co and Brad Jones.
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UFC Blaydes vs. Lewis/ UFC 258/ Bellator on Showtime/ Carano Fired/ Sparring Partners MMA Podcast 18

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UFC Goes Public / Pay JBJ / Bellator 255 and Rankings / New Shorts, Same Problems - Sparring Partners MMA Podcast 23
The boys are back for this 23rd edition of the Sparring Partners MMA Podcast to discuss all the things going on in the wild west town that is the MMA landscape. Coby and Brad discuss the possibilities of a public, share-holder-based fight promotion. How does that work? Your hosts also discuss the ongoing situation with Jon Jones and the UFC. Pay the man! Do the fight! The new Venum fight kits are here along with the new pay structure and it's...just as horrible for the athletes as before! Did we expect anything more or less? Probably not, but we talk about it. Bellator 255 is upon us! Coby previews the main card.
01:14:18
April 2, 2021
UFC 260 Reaction Special / UFC 260 Results/ New Champ! - Sparring Partners MMA Podcast
Your hosts sit down for a special UFC 260 reaction show. All the UFC 260 results, plus analysis of the post-fight news and drama. Specifically, what's next for the top-6 fighters from Saturday's UFC 260.
01:11:45
March 29, 2021
Kevin Holland Mentally Broke at UFC Vegas 22/ UFC 260/ & More - Sparring Partners MMA Podcast 22
Solo episode this week! Join Coby as he walks you through the fallout from UFC Vegas 22. Did Kevin Holland talk to much in his decision loss to Derek Brunson. I mean, didn't Holland always talk? He did. UFC 260 is today, and the heavyweight title is up for grabs between heavyweight GOAT Stipe Miocic and current scariest heavyweight Fancis N'Gannou! Coby takes a look at today's card and some of the interesting bouts taking place at the heavyweight-headlined UFC PPV. Other bouts lower on the card include: Sean O'Malley vs. Thomas Almeida is sure to deliver, Alonzo Menifield is back, Tyron Woodley vs. Vicente Luque is going to be super interesting. In other news, Meisha Tate is back! She's booked, but will she have an impact on the division? In addition, Rizin Fighting Federation announced the Rizin Bantamweight Japan Grand Prix. Really looking forward to that one.
53:53
March 27, 2021
Eye Pokes and Down Knees! / Khabib Retires (Again)/ Fans are Back!/ Sparring Partners Pod 21
Oh boy! What a week. We had yet another week of fouls messing up what began as fantastic contests. Leon Edwards stabbed Belal Muhammad's eyeball which led to a No Contest. The apparent next in line for welterweight gold is now getting clowned by his peers even worse than before. Your hosts discuss.  Khabib is officially retired! The Arbiter of Retirement Dana White announced via Twitter that the retirement of the UFC Lightweight Champion is official. The promotion now turns to crowning a new champion at 155 in a bout between...not Dustin Poirier vs. literally anyone else? In all seriousness, Michael Chandler takes on Charles Oliveira at UFC 262  Big things are poppin' at 135lbs! In all of the mess of 259, Cory Sandhagen moves on to defend his status of #1 contender against former champion TJ Dillashaw. In another possible bantamweight thriller, it was announced that Rob Font takes on former champion Cody Garbrandt.  In other news, the UFC is back! Or rather, crowds are back! UFC 261 has been announced with a welterweight title rematch between Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal, a flyweight title matchup between  Valentina Shevchenko and  Jéssica Andrade, and a strawweight title bout between Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas. Take our money, but give us and everyone else a shot first!
01:23:13
March 20, 2021
UFC 259 Fallout / DQ Championship Win? / Adesanya's Future/ Sparring Partners Podcast 20
Your hosts discuss the fallout from UFC 259! What is Israel Adesanya's future after his failed title bid? What about Jan Blachowicz? In other news: Amanda Nunes killed a division. The Men's Bantamweight title changed hands in the most unique way ever: Via DQ.  Leon Edwards returns on Saturday against...against...that's right! "Remember the Name" Belal Muhammad. What're the stakes? I mean, Dana White said Edwards gets a title shot with a win at UFC Vegas 21, but it's entirely possible he was just sayin' stuff. Was he? He was.
01:36:15
March 13, 2021
UFC 259 Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya Full Card Preview Special / Sparring Partners MMA Podcast
Your hosts, Coby McKinley and Brad Jones are at it again! This week is different in that it ain't no normal episode. This is all UFC 259 all the time! The guys take a look at UFC 259: Blachowicz vs. Adesanya from top to bottom and try to predict the winners and losers of Saturday's fights. Three title fights, and an undercard and preliminary card that is so chalk-full of name value, they could be a UFC Fight Night on their own. So, check out the Sparring Partners' UFC 259 breakdown and get ready for tonight's fights.
01:28:32
March 6, 2021
Derrick Lewis' HUGE KO Over Curtis Blaydes/UFC FN: Rozenstruik vs. Gane/ Sparring Partners Pod 18
The fellas are back for a rare and unprecedented Saturday show! Your hosts talk about the Derrick Lewis' stunning KO of Curtis Blaydes and the layout of the UFC heavyweight division. They take a look at today's UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane and where the possible winners go from here. UFC 259 is only a week away, but the shadow of Jon Jones hangs over it all. The heavyweight division: Jon Jones. The light-heavyweight division: Jon Jones. Confused public relations campaign: Jon Jones.   All that and more in this week's Sparring Partners MMA Podcast!  Enjoy, and feel free to reach out to the show in the comments below!
01:40:07
February 27, 2021
UFC Blaydes vs. Lewis/ UFC 258/ Bellator on Showtime/ Carano Fired/ Sparring Partners MMA Podcast 18
Big things poppin' this week at the Sparring Partners MMA podcast! We discuss UFC Vegas 19: Blaydes vs. Lewis and the UFC heavyweight logjam that sees no end in sight. Bellator is moving to Showtime, but do they have a roster to support premium television? Also, Gina Carano got fired due to some pretty ill-advised social media activity, but the guys at the Daily Wire seem pretty keen on picking her up. They guys discuss.  All that and more in this week's Sparring Partners MMA Podcast!
01:24:58
February 18, 2021
UFC Vegas 18! Overeem's Last Run! Stephen A Smith HATES Women's MMA! Sparring Partners MMA Pod EP 16
UFC Vegas 18 takes place Saturday, February 6th with a main event between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov in a heavyweight contest. Other than that, this week is all about the Odds and Ends for the boys at the Sparring Partners Podcast. Nate Diaz says not so fast on a UFC lightweight title run. Stephen A Smith yet again confirms he shouldn't be covering MMA when, like  a 2011 Dana White, stated that he doesn't think women should be fighting in the UFC or at all for that matter. Also in the show, should Charles Oliveira be shamed for turning down a title eliminator against Michael Chandler on less than two-week's notice? (Spoiler: NO)  All that and more in this week's Sparring Partners MMA Podcast!
01:34:25
February 4, 2021
UFC 257 Poirier KOs McGregor! Chandler KO Win! Nate Diaz Returns? Sparring Partners MMA Pod Ep 15
Brad and Coby are back this week on the Sparring Partners Podcast to discuss all the comings and goings in the world of MMA. Specifically, this episode is dedicated to all things UFC 257. Dustin Poirier captured a career defining win when he knocked out Conor McGregor. Michael Chandler won his UFC debut in a big way when he stopped Dan Hooker in round 1. While those men settled into the top of the UFC lightweight division, the UFC made some matchups in the middleweight division. All that, and more in this week's episode of the Sparring Partners Podcast!
01:10:24
January 28, 2021
UFC 257 Preview! Fight Island Results! Holloway GOAT Boxer and More! Sparring Partners MMA Pod Ep 14
The UFC has finally returned for a week at Fight Island that contains 3 great fight cards in eight days. In this episode we go over Max Holloways masterful win at UFC Fight Island 7, and we also go over Michael Chiesa dominating Neil Magny at UFC Fight Island 8. Your hosts then discuss the UFC Featherweight and Welterweight Rankings to see where recent winners stack up. Khabib Nurmagomedov has a big announcement, but it's not the one that Dana White revealed. Will the UFC Lightweight Champion relinquish his title? Then, as always, some Odds & Ends to round things out.
01:13:09
January 21, 2021
UFC is Back! Holloway vs Kattar / Adesanya vs Blachowicz Official / Sparring Partners MMA Pod Ep 13
The Sparring Partners MMA Podcast is back this week to discuss the upcoming UFC return to Fight Island when Max Holloway takes on Calvin Kattar. They mess around a bit about Chiesa vs. Magny. UFC 258 & 259 both have main events now as the UFC has made Usman vs. Burns and Israel Adesanya vs. Jan Blachowicz official. The fellas wrap up the show with a new segment called Odds and Ends where they discuss things like open scoring in MMA and Paige Vanzant gets her Bare Knuckle FC start date.
01:12:17
January 13, 2021
Sparring Partners MMA Podcast 2020 "Of the Year" Awards Special: Fighter of the Year and more!
This is it! This is the Sparring Partners MMA Podcast "Of the Year" Awards for 2020. Join your hosts Brad and Coby as they break down the following categories: KO of the Year, Submission of the Year, Breakthrough Fighter, Performance of the Year, Comeback Fighter of the Year, and Fighter of the Year. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Instagram:  @SparringPartnersPod                     @bjones223                     @cobymckinley (gamecontrollerreviews.com)   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Consider posting questions for next week in the comments below, or reach out on Instagram or E-mail.   SparringPartnersPodcast@gmail.com
48:15
January 1, 2021
Sparring Partners: An MMA Podcast Episode 11: Old Guys Win at UFC Vegas 17! Pettis, Aldo, and Thompson Win. Now What?
Sparring Partners: An MMA Podcast is back this week, fresh off Saturday's UFC Vegas 17: Thompson vs. Neal. The old guys showed out big time with Anthony Pettis, Jose Aldo, and Wonderboy Thompson all putting on phenomenal, veteran performances. Your hosts also discuss the upcoming Rizin 26 New Years card. As always please like, subscribe, and comment down below if you have a question, comment, or concern for the show! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Presented by: https://FilmFightFreaks.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Watch on YouTube! Like, Subscribe, and Comment! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Instagram: @SparringPartnersPod @bjones223 @cobymckinley (gamecontrollerreviews.com) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Consider posting questions for next week in the comments below, or reach out on Instagram or E-mail. SparringPartnersPodcast@gmail.com
01:07:28
December 22, 2020
Sparring Partners Podcast Ep. 10: Greatest Flyweight Bout? / JDS, Jacare Cut from UFC? / Yoel to Bellator MMA
SHOW LESSSparring Partners: An MMA Podcast is back this week to discuss the final UFC pay-per-view of 2020, UFC 256. Your hosts discuss UFC 256 results and the beauty that was the UFC Flyweight title main event between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno. Also on the show, Charles Oliveira has arrived into the title picture after his shutout win over Tony Ferguson. Coby and Brad also look forward to UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal. The rest of the card is quite solid as well.  As always please like, subscribe, and comment down below if you have a question, comment, or concern for the show!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Presented by: https://FilmFightFreaks.com/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Watch on YouTube! Like, Subscribe, and Comment!   Listen on Anchor - https://anchor.fm/sparringpartnerspod  Listen on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/0dceAOk...   Listen on Google Podcasts! - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=...  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Instagram:  @SparringPartnersPod                     @bjones223                     @cobymckinley (gamecontrollerreviews.com)   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Consider posting questions for next week in the comments below, or reach out on Instagram or E-mail.   SparringPartnersPodcast@gmail.com
01:11:38
December 15, 2020
Sparring Partners Podcast Ep. 9: UFC 256 l Mayweather v Paul l Hermansson v Vettori l UFC cuts Yoel!
Another solo episode for you this week! Coby takes you through the events of UFC Vegas 16: Hermansson vs Vettori and looks forward to UFC 256, headlined by a flyweight championship bout between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno. We also discuss the recent roster cuts from the UFC and the most random Tito Ortiz stat of all time.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Presented by: https://FilmFightFreaks.com/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Watch on YouTube! Like, Subscribe, and Comment!    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Instagram:  @SparringPartnersPod                     @bjones223                     @cobymckinley (gamecontrollerreviews.com)   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Consider posting questions for next week in the comments below, or reach out on Instagram or E-mail.   SparringPartnersPodcast@gmail.com
40:58
December 8, 2020
Sparring Partners Podcast Ep. 8.5 (Solo): Tyson v Jones / Smith v Clark / Khabib Buys GFC MMA!/ More
In this special solo-episode, Coby gives his take on the Mike Tyson/Roy Jones Jr card, and Jake Paul's faceplant KO of Nate Robinson. He also looks ahead to UFC Fight Night: Hermansson v. Vettori. Coby also takes a look at r/mma and browses the news from the past few days.   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Presented by: https://FilmFightFreaks.com/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Watch on YouTube! Like, Subscribe, and Comment!  Listen on Anchor - https://anchor.fm/sparringpartnerspod Listen on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/0dceAOk...  Listen on Google Podcasts! - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=...  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Instagram:  @SparringPartnersPod                     @bjones223                     @cobymckinley (gamecontrollerreviews.com)   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Consider posting questions for next week in the comments below, or reach out on Instagram or E-mail.   SparringPartnersPodcast@gmail.com
57:22
December 1, 2020
Sparring Partners Ep. 8 / UFC FN: Dos Anjos v. Felder / UFC 255 / DWCS Week 10 Preview / MMA Subreddit News
Whew! What a card we got this past Saturday, and what a card we have this coming Saturday! Coby and Brad discuss the fallout from UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos v. Felder and take a look forward to the hardcore fan's love letter that is UFC 255. Coby also preview the last week, week 10, of the 2020 season of Dana White's Contender Series. We also scroll reddit for a bit, so there that. Enjoy the show!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Presented by: https://FilmFightFreaks.com/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Watch on YouTube! Like, Subscribe, and Comment!   Listen on Anchor - https://anchor.fm/sparringpartnerspod  Listen on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/0dceAOk...   Listen on Google Podcasts! - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=...  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Instagram:  @SparringPartnersPod                     @bjones223                     @cobymckinley (gamecontrollerreviews.com)   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Consider posting questions for next week in the comments below, or reach out on Instagram or E-mail.   SparringPartnersPodcast@gmail.com
01:10:51
November 17, 2020
Sparring Partners Pod Ep 7 l Glover Teixeira Wins l McGregor Next Fight l Bellator LHW Review & More
This week on the Sparring Partners Podcast, Coby and Brad discuss Glover Teixeira's win over Thiago Santos. Does Teixeira get the next title shot over Israel Adesanya? Should he? Also covered is the Bellator Light Heavyweight division. It needs talent, y'all. Also on the show, Dustin Poirier's bout against Conor McGregor is in jeopardy, and should he just take the fight as offered?  In addition, your hosts take a look at Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Felder v. Dos Anjos, and they get prematurely hyped for UFC 256.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Presented by: https://FilmFightFreaks.com/  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Watch on YouTube! Like, Subscribe, and Comment!   Listen on Anchor - https://anchor.fm/sparringpartnerspod Listen on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/0dceAOk...   Listen on Google Podcasts! - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=...  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Instagram:  @SparringPartnersPod                     @bjones223                     @cobymckinley (gamecontrollerreviews.com)   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Consider posting questions for next week in the comments below, or reach out on Instagram or E-mail.   SparringPartnersPodcast@gmail.com
01:02:45
November 10, 2020
Sparring Partners Ep. 6 l UFC Vegas 12: Hall Silva l Anderson Silva Retired? l Adesanya v. Blachowicz l Khabib Ends Retirement?
SHOW LESS This week on the Sparring Partners Podcast, Brad and Coby discuss the aftermath of UFC Vegas 12: Hall v. Silva and go over which fights to make next. Also on the show, UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya is set to move up in weight and challenge Jan Blachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. Will this throw the 185 lbs. and 205 lbs. into chaos? And what does it say about the Adesanya v. Jones fight? Our host also speak to the wishful thinking of the UFC keeping Khabib Numagomedov champion as long as they possibly can.  All that, and more on this week's Sparring Partners Podcast!  Presented by: FilmFightFreaks.com Evan's Fights to Make After UFC Vegas 12: Hall v. Silva ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Watch on YouTube! Listen on Anchor Listen on Spotify Listen on Google Podcasts! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Instagram:  @SparringPartnersPod                     @bjones223                     @cobymckinley (gamecontrollerreviews.com)  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Consider posting questions for next week in the comments below, or reach out on Instagram or E-mail.   SparringPartnersPodcast@gmail.com
01:18:37
November 2, 2020
Sparring Partners Ep. 5 l UFC 254 l Khabib Retires l Best UFC Lightweights l UFC FN: Hall Silva
SHOW LESS Sparring Partners Podcast is back this week with a vengeance! Brad and Coby discuss UFC 254 and the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Also, who is the best UFC Lightweight Champion of all time? The fellas also take a look at the middleweight division and where Robert Whittaker is most likely to go after his dominant win over Jared Cannonier. Last, but not least, our hosts look forward to UFC Fight Night: Hall v. Silva where quite a few underground killers look to take the stage.  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Instagram: @SparringPartnersPod                     @bjones223                     @cobymckinley (gamecontrollerreviews.com)  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Consider posting questions for next week in the comments below, or reach out on Instagram or E-mail.  SparringPartnersPodcast@gmail.com
01:07:42
October 26, 2020