At UFC London, Alexander Volkov earned the best win of his career by defeating former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum via strikes in the fourth round. However, it wasn’t just the strikes that helped him gain the victory. In fact, it was the Russian’s grappling defense that enabled him to keep the jiu-jitsu world champion at bay, find his moment and finish the fight. Specifically, Volkov showed good guard retention and deep half escapes. In this episode of the podcast, I explain why those were key to his victory. It’s the Monday Morning Analyst with Luke Thomas.


At UFC London, Jimi Manuwa and Jan Blachowicz fought in the co-main event of the fight card. In this video from my UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov Post-Fight Special, I break down the results, what they mean for the division, for both the winners and losers and much more.



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


At UFC London, Fabricio Werdum and Alexander fought in a heavyweight main event on Fight Pass.


**SPOILERS AHEAD**

In the co-main event, Jimi Manuwa and Jan Blachowicz had a fantastic display of mixed martial arts with a surprising result in the end. Elsewhere on the fight card,Tom Duquesnoy and Terrion Ware had an extremely closely-contested bantamweight contest. In the opening bout of the card, Leon Edwards shut down the much-improved Peter Sobotta, calling out Darren Till in the process. This is the UFC London (UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov) post-fight special.

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




Duke Roufus, head coach of Roufusport, joined me on Thursday to discuss his UFC 223 fighters Anthony Pettis and Paul Felder as they get ready for their fights. He also discussed Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, who would fare better against Conor McGregor, Ben Askren vs. Georges St-Pierre (GSP), CM Punk’s improvements and much more.




A United Airlines flight from Houston to New York saw a passenger forced by a flight attendant to put her dog – who was in a TSA-approved carrying case – in the overhead compartment. During the course of the three-hour flight, the dog died, leaving the owners horrified and despondent. While this story itself is unbearably tragic, combined with other notably horrific incidents, it also underscores how there’s not enough competition in the airline industry, Americans have grown accustomed to being abused and over policed and why reform of the industry is so desperately needed.


Having worked the door in several bars, I’ve seen some reasonably crazy things. Having been a waiter, I’ve dealt with some wild people. I tell some of my stories on the air as well as take calls from listeners who share their perspectives.



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


Would Georges St-Pierre vs. Conor McGregor be a bigger pay-per-view success than the boxing-MMA crossover fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor? GSP’s coach Firas Zahabi believes it might be possible. In this clip from my radio show, I explain why the data likely doesn’t support that idea.



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


At UFC 222, UFC featherweights Brian Ortega and Frankie Edgar will face off in the co-main event. In this clip from an interview in studio on my radio show, Brendan Schaub tells a story about how Ortega got into jiu-jitsu, but nearly had to quit if it wasn’t for Rener Gracie intervening. Because of Gracie, Ortega has gone on to become a successful jiu-jitsu black belt, instructor, MMA fighter and more.



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




After Nick Newell, a congenital amputee, came out of retirement and defeated Sonny Luque at LFA 35, questions are swirling again if he’s worthy of an opportunity to fight in the UFC. What does the footage tell us about answering these questions? What about the loss to Justin Gaethje in WSOF? Is he UFC level and what does that even mean? We try to answer these and more on the Monday Morning Analyst with Luke Thomas.


Why hasn’t the NBA ever had a performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) scandal? Individual players have occasionally been caught for various small infractions, but there’s never been a major BALCO-type scandal. How is that possible? Spencer Lund, a writer for Complex magazine, explored the topic. In his estimation, a big reason is the NBA’s players’ union, but are there other factors in play? In this interview from my radio show, we discuss the reasons.



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