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MMA Junkie Staff

Spinning Back Clique: Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva reaction, GSP and Nate Diaz returns?, more

Check out this week’s “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly live show that takes a spin through the biggest topics in mixed martial arts. This week’s panel of Brian “Goze” Garcia, Danny Segura and Farah Hannoun will join host “Gorgeous” George Garcia at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) to discuss and debate:

  • Jake Paul’s unanimous decision boxing win over former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva: How are we feeling about this 36 hours later? Who’s ready to put some respect on Paul’s name?
  • With Paul now taking care of business against Silva, that clears the way for the matchup that’s been talked about for more than a year: Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz. Some early odds list Paul as a -260 favorite, with Diaz a +200 underdog. After what we saw from Paul over the weekend, does that make you feel any more or less excited about a fight with Diaz?
  • The great Georges St-Pierre was on hand to call Paul vs. Silva and at the event told MMA Junkie that his UFC contract has expired, making him free to do whatever he wants. At 41, he sounded on the fence about a return to competition. But what’s a realistic matchup we could all buy into should he decide to want to fight?
  • In an interview with MMA Junkie, American Top Team coach Mike Brown said that a fight between Jorge Masvidal and either UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards or Conor McGregor would give us “one of the biggest pay-per-views of all time.” That might be true, but is either matchup realistic?
  • We’ve got ourselves an upcoming event to determine MMA promotion supremacy as Bellator and Rizin have come together for Rizin 40 on New Year’s Eve in Japan, which will feature five matchups pitting some of Bellator’s best against some of Rizin’s best. What do we think of this cross-promotional venture?
  • What about Sean O'Malley climbing all the way to No. 1 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings after his (questionable) win over Petr Yan? Fair or foul?

“Spinning Back Clique” is released each Monday LIVE on MMA Junkie’s YouTube channel. You can watch this week’s episode in the video above.

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