Tito Ortiz (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Rear-Naked Choke Radio: Bellator 170, Holm-De Randamie, Nurmagomedov-Ferguson

There’s barely enough intriguing MMA going on right now just to keep the conversation going… but that’s what we did.

Joe Rizzo (@RearNakedChoke) and Jason Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) on Rear-Naked Choke Radio talked about Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170, Bellator MMA as a promotion, the upcoming UFC events, the fight they like, and kept the conversation going.

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Bellator MMA is notorious for putting on tentpole events. They typically feature sideshows or over-the-hill fighters, but that wasn’t necessarily the case at Bellator 170. Rizzo and Kelly stressed their gripes about Bellator and its subpar main events, but also talked about where Ortiz and Sonnen stack up compared to the promotion’s previous tentpole main events. While complaints were made, the hosts found the positive aspects Bellator 170, the promotion’s future and what could stand to change.

As conversation lacked, Rizzo and Kelly went resorted back to UFC talk. The UFC has a steady flow of events on the horizon, yet none of them spark a lot of interest in fans. The inaugural women’s featherweight (145-pound) champion will be crowned after Holly Holm meets Germaine De Randamie at UFC 208. The UFC is returning to Canada in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. Gavin Tucker, a Newfoundlander making his UFC debut, made Rizzo happy for reasons unknown. Heck, even Anderson Silva is about to grace the Octagon in the near future, but Rizzo and Kelly were looking for a fight to sink their teeth into.

The RNC Radio duo found their match in Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson on March 4. Rizzo and Kelly talked about the lack of significant bouts between now and then, but also the ones that do just enough to keep the conversation going on this episode of RNC Radio.

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