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

On this episode of the podcast, I preview the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate finale, discuss the UFC 167 payroll, comment on an article in the National Review concerning the UFC and its attempts to legalize MMA in New York, and offer my feedback on a recent segment of Real Sports that focused on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Will Chris Holdsworth’s formidable ground game lead him to victory (and the title of Ultimate Fighter) on Saturday night, or will Davey Grant gut out another bantamweight victory? Will Jessica Rakoczy or Raquel Pennington go on to face Julianna Peña, and how would each fare against “The Venezuelan Vixen?”

Johny Hendricks put on one hell of a fight against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167. Was his disclosed pay commensurate with his position in the welterweight division? How many other UFC 167 fighters took home more disclosed pay than Hendricks?

Are the UFC’s efforts to legalize MMA in New York being stymied by a labor union on the other side of the country? Or is there more in play that is keeping MMA banned in the country’s biggest media market?

I’ll answer all of these questions, and much more, on this edition of the White Belt MMA Podcast. 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.