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The MMA Circus: UFC 224 preview, ESPN deal, GSP-Diaz

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On Episode 162 of The MMA Circus, Nick Baldwin and Andrew Lawrence discuss the media rights deal between the UFC and ESPN, as well as the possibility of Georges St-Pierre vs. Nate Diaz at UFC 217, and also look ahead to this Saturday’s UFC 224 and Bellator 199 cards.

EPISODE 162: The MMA Circus, hosted by Nick Baldwin and Andrew Lawrence, is back for your listening pleasure.

Discussion Topics:

  • UFC 224 preview — In the pay-per-view main event, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes defends her title against Raquel Pennington. Ronaldo Souza meets Kelvin Gastelum in a pivotal middleweight bout in the co-headliner. Plus, 185-pound legends Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida collide on the main card.
  • UFC-ESPN media rights deal — On Monday, the UFC announced a media rights deal with ESPN. Effective January 2019, 15 UFC events will be featured on ESPN+, the company’s streaming service.
  • Georges St-Pierre vs. Nate Diaz? — Following reports, UFC president Dana White said Monday that a lightweight bout between former middleweight and welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz could happen this August at UFC 227.
  • Bellator 199 preview — In the main event, Ryan Bader faces Muhammed Lawal in the last opening-round bout of the Bellator heavyweight Grand Prix tournament. Jon Fitch makes his promotional debut against Paul Daley in the co-feature. The card also features the return of top prospect Aaron Pico.
  • Gets It/Doesn’t Get It

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Nick Baldwin: @NickBaldwinMMA

Andrew Lawrence: @TheClownKid


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