The A-Side Live Chat: Holloway vs. Edgar, Nate Diaz returns, UFC 237 aftermath, Ferguson vs. Cerrone, UFC Rochester, more

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This is The A-Side Live Chat on MMA Fighting.

Today on the show, Shaun will be joined by Ireland’s finest…the man behind the Eurobash podcast…the O.G. of the Éire…Petesy Carroll!

The two will talk UFC 237, which went down last weekend in Rio de Janeiro. Jessica Andrade captured the strawweight title in stunning fashion with a slam KO of Rose Namajunas. What should we make of the wild and violent finish? Should slams be outlawed? And who is next for Andrade? Should Namajunas get a rematch? She talked afterward about retirement, is there a chance Thug Rose never fights again?

We’ll also discuss the rest of the fallout from a loaded MMA weekend. Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo suffered tough losses, with Silva even re-injuring his leg. Is this the end of the road for the two Brazilian legends? Over at Bellator 221, Patricio Pitbull blew the doors off Michael Chandler to become the latest Champ Champ, but plenty of people were unhappy with the stoppage. Did referee Rob Madrigal make the right call? Douglas Lima toppled Michael Page from the ranks of the unbeaten with a vicious knockout; is he one of the most underrated fighters in the sport? Where does he stand in the worldwide welterweight top 10? And what else from the two cards are worth discussing?

We’ll also speak about the recent announcement of Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar. Many people were surprised by the UFC’s decision there, considering Alexander Volkanovski just defeated Jose Aldo. Was that fight the right call? How does Edgar match up against the featherweight champ? And is Holloway returning too soon?

Also on tap, PFL’s second season kicked off with a bang, Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz are back in big-time matchups against Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis, and UFC Rochester is coming this Saturday with an intriguing main event between Kevin Lee and Rafael dos Anjos, on a card that also features the return of Vicente Luque plus a pivotal women’s bantamweight bout between Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks.

There is plenty to discuss, so join us to rap on all of the above and much more. As we always say, this is your show, so we will talk about whatever it is you want us to talk about. The chat will start at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

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