Spinning Back Clique: McGregor’s pre-existing injuries, Makhachev vs. Ferguson, Tate’s second run, and more

Check out the latest edition of “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly show that takes a quick spin through the biggest topics in mixed martial arts.

This week, our panel weighs in on Conor McGregor’s claims of a pre-existing injury and exactly what the UFC and Nevada Athletic Commission knew ahead of UFC 264. Also, the guys take a look at what’s next for Islam Makhachev, Miesha Tate, Jeremy Stephens, and more.

Our “Spinning Back Clique” panel of Nolan King, Danny Segura, Brian “Goze” Garcia, discuss these topics and more along with host John Morgan.

  • A week after UFC 264 and Conor McGregor is still making headlines after his claims of a pre-existing injury to his lower left leg. The former champ-champ believes that’s what led to his leg break in the trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier, but what did the Nevada Athletic Commission and the UFC know about the injuries before the fight took place?
  • Islam Makhachev competed against Thiago Moises in his first main event at UFC on ESPN 26. After picking up a dominant submission victory, he’s ready for big names in the lightweight division, turning his focus on Tony Ferguson, largely due to the history between his mentor and teammate, Khabib Nurmagmedov. Does this fight make sense for both parties?
  • Miesha Tate made waves in her return to the cage at UFC on ESPN 26 after a nearly five-year absence from competition. The layoff didn’t seem to affect her performance all that much as she finished Marion Reneau in the third round with a TKO. She made it clear she’s hunting for a title in her second run, but is it possible? How far away is she from a crack at regaining the bantamweight title?
  • Jeremy Stephens was also in action at UFC on ESPN 26 but lost quickly via submission to Mateus Gamrot. Stephens wants to return to action quickly, but given his current losing skid, will his next fight be in the UFC or under another banner? If his next fight isn’t with the UFC, which promotion would be the best landing spot?
  • At a press conference last week, Jake Paul claims he has more on the line against Tyron Woodley in their upcoming boxing match. Is it true that a young Youtuber-turned-boxer has more on the line than the former UFC welterweight champion?
  • Lastly, the panel takes a look at the return of “The Ultimate Fighter” and gives their season grades thus far. Does it make sense to continue with this format with Dana White’s Contender Series as well?

Hope you enjoy this week’s show, Watch the full episode of “Spinning Back Clique” above.


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