Welcome to The White Belt MMA Podcast, a weekly look at the biggest topics in the MMA world.

On this episode of The White Belt MMA Podcast—the first to be featured on The MMA Corner—we preview a handful of the main-card fights from this weekend’s UFC 165 event, discuss the recently booked Anthony Pettis-Josh Thomson, Josh Barnett-Travis Browne and Frankie Edgar-B.J. Penn contests, recap the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, touch on some drug-related controversy that took place during a recent World Series of Fighting event, and take a look back to the early years of the UFC.

Will No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson usurp the mighty Jon Jones and claim the UFC light heavyweight championship? What does the “interim” attachment mean for Renan Barao’s 135-pound championship? How did Josh Thomson leapfrog the rest of the UFC’s lightweight top five to get the first crack at Anthony Pettis’ belt at UFC on Fox 9 on Dec. 14? Will B.J. Penn be competitive at 145 pounds after spending years at both lightweight and welterweight? And can Penn find a way to finally solve Frankie Edgar? How will the current season of The Ultimate Fighter change people’s perception of its coaches, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and bitter rival Miesha Tate? Was World Series of Fighting middleweight Elvis Mutapcic justified in his outrage at the New Jersey State Athletic Commission after his fight was cancelled last Saturday?

All of these questions and more answered on this episode of The White Belt MMA Podcast. Click below to listen to this week’s episode.

About The Author

Eric Reinert
Staff Writer

Eric Reinert has been writing about mixed martial arts since 2010. Outside the world of caged combat, Eric has spent time as a news reporter, speechwriter, campaign strategist, tech support manager, landscaper and janitor. He lives in Madison, Wis.