UFC 224 is in the books and we’ll recap all the action including Amanda Nunes’s win over Raquel Pennington, Lyoto Machida KO’ing Vitor Belfort and more. We’ll also get into a discussion of cornering in MMA and how it can be improved. UFC Chile: Demian Maia vs. Kamaru Usman is Saturday, so we’ll take a look ahead to that and much more, including Chuck Liddell coming out of retirement. This is the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat with Luke Thomas.


At UFC 224, Raquel Pennington lost to Amanda Nunes in the main event. The pair were battling for the UFC women’s bantamweight title. However, between the fourth and fifth rounds, Pennington told her corner she was done. Rather than listen to her, they sent her back out for the fifth where she was summarily TKO’d.



In this episode of the podcast, we examine the arguments in favor of sending Pennington back into the fifth and demonstrate, one by one, why none are convincing. We also dig into Davi Ramos’s win over Nick Hein. This is the Monday Morning Analyst with Luke Thomas.


Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt joined me on my radio show to discuss his new book, The Pact, as well as preview his upcoming rematch against T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 227. We discuss the impetus behind the book, but did into his exhausting rivalry with Dillashaw as well.



The Luke Thomas Show airs weekdays, 3 to 6pm ET, on SiriusXM RUSH, channel 93.




Yair Rodriguez is no longer with the UFC. UFC President Dana White released him on Friday after, apparently, becoming frustrated with his lack of willingness to accept fights, time off and a tweet White seemed to take exception to. Rodriguez hadn’t fought since UFC 211 when he lost to Frankie Edgar, his only loss inside the organization. They wanted the Mexican featherweight to face Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 227, but Rodriguez, for whatever reason, didn’t appear interested.




Over the weekend, Kyoji Horiguchi defeated Ian McCall at RIZIN 10, Pearl Gonzalez submitted Barbara Acioly at Invicta 29 and Askar Askarov at ACB 86 turned in a talented performance. In this episode of the podcast, we go over how they won and what made their victories impressive. This is the Monday Morning Analyst with Luke Thomas.


Dan Patrick – former ESPN anchor, host of NBC’s Football Night in America, Emmy-award winner, host of The Dan Patrick Show – joined me on Friday to talk about the sports broadcasting degree and program he’s established at Full Sail University. We discuss breaking into sports media, how the challenge changes and what to expect. We also discuss the Washington Redskins and the challenges of cheering for that franchise.



The Luke Thomas Show airs weekdays, 3 to 6pm ET, on SiriusXM RUSH, channel 93.




Nate Diaz is reportedly in talking to return in August at UFC 227. Will he do that and who should he fight? We’ll discuss. Plus, Bellator 198 is in the books and many of the results will help boost the organization’s effort. On the other hand, their ratings’ woes continue. What does that mean for the organization? We’ll dig into that plus Nicco Montano’s media issues and more. This is the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat.


Keziah Daum made waves on social media recently for wearing a Chinese dress from prom that critics said was racist and made her guilty of cultural appropriation. In this interview from my radio show on Wednesday, Daum joined me to discuss the Twitter uproar, why she stands by her decision to wear the dress, and much more.



The Luke Thomas Show airs weekdays, 3 to 6pm ET, on SiriusXM RUSH, channel 93.


UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will face Raquel Pennington at UFC 224. In this interview to promote that fight, Nunes discusses her immigration to America, Pennington’s strengths and weaknesses, why so many of her opponents (Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Shayna Baszler) either have left MMA or the weight class and more.



The Luke Thomas Show airs weekdays, 3 to 6pm ET, on SiriusXM RUSH, channel 93.