UFC and ESPN have agreed to a $1.5 billion agreement for an all-inclusive television deal for five years. The worldwide leader in sports will get UFC for five years, 30 events per year plus much more. We’ll discuss every inch of this agreement. Plus, UFC Liverpool is this weekend. We’ll look ahead to the main event between Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and Darren Till. This is the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat with Luke Thomas.




At UFC Chile, Tatiana Suarez put on a dominant display against Alexa Grasso, scoring a first-round submission win. In the post-fight interview for FOX, she was asked if she liked the comparison of being the female Khabib Nurmagomedov (she did). In this edition of the podcast, we’ll explore to what extent that are overlaps and what else we can learn about Suarez’s grappling dominance. It’s the Monday Morning Analyst with Luke Thomas.


Bellator welterweight contender Michael ‘Venom’ Page joined me on my radio show Thursday to discuss his impending Bellator 200 bout with David Rickels, being away from the cage for so long, what he learned taking a boxing fight, training with Karl Amoussou and why the only way he’ll fight Paul Daley is on the street.



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


On this week’s show, the panel will discuss Chuck Liddell’s return to MMA, the controversy surrounding the end of UFC 224, Yair Rodriguez’s release from the UFC and much more.



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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.