Georges St-Pierre (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Rear-Naked Choke Radio: SiriusXM Rush 93’s Michael Stets Talks UFC 197, George St-Pierre’s Return

In an episode about so many fighters coming back to the cage, SiriusXM Rush 93 host and writer Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets) returned to join Rear-Naked Choke Radio hosts Joe Rizzo (@RearNakedChoke) and Jay Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) to talk the return of a street fighter, a convict and possibly a French-Canadian.

Audio available for download on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio

Rumors of the return of Georges St-Pierre continue to swirl, but the Reebok deal could be a road block in St-Pierre’s decision to grace the UFC Octagon again. Stets talked about the former UFC welterweight champion’s chances of returning, or not, pending a deal between St-Pierre’s past and potentially future sponsors. In the event the UFC allows St-Pierre to wear more than a Reebok sponsor in the cage, Stets expects all the hell to break loose with every other fighter on the roster.


Days away from the return of Jon Jones, UFC 197 was a hot topic. Stets talked about the former UFC light heavyweight champ’s fight against Ovince Saint Preux, as well as the flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and American Olympic gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo. The fate of former strawweight champion Carla Esparza, who returns from a 12-month layoff on the preliminary portion of the event, was another point of banter.

Stets held no punches when giving his opinion on Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson returning to the Bellator cage since testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. While some may have a concern with the situation, Stets explained why there’s nothing more Bellator can do, as Kimbo has already served his suspension, and how Scott Coker is simply doing a great job as a promoter.

As always, feel free to comment below or send feedback about the show to @RNCRadio or @CombatPress on Twitter, or on Facebook at RNC Radio or Combat Press, and on YouTube.