Check out this week’s “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly show that takes a spin through the biggest topics in mixed martial arts.

This week, we cover the aftermath of Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley, UFC on ESPN 30, the future of the “The Ultimate Fighter,” and more.

Our “Spinning Back Clique” panel of Nolan King, Danny Segura and Brian “Goze” Garcia debates and discusses these topics with host John Morgan:

Well, Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley was a thing that happened. It was certainly a spectacle and had big fight feels, but the action failed to deliver much in terms of entertainment value. So with the event (and another Paul victory) in the rearview, is there room for this sort of thing on the combat sports landscape, or are we better off getting rid of these nonsensical sort of fights as soon as possible?
With the type of money and hype he’s generating, it’s hard to believe we won’t see at least one more of these Jake Paul extravaganzas. So if we’ve got no choice, who should he fight next?
It didn’t get quite the media love, but UFC on ESPN 30 saw Giga Chikadze earn an impressive win over Edson Barboza, and now he wants to either serve as a backup for the upcoming UFC 266 title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega or a fight former champion Max Holloway. Which of those paths would you recommend, or is there something better out there?
We also saw the final fights of “The Ultimate Fighter 29,” which crowned two new champions. What impression are you walking away with after this season, and what do you think of the idea that this show, according to UFC president Dana White, is never going away.
This week, the biggest fight on the MMA calendar is Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till headlining UFC Fight Night 191. It’s a big one in the middleweight division, but 185 pounds is in a little bit of a holding pattern as we wait for the scheduling of Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker 2. So what is actually at stake here?

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