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Level Change Podcast 05: UFC Fortaleza picks, NAC sanctions McGregor, Nurmagomedov, Jones gets licensed

Episode 5 discussion: UFC Fortaleza predictions, NAC flexes hard on Nurmagomedov, grants Jones a provisional license, considers punishments for “verbal instigation.”

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Welcome to the Level Change Podcast, our combat sports themed variety show hosted by Stephie Haynes, Mookie Alexander and Victor Rodriguez, featuring the news of the week, fight card breakdowns and analysis, a roundup of regional promotions’ cards and fights, and whatever else we decide is important enough or entertaining enough to bring to your ears.

Here is a summary of the topics discussed, complete with the time stamps for when each interview or special segment begins. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as we enjoyed recording it.

Episode 05

  • UFC 229 brawl: Khabib suspended 9 months ($500k fine), teammates suspended 1 year ($25k fine) McGregor 6 months ($50k); Ali says Khabib is done fighting in Vegas – 2:16
  • Jon Jones gets one-fight license to compete at UFC 235 – 13:23
  • NAC considering punishing fighters for “verbal instigations” moving forward – 19:43
  • Dustin Poirier is pissed off at the UFC – 29:11
  • Artem Lobov, greatest 13-15 fighter ever, gets released from the UFC – 36:10
  • Picks recap43:27
  • Last week’s results
  1. Mookie: Bader, Pico, Swagger, Bandejas, Agazarm (2-3)
  2. Stephie: Bader, Pico, Swagger, Bandejas, Agazarm (2-3)
  3. Victor: Fedor, Pico, Swagger, Bandejas, Agazarm (1-4)
  • Standings
  1. Mookie: 7-5
  2. Stephie: 6-6
  3. Victor: 5-7
  • UFC Fortaleza predictions – 45:44
  1. Alves/Griffin – 45:55
  2. Oliveira/Teymur – 48:01
  3. Walker/Ledet – 50:24
  4. Maia/Good – 52:39
  5. Aldo/Moicano – 55:36
  6. Assuncao/Moraes – 58:11

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