Spinning Back Clique: Thoughts on Triad Combat, Conor McGregor’s bold talk, more

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Spinning Back Clique: Thoughts on Triad Combat, Conor McGregor’s bold talk, more

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

This week, we look back at Triller’s Triad Combat event, ahead to Bellator 272 and UFC on ESPN 31, and react to Conor McGregor’s latest big talk.

Our “Spinning Back Clique” panel of Matthew Wells, “Gorgeous” George Garcia, and Brian “Goze” Garcia discuss these topics with host John Morgan.

  • After a light schedule of MMA on the holiday weekend, the biggest names in action were at Triller’s new Triad Combat event, which featured the likes of Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione, Mike Perry, Derek Campos, and Albert Tumenov. MMA legend Quinton “Rampage” Jackson says he believes Triad Combat can be a force in the industry, but what was your take? Does Triller have a hit on its hands?
  • Since Triad Combat isn’t really MMA or boxing, the result doesn’t go anywhere on anyone’s record, but let’s ask this: Whether positive or negative, who’s combat sports career was impacted the most by their performance and result on Saturday night?
  • We get back to more traditional action this week, including Bellator 272 on Friday night. The main event is absolutely fantastic, with new champ Sergio Pettis looking for the first defense of his bantamweight title when he faces the former champ who never lost the title, Kyoji Horiguchi. There’s been some discussion about who is the true champion of the division, with Pettis even saying he wants this win to legitimize his status. So with the stakes so high, who has the most on the line?
  • Meanwhile, at UFC on ESPN 31, we’ve got an incredible main event at 135 pounds, as well, with Jose Aldo vs. Rob Font. It feels like a bit of a crossroads fight for Aldo, though somehow he’s only nine months older than Font. We know Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan are expected to unify the belts early next year, and T.J. Dillashaw is on the mend, so what’s on the line here in this fight? Is this a No. 1 contender fight? Or does it maybe depend on who wins?
  • Conor McGregor is a master of keeping his name in the headlines, and his latest statement is that he’s going to return from a broken leg next year and step right into a lightweight title shot despite currently standing at 1-3 in his past four fights. Is he right? Is there a scenario in which this would make sense?

“Spinning Back Clique” is released each Tuesday on MMA Junkie’s YouTube channel. You can watch the full episode in the video above.

Spinning Back Clique: Thoughts on Triad Combat, Conor McGregor’s bold talk, more