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  • Ben Askren, Joe Warren will be new co-hosts of 'Let's Get It On' podcast

    The "Let's Get It On" podcast had big shoes to fill with the departure of legendary referee John McCarthy. The show is about to make a major splash in replacing him, though.

    Ben Askren and Joe Warren will be the new co-hosts of the show alongside Sean Wheelock, sources told MMA Fighting. An announcement is expected Tuesday and the first episode will be posted Friday.

    McCarthy, who founded the podcast along with Wheelock early last year, announced he would be leaving earlier this month. The godfather of MMA officials recently moved to Las Vegas and has taken on more work as a boxing judge in Nevada in addition to his countless refereeing gigs around the world. "Big John" didn't feel like he could give as much time to the podcast as it deserved as a host, but will remain on as executive producer, sources said.

    Askren and Warren have a relationship with Wheelock going back to their days in Bellator. Both are known for their outspokenness. Askren and Warren also have a friendship going back to their days as highly decorated Olympic-level wrestlers.

    Askren, the former Bellator welterweight champion, is the current ONE Championship 170-pound champion and one of the best in the world in his weight class. Warren is a former two-division Bellator champion, winning belts at both featherweight and bantamweight. Wheelock was Bellator's play-by-play man for five years before being let go in 2015.

    Wheelock and McCarthy had been producing podcasts twice a week most recently, but with the changes "Let's Get It On" will move back to a once-a-week format, at least temporarily.

  • Jeremy Stephens feels he mentally broke Renan Barao at UFC Fight Night 88

    Jeremy Stephens is one of the heaviest hitters in the lower weight classes, a guy who's gone toe-to-toe with the best of them in a UFC stint which dates back nearly a decade.

    So he's willing to give former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao credit for his toughess, as the two slugged it out in a Fight of the Night performance Sunday at UFC Fight Night 88.

    But he also believes he broke Barao's will in the latter's featherweight debut, making the difference in Stephens' unanimous decision win in Las Vegas.

    "He's pretty tough, he took a lot of big shots tonight, shots I put guys out with," said Stephens (25-12). "But yeah I feel like mentally I did break him in the Octagon, the game plan was to put it on him, go forward, pressure, pressure, pressure, and he didn't have the cardio tonight to keep up."

    Stephens pointed out that he wasn't able to do what T.J. Dillashaw did too Barao twice at 135, which is finish Barao.

    "Yeah TJ Dillashaw, another great former champion, he just put it on him, didn't allow himself to be bullied and utilizes a lot of swift techniques and he broke Barao," Stephens said. "He was able to TKO him twice. I hit a lot harder and I wasn't able to knock him out or TKO him. It just goes to show that the true champion Barao is."

    For his part, Stephens, who has been through several ups and downs in his UFC stint, said he put himself into Barao's mindset as he approached the fight, which proved to be a winning mental approach.

    "I really put myself in Barao's shoes this camp," Stephens said. "Me and my team had a tremendous game plan and we just wanted to go into that beast mode tonight."

  • Report: UFC's Valentina Shevchenko caught in middle of robbery shootout in Peru

    UFC fighter Valentina Shevchenko's trainer, Pavel Fedotov, was shot and taken to the emergency room after a shootout at a chicken restaurant in the Chorrilos district of Lima, Peru. Shevchenko was also present at the establishment during the chaos. The news was reported on Monday by Peruvian news outlet El Comercio.

    Three armed robbers allegedly entered the establishment Sunday night, taking 5,000 soles –  about 1,486 U.S. dollars – from the cash register as well as cellphones, wallets and other belongings from the customers. The robbers also assaulted anyone who resisted the robbery, splitting open the heads of three customers, according to the report.

    The robbery and the shootout were captured by security cameras. Shevchenko can be seen in the video rushing to her coach's aid after the shooting ceased.

    When the robbers had completed the theft and were fleeing the scene, Fedotov, who was carrying a firearm, fired at the robbers, allegedly starting the shootout. According to witnesses, more than 15 shots were fired. One of the robbers, who hasn't been identified, died in the shooting just outside the restaurant, while the other two fled the scene on a motorcycle. Additionally, two of the customers were injured. Natalie Fiorella Vera Marcos is now safe after having a bullet removed from her. Fedotov, who was shot in the abdomen, is still at Casimiro Ulloa hospital.

    The owner of the establishment said that this was the sixth time his restaurant has been robbed, and that's why he had security cameras installed.

    Shevchenko (11-2) is currently scheduled to fight former UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm in the main event of UFC on Fox 20 on July 23 in Chicago. Shevchenko, 28, is originally from Kyrgyzstan, but moved to Peru nearly a decade ago. The multi-time Muay Thai champion also does some training in Houston. Fedotov is her longtime coach, who moved with her and her sister Valentina to Peru in 2008.

  • UFC 199 Embedded, Episode 1: 'That's what she said, right?'

    In the first episode of UFC 199 Embedded, Dominick Cruz shows off his swords, Urijah Faber goes fishing with Chad Mendes, Michael Bisping hangs out with his family and Luke Rockhold plays a prank on Layzie the Savage.

  • Monday Morning Analyst: Cody Garbrandt, Bryan Caraway are bantamweight killers

    At UFC Fight Night 88, Cody Garbrandt torched Thomas Almeida while Bryan Caraway rallied to a decision win over Aljamain Sterling. How'd they do it and what does this say about their abilities? We examine the Sunday fight card and go in depth on the two big bantamweight fights on this episode of the podcast.

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