GrappleTalk – January 9, 2014

It’s the dawn of a new era on the GrappleTalk podcast, as MMA journalists Callum Leslie and Shawn Smith join forces to bring you the latest MMA news in a way that cuts to the heart of the issue and analyses what’s really going on, while still being accessible to all sports fans.

On this week’s agenda, Dominick Cruz is finally stripped of the UFC bantamweight title after a third injury and a two and a half year layoff, and perennial bridesmaid Urijah Faber gets another shot at UFC gold against now undisputed champion Renan Barao. Will Faber finally get it done, and what does this mean for Cruz’s future?

Also, World Series of Fighting make an audacious challenge this week – will the media put up with a ninety minute conference call if we promise them a big announcement that never comes? They also challenged Bellator to a head to head PPV. Who would come out on top, and what is the point of this stunt?

Also on the show UFC Singapore results, a preview of Fight Night: Rockhold vs Phillipou, Jessica Aguilar, Martin Kampmann and more!