Adesanya’s Legacy, Tuivasa’s ‘Free Joe Rogan’ Title Path, More

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Check out this week’s “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly show that tackles the biggest topics in mixed martial arts.

This week, our panel of “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Nolan King discuss these five topics with host John Morgan:

  • Israel Adesanya defended his middleweight title for the fifth time last Saturday in the main event of UFC 271. Following his victory over former champion Robert Whittaker, whom he defeated to win the belt in 2019, Adesanya rated himself 7 out of 10. What did our panelists take away from the performance of the man who says he is the second highest paid fighter in the UFC behind Conor McGregor?
  • With his second loss to Adesanya, Whittaker put in a better performance than his first round but still fell short. Whittaker thinks a third title fight with the champion is inevitable. How long will it take him to get there, and what should he do in the future to help ensure a different outcome if he gets another chance?
  • Tai Tuivasa picked up the biggest win of his career at UFC 271 when he knocked out Houston hometown hero Derrick Lewis in a rather brutal fashion. After putting Lewis face first on the canvas, UFC President Dana White said Tuivasa’s name deserved to be up there with heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, former champ Stipe Miocic and former light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones. Has Tuivasa moved beyond being the fun fighter who drinks beer out of a shoe when he wins and into the title?
  • A notable absence from UFC 271 was commentator Joe Rogan, who has come under all sorts of fire in recent weeks for multiple past incidences of N-word use on his podcast, as well as a large camp of the medical profession wanting Spotify to crack. on him for COVID-19 misinformation in the form of guests on his show. White said Rogan not working at UFC 271 was not a corporate decision by Disney, which owns UFC broadcast partner ESPN. Regardless of the reason, did Rogan make the right call for the pay-per-view?
  • It’s going to be a busy week for MMA fans. The PFL Challenger Series kicks off on Friday. And on Saturday, Bellator 274 drops in Connecticut the same night UFC Fight Night 201 takes place in Las Vegas. Who are we going to talk about Monday morning?

“Spinning Back Clique” is posted every Tuesday on MMA Junkie’s YouTube channel. You can watch the full episode in the video above.

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