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Latest MMA Word Podcast Covers UFC Release of Yushin Okami, Weight-Cutting and UFC 166 Preview

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Not only has it been a busy few days in the world of fighting, but in addition, UFC 166 goes down this Saturday in Houston, Texas, which will feature Cain Velaquez-Junior dos Santos III. Not only is it a huge fight because it’s a trilogy, which are pretty rare, but all three fights have been for the heavyweight belt. Now that’s insane.

JDS needed just over a minute to stop Velasquez in their first encounter at UFC on FOX 1 in November, 2011, but the reigning champ mauled “Cigano” in the rematch at UFC 155 this past December, and scored the UD win.

Of course, the October 19th card will also include several other big scraps, including Cormeir-Nelson and Melendez-Sanchez among others, so naturally the latest MMA Word Podcast features a preview of the event. Host Michael Wellman is joined by MMA’s Chris Leslie, who also share their thoughts on the UFC’s recent release of Yushin Okami. “Thunder” was let go following his stoppage loss to “Jacare” Souza last month, but exited from the promotion with a 13-5 record.

Okami has already been picked up by WSOF.

Here is a breakdown of the entire show as posted at

–Yushin Okami signs with World Series of Fighting. We take a look at what the future might hold for Okami in WSOF’s middleweight division.

–Rousimar Palhares’ UFC departure came last week after holding onto a leglock submission for too long in his quick win over Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 29. UFC President Dana White cut Palhares from the promotion the following day.

–We also discuss the issue of weightcutting in mixed martial arts, and what can and can’t be done to address the issue.

–It’s fight week for UFC 166, so we break down the fights on the main card and the heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.

You can watch the entire episode above and an audio file is available at Fightline as well.

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