Bellator made headlines this week as they have hired play by play announcers Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo. Plus, the New York State Athletic Commission confirmed that out-of-competition drug testing will take place for Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva leading up to their fight next week at Bellator NYC.

So what does Jason Floyd think about both of these stories? Jason explains how Bellator made an improvement on their broadcast by adding Goldberg and Ranallo, plus gives some more details on what he has heard about the drug testing arrangements made by the New York State Athletic Commission for the out-of-competition testing for Sonnen and Silva.

Jason also gives you some of the other news and fight bookings in MMA before he is joined by Daniel Galvan (30:00) to preview Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 111. Some of the topics they discuss about this fight card include this being a showcase fight for Holly Holm and they give their top fights of the fight card. After being joined by Daniel to preview Saturday’s UFC event, Jason has fighter interviews with Ryan Couture, Brendan Kornberger, and Peter Barrett.

Up first is Ryan Couture (55:55) as he previews his fight next week at Bellator 180 against Haim Gozali. Jason talks to Ryan about looking to bounce back next week and find out about the relationship Ryan has with his father Randy Couture in and outside of MMA. Then, Unified MMA middleweight champion Brendan Kornberger (1:08:58) comes on the podcast to recap his successful title defense last week at Unified MMA 31 against Miles Anstead. And in the final interview, Peter Barrett joins the podcast to preview his fight on Saturday against Drew Morais at Cage Titans 34 and explains the business of being a regional MMA fighter.

Finally, Jason answer listener questions submitted online and announces which Bellator 180/Bellator NYC fighters will be on next week’s podcast.

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17 Responses

  1. Hardcore MMA Fan

    Scott Coker actually didn’t say NYC, he said NY.

    Bellator has done the National Anthem/ Star Spangled Banner 5 times that I know of. Bellator 132, 134, 138, 170, NYC.

  2. Hardcore MMA Fan

    Can you believe when Chael was on SC. They didn’t mention his fight against Wandy in Bellator? Instead they called him UFC analyst.

  3. Hardcore MMA Fan

    Fedor vs Lashley. Chandler vs Henderson 2. Lima vs Larkin. Kharitonov vs Mitrione.
    MVP vs Koreshkov. Better 5 card PPV than current lineup?

      • Hardcore MMA Fan

        I think if UFC 213 PPV fights stay intact. That will be the best PPV of 2017. Such a great card. And I thought UFC 211 prelims were better than the PPV.

        Btw I was asking would those Bellator fights I mentioned be better than the current one.

      • Jason Floyd

        You mention some good matchups. Some of those were not possible for this event. In a fantasy matchup world, I like the matchups you mentioned. Especially the Page vs. Koreshkov.

  4. Hardcore MMA Fan

    Top 5 biggest draws/ stars in MMA history. McGregor, Lesnar, Rousey, Kimbo, Rampage. Agree or disagree?

    • Jason Floyd

      I would have to look up more PPV numbers to make a statement. But on the surface, no issues with that.

  5. RODNEY P

    How does Sokoudjou keep getting fights? Apparently, Sergei Kharitonov got a knockout victory over him 40 seconds into the fight. Sergei Kharitonov really wants that Javy Ayala rematch. As much as I still hate Bellator releasing Tony Johnson, who recently got a 1st round finish at, I believe, Fight Nights Global, Bellator’s biggest asset seems to be Scott Coker. The man comes across as a genuine nice person, who is honest with fighters, and spins things in the positive even when things are negative. Examples, Dada 5000, Ken Shamrock debacles, and other things. It is nice to see with a company truly backing him, the vision of Scott Coker slowly coming to light. And the issue with MVP talking smack about Paul Daley is MVP can’t be trusted to even be able to make it to fight night. Pulling out of seven Bellator fight cards makes it hard for Bellator to trust to get behind him and main event him. It still puzzles me that MVP got a decision victory over Fernando Gonzalez, yet it was Fernando Gonzalez who was scheduled to fight Andrey Koreshkov afterwards and not MVP. I do like the new Bellator broadcasting team. It is going to be interesting to see how it’s actually going to come across. By the way, how are the theater numbers going to count for the Bellator 180/NYC card?

    • Jason Floyd

      The tickets sold for people watching the event in movie theaters will not count towards the PPV buy rate.