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The MMA Circus: Bisping-Gastelum recap, Ben Askren, UFC 218 preview, Bang-Kuntz

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On Episode 139 of The MMA Circus, Nick Baldwin and Andrew Lawrence discuss Kelvin Gastelum’s stoppage win over Michael Bisping in the UFC Fight Night 122 main event last weekend, Ben Askren’s retirement win, this Friday’s TUF 26 Finale and this Saturday’s UFC 218, Tae Hyun Bang getting a prison sentence for initially agreeing to throw a 2015 UFC fight vs. Leo Kuntz, and much more.

EPISODE 139: The MMA Circus, hosted by Nick Baldwin and Andrew Lawrence, is back for your listening pleasure.

Discussion Topics:

  • UFC Fight Night 122 recap — In the UFC Shanghai main event, Kelvin Gastelum stopped former middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the first round. Red-hot prospect Zabit Magomedovsharipov impressed against Sheymon Moraes on the preliminary card. Should Bisping have fought Gastelum? What’s next for the Brit?
  • Ben Askren’s retirement — ONE Championship titleholder Ben Askren stepped away from MMA after a first-round stoppage of Shinya Aoki last week. Should we admire Askren’s accomplishments, or do we still have to sit and wonder what he would have done in the UFC? Does he come back?
  • UFC 218 preview — Max Holloway on Saturday night defends the featherweight title for the first time against the man he took it from this past June, 145-pound great Jose Aldo. Alistair Overeem meets Francis Ngannou in the Detroit co-main event. Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje is happening, too!
  • Tae Hyun Bang prison sentence — Tae Hyun Bang received 10 months of jail time last week for being involved in a fight-fixing scandal in November 2015. Does the lack of mainstream coverage of this story prove the UFC is not mainstream?
  • Gets It/Doesn’t Get It
  • Dumb Questions

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Nick Baldwin: @NickBaldwinMMA

Andrew Lawrence: @TheClownKid

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