State of Combat with Brian Campbell

State of Combat with Brian Campbell

CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell breaks down the latest news surrounding Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts in separate episodes each week. UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans co-hosts the MMA podcasts while New York Times best selling author Rafe Bartholomew co-hosts the Boxing episodes. You can expect breakdowns of the latest news, full event previews, big-name interviews and instant reaction podcasts for the biggest events.... Show More

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August 13, 2020 118 min
Brian Campbell is joined by WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez to preview Saturday's return on Showtime against Roamer Alexis Angulo and explain why he's one of the most exciting future stars in the game. Benavidez also explains his beef with fellow 168-pound champion Caleb Plant and talks why that fight needs to happen next. Heavyweight Otto Wallin also drops by to relive his close call with Tyson Fury and bre...
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Brian Campbell sits down with Daniel Cormier and Chito Vera ahead of their UFC 252 fights. Daniel Cormier discusses what a win in the trilogy bout would mean for his legacy. DC also discusses how this third Stipe Miocic fight came to place and what his mindset is going into UFC 252. Next up Chito Vera stops by to discuss his upcoming bout with rising star Shane O'Malley. --------------------------------- 'State of Combat...
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Brian Campbell and Rashad Evans kick off the show by reacting to UFC Fight Night Lewis-Oleinik. The guys discuss how important this win was for Derrick Lewis. Next up they discuss Chris Weidman's win over Omari Akhmedov. How impressive was Weidman's wrestling in this match? Rashad is very impressed by Beneil Dariush's evolution over these past few fights. What's next for Dariush? Onto Bellator 243... Could Michael C...
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Brian Campbell is back from vacation and is joined by Rashad Evans to recap UFC Fight Night Brunson-Shahbazyan and preview Bellator 243 and UFC Fight Night: Lewis-Oleinik. The boys open the show by talking about Mike Tyson since Rashad is out in LA and watched him train yesterday. Rashad was on commentary duty at UFC Fight Night: Brunson-Shahbazyan and we broke that card down in full. Who's next for Derek Brunson? Did Edmen Sha...
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Rashad Evans is joined by Tyrone Spong to recap UFC Fight Night: Whittaker-Till, Break down the latest news, plus preview UFC Fight Night: Brunson-Shahbazyan. What's next for Robert Whittaker after his split decision win over Darren Till? Did Darren Till's stock rise in his loss to Whittaker? Shogun was able to improve to 3-0 over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who should be next up for him? Who impressed the guys the most throu...
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Brian Campbell chats with legendary referee and Bellator commentator "Big" John McCarthy ahead of the promotion's first card in five months on Friday with Bellator 242. McCarthy looks at Aaron Pico's response to adversity and breaks down the bantamweight main event between Sergio Pettis and Ricky Bandejas. McCarthy also looks at the state of MMA scoring and breaks down why certain fights have created controversies a...
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Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew react to the nine PBC fight cards in five months that Showtime announced it will close 2020 with. The guys celebrate the return of big-time boxing and rate the group of fights, which includes pay-per-views headlined by Gervonta Davis-Leo Santa Cruz and the Charlo brothers. The guys also welcome unbeaten welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr. to preview his return on Friday as DAZN and Golden Boy Promotion...
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Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans recap UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo-Benavidez, break down the latest news, and preview UFC Fight Night: Whittaker-Till. Deiveson Figeiredo put on a dominant performance against Joseph Benavidez on saturday night... What is next for him? Where does Joseph Benavidez go from here? Jack Hermansson defeats Kelvin Gastelum via first round submission. Where does this win put Jack Hermansson ...
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Brian Campbell provides his instant reaction to the UFC Fight Night card from Saturday in Abu Dhabi where Devieson Figueiredo finished Joseph Benavidez in their rematch to capture the vacant flyweight title. BC looks at what's next for the division and reacps a key 125-pound bout which could produce the next title challenger as Askar Askarov held off Alexandre Pantoja. Plus, Jack Hermansson re-entered the middleweight title pic...
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Brian Campbell shares his love for the CBS staple "Survivor" after 20 years and 40 seasons of the reality and competition show with a special podcast. Three-time player Ethan Zohn talks strategy, beating cancer and how his Season 3 win catapulted him to instant celebrity. Former Miami Marlins president David Samson, the host of CBS Sports' "Nothing Personal," relives being voted off first in his lone "Surviv...
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Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans recap UFC Fight Night Kattar-Ige and Preview UFC Fight Night Figueiredo-Benavidez. Calvin Kattar takes another big step forward with his unanimous decision win over Dan Ige. What's next for Calvin Kattar in a stacked featherweight division (1:00)? Tim Elliott defeats Ryan Benoit in a close decision... Did the judges get the score right in the fight? Do we need to revisit the MMA...
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Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew look back on the last 10 years in boxing and debate which victory was the most impressive and important from Guillermo Rigondeaux outboxing Nonito Donaire to Tyson Fury's upset of Wladimir Klistchko and Floyd Mayweather topping both Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao. The guys also react to recent trash talk spinning off of the August 26 announcement of Jeff Horn-Tim Tszyu in Australia and dec...
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Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans give you a full recap of UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal. Is Kamaru Usman severely underrated? Will Kamaru Usman continue to train with Trevor Whitman? Who should the fans blame for what they consider a "boring" fight? Is the UFC pay structure to blame? Who deserves the next shot at Kamaru Usman's welterweight title (1:30)? Alexander Volkanovski retains his title in a contro...
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Brian Campbell provides instant reaction to a trio of title bouts atop UFC 251 on Saturday from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman ruined Jorge Masvidal’s attempt at a storybook ending by using his grappling and improved striking to defend his title. Plus, did the judges get it right in Alexander Volkanovski’s close rematch with Max Holloway? And who should be next for new bantamweight king Petr Yan? ---...
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Brian Campbell welcomes Brandon Wise to look at Saturday's UFC 251 card from a betting standpoint ahead of Jorge Masvidal's return. BC also sits down with former featherweight champion Max Holloway to chat about his unusual training camp before his rematch with Alexander Volkanovski. In addition, Rose Namajunas shares her mental journey from losing her strawweight title to Jessica Andrade and nearly retiring to accepting th...
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July 6, 2020 51 min
Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans give you a full preview of UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal. How excited are the guys to get the fight that they originally wanted in Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal. Did Jorge Masvidal get the payday that he was originally holding out for? How will the short notice weight cut impact Masvidal? How does the last minute opponent change impact Kamaru Usman (3:10)? Onto the Co-main event... ...
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Brian Campbell welcomes junior welterweight contender Jose Zepeda to preview Tuesday's return in the Top Rank bubble and look back at his disputed loss to unified 140-pound champion Jose Ramirez. Zepeda talks sparring with Floyd Mayweather, working with Freddie Roach and which fighters he's targeting. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew talks Canelo Alvarez's 2020 plans, reacts to yet another failed drug test for Jarrell "Big Ba...
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Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans break down the latest news in the MMA world. The guys break down Dustin Poirier's unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker. Where does this rank in the fight of the year talk? How much of a toll on your career does a fight like this take? What does this win do for Poirier's career (7:52)? Where does Conor McGregor fit into this entire situation (29:50)? The guys break down Mik...
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Brian Campbell sits down for a trio of interviews ahead of Saturday's UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas including a combative moment where welterweight Mike Perry storms off following a select choice of words. Top lightweights Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker set the stage for their main event this weekend and settle the trash talk between them. Plus, UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans drops in to help preview the card. --------------...
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Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew reconvene after a lengthy break to look at the latest news in boxing, including 47-year-old Oscar De La Hoya's claim that he's close to announcing a comeback and wants to face the very best in the sport. Also, a recap of recent action from the Top Rank "bubble" in Las Vegas which featured a title upset at bantamweight when Josh Franco defeated Andrew Moloney. From Joe Calzaghe cla...
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