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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2490 with Kurt Holobaugh, Eryk Anders, Tyler King, Ryan Stoddard

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2490 with guests Kurt Holobaugh, Eryk Anders, Tyler King, and Ryan Stoddard.

Holobaugh talked about his recent win at Dana White’s Contender Series 1, where he earned a contract back in the UFC after defeating Matt Bessette. Anders, a former college football player at Alabama, makes his UFC debut Saturday at UFC on FOX 25 vs. Rafael Natal. King travels to Japan to compete at Rizin FF 6 vs. Amir Aliakbari on July 30. Victory Fighting Championship promoter Stoddard joined the program to talk about his upcoming card, VFC 58, which takes place Saturday and airs on UFC Fight Pass.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2488 with Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell

Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell.

Shields and Harrison compete on July 29 at “PFL: Everett” vs. Danny Davis Jr. and Steven Rodriguez, respectively. Bell is coming off a win at Bellator 181 this past Friday, defeating Brittney Elkin via TKO.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2487 with Boston Salmon, Brandon Girtz and Dan Tom

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Boston Salmon, Brandon Girtz and Dan Tom.

Salmon is fresh off a victory at “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” where he also netted himself a UFC contract. Girtz headlined Bellator 181 on Friday and suffered a loss to Derek Campos via cut in a Fight of the Year contender. MMA analyst Tom was our in-studio guest host.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Manager: Conor McGregor striking most lucrative sponsorship deals ever for 'The Money Tour'

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The minimum bid to sponsor a boxing megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was reportedly $1 million. By the time the champs touched gloves, beer maker Tecate had plunked down $5.6 million for a spot in the ring, beating out a $5.2 million bid from Corona.

Will Mayweather’s (49-0 boxing) spectacle against UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) draw a similar number, even with no title at stake and McGregor’s inexperience in boxing?

Of course, the suits are optimistic.

“There’s a lot of great deals that we’re going to be announcing,” McGregor’s manager Audie Attar told MMAjunkie this past Friday at the last stop of a four-city press tour for “The Money Fight.” “But it’s still a work in progress.”

There’s a limited amount of physical real estate on which to advertise – and a limited amount of time to cut deals. The pay-per-view fight – priced at just under $99.95 for the HD version – takes place Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

If the spectacle draws the numbers expected, an audience of tens of millions will be watching. The viewership numbers from this past week’s press tour suggested a blockbuster, with more than a half-million tuning in online to watch the boxer and MMA fighter berate each other in a gaudy, crass affair. Mayweather and McGregor also reach more than 55 million impressions on social media.

Competition among brands should be fierce.

For “The Fight of the Century,” Mayweather got $1 million for Hublot and FanDuel patches on his shorts and an extra $1 million to have “The Burger King” accompany him to the ring, according to ESPN.com. Pacquiao took home $2.5 million.

Fighting in the UFC, McGregor was encumbered by the promotion’s apparel deal, which requires fighters to wear Reebok gear to the cage and all fight-week related activities. But Attar said the UFC champ is a free agent for sponsorships after an exclusive deal with Reebok expired.

With Reebok payouts topping $40,000 per fight for UFC champions, it’s safe to say McGregor will make more sponsor money than he’s ever seen before when he faces Mayweather in the ring.

“I think yes, they have been (the most lucrative deals we’ve ever done), and that goes hand and hand with the fight we’re a part of that he’s not only a fighter in, but a promoter in,” said Attar, adding, “that I also negotiated.”

Unlike previous fights, McGregor is acting not only as a competitor, but a promoter. His company, McGregor Sports Entertainment, joined Mayweather Promotions on banners promoting the fight during the press tour. As an owner, he shares a greater responsibility of pulling off the improbable event. But he also shares more in the profits that result from it.

“We’re not just thinking short term; we’re thinking long term,” Attar said.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2486 with Demetrious Johnson, Matt Erickson

Stream or download Friday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Demetrious Johnson and Matt Erickson.

Johnson, the UFC’s flyweight champ and No. 1 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings, came on the show to talk about his win earlier this week at the ESPN ESPY Awards. He beat out fellow UFC champ Conor McGregor, as well as boxers Terence Crawford, Gennady Golovkin and Andre Ward, for the crown. He also discussed the hand injury he suffered in his April win over Wilson Reis, which was a record-tying 10th straight UFC title defense. Erickson, MMAjunkie’s assistant editor, co-hosted the show in the studio and helped the hosts discuss the latest MMA news, as well as his recent trip to Africa.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2485 with Tony Ferguson, Frank Trigg, Carlos Silva

Stream or download Wednesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Tony Ferguson, Frank Trigg, Carlos Silva and Mike Bohn.

Ferguson, a UFC lightweight title contender, discussed his preferred scenarios for his next fight. Trigg and Bohn co-hosted the episode and helped the hosts cover the latest MMA news. Silva talked about WSOF alum Justin Gaethje and his debut at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2484 with Rob Font, Anthony Birchak, Brian Butler, Jason House

Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Rob Font, Anthony Birchak, Brian Butler and Jason House.

Font defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade on Saturday at UFC 213. Birchak, our in-studio guest host, fights Takfumi Otsuka at Rizin FF 6 on July 30. MMA manager Butler talked about his roster of clients, including UFC champ Max Holloway, Douglas Lima and Felice Herrig. MMA manager House had two UFC bantamweights, Cody Stamann and Terrion Ware, debut against each other at UFC 213.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2483 with Daniel Cormier, Laura Sanko and Muhammed Lawal

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Daniel Cormier, Laura Sanko and Muhammed Lawal.

Cormier defends his UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 214 on July 29 vs. Jon Jones. Sanko is part of the broadcast team for “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” which debuts tomorrow on UFC Fight Pass. Lawal is looking to challenge for the Bellator light heavyweight title later this year.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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UFC 213 headliner Valentina Shevchenko explains why you can't reach her on fight day

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Valentina Shevchenko could be just hours away from wrapping a UFC title around her waist, but until that opportunity arrives, you’re going to have a hard time reaching her to wish her luck.

Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) rematches UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) in tonight’s UFC 213 pay-per-view headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. She looks to avenge a past loss and also claim the most prominent title in the women’s bantamweight division.

However, now that fight day has arrived – and despite the sometimes-agonizing daylong wait to get to the cage, she’s cut herself off from the outside world.

“On the day of the fight, I never respond,” the 29-year-old Kyrgyz-born Peruvian told MMAjunkie Radio. “On the day of the fight, it’s no time for meetings or speaking.”

However, leading up to tonight’s big conclusion of the annual UFC International Fight Week, she made exceptions not only for her team in Las Vegas, but for friends and family who couldn’t make it.

“Before the fight, I still have a little time if it’s my family or my very close friends to wish me good luck,” she said. “Of course every time I respond, and it’s very good to speak to them because they’re giving me good energy and positive energy toward the fight.”

And what a life-changing one it could be. The headliner concludes a stacked lineup of fights. A victory could also potentially set up a lucrative rubber match with the Brazilian champ, who defeated Shevchenko via unanimous decision in 2016.

However, Shevchenko said she’s not really concerned about whether she’d grant an immediate rematch; she worries only about the fight in front of her.

“I don’t think about this because I don’t have to think about this,” she said. “My thinking is only about the fight, and I really don’t care what happens with (Nunes) after this fight.”

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2482 with Joey Diaz, Brad Tavares and Gray Maynard

Stream or download Friday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Joey Diaz, Brad Tavares and Gray Maynard.

Comedian Diaz was our in-studio guest host and helped us make final predictions for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale and UFC 213. Tavares and Maynard joined the program to soak up Junkie Karma; fighters who appear on MMAjunkie Radio on the day of their fight are 57-14. Tonight at the TUF 25 Finale, Tavares faces Elias Theodorou and Maynard meets Teruto Ishihara.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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