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The Level Change Podcast 205: UFC 281, Velasquez released, suspicious betting

Episode 205 discussion: UFC 281 preview,  Cain Velasquez released on bail, suspicious betting activity being investigated, Bareman’s “ruthless” training tactics

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Welcome to ‘The Level Change Podcast’, our combat sports themed variety show hosted by Stephie Haynes 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.

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Cain Velasquez released on bail - 2:48

Zahabi suspicious of Adesanya’s gyno - 13:16

UFC responds to betting investigation - 21:43

Coach Bareman unifies team in “ruthless” way - 34:50


Mookie - Nuerdanbieke, Dawson, Ulanbekov, Rodriguez, Rodriguez (3-2)

Stephie - Nuerdanbieke, Dawson, Maness, Magny, Rodriguez (3-2)

Victor - Minner, Dawson, Maness, Rodriguez, Rodriguez (1-4)


Mookie: 124-74-3

Stephie: 119-79-3

Victor: 108-90-3

UFC 281

Hooker-Puelles - 51:40

Edgar-Gutierrez - 53:10

Poirier-Chandler - 54:20

Esparza-Zhang - 56:41

Adesanya-Pereira - 59:22

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Official UFC 281 Fight Poster


BLOCKBUSTER TWO TITLE-FIGHT SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to MSG (Madison Square Garden) in NYC, NY, on Sat. NOV. 12, 2022, with a must-see thriller that will see perennial fan favorite, No. 1 ranked Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya (23-1), battle No. 3 division ranked contender, Alex ‘Poatan’ Pereira (6-1), for the UFC Middleweight Championship. Meanwhile, in UFC 281’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, we get the current and two-time UFC Strawweight Champion, Carla ‘The Cookie Monster’ Esparza (19-6), defending her title opposite Zhang Weili (22-3). These bouts will be preceded by an exciting Lightweight barnburner between Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier and ‘Iron’ Michael Chandler, in a must-see barnburner.

Don’t miss a single second of EPIC face-punching action!