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

On this episode, we’ll preview UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 and UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson, talk about Bellator 106, review some recent fight announcements and, as we’ve been doing for several weeks, take a look back through MMA history with Dale De Souza’s An Ultimate History.

UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 has shaped up to be quite a card. The most intriguing match-up for me, though, takes place earlier in the evening. We’ll discuss that fight, as well as reflect on what the change in opponent for Tim Kennedy does for the meaning of his main-event contest.

Of the recently revealed UFC cards, UFC 169 sure is shaping up to be a barn-burner, with two title fights on tap and a heavyweight contest between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem. Lyoto Machida will try to build on his success against Mark Muñoz in October with a fight against another former champion. Who will that be, and what are his chances against “The Dragon”?

We’ll also briefly touch on the moderate pay-per-view purchase decline being forecast for UFCs 165 and 166, discuss Alexander Gustafsson’s changing opposition and reflect on the years 2008 and 2009 in the UFC’s history, thanks in large part to Dale De Souza’s wonderful series, An Ultimate History.

As always, follow the podcast on Twitter @mmapodcast and look for past episodes on The MMA Corner and iTunes.

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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.