Joe Warren calls Brock Lesnar a “straight warrior” in reference to his unanimous win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200. Sean Wheelock says, “Brock Lesnar fought a really smart fight.” Warren believes that wrestlers “put the hammer down” on their opponents and that is why wrestling is the “toughest discipline in the world.” Warren goes on to claim, “if you give [Lesnar] another six months, he walks away with the belt in UFC.”
“Hunt was fighting scared,” Askren says. “He didn’t put anything together. I thought he would be more aggressive but he wasn’t. If you get Mark Hunt a little more comfortable with his takedown defense and a little more comfortable with his ability to get up from the bottom, he would be more comfortable with his ability to throw punches.” Warren quips back, “He’s not used to getting up; he’s used to throwing punches.” Especially when he has a “whale” like Lesnar on his back.
Askren says the judges “gave out a lot of 10-8 scores this weekend. Even Anderson Silva versus Daniel Cormier was a 10-8.” Sean Wheelock explains how John McCarthy has led the charge to interpret 10-8 rounds through the three Ds: “damage, duration, and domination. If you can find two of those, it would be considered a 10-8 round.”
Amanda Nunes defeats Miesha Tate
Amanda Nunes “put it on” Miesha Tate in the UFC 200 co main event, says Joe Warren. Warren added, “I’ve seen better fights from women than men” in the past year. Askren adds, “one of Miesha Tate’s biggest issues in my mind is she is a slow starter. She has always been a slow starter. She always probably will be a slow starter, but she needs to figure that out. “Amanda Nunes just had a better night and fought a better fight,” Wheelock explains.
Joe Warren believes Miesha Tate may have not been in the right mindset to win this fight. “I see this a lot out of new champions,” Joe points out. “You get excited to fight again because you have a belt and you think you’re the best, but you may not be ready to fight again.”
Joe Warren goes off on USADA
Warren does not shy away from his usual bashing of the US anti-doping agency when talking about Jon Jones’ failed drug test. “We’ve talked about this,” Warren says. “USADA, they’re gangsters. Jones got hit for cocaine or something which isn’t right. It’s out of competition testing which means they are not testing for street drugs; they’re testing for performance enhancers.” According to Warren, when he failed his drug test before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, “USADA dropped their levels from 50 Nano grams the night before to 15 nanograms” of THC. Warren failed at 17 nanograms. “They’re supposed to be here to help you, but they’re here to catch you. It’s just sad.”
Congressman Mark Wayne Mullin
Congressman Mullin of Oklahoma’s second district joins the program to talk about his proposed bill to expand the Muhammad Ali Reform Act into MMA. Wheelock wants to know if the new owners of UFC will be more accepting of his proposed bill. “I’m not sure if they will be,” Congressman Mullin admits. “I know they’ve done a great job with the PBR.” Friends of the Congressman have been “very pleased with what has happened with the PBR” since WME-IMG took over.
On last week’s podcast, guest Keith Veltre explained how promoters and owners are not inclined to follow the Ali act because the state gaming commissions are not equipped to enforce the act. Ben Askren wants to know how Congressman Mullin plans to challenge this notion if his bill passes. Mullin explains, this bill will be used as “a backstop. If someone is blatantly abusing the system, regardless of if it is enforced or not, all it takes is for a fighter to challenge it. Even if officials do not follow the new law, a fighter will have a [safety] net to challenge injustice in the sport.”
Mullin also explains how the new rankings system created by the bill will be imperative for fighters. “If the contracts are not necessarily taken into full consideration, the rankings system will be.” Rankings in MMA have been “manipulated for years by the UFC.” The bill will create a fair playing field for fighters “by having a third body taking a look at it and getting a fair rankings system.” True champions will be found regardless of how good of a promotion the fight is. Askren wants to know who the third party that would rank the sport might be. “ABC has agreed to take this on,” Mullin says.