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, we recap the exciting UFC 165 main card, discuss a few recently announced fights—including Demetrious Johnson’s next flyweight championship contest—review episode three of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, revisit Dale De Souza’s latest installments in his An Ultimate History series and introduce a few new segments to the podcast.

Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson put on one of the best fights of the year on Saturday night, so that’s understandably a focus of this week’s episode, but I’m also excited to talk about Matt Brown’s six-fight winning streak, which he’ll carry into his upcoming welterweight contest with Carlos Condit. That’s just one of several great UFC fights being announced each week, and we’ll talk about a handful of them on this edition of the podcast.

The Ultimate Fighter‘s 18th season is one of the best yet, thanks in no small part to the addition of female fighters. For the first time this season, we saw what could be a blossoming romance (or at least something like it) between victorious Team Tate teammates Julianna Peña and Chris Holdsworth. It’s surely something the UFC was counting on, and we’ll see how this plays out.

Finally, I spend some time talking about one of the overlooked stars of the late 1990s MMA scene, Mark Kerr. Kerr dominated his opponents during the early part of his career and was the subject of the wonderful 2002 documentary The Smashing Machine. Few fighters saw the level of absolute success Kerr experienced during the dark ages of MMA, so we’ll talk about his contribution to the sport.

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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.