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

This week we make our way into Autumn with our first October episode.

On this edition of the podcast, we’ll talk about Jon Jones’ next challenger for his UFC light heavyweight championship, assess the recent ouster of longtime UFC middleweight contender Yushin “Thunder” Okami, discuss the change to an upcoming UFC Fight Night main event and preview some of the UFC’s remaining 2013 pay-per-view events.

Why was Glover Teixeria chosen as Jon Jones’ next title challenger when Alexander Gustafsson performed so well at UFC 165? After such a close decision, is Gustafsson getting the short end of the stick?

Middleweight Yushin Okami has been a staple of the division for the past seven years. What reasons could the UFC have had for releasing the Japanese fighter and former title challenger from its roster?

With Michael Bisping being forced out of action with an eye injury, what repercussions will the new Mark Muñoz-Lyoto Machida fight at UFC Fight Night 30 have on each fighter’s career and title prospects?

Which of the UFC’s remaining 2013 pay-per-view events is the most competitive from top to bottom? Velasquez-dos Santos III? St-Pierre-Hendricks? Or perhaps the year-end mega-show featuring Weidman-Silva II and Rousey-Tate II?

All of these questions will be answered in the latest episode of The White Belt MMA Podcast. Thanks for listening!

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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.