State of Combat with Brian Campbell

Join CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell as he brawls his way through the worlds of boxing, WWE and mixed martial arts in separate episodes each week. BC and his guests will share their unique takes on the hottest topics from the combat sports you love while welcoming in big-name guests.

State of Combat with Brian Campbell

Join CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell as he brawls his way through the worlds of boxing, WWE and mixed martial arts in separate episodes each week. BC and his guests will share their unique takes on the hottest topics from the combat sports you love while welcoming in big-name guests.

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  • WWE: BC's back, Tommaso Ciampa talks, AEW Full Gear (11/12)

    Brian Campbell makes his return after recovering and catching up on weeks of action. What does BC think about WWE's recent bookings, the Wednesday Night Wars and the future of wrestling? Co-host Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby join him to break down all of that plus AEW Full Gear. Former NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa also joins the show to discuss his star-making turn, the future of NXT and his first day in WWE standing across from The Undertaker 14 years ago.

Episodes of This Show

  • Boxing: Canelo’s next big move, KSI talks Logan Paul rematch

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew look at the big picture fallout from Canelo Alvarez’s knockout of Sergey Kovalev including what the next 12 months might look like for the Mexican superstar (24:52). YouTube sensation KSI drops by to preview Saturday’s rematch with Logan Paul and explains why a loss could prove disastrous to his longterm plans to become an entertainment megastar (1:06:11). Plus, a preview of the WBSS bantamweight final between Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire (1:34:39).

  • MMA: Masvidal is the real BMF but is he the fighter of the year?

    Brian Campbell, Brandon Wise and UFC Hall of Famer “Suga” Rashad Evans break down all things UFC 244 following the inaugural BMF championship bout between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz (2:02). The guys debate everything from the stoppage to whether Masvidal deserves an immediate title shot or the UFC should consider a rematch. Also, an update on the 2019 fighter of the year race (26:29), including whether Masvidal has done enough to best Isreal Adesanya, and a preview of Saturday’s UFC Moscow card (1:02:25).

  • WWE: Crown Jewel controversy, AEW Full Gear preview (11/5)

    A strange and wild week in professional wrestling included WWE's fourth foray into Saudi Arabia, a stunning edition of SmackDown and both AEW and NXT giving it their all against Game 7 of the World Series. Adam Silverstein brings in Jack Crosby to discuss The Fiend's surprising title win (8:27), the debuts of Cain Velasquez and Tyson Fury, the first women's match in Saudi Arabia and speculation surrounding travel delays that created much controversy (38:36). The guys also break down the best SmackDown of 2019 and one of the most interesting WWE TV shows all year along with the NXT invasion and what that means for Survivor Series (53:51) The Silver King and Outback Jack also look at some of AEW's recent booking decisions and run through the entire Full Gear card (1:09:10). Hero or Zero and DMs including Finn Balor, the Kabuki Warriors, WWE commentary, the universal title and early WrestleMania predictions (1:26:14).

  • Boxing: Canelo-Kovalev instant analysis (11/3)

    Brian Campbell is joined by Mikey Mormile to break down Canelo Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev from all angles (4:30). Brian discusses Ryan Garcia's first-round finish (43:08), how far he thinks Blair "The Flair" Cobbs can go in boxing (52:54) and where Canelo Alvarez among all-time greats (1:02:56).

  • MMA: UFC 244 instant analysis (11/3)

    Brandon Wise and Jack Crosby breakdown everything from Madison Square Garden, including the somewhat disappointing end of Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz. Plus, the guys break down Darren Till's debut at 185 pounds, Stephen Thompson's bounce back win and the unreal knockouts from Corey Anderson and Kevin Lee.

  • Boxing: Canelo-Kovalev bonus interview podcast Part 2 (11/1)

    Brian Campbell is live at radio row for Dazn's historic matchup between Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev. Brian sits down with Canelo Alvarez (5:41), Sergey Kovalev (11:12), Larry Merchant (19:09), Seneisa Estrada (38:30), Marlen Esparza (44:35), Kathy Duva (54:59), Bernard Hopkins (109:50), Dmitry Bivol (1:29:09), Joseph Markowski (1:39:07), Roberto Diaz (1:53:07), Vergel Ortiz Jr. (2:02:37), Brian Kenny (2:10:56).

  • Boxing: Canelo-Kovalev bonus interview podcast Part 1

    Brian Campbell is live at radio row for Dazn's historic matchup between Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev. Brian sits down with Ryan Garcia (3:57), Romero Duno (13:31), Eric Gomez (18:30), Blair Cobbs (27:00), Chris Mannix (35:41), Todd Grisham (51:36), Sergio Mora (107:22), Buddy McGirt (120:31), Egis Klimas (128:58) and Claudia Trejos (140:43).

  • MMA: Nate Diaz saves UFC 244, McGregor announces return (10/30)

    Brian Campbell is joined by UFC Hall of Famer “Suga” Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise to preview Saturday’s UFC 244 card and the BMF title bout between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal (101:45). The guys debate USADA’s reputation following Diaz’s public stance against the UFC in order to save the card and look at which opponent makes the most sense for Conor McGregor’s announced return of Jan. 18 (52:58). Plus, a look back at a breakthrough win from Douglas Lima in Bellator (36:45) and what Ben Askren’s loss to Demian Maia says about his UFC run (15:00).

  • WWE: Finn Balor talks the return of the Prince, moving to NXT (10/29)

    In a shocking twist, Finn Balor became the talk of the wrestling world last week with his turn on NXT. Balor joins Adam Silverstein to discuss the return of the "Prince" and what to expect going forward as he puts the WWE main roster behind him (2:27). Jack Crosby joins Adam to break down Balor's turn, the incredible NXT main event and what to expect at WarGames. The guys continue the Main Event by diving into the Jordan Myles T-shirt situation (37:45), WWE Crown Jewel (58:48) and the Rusev-Lana-Bobby Lashley love triangle (1:19:15). Next up is Hero or Zero where The Silver King and Outback Jack debate some of the top storylines in WWE and AEW (1:27:15). A DM-heavy show also includes takes on AEW entrance music, the future of SmackDown, the 2019 wrestler of the year and the best Halloween candy.

  • Boxing: Canelo-Kovalev preview, Josh Taylor makes the leap (10/28)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew break down all the angles ahead of Saturday's light heavyweight title bout pairing middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez against WBO titleholder Sergey Kovalev (101:50). The guys also recap a busy weekend of fights including Josh Taylor unifying 140-pound belts in the WBSS final (12:55) and Shakur Stevenson winning his first title in dominant fashion (35:36).

  • Interviews: Triple H, Tyson Fury talk WWE; Jake Hager on AEW, Bellator 231 (10/24)

    The SOC has you covered with a combat sports interview bonus episode as Adam Silverstein chats with lineal boxing heavyweight champion and WWE legend Paul "Triple H" Levesque to preview Fury's pro wrestling debut at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia (26:15). Brian Campbell also sits down with Jake "Jack Swagger" Hager about his MMA return at Bellator 231, his exit from WWE and how he hopes to change the game with upstart AEW (5:08).

  • MMA: Rory MacDonald, Douglas Lima preview Bellator 232 rematch (10/23)

    Brian Campbell is joined by welterweight champion Rory MacDonald (1:09:41) and former two-time beltholder Douglas Lima (1:37:09) to preview Saturday's Bellator MMA World Grand Prix final and how the rematch will be different. UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise stop by to recap the fall of Chris Weidman at UFC Boston (6:05), gauge Greg Hardy's chances in a short turnaround at UFC Moscow (34:25) and look at the stakes in Ben Askren's return at UFC Singapore.

  • WWE: Raw, SmackDown diverging; NJPW coming to America (10/22)

    With Brian Campbell out in the field, co-host Adam Silverstein welcomes Jack Crosby to break down a tremendous amount of professional wrestling. The guys start the show by discussing NJPW's official foray into the United States and whether NJPW of America is coming around too late (2;58). Next up is a look at what appears to be a new direction for Raw under Paul Heyman, including work-rate matches and introducing fresh faces (13:56). The Silver King and Jack contrast Raw from SmackDown and look at the future of the blue brand under Bruce Prichard. The guys also dive into the "best" episode yet of AEW Dynamite (46:56), the "worst" episode yet of NXT (1:11:30) and some of the hottest topics in pro wrestling, including Cain Velasquez, Marko Stunt, Shorty G and NWA Power (1:27:04).

  • Boxing: Logan Paul talks KSI rematch, Artur Beterbiev enters beast mode

    Brian Campbell chats with YouTube sensation Logan Paul about his Nov. 9 pro boxing debut against KSI, his UFC plans and his goal of being the greatest entertainer in history (1:31:57). Rafe Bartholomew returns from a long break to debate the biggest headlines including GGG's decline (23:35), Alexander Usyk's heavyweight debut (59:35), Errol Spence Jr.'s miraculous survival (55:20) and the death of Patrick Day (45:33). The guys also recap Artur Beterbiev's stoppage of Oleksandr Gvodzyk to unify 175-pound titles (1:10:53) and preview a loaded weekend headlined by the Regis Prograis-Josh Taylor unification in the WBSS finals (2:13:30).

  • MMA: Joanna's redemption, Weidman looks to regain glory (10/16)

    Brian Campbell returns from vacation to join UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise to recap UFC Tampa and the resurgence of former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk [12:21]. Can "Boogie Woman" make a new run at the strawweight title? Plus, reaction to big weekends from PFL [59:13] and ONE Championship [101:57], along with a detailed preview of Friday's UFC Boston card and a Dominick Reyes-Chris Weidman matchup with title implications [1:13:44].

  • WWE: Relitigating Fiend-Rollins, draft failures, AEW successes (10/15)

    Brian Campbell returns and unloads on everything he missed in the world of professional wrestling. Co-host Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby join BC for a deep relitigation of the storyline between "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins. Is it a stroke of genius, or does it deserve the heavy criticism it has received? The guys also talk all things Cain Velasquez and Tyson Fury, share some thoughts on the WWE Draft and break down what AEW is getting right through two weeks of its show.

  • WWE: Fury and Velasquez, draft preview, AEW and NWA shine (10/10)

    With Brian Campbell just getting back following a vacation right near the beach, boy-ee, Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby explore WWE's decision making in learning on big combat sports names in Cain Velasquez and Tyson Fury. The guys discuss the upcoming press conference, why WWE feels reaching into the MMA and boxing worlds is necessary, and what to expect long-term from Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar. Silver King and Outback Jack also recap the rest of Raw, preview the WWE Draft, break down the second episode of AEW Dynamite and share whether NXT is stepping up its game. Last but not least, BC joins his own show to rave about a return to studio wrestling with the debut of NWA Powerrr. Don't miss this show!
  • MMA: Adesanya brings the heat; UFC Fight Night Tampa preview

    With Brian Campbell still out of the country, Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise take a closer look at Israel Adesanya's breakout performance and debate whether "The Last Stylebender" is truly the next crossover star for UFC. [2:30] Plus, could we actually be heading toward Khabib vs. GSP in 2020? [31:00] And we go in-depth on Saturday's main event between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson. [49:16]
  • WWE: Hell in a Cell, SmackDown on Fox instant analysis (10/7)

    Just moments after WWE Hell in a Cell went off the air, Adam Silverstein welcomes Jack Crosby to discuss the controversial finish to the pay-per-view and provide some instant analysis on the entire event. The guys break down exactly why the Fiend-Seth Rollins match drew such a negative reaction from the crowd and question why WWE cannot seem to learn from its mistakes with Roman Reigns. The Silver King and Jack also praise the three women's matches and go through the rest of the show before diving into the SmackDown debut on Fox, including the new TV presentation, Kofi Kingston's WWE title loss, the debut of Cain Velasquez, Tyson Fury's presence and what to expect going forward.
  • MMA: UFC 243 instant analysis (10/6)

    With Brian Campbell out at sea, Brandon Wise and Jack Crosby get right to the action from Melbourne on Saturday night and break down Israel Adesanya's championship performance at UFC 243. The guys discuss just how great Adesanya looked in taking out Robert Whittaker and what the ceiling on "The Last Stylebender" could be. Plus, where does Whittaker go from here? Brandon and Jack also discuss the great performances from Dan Hooker and Yorgan De Castro to cap off the night.
  • WWE: Raw refreshed, AEW Dynamite debuts, NXT stands tall (10/3)

    Fresh off the debut episode of AEW Dynamite, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein convene to discuss whether the promotion delivered a true "revolution" or is just another wrestling show. The guys break down the heroes and zeroes from the first AEW TV effort [4:52], the superior NXT show that ran head-to-head with it [01:01:01] and how they will judge this so-called "Wednesday Night War" going forward. Plus, a look at the season premiere of WWE Raw [01:24:20], including the return of pyro, a new set and commentary team, Brock Lesnar's destruction of Rey Mysterio and the convoluted main event involving everyone from Seth Rollins and The Fiend to Rusev, Lana and Bobby Lashley. BC and The Silver King also briefly discuss Sunday's WWE Hell in a Cell card in this absolutely loaded edition of the SoC!
  • MMA: Whittaker-Adesanya headlines UFC 243, Bellator selection show (10/2)

    Brian Campbell, UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise get you fired up for UFC 243 with a detailed preview of the middleweight unification bout between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya [57:01]. The guys also recap a wild weekend including Jared Cannonier's breakthrough win into middleweight title contention at UFC Copenhagen [6:45] and an exciting twist in the Bellator featherweight tournament with the promotion's selection show [21:08]. 
  • Boxing: Gennadiy Golovkin talks Canelo, previews title fight return (10/1)

    Brian Campbell is joined by former middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin [55:32] and new trainer Johnathon Banks [1:22:45] to preview Saturday's vacant title bout against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. GGG breaks down why Canelo Alvarez won't fight him and shares whether he still respects the Mexican star as a man. Rafe Bartholomew breaks down the impact of Errol Spence Jr.'s win over Shawn Porter and how far away we are from a Terence Crawford superfight [8:00]. Plus, why you should care about Claressa Shields returning at a new weight class [1:50:40].
  • Boxing: Spence-Porter instant analysis (9/29)

    Brian Campbell is joined by Dan Canobbio of CompuBox and Inside Boxing Live to break down Errol Spence Jr.'s split-decision win over Shawn Porter to unify welterweight titles in Los Angeles. [1:10] The guys ponder whether Porter deserves a moral victory for dictating the fight's terms and whether Spence's pound-for-pound status slips despite winning. [29:35] Plus, did the PBC make the right move by sending Danny Garcia into the ring instead of Manny Pacquiao? [20:13] All that, plus recaps of big wins from David Benavidez and Josesito Lopez. [38:55]
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    Join CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell as he brawls his way through the worlds of boxing, WWE and mixed martial arts in separate episodes each week. UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans co-hosts the MMA edition to share his fighting experience and insight. BC and his guests will share their unique takes on the hottest topics from the combat sports you love while welcoming in big-name guests. Stay tuned to the State of Combat feed for instant analysis and instant reaction podcasts surrounding the biggest moments in each sport.
  • WWE: The Fiend attacks, AEW Dynamite on deck (9/26)

    Coming off a mundane week of TV, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein wonder whether WWE is doing enough to build Hell in a Cell or is entirely focused on relaunching its TV shows [30:45]. The guys break down The Fiend’s attack on Braun Strowman to close Raw [14:55] and what they expect to see from SmackDown on Fox next week [42:22]. BC and The Silver King also share their final thoughts ahead of the debut of AEW Dynamite [54:53] and play Hero or Zero [1:15:07] where topics include Roman Reigns, the Four Horsewomen, Michael Cole, Baron Corbin and Kenny Omega.
  • MMA: Rashad Evans talks comeback, Stipe-DC III and UFC Mexico fallout

    Brian Campbell talks with "Suga" Rashad Evans and about his decision to return to fighting at age 40 and what might be next for the UFC Hall of Famer [1:09]. The guys also digest Daniel Cormier's comments about Stipe Miocic and debate just how big a trilogy fight would be historically [15:52]. Plus, all the fallout from a wild ending at UFC Mexico City [38:00] and a preview of UFC Copenhagen [53:08] and Bellator weekend cards [56:37]. 
  • Boxing: Errol Spence Jr., Shawn Porter preview PPV clash (9/23)

    Brian Campbell is joined by welterweight champions Errol Spence Jr. [1:25:32] and Shawn Porter [47:25] to preview Saturday's PPV unification bout from Los Angeles. The fighters talk about the transition from friends to foes in the buildup to this fight and break down why they believe they will win. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew helps break down the matchup and share his prediction [12:50]. The guys also look at the size difference between Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev [25:30], react to Ryan Garcia's new Golden Boy deal [36:30] and recap a wild brawl between Alfredo Angulo and Peter Quillin [14:40].
  • WWE: NXT debuts on USA, Brock Lesnar challenges Kofi Kingston (9/19)

    Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein waste little time in discussing NXT's live debut on USA Network. The guys break down whether the show stayed true to the NXT brand, what can be improved in future episodes, whether the first edition of the program was a win for WWE and everything that went down, including a title change, a big return and more. BC and The Silver King then move on to Brock Lesnar's return to SmackDown and whether him ultimately defeating Kofi Kingston for the WWE championship is a positive or negative outcome for Kingston's reign. The guys also briefly discuss the forthcoming WWE Draft before moving on to Hero or Zero where topics include The Fiend taking over Raw, Baron Corbin winning King of the Ring, the Street Profits hosting Maria Kanellis' gender reveal party, the continuation of the Roman Reigns angle on SmackDown and the burying of Cedric Alexander.
  • MMA: Stipe Miocic talks Jon Jones, outlasting DC; Is Gaethje ready for Khabib? (9/18)

    Brian Campbell sits down with UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic to recap his dramatic stoppage of Daniel Cormier to regain his title [43:32]. Could Jon Jones be next for Stipe? What about a trilogy with DC? Miocic also shares the humbling nature of his day job as a firefighter and paramedic in Ohio. Plus [47:10], UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans joins Brandon Wise in recapping Dustin Gaethje's win over Donald Cerrone at UFC Vancouver [5:15] and previewing Saturday's UFC Mexico City card headlined by Yair Rodriguez-Jeremy Stephens [1:02:01]. 
  • Boxing: Fury's survival, Haney's rise, Benavidez and Dirrell talk title bout

    Brian Campbell is joined by Rafe Bartholomew to recap a wild weekend including lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's scare against Otto Wallin [9:13] and Devin Haney's continued rise to stardom [33:05]. Brian also chats with super middleweights Anthony Dirrell [1:02:45] and David Benavidez [1:16:20] ahead of their Sept. 28 title bout on the Spence-Porter PPV card. 
  • WWE: Clash of Champions instant analysis; Triple H, Shawn Michaels talk NXT (9/16)

    Just minutes after WWE Clash of Champions went off the air, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein convened to break down the entire pay-per-view in a loaded podcast. The guys discuss The Fiend appearing in the final seconds, failed Superman-level booking for Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston, the surprise return of Luke Harper, why Becky Lynch-Sasha Banks was such a home run and whether a PPV like this is acceptable with WWE failing to deliver anything memorable despite 10 titles being on the line. BC and The Silver King also preview the debut of NXT on USA Network by welcoming Paul "Triple H" Levesque (1:00:45) to discuss what the show will look like on cable TV, whether Vince McMahon will be involved and what he has to say about competition going head-to-head with the yellow brand. Also joining the show is "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels (1:25:19), who talks about his new role as a NXT coach, returning for one big match and why the third part of his professional wrestling career is making such an impact on his life. This is a show you do not want to miss!
  • WWE: Clash of Champions preview, King of the Ring update (9/11)

    Just days before WWE Clash of Champions, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein break down the entire card. Will the final pay-per-view before SmackDown's big move result in numerous title changes? Is this finally the time when Becky Lynch and Kofi Kingston drop their straps? BC and The Silver King go over the builds to each match, make their predictions and discuss where WWE is going from here (53:40). But first, the guys open the show by debating whether this is indeed the third boom period in professional wrestling (2:40), the scheduled King of the Ring finals (9:39), the Kevin Owens-Shane McMahon storyline, the value of dirtsheets and AEW's first two matches for Full Gear (43:36.
  • MMA: Khabib-Ferguson or bust, BMFs at MSG, Cowboy-Gaethje preview

    Brian Campbell is joined by UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise to bang the drum loudly for a Khabib Nurmagomedov-Tony Ferguson lightweight superfight [17:54]. Evans goes in depth on what makes Khabib's wrestling so unique and why his demeanor is unlike any other fighter. The guys also get creative in brainstorming ways to market the BMF title that Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal will fight for on Nov. 2 and debate whether Jorge's beef with teammate Colby Covington is real [1:54]. Plus, who stood out at Bellator 226 [38:20] and a preview of the violence to expect from Donald Cerrone-Justin Gaethje at UFC Vancouver [50:33].  
  • Boxing: Tyson Fury brings the heat; Heather Hardy on health of women's boxing (9/10)

    Brian Campbell sits down for a wild chat with lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury ahead of Saturday's return against Otto Wallin [13:51}. Fury slings expletives and hot takes on everyone from Deontay Wilder and Alexander Usyk to his relationship with new co-promoter Bob Arum. Featherweight champion Heather Hardy previews Friday's title defense against 7-division champ Amanda Serrano and talks about what needs to happen next for women's boxing to grow [1:01:00]. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew plays "Do you care?" and gets fired up for Regis Prograis-Josh Taylor. 
  • MMA: UFC 242 instant analysis; Khabib is king, Diaz-Masvidal official (9/7)

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise provide immediate reaction to Khabib Nurmagomedov's dominant victory over Dustin Poirier to unify lightweight titles at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi. What does this mean for Khabib's consideration among the P4P best and how much closer did he get to joining the G.O.A.T. discussion? The guys break down a possible Tony Ferguson fight and ponder whether Georges St.-Pierre or Conor McGregor might get in the way. Plus, a breakdown of the UFC 244 main event in New York that was announced Saturday pairing Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal. 
  • WWE: Bayley's turn, Shayna Baszler drops by, AEW All Out (9/5)

    Coming off an epic week of professional wrestling, Brian Campbell and co-host Adam Silverstein break down the AEW All Out pay-per-view, explaining how the show missed the mark despite a couple notable moments. The guys also discuss the critically acclaimed NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff before moving on to the WWE main roster. In Hero or Zero, BC and The Silver King debate the Roman Reigns-Daniel Bryan-Erick Rowan angle, Bayley's heel turn, the Sasha Banks-Becky Lynch feud, where the King of the Ring tournament stands and the latest edition of Firerfly Funhouse. Plus, NXT women's champion Shayna Baszler drops in to discuss her run atop the yellow brand, MMA fights on a farm and picking up dog poop with Ronda Rousey.

  • MMA: Dustin Poirier, Edson Barboza preview UFC 242 (9/4)

    Brian Campbell, "Suga" Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise preview Saturday's UFC 242 card from Abu Dhabi as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier look to unify lightweight titles. Wise also sits down with both Poirier and fellow lightweight Edson Barboza to talk about their preparation. The guys also recap Weili Zhang's upset knockout of UFC women's strawweight champion Jessica Andrade in China and look ahead to Saturday's Bellator 226 card as Ryan Bader defends his heavyweight title and a 16-man featherweight tournament kicks off. Plus, Anthony Johnson's heavyweight comeback and much more. 

  • Boxing: Lomachenko is still king, Horn sent to hell (9/3)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew recap pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko's exciting victory over Luke Campbell in their lightweight unification bout. The guys debate what Loma's end game should be and explain why Campbell made a leap in defeat. Plus, a breakdown of Jeff Horn's upset loss Down Under and whether he should consider retirement and a look at the war of words between Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter during their PBC: Face to Face episode. 

  • WWE: The Buddy Murphy interview, AEW All Out preview (8/28)

    The breakout of WWE superstar Buddy Murphy continues this week as he steps into the State of Combat for an extensive interview with Brian Campbell and co-host Adam Silverstein (55:37). Murphy explains his recent rise, overcoming adversity in NXT, forcing his way onto 205 Live and why his WWE success has been so sweet to this point. BC and The Silver King also welcome Jack Crosby back to discuss Seth Rollins-Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns-Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston-Randy Orton and the rebuilding of Sasha Banks. Plus, a complete preview of AEW All Out, including thoughts on Jon Moxley's ailment and Kenny Omega's fantastic promo (1:36:49).
  • MMA: McGregor speaks, Newell's renewal, UFC China preview (8/27)

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans are joined by Brandon Wise to break down the latest news in mixed martial arts, including Conor McGregor's return from hibernation in his 41-minute ESPN interview. How committed did McGregor sound to keep fighting? Was his apology both needed and sincere? Was this anything more than a public relations move? The guys also look at a wild Bellator 225 card, including one-handed fighter Nick Newell's win to keep his career alive. Plus, a preview of Jessica Andrade's strawweight title bout against Weili Zhang at UFC Shenzhen. 

  • Boxing: Canelo-Kovalev draws near, Horn wants the smoke (8/27)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew recap a wild weekend in boxing, including Sergey Kovalev's exciting knockout of Anthony Yarde and what that means for his chances of getting a Canelo Alvarez superfight. The guys also preview Vasiliy Lomachenko's return on Saturday in London for a lightweight unification bout against Luke Campbell. Plus, Australian author and friend of the show Alex McClintock drops by to set the stage for Jeff Horn's return Down Under and what could be next with a win. 

  • WWE: NXT makes big move, King of the Ring underway (8/21)

    NXT is on the move from taped on WWE Network to live on USA Network, so Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein waste no time breaking down the big announcement, what it means for the future of the brand and why WWE made this decision with competition on the horizon. The guys also continue their love affair with Buddy Murphy following his second-straight highlight performance on SmackDown. Next up is Hero or Zero where BC and The Silver King debate the start of the King of the Ring tournament, whether making Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman the Raw tag team champions was a good idea, and whether the pairing of Randy Orton and The Revival has long-term potential. Other topics include whether AEW has done enough to get the guys excited for All Out, Sasha Banks' continued aggression, moving to a Charlotte Flair-Bayley feud so quickly, the absence of Corey Graves from commentary and much more!
  • Boxing: Steve Farhood talks Canelo's future, AJ-Ruiz II & previews ShoBox card (8/20)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew are joined by Showtime Hall of Fame analyst Steve Farhood to preview Friday's ShoBox card from Oklahoma and react to boxing's biggest headlines. The guys ponder Canelo Alvarez's crumbling relationship with Golden Boy, Anthony Joshua's reaction to why he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. and Tyson Fury's choice of Otto Wallin as his next opponent. Also, a preview of Saturday's light heavyweight title defense between Sergey Kovalev and Anthony Yarde. 

  • MMA: UFC 241 instant analysis, Miocic rocks Cormier's world (8/18)

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise provide reaction to UFC 241 just moments after Stipe Miocic regained the heavyweight championship with a knockout of Daniel Cormier. The guys debate whether Miocic won the fight or DC lost it and break down big wins from Nate Diaz and Paulo Costa. 

  • WWE: Buddy Murphy, Sasha Banks, G1 Climax, TakeOver: Toronto (8/15)

    The sirens are blaring and the engines are revving up as WWE delivered to Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein nearly everything they wanted this week coming out of SummerSlam. From Buddy Murphy's big moment vs. Roman Reigns to Sasha Banks' massive return as "The Boss" to the return of the King of the Ring, feel spots were being hit left and right on WWE TV. The guys break it all down, along with the absence of The Fiend, a future Seth Rollins-AJ Styles feud and the latest moves regarding the 24/7 championship. Plus, BC and The Silver King deliver their long-awaited breakdowns of NJPW G1 Climax 29 and NXT TakeOver: Toronto.
  • MMA: UFC 241 preview, likelihood of Jones-Cormier III (8/14)

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise preview Saturday's stacked UFC 241 card headlined by a heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic. Can DC become the greatest heavyweight champion in UFC with a win? How close are we to a potential trilogy bout between Cormier and Jon Jones? The guys also look at Nate Diaz's return from a three-year layoff and debate whether Paulo Costa can unseat Yoel Romero as the next middleweight in line for a title shot. Plus, a recap of UFC Uruguay and more.
  • WWE: SummerSlam instant analysis (8/12)

    Just moments after the 2019 edition of WWE SummerSlam went off the air, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein break down the entire card. From Seth Rollins taking down Brock Lesnar to the stunning debut of "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt to disappointment from Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton to the returns of both Goldberg and Trish Stratus, BC and The Silver King discuss everything that went down on Sunday night -- good, bad and ugly. Were BC's bed sheets once again dirty one year after he infamously drew massive heat from the SoC listening audience, or did WWE do a good enough job delivering on their second-biggest show of the year? You'll have to listen to find out. 
  • NXT: Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano talk TakeOver: Toronto II

    Ahead of their highly-anticipated third meeting, NXT champion Adam Cole (52:45) and challenger Johnny Gargano (1:23:35) stop by to break down their rivalry, discuss what goes into a great match, share their hopes for NXT TakeOver: Toronto II and provide some insight into their careers both past, present and future. Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein pour through the entire NXT TakeOver: Toronto II card, offering a complete preview with predictions for each match and a couple asides throughout the show. The guys discuss the NWA's studio show announcement, reminisce over legendary professional wrestler Harley Race a couple of days after his death, and debate whether New Haven, New York or Chicago has the best pizza in the game. Plus, thoughts on why NXT match quality is much better than that on the WWE main roster and what is in the cards for Brock Lesnar in the long term.

  • WWE: SummerSlam predictions, preview; Drew McIntyre joins the show (8/7)

    In an extended edition of the show, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein break down the entire 2019 WWE SummerSlam card (1:02:32) in a segment that can also be found on the CBS Sports YouTube channel. The guys chop it up over the build for each match, share their predictions and wonder if WWE has long-term plans that will begin at this show and play out at WrestleMania 36. BC and The Silver King start things off by sharing their thoughts on the Raw and SmackDown go-home shows this week, including Roman Reigns' attacker, Brock Lesnar's beat down of Seth Rollins, the women's tag team title change and the handling of "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt. Up next, WWE superstar Drew McIntyre stops by to share his thoughts on his return to the big show and hopes for the future (40:47). BC and The Silver King then wrap things up by looking ahead to the finals of NJPW G1 Climax 29 (1:54:53). This is an episode you do not want to miss!
  • MMA: Colby Covington creates 'chaos,' UFC cuts Cyborg loose (8/6)

    Brian Campbell is joined by UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise to recap a wild UFC Newark card which featured a breakthrough victory from Colby Covington. The guys debate whether "Chaos" went too far with his antics and handicap what a welterweight title bout against Kamaru Usman would look like. Plus, did Cris Cyborg deserve to be let go by UFC after leaking a doctored video? Keep listening for a full preview of Valentina Shevchenko's title defense at UFC Uruguay and much more.
  • WWE: Raw, SmackDown find an edge as SummerSlam closes in

    Two weeks out from the company's second-biggest event of the year, WWE produced five hours of captivating television that have Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein spilling some Milk of Marknesia. The guys share their thoughts on what's next for Roman Regins after main eventing both Raw and SmackDown and whether Brock Lesnar's surprise appearance was the best use of his character. BC and The Silver King also tackle the Charlotte Flair-Trish Stratus match, what's up with Rollins and Finn Balor defending legends against Dolph Ziggler, a massive push for The OC and the floundering women's division. Plus, another look at where NJPW G1 Climax 29 stands and the latest from NXT as it moves towards TakeOver: Toronto.
  • MMA: Colby Covington sounds off on everyone, Does Cris Cyborg deserve better?

    Brian Campbell is joined by former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington to preview Saturday's UFC Newark main event against Robbie Lawler. Covington pulls no punches on everything from whether he would fight teammate Jorge Masvidal to why he backed down from Kamaru Usman in a Las Vegas buffet line. Plus, "Suga" Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise recap UFC 240 and ponder whether Max Holloway is the G.O.A.T. at featherweight, Frankie Edgar should move down in weight and if UFC has done Cris "Cyborg" Justino wrong. Also, why is BJ Penn still fighting? 

  • Boxing: Kownacki on why he's perfect for Wilder, Evan Holyfield on turning pro

    Brian Campbell is joined by unbeaten heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki to preview Saturday's return against Chris Arreola and break down why he's ready to hand Deontay Wilder his first defeat. Evan Holyfield stops by to announce why now is the time to turn pro and in what ways he's different from his Hall of Fame father Evander. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew recaps Jose Ramirez-Maurice Hooker and shares whether he believes Gervonta Davis has what it takes to be the next pay-per-view star. 
  • WWE: Raw Reunion, SummerSlam build, AEW TV

    Coming off WWE's hyped Raw Reunion show, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein discuss whether the show was a worthy endeavor or just nostalgia for the sake of nostalgia. The guys also look at SmackDown Live getting back to basics with a fresh feel that may -- or may not -- be indicative of change coming to the brand. BC and The Silver King then provide an update on NJPW G1 Climax 29, including their thoughts on Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay and Jon Moxley vs. Tomohiro Ishii, before figuring out where we stand at the halfway point of the annual event. Up next is Hero or Zero where topics include AEW's television announcement, Charlotte Flair's apparent SummerSlam match, WWE's handling of "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and NXT going back to the well for its TakeOver: Toronto main event. Last but not least, the guys dip into their Feel Spots to wax poetic on another great week of 205 Live.
  • MMA: UFC 240 preview, Jon Jones in hot water

    Brian Campbell is joined by UFC Hall of Famer  "Suga" Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise to preview the returns of Max Holloway and Cris "Cyborg" Justino on Saturday at UFC 240 in Edmonton. The guys also react to the recently uncovered battery charge against Jon Jones and recap a UFC San Antonio card that saw Leon Edwards call for a fight against Jorge Masvidal. 
  • Boxing: Pacquiao-Thurman instant analysis

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew -- just minutes removed from an instant classic -- break down Manny Pacquiao's split-decision win over Keith Thurman to claim the WBA welterweight title in Las Vegas. The guys debate where Pacquiao's impressive win at age 40 ranks in his career, whether Thurman fought the right game plan and whether the judges got it right in the end. Plus, a detailed look at Saturday's undercard and a chat about whether lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez Jr. took a massive step backwards on Friday.
  • WWE: SummerSlam build disappoints following Extreme Rules

    WWE put its best foot forward last Sunday with Extreme Rules, but it failed to carry the momentum forward into what was mostly a rough week of TV. Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein break down what went right at the pay-per-view and why WWE has been putting forth such an inconsistent TV product. The guys break down the Winners Take All mixed tag team match, Brock Lesnar's Money in the Bank cash in, a surprisingly great appearance by The Undertaker and a floundering women's division that has not been given proper attention since WrestleMania. BC and The Silver King also share their dismay at a disappointing showing from AEW with Fight for the Fallen and bring back Hero or Zero with topics including the redebut of Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens' new character, the Daniel Bryan tease and a concerted effort by WWE to use most of its main roster over the last two weeks.
  • MMA: Urijah Faber calls for title, Rashad Evans talks HOF induction

    The return of new UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans has Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise fired up to talk about his earthquake-interrupted induction speech, Jorge Masvidal's future and all things UFC Sacramento. Should Urijah Faber be allowed to skip the line and challenge bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo? Did a quick stoppage lift Germaine de Randamie to a title rematch against Amanda Nunes? The guys debate all that and more, including a detailed preview of Saturday's UFC San Antonio card and a debate surrounding whether Johnny Walker makes the most sense as Jon Jones' next challenger.