Welcome to “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly show that takes a spin through the biggest topics in mixed martial arts. In this week’s episode, John Morgan, “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” unpack the fallout from fights canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, dare to talk a little UFC 249, and more.


  • Tyron Woodley vs. Leon Edwards was one of the big fights canceled (err, “postponed”) because of the coronavirus outbreak, but not before things got interesting with Colby Covington volunteering to step in on six days’ notice before UFC London was ultimately scrapped. The question is: When the schedule gets up and running again, what’s the fight to make?
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruick was another lost fight because of the coronavirus outbreak, as it was set to headline UFC Columbus this weekend. Similar question as before: Should Ngannou jump back into this matchup when we get back to normal, or should he consider some other option?
  • Despite UFC president Dana White insisting that UFC 249 will go on as planned on April 18 in a new location, there remains doubt – and rightfully so. But let’s just say for the sake of argument that White could make a miracle happen and give us Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Fergusonbut only that fight. Nothing else. How much would you be willing to pay for just that one fight?
  • There’s no denying that the coronavirus pandemic has put the sport on hold. How long exactly? Nobody knows. So for the time being, we offer a little advice to how fighters could help themselves with the conversations they’re having both behind the scenes and out in public.
  • All of that being said, there was some MMA action this past weekend at Cage Warriors 113 in Manchester, England, which took place behind closed doors. Did we identify any UFC-ready talent from the card?

For answers to all of those questions, watch Episode 21 of “Spinning Back Clique” above.