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UFC 297 Preview: Has Dricus Du Plessis Gotten Into Sean Strickland’s Head? Plus, UFC’s Saudi Problems, and PFL-Bellator Supercard Announced

What could happen next for the winner of UFC 297’s main event?

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With UFC 297 fight week upon us, MMA journalists (and psychologists?) Ariel Helwani, Petesy Carroll, and Chuck Mindenhall are here to give you all the craic. But first, a little breaking news! And a whole lot more:

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Whether PFL got it right with the first PFL-Bellator supercard (03:20)
  • The power move that Saudi Arabia pulled with UFC on Monday (11:03)
  • Reaction to the Anthony Joshua-Francis Ngannou press conference (14:44)
  • The UFC 297 main event, and why Sean Strickland’s legacy is at stake (23:32)
  • Why Dricus Du Plessis’s trash talk could be messing with Strickland’s mind (28:46)
  • UFC 297 main event predictions (44:28)
  • What could happen next for the winner of the main event (45:52)
  • The best result for the UFC in the co-main event between Raquel Pennington and Mayra Bueno Silva (58:39)
  • Ariel gives us the state of Canadian MMA (01:04:06)
  • Discord questions (01:14:20)
  • Petesy gives the latest on the status of Ryan Curtis, an Irish fighter who sustained a very serious injury last week (01:23:12)

For more info on Curtis’s injury and how you can help support his recovery, please visit this link.

Hosts: Ariel Helwani, Petesy Carroll, and Chuck Mindenhall
Producer: Troy Farkas

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