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Spinning Back Clique: Pereira vs. Adesanya 2 official, Conor McGregor makes multiple headlines, 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 live at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) to discuss and debate:

  • UFC 287: Gilbert Burns vs. Jorge Masvidal: With the matchup of former welterweight title challengers booked for the co-main event on April 8, what does this fight means and what are the stakes? Is it a “must-win situation” for Masvidal, as UFC analyst Daniel Cormier stated?
  • UFC 287: Alex Pereira vs. Israel Adesanya 2: The middleweight title rematch is set for the headliner on April 8, and it’s a big one. With Pereira holding a 3-0 record between kickboxing and MMA, how much pressure is Adesanya facing in the next bout, and what would a loss mean for his career?
  • Conor McGregor makes headlines for multiple reasons: The former two-division UFC champ was caught up in another controversy with a woman accusing him of an alleged attack in Ibiza this past summer; McGregor was also hit from behind by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in Ireland; and finally, McGregor revealed he’s been offered a coaching spot on “The Ultimate Fighter 31.”
  • Fedor Emelianenko says farewell at Bellator 290: The main event of the first Bellator card this year will see former PRIDE champ Emelianenko challenge Ryan Bader for the heavyweight title in his retirement bout. Can he make a fairytale end to his career come true?
  • Luke Rockhold ends retirement and is released by UFC: The former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion was granted his release from the company and is surveying a number of options from PFL to Bellator to ONE Championship, and perhaps even a boxing match.

“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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