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👋 Hola Ariel!!!

Assuming Sterling x Yan II gets done early next year, I both agree and like your idea of the winner of Font x Aldo facing off with TJ Dillashaw for a rightful number one contender’s match.

Is it more likely we see the loser of Font x Aldo face off against Cory Sandhagen, Merab Dvalishvili or our guy Chito?

Viva Heelwani 🦹🏻‍♂️

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Starting to feel like John Morgan

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I said this on Spotify Greenroom once😂

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What does the symbol next to your guys’ pictures mean?

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I believe it means we are a founding member

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Haha so true..

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I even read your questions in John Morgan's tone

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Hola El Cubans!

Glad to be back for another segment of on the nose!

The winner of sterling vs yan will determine if TJ gets the shot or has to face the winner of Font bs Aldo first. # my 2 cents from a 40 y.o casual fan.

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If I had your MMA intellect, people will respect me too mr bean.. someday soon ser

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I am a doctor of such…

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Word 🙏🏼

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yo did you notice they completely messed up your question about Shevchenko last week? Gotta re-ask it or maybe I will hahah

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Ariel addressed it to start off the segment today!

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Awesome hahah it drove me nuts all week 😂

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Hi.. I’m a new user of app. Have started enjoying your segment with GC.. one thing I observe (all the time) is you rarely understand what GC is saying whenever he talks parleys or hedges you always respond with thanksgiving or Christmas stories or just exclaim “oh yes! Makes sense! Could not agree more! “ Could you share some insight and clear the air?

Ps: pls tell GC Hi .. he’ll know what I’m saying

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Yessss.. beat el cubano to be first !

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Sorry my friend, but super close!

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Impossible.. I hit send the moment this showed up.. 🙏🏼 I have no choice but to concede and be a fan .. you cant be beat 🙏🏼

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#GOATwani my man I hope you had a great week mate!

2 quick questions this week!

1.

normally fighters when asked about their pay give a vague answer like “ I’m getting taken care of “ or “I’m making more money in this fight then my past fights “

with the continued dispute over fighter pay, wouldn’t it help all fighters to know exactly what everyone is getting paid similar to NBA and NFL so they can leverage off of each other and get better deals when they negotiate their new contracts?

2.

Who has been more of a distraction to their kids careers, Lavar Ball or Lopez Sr?

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Lavars kids are doing pretty good wouldn’t you say? Also Lopez was undefeated up until now. 🤷🏾‍♂️

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It seems like ever since the ufc 205 press conference when Connor roasted Eddie over his pay, fighters seem to be a little more tight lip about their pay.

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Ariel please take me behind the curtain and tell me what the production crew does. Some of my favorite podcasts have their production crews interact with the host and some even have cameras on them while they speak, and they all seem like friends, yours included. What are those guys up to back there? Tell me.

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Lot of extremely talented people back there.. an example is Srinivas who is in production for vox media with a degree in nyu

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I thought a while back that a fun podcast would be interviewing all of the peripheral members of MMA outside of the athlete: Nutritionist, gym manager, publicist, etc.

Every one of these people contributes their part to that athlete stepping in the cage on fight night.

I feel a much deeper connection with a show/team/person when I know their team as well, it humanizes it.

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100%.. I think some of them prefer to stay mysterious though.. If mysterious frank showed himself he would become well known frank which will go against his character

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Mysterious Frank could quickly become Fat Frank or Fugly Frank. Good point Killashaw!

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Totally agree

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Hi Ariel,

Happy Hanukkah!

We currently only have one Dutch fighter in the UFC and that’s Germaine de Randemie. Have you heard of the new Dutch promotion Levels Fight League? I think they could be an incubator for new Dutch UFC fighters.

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For sure! If you ain’t Dutch you ain’t much.

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#bringthedutch!

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Huge Fan of Van Dijk and Max Verstappen (part dutch)

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Max is solid

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Let’s get the great Canadian/Dutch Bert Blyleven to commentate for the promotion?!

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Happy Hanukkah Ariel! My question for you this week is where is Megan Anderson? Since her lose to Amanda in March and her contract ending she hasn’t said a single thing about fighting. I’m surprised Bellator or PFL has not tried to sign her. On her wiki it says former MMA fighter and judging by her Instagram profile she is working at the cesspool that is ESPN. Is she just done with MMA for good?

This weeks handicapped hot take for you and its coming from a Justin Gaethje fan. it’s crazy he is being talked about as the number 1 contender. He won a close decision fight over someone who just lost to the champ after being subbed by Khabib. I don’t see how he is the number 1 contender. He should fight the loser of the title fight in December.

Much love - Zack

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I agree. I think I’m this situation Gaethje is being considered the number one contender based off of what he is capable of not what he has done. Not did he lose a close fight to chandler who just lost to the champ, he lost his title fight and he lost to Dustin who is the rightful number one contender.

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Zack you got Highroad Helwani to make an appearance! Props.

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Quick and simple Ariel, at heavyweight who wins? Jon Jones or your friendly foe dc?

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Jon Jones man. No question.

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Hey Ariel. Do you have any martial arts experience yourself? Is it something you want to expose your kids to?

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Also wtf feel bad for Kevin Lee:’(

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Correct me if i’m wrong but I remember Helwani telling DC once about the work he had been putting in at the boxing gym…

Helwani vs Jake Paul?

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Macbean you’ve got quite a bit of time on your hands

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I can’t complain brother. Life is good.

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Favorite segment of the week!!

2 quick questions:

How often do you get recognized in Public and do other parents ever chat with you about upcoming fights?

Is there someone you follow on IG that you would join their live?

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10th! Join us on Spotify Greenroom Friday evenings for LIVE MMA Trivia. Follow @poundtownpcast on Instagram (not that cesspool Twitter) for more information! Happy Hanukkah Ariel!

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👃🏻

Let’s play fantasy booking but for a combat sports broadcast team. Your all-time dream line-up for the following positions.

MC for weigh ins:

Host for press conference:

Ring announcer:

Commentary team: how many are on comms and who you picking?

On the desk: who’s presenting and who are the analysts?

Backstage reporter:

Any other positions you can think of too.

Feel free to choose yourself as many times as applicable 🐐

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Mauro Ranallo

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Don’t McBeain it Killa fella

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Happy Wednesday Ariel, John Wayne Parr came up in conversation on a previous show when you were discussing one of Brad Riddell's past fights. I would love to see the legendary gun slinger on your show! My question for you, what would it take for you to switch from the Adelaide Crows to the Collingwood Magpies?

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How about Travis Stevens?

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Dear dear Ariel

1. Amongst following who do you think has the best chance to recapture Gold by the end of 2022.

- Deiveson Figueiredo

- Max Holloway

- Rob Whittaker

- Jan Błachowicz

- Stipe Miocic

Or

-Aljamain Sterling 😉😉

2. Amongst following who do you think has the best chance to capture Gold by the end of 2022.

- Valentina 135

- Alexandre Pantoja

- Giga Chikadze

- Islam Makhachev

- Khamzad Chimaev (170 -185)

- Jon Jones (HW) &

- Paula Costa (205) 😉😉

Fun1 :

-Your wildest prank.... (Don't devulge that Jed I. Goodman is your alias....😃😀😁

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Rob (close but has improved a lot)

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Hey Thug!

For the uneducated, can you explain how good Don Frye was? Man that man was as tough as they come!

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Good? 😬 Tough? As tough as they come!

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Hey Ariel. Happy wednesday and happy hanukkah Hope you light the candles every day! With the shocking release of kevin lee,it remind me that dana white quote: " its not a career, its an opportunity".

what is your thoughts on that?

bonus question

Where is chael sonnen fit into this? As a friend you shouls check on him as well.

Only Love from israel💙🤍

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Maybe the release was mutual? He is young enough and talented enough to fight but USADA banning substances that many people are prescribed creates and issue. He can fight in an organization where using Aderall won’t be an issue and continue to make money.

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Hey Ariel. Happy wednesday and happy hanukkah Hope you light the candles every day! With the shocking release of kevin lee,it remind me that dana white quote: " its not a career, its an opportunity".

what is your thoughts on that?

bonus question

Where is chael sonnen fit into this? As a friend you shouls check on him as well.

Only Love from israel💙🤍

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I love both your questions equally 🙏🏼

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