State of Combat with Brian Campbell

Join CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell as he brawls his way through the worlds of boxing, WWE and mixed martial arts in separate episodes each week. BC and his guests will share their unique takes on the hottest topics from the combat sports you love while welcoming in big-name guests.

State of Combat with Brian Campbell

Join CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell as he brawls his way through the worlds of boxing, WWE and mixed martial arts in separate episodes each week. BC and his guests will share their unique takes on the hottest topics from the combat sports you love while welcoming in big-name guests.

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  • Boxing: Mikey Garcia, Jessie Vargas interviews; Is Gervonta the real?

    Brian Campbell returns from a health scare to sit down with welterweights Mikey Garcia and Jessie Vargas ahead of their Feb. 29 showdown and look at whether Manny Pacquiao is a realistic option for the winner. BC also looks back at Gervonta Davis' uneven win over Yuriorkis Gamboa and debates whether "Tank" truly has what it takes to become a pay-per-view brand and crossover star amid rumors of a showdown against Leo Santa Cruz.

Episodes of This Show

  • WWE: Lana & Lashley wedding, WK 14, end of decade (12/31)

    Wrapping up the year -- and the decade -- Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby share their thoughts about standout moments and performers from the last 10 years to close the final show of 2019 (1:38:30). But first, the guys break down the controversial Lana-Bobby Lashley wedding segment that ended Raw and whether it was indeed as bad as some are suggesting (2:02). The Silver King and Jack also discuss the flawed Randy Orton-AJ Styles storyline (22:49), rave over the Aleister Black-Buddy Murphy match and weigh-in on plenty of other moments from Raw and SmackDown (59:17). Plus, a full preview of the two-day New Japan Pro Wrestling WrestleKingdom 14 card (1:19:55) and talk about whether there is a budding relationship between NJPW and AEW as some are hoping.

  • Boxing: 2019 year in review; Jeff Horn's redemption, Chavez Jr.'s collapse (12/26)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew hand out a bevy of awards while looking back at the year that was in boxing over 2019. The guys also recap a busy weekend including a comeback win from Jeff Horn in his rematch with Michael Zerafa and a disgraceful exit from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against Danny Garcia. Plus, a look back at an exciting Jermell Charlo-Tony Harrison rematch and a preview of Gervonta Davis' return against Yuriorkis Gamboa on Showtime.

  • MMA: 2019 year-end awards, ‘Korean Zombie’ makes move at 145 (12/24)

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise look back at the year that was in MMA over 2019 and hand out awards for best fight, fighter and more. The guys also Chang Sung Jung’s knockout win over?Frankie Edgar and whether “Korean Zombie” is deserving of a featherweight title shot. Plus, a preview of Bellator’s trip to Japan for Fedor Emelianenko-“Rampage” Jackson.?(edited)?

  • Wrestling: 2019 year-end awards, special WWE interview

    This was a wild year in the world of professional wrestling, and with the holiday season upon us, Brian Campbell leads the charge into a special show. BC is joined by co-host Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby as the guys reflect on 2019, hand out their annual awards and look ahead to what's on the horizon in 2020. Did Becky Lynch repeat as wrestler of the year? How many honors did NXT pick up after a stunning 12 months? Was AEW able to crack the awards despite its short existence? Listen to find out. Plus, a special interview with our 2019 wrestler of the year that you do not want to miss!

  • WWE: NXT outclasses AEW, Kofi Kingston discusses his future (12/19)

    Fresh off a six-month title reign and the most exciting year of his storied career, former WWE champion Kofi Kingston joins the show to discuss representation within the company, whether a heavyweight title is in Big E's future, questions about New Day's decision to sign matching five-year contracts and his group's new podcast. Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby start the show with The Silver King defending Charlotte Flair against unfair criticism following the TLC main event before moving into NXT absolutely obliterating AEW this week. What did Wednesday night's shows tell us about the future of the two brands, and has AEW's first few months been a disappointment? The guys wrap things up by discussing a letdown edition of Raw and a potential massive spoiler for early 2020.

  • MMA: Fights to make after UFC 245, Edgar-Korean Zombie preview (12/18)

    Brian Campbell and UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans break down the latest news in mixed martial arts including the fallout from victories by Kamaru Usman, Alexander Volkanovski, Amanda Nunes and more at UFC 245. The guys also debate whether UFC president Dana White is setting a poor precedent by announcing Conor McGregor is one win at welterweight away from getting another featherweight title shot. Plus, a weekend preview of Bellator in Hawaii and UFC Busan featuring a can't-miss featherweight main event.

  • Boxing: Crawford’s future at 147, Teofimo arrives, Harrison-Charlo II preview (12/17)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew recap a busy weekend of boxing featuring a tougher-than-expected title defense for WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford. The guys talk about how “Bud” can attract the big-name fighters at 147 pounds and react to Teofimo Lopez Jr.’s star-making knockout of Richard Commey. Is Teofimo ready for Vasiliy Lomachenko? Plus, a deep dive into the weekend preview featuring Tony Harrison-Jermell Charlo II, Michael Zerafa-Jeff Horn II and much more.

  • Boxing: Jermell Charlo and Tony Harrison join the show (12/16)

    State of Combat has you covered with a bonus boxing interview podcast. Brian Campbell is joined by Tony Harrison vs Jermell Charlo to preview Saturday's WBC Junior middleweight title fight. Jermell discusses losing the title to Tony Harrison and how he believes Tony Harrison fakes his injury to get out of their original June 23rd rematch (10:00). Tony Harrison stops by to break down how he thinks the second fight will look and what lions only means to him (26:14),

  • WWE: TLC PPV instant analysis (12/16)

    Just minutes after WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs went off the air, Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby sat down to discuss the entire show. From the debut of the Firefly FunHouse version of Bray Wyatt to the return of Daniel Bryan to the mixed bag that was the women's tag team main event to the convolution that was the Roman Reigns-King Corbin match, The Silver King and Jack break down everything you need to know and explain how they believe WWE will move forward on both Raw and SmackDown. Do not miss this instant analysis, and be sure to check back for our weekly wrestling show.

  • MMA: UFC 245 instant analysis (12/15)

    Brian Campbell provides his immediate reactions to Saturday's UFC 245 card from Las Vegas headlined by Kamaru Usman's TKO of Colby Covington in their welterweight title bout. BC breaks down each fight and looks at what's next for each of the winners.

  • MMA: UFC 245 interviews with Volkanovski, De Randamie, Aldo, more (12/13)

    Brian Campbell stops by UFC 245 media day to get you the inside scoop ahead of the biggest card of the year. Brian Campbell sits down with Alexander Volkanovski (10:45), Germaine De Randamie (15:00), Jose Aldo (20:05), Mike Perry (26:34), Jessica Eye (32:08), Petr Yan (39:08) and Ian Heinisch (44:00).

  • Boxing: Teofimo Lopez Jr., Demetrius Andrade, Mick Conlan stop by (12/12)

    Brian Campbell sits down with a trio of boxing personalities for this bonus audio as unbeaten lightweight Teofimo Lopez Jr. sorts through the family drama behind the scenes ahead of his first title bout against Richard Commey on Saturday (22:05). Lopez pulls no punches talking about Vasiliy Lomachenko and talks about the pressure on his shoulders at 22. WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade calls out Canelo Alvarez at length and announces who his 2020 opponent on Super Bowl weekend will be (48:54). Plus, Irish sensation Michael “Mick” Conlan relives his infamous 2016 Olympic loss, the double middle fingers and this weekend’s rematch with amateur rival Vladimir Nikitin (36:03).

  • MMA: UFC 245 preview, weekend recap (12/11)

    Brian Campbell breaks down Jair Rozenstruik and Aspen Ladd's big wins at UFC Fight Night DC. Discussed Tito Ortiz and Alberto Del Rio's match up this weekend. Brian looks ahead to UFC 245 this weekend before tossing to Rashad Evans and Tommy Tran to give you an in depth break down of the main card.

  • WWE: Seth Rollins turns heel, TLC PPV preview (12/10)

    Brian Campbell is back in the main chair as co-host Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby convene in a show that catches you up on everything going on with WWE ahead of its final pay-per-view of the calendar year. Up first is a discussion about the value of the TLC event itself before the guys dive into Seth Rollins' heel turn and alignment with AOP on Monday night (36:17). Is Rollins finally rolling again with this new creative, and is Kevin Owens believable in his role as a pure babyface? BC, The Silver King and Jack also break down whether Eric Bischoff should be inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame alongside the nWo and the release of Luke Harper before diving into the entire TLC card (59:48). This is a must-listen ahead of the final PPV of 2019!

  • Boxing: Crawford-Mean Manchine preview, is Teofimo ready for a title? (12/9)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew preview a full weekend of boxing action highlighted by a Top Rank tripleheader from New York. Can Egigijus "Mean Machine" Kavaliauskas provide legitimate opposition for welterweight champion Terence Crawford? Is Teofimo Lopez Jr. biting off too much in his lightweight title bout against Richard Commey? The guys break down all the angles including which 135-pound fighter that unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko should be cheering for to win. Plus, a look at the 2020 class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

  • Boxing: Andy Ruiz-Anthony Joshua instant reaction podcast (12/7)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew have YOU covered with Andy Ruiz-Anthony Joshua instant analysis podcast. Brian and Rafe break down Anthony Joshua's unanimous decision win, what's next for each fighter and how the weight Ruiz gained could have impacted him this fight.

  • Boxing: Who wins Ruiz-Joshua 2, keys to victory and Expert picks (12/6)

    Brian Campbell drops a bonus boxing podcast previewing Andy Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua 2. Brian breaks down some quotes from the press conference. BC gives you keys to victory for Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua and finishes off with his expert pick for this weekend's boxing match live on DAZN.

  • WWE: Rehabilitation of Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns (12/5)

    After its own booking hurt the appeal of two of its top stars, WWE appears to be on the road to rehabilitating Seth Rollins on Raw and Roman Reigns on SmackDown. Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby break down what WWE is doing right with the former Shield members and what the future holds for them going forward. Plus, a look at the continued improvement of Raw, the Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan feud moving forward, the biggest storylines NXT and AEW and the value of WWE Backstage. Hero or Zero also returns in this week's show!

  • MMA: Conor is back, Khabib-Tony 5, UFC DC preview (12/4)

    Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise react to a slew of fight announcements for 2020 in the UFC including the long-awaited return of Conor McGregor against Donald Cerrone and the promotion’s fifth attempt to book a Khabib Nurmagomedov-Tony Ferguson fight. The guys also preview UFC Fight Night in the national’s capital and look ahead to the Combates Americas MMA super fight between Tito Ortiz and Alberto El Patron.

  • Boxing: Ruiz-Joshua II preview, Jermall Charlo talks title defense (12/3)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew break down the heavyweight title rematch from all angles as Andy Ruiz Jr. looks for a second straight upset of Anthony Joshua when they meet in Saudi Arabia (4:00). BC welcomes WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo to preview Saturday’s return on Showtime against Dennis Hogan (1:28:11). The guys also look at Terence Crawford’s lack of quality opponents on the Top Rank/ESPN side and ponder how he might lure a PBC star into a big fight.

  • MMA: Tito Ortiz, Alberto El Patron, Max Bretos preview Combate Americas PPV (12/2)

    Brian Campbell and Jack Crosby welcome a trio of interviews ahead of Saturday’s Combates Americas MMA pay-per-view match pairing UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz (45:50) and former WWE champion Alberto “Del Rio” El Patron (9:29). The two combatants talk about the beef that led them here and what’s at stake for the promotion and themselves individually. Alberto also looks back on his final WWE run and shares whether a return might ever be in the cards. Max Bretos (26:56), the voice of Combates Americas, also stops by to set the stage for the fight and relive his time as a WWE announcer.

  • Wrestling: Jon Moxley talks landing in AEW; Kane breaks down his WWE career (11/27)

    Brian Campbell delivers some bonus audio featuring a chat with AEW star Jon Moxley on his exit from WWE, his love of death matches and whether he believes he’s in a war against his former employer (12:47). WWE legend Glenn “Kane” Jacobs drops by to talk about his new book and his transition into politics as the mayor of Knox County (43:11), Tennessee. Your boy BC also gives thanks to his listeners and the state of pro wrestling in general during this holiday season.

  • Boxing: Carl Frampton previews return; road to Wilder-Fury II begins

    Brian Campbell sits down with former two-division champion Carl Frampton about his move up in weight to 130 pounds on Saturday and whether he would consider retirement with a second straight loss (56:10). “The Jackal” also looks at which big-name fighters he is hoping to face and explains why a trilogy with Leo Santa Cruz isn’t realistic. Rafe Bartholomew drops by to give his take on Deontay Wilder’s knockout of Luis Ortiz and whether the rematch with Tyson Fury can capture mainstream attention (14:15).

  • WWE: Raw impresses, Seth Rollins' turn excites (9/26)

    Coming out of an entertaining weekend of shows, WWE doubled down Monday night with an impressive edition of Raw (4:25). Brian Campbell is joined by co-host Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby to break down what is going right for WWE lately, including the booking of Seth Rollins and one of the best TV shows of the year (33:17). Plus, what did NXT's Survivor Series success mean for its future (16:53), and which moments from AEW Dynamite gave BC, The Silver King and Outback Jack the feels last week??

  • WWE: Survivor Series instant analysis, NXT TakeOver recap (11/25)

    Just moments after WWE Survivor Series went off the air, Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby break down the entire show, including its greatest moments and potential missed opportunities. What was behind NXT's domination of Raw and SmackDown, and what does it mean for WWE going forward? Did the pay-per-view still deliver despite there not being a signature memorable moment? Why were there no title changes or big surprises? The guys discuss all of that and more while also covering everything that went down the prior night during NXT TakeOver: WarGames 3.

  • Boxing: Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz instant reaction podcast (11/24)

    Brian Campbell has YOU covered with a Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz instant analysis podcast. Brian breaks down Deontay Wilder's 7th-round KO, what's next for each fighter and how big Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury 2 could really be.

  • Boxing: Deontay Wilder, Andrew Cancio join the show (11/21)

    State of Combat has you covered with a bonus boxing interview podcast. Brian Campbell is joined by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (and his daughter) to break down his fight with Luis Ortiz, why he accepted such a dangerous rematch and what he is willing to do to Ortiz to get the win (5:31). Brian is also joined by WBA junior lightweight champion Andrew Cancio. Andrew Cancio discusses his upcoming fight with Rene Alvarado and how he manages his boxing career and his day job (27:29).

  • WWE: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin joins the show (11/20)

    Oh hell yeah! Brian Campbell goes toe-to-toe with none other than "Stone Cold" Steve Austin as "The Rattlesnake" breaks down his new show, upcoming interview with The Undertaker, the rise of Becky Lynch, the standout superstar of the 2010s and what the future of professional wrestling looks like. Plus, BC is joined by Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby to discuss their favorite Austin moments, the impact he made on the business and why WWE has tried but failed to recreate his impact. Don't trust anybody ... but listen to this show!

  • WWE: Survivor Series preview, CM Punk returns (11/19)

    Ahead of one of WWE's biggest pay-per-views of the year, Brian Campbell and co-host Adam Silverstein break down a loaded Survivor Series card (48:15). Will the inclusion of NXT boost the pay-per-view, and will we see a major title change hands in either of the expected main events? Plus, Jack Crosby joins BC and The Silver King to discuss the return of CM Punk to WWE (Backstage) (9:00) and the top moments of the week from Raw, SmackDown, AEW and NXT. Don't forget to check out our Survivor Series preview on YouTube!

  • Boxing: Wilder-Ortiz II preview, Charlo heats up on Harrison

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew break down Saturday’s pay-per-view rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz from every angle (46:55). The guys make their pick for the main event and explore why this is a much dangerous decision from Wilder to accept the fight than most are realizing. Plus, a recap of the wild press conference announcing the Dec. 21 Tony Harrison-Jermell Charlo rematch (15:00).

  • Boxing: Fallout from KSI-Logan Paul II, Luis Ortiz previews Wilder rematch

    Brian Campbell welcomes in heavyweight Luis Ortiz to preview his Nov. 23 rematch against WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder and why he’s willing to die in the ring in order to fulfill his goal of becoming champion (1:12:00). Rafe Bartholomew reports on a wild night from inside the arena when KSI and Logan Paul united the world of YouTube and boxing (12:14). Plus, the guys provide an all-fanboy reaction to Naoya Inoue’s emotional and dramatic win over Nonito Donaire and whether their bantamweight unification deserves fight of the year consideration (42:48).

  • MMA: Zabit makes case for title; Lobov talks Conor, BKFC9

    Brian Campbell, Brandon Wise and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans break down the latest news in MMA including a recap of UFC Moscow and whether Zabit Magomedsharipov has shown enough to prove he’s ready for a featherweight title shot (10:51). The guys also look at Greg Hardy’s growth following a loss to Alexander Volkov (18:35) and preview Saturday’s UFC Sao Paulo card (1:12:37). Plus, Artem Lobov stops by to set the stage for his BKFC9 rematch against Jason Knight and share whether he believes teammate Conor McGregor will ever join the bare knuckle ring (52:00). Lobov also updates the level of heat between McGregor’s camp and that of Khabib Nurmagomedov.

  • WWE: BC's back, Tommaso Ciampa talks, AEW Full Gear (11/12)

    Brian Campbell makes his return after recovering and catching up on weeks of action. What does BC think about WWE's recent bookings, the Wednesday Night Wars and the future of wrestling? Co-host Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby join him to break down all of that plus AEW Full Gear. Former NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa also joins the show to discuss his star-making turn, the future of NXT and his first day in WWE standing across from The Undertaker 14 years ago.

  • Boxing: Canelo’s next big move, KSI talks Logan Paul rematch

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew look at the big picture fallout from Canelo Alvarez’s knockout of Sergey Kovalev including what the next 12 months might look like for the Mexican superstar (24:52). YouTube sensation KSI drops by to preview Saturday’s rematch with Logan Paul and explains why a loss could prove disastrous to his longterm plans to become an entertainment megastar (1:06:11). Plus, a preview of the WBSS bantamweight final between Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire (1:34:39).

  • MMA: Masvidal is the real BMF but is he the fighter of the year?

    Brian Campbell, Brandon Wise and UFC Hall of Famer “Suga” Rashad Evans break down all things UFC 244 following the inaugural BMF championship bout between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz (2:02). The guys debate everything from the stoppage to whether Masvidal deserves an immediate title shot or the UFC should consider a rematch. Also, an update on the 2019 fighter of the year race (26:29), including whether Masvidal has done enough to best Isreal Adesanya, and a preview of Saturday’s UFC Moscow card (1:02:25).

  • WWE: Crown Jewel controversy, AEW Full Gear preview (11/5)

    A strange and wild week in professional wrestling included WWE's fourth foray into Saudi Arabia, a stunning edition of SmackDown and both AEW and NXT giving it their all against Game 7 of the World Series. Adam Silverstein brings in Jack Crosby to discuss The Fiend's surprising title win (8:27), the debuts of Cain Velasquez and Tyson Fury, the first women's match in Saudi Arabia and speculation surrounding travel delays that created much controversy (38:36). The guys also break down the best SmackDown of 2019 and one of the most interesting WWE TV shows all year along with the NXT invasion and what that means for Survivor Series (53:51) The Silver King and Outback Jack also look at some of AEW's recent booking decisions and run through the entire Full Gear card (1:09:10). Hero or Zero and DMs including Finn Balor, the Kabuki Warriors, WWE commentary, the universal title and early WrestleMania predictions (1:26:14).

  • Boxing: Canelo-Kovalev instant analysis (11/3)

    Brian Campbell is joined by Mikey Mormile to break down Canelo Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev from all angles (4:30). Brian discusses Ryan Garcia's first-round finish (43:08), how far he thinks Blair "The Flair" Cobbs can go in boxing (52:54) and where Canelo Alvarez among all-time greats (1:02:56).

  • MMA: UFC 244 instant analysis (11/3)

    Brandon Wise and Jack Crosby breakdown everything from Madison Square Garden, including?the somewhat disappointing end of Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz. Plus, the guys break down Darren Till's debut at 185 pounds, Stephen Thompson's bounce back win and the unreal knockouts from Corey Anderson and Kevin Lee.

  • Boxing: Canelo-Kovalev bonus interview podcast Part 2 (11/1)

    Brian Campbell is live at radio row for Dazn's historic matchup between Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev. Brian sits down with Canelo Alvarez (5:41), Sergey Kovalev (11:12), Larry Merchant (19:09), Seneisa Estrada (38:30), Marlen Esparza (44:35), Kathy Duva (54:59), Bernard Hopkins (109:50), Dmitry Bivol (1:29:09), Joseph Markowski (1:39:07), Roberto Diaz (1:53:07), Vergel Ortiz Jr. (2:02:37), Brian Kenny (2:10:56).

  • Boxing: Canelo-Kovalev bonus interview podcast Part 1

    Brian Campbell is live at radio row for Dazn's historic matchup between Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev. Brian sits down with Ryan Garcia (3:57), Romero Duno (13:31), Eric Gomez (18:30), Blair Cobbs (27:00), Chris Mannix (35:41), Todd Grisham (51:36), Sergio Mora (107:22), Buddy McGirt (120:31), Egis Klimas (128:58) and Claudia Trejos (140:43).

  • MMA: Nate Diaz saves UFC 244, McGregor announces return (10/30)

    Brian Campbell is joined by UFC Hall of Famer “Suga” Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise to preview Saturday’s UFC 244 card and the BMF title bout between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal (101:45). The guys debate USADA’s reputation following Diaz’s public stance against the UFC in order to save the card and look at which opponent makes the most sense for Conor McGregor’s announced return of Jan. 18 (52:58). Plus, a look back at a breakthrough win from Douglas Lima in Bellator (36:45) and what Ben Askren’s loss to Demian Maia says about his UFC run (15:00).

  • WWE: Finn Balor talks the return of the Prince, moving to NXT (10/29)

    In a shocking twist, Finn Balor became the talk of the wrestling world last week with his turn on NXT. Balor joins Adam Silverstein to discuss the return of the "Prince" and what to expect going forward as he puts the WWE main roster behind him (2:27). Jack Crosby joins Adam to break down Balor's turn, the incredible NXT main event and what to expect at WarGames. The guys continue the Main Event by diving into the Jordan Myles T-shirt situation (37:45), WWE Crown Jewel (58:48) and the Rusev-Lana-Bobby Lashley love triangle (1:19:15). Next up is Hero or Zero where The Silver King and Outback Jack debate some of the top storylines in WWE and AEW (1:27:15). A DM-heavy show also includes takes on AEW entrance music, the future of SmackDown, the 2019 wrestler of the year and the best Halloween candy.

  • Boxing: Canelo-Kovalev preview, Josh Taylor makes the leap (10/28)

    Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew break down all the angles ahead of Saturday's light heavyweight title bout pairing middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez against WBO titleholder Sergey Kovalev (101:50). The guys also recap a busy weekend of fights including Josh Taylor unifying 140-pound belts in the WBSS final (12:55) and Shakur Stevenson winning his first title in dominant fashion (35:36).

  • Interviews: Triple H, Tyson Fury talk WWE; Jake Hager on AEW, Bellator 231 (10/24)

    The SOC has you covered with a combat sports interview bonus episode as Adam Silverstein chats with lineal boxing heavyweight champion and WWE legend Paul "Triple H" Levesque to preview Fury's pro wrestling debut at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia (26:15). Brian Campbell also sits down with Jake "Jack Swagger" Hager about his MMA return at Bellator 231, his exit from WWE and how he hopes to change the game with upstart AEW (5:08).

  • MMA: Rory MacDonald, Douglas Lima preview Bellator 232 rematch (10/23)

    Brian Campbell is joined by welterweight champion Rory MacDonald (1:09:41) and former two-time beltholder Douglas Lima (1:37:09) to preview Saturday's Bellator MMA World Grand Prix final and how the rematch will be different. UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise stop by to recap the fall of Chris Weidman at UFC Boston (6:05), gauge Greg Hardy's chances in a short turnaround at UFC Moscow (34:25) and look at the stakes in Ben Askren's return at UFC Singapore.

  • WWE: Raw, SmackDown diverging; NJPW coming to America (10/22)

    With Brian Campbell out in the field, co-host Adam Silverstein welcomes Jack Crosby to break down a tremendous amount of professional wrestling. The guys start the show by discussing NJPW's official foray into the United States and whether NJPW of America is coming around too late (2;58). Next up is a look at what appears to be a new direction for Raw under Paul Heyman, including work-rate matches and introducing fresh faces (13:56). The Silver King and Jack contrast Raw from SmackDown and look at the future of the blue brand under Bruce Prichard. The guys also dive into the "best" episode yet of AEW Dynamite (46:56), the "worst" episode yet of NXT (1:11:30) and some of the hottest topics in pro wrestling, including Cain Velasquez, Marko Stunt, Shorty G and NWA Power (1:27:04).

  • Boxing: Logan Paul talks KSI rematch, Artur Beterbiev enters beast mode

    Brian Campbell chats with YouTube sensation Logan Paul about his Nov. 9 pro boxing debut against KSI, his UFC plans and his goal of being the greatest entertainer in history (1:31:57). Rafe Bartholomew returns from a long break to debate the biggest headlines including GGG's decline (23:35), Alexander Usyk's heavyweight debut (59:35), Errol Spence Jr.'s miraculous survival (55:20) and the death of Patrick Day (45:33). The guys also recap Artur Beterbiev's stoppage of Oleksandr Gvodzyk to unify 175-pound titles (1:10:53) and preview a loaded weekend headlined by the Regis Prograis-Josh Taylor unification in the WBSS finals (2:13:30).

  • MMA: Joanna's redemption, Weidman looks to regain glory (10/16)

    Brian Campbell returns from vacation to join UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise to recap UFC Tampa and the resurgence of former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk [12:21]. Can "Boogie Woman" make a new run at the strawweight title? Plus, reaction to big weekends from PFL [59:13] and ONE Championship [101:57], along with a detailed preview of Friday's UFC Boston card and a Dominick Reyes-Chris Weidman matchup with title implications [1:13:44].

  • WWE: Relitigating Fiend-Rollins, draft failures, AEW successes (10/15)

    Brian Campbell returns and unloads on everything he missed in the world of professional wrestling. Co-host Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby join BC for a deep relitigation of the storyline between "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins. Is it a stroke of genius, or does it deserve the heavy criticism it has received? The guys also talk all things Cain Velasquez and Tyson Fury, share some thoughts on the WWE Draft and break down what AEW is getting right through two weeks of its show.

  • WWE: Fury and Velasquez, draft preview, AEW and NWA shine (10/10)

    With Brian Campbell just getting back following a vacation right near the beach, boy-ee, Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby explore WWE's decision making in learning on big combat sports names in Cain Velasquez and Tyson Fury. The guys discuss the upcoming press conference, why WWE feels reaching into the MMA and boxing worlds is necessary, and what to expect long-term from Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar. Silver King and Outback Jack also recap the rest of Raw, preview the WWE Draft, break down the second episode of AEW Dynamite and share whether NXT is stepping up its game. Last but not least, BC joins his own show to rave about a return to studio wrestling with the debut of NWA Powerrr. Don't miss this show!
  • MMA: Adesanya brings the heat; UFC Fight Night Tampa preview

    With Brian Campbell still out of the country, Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise take a closer look at Israel Adesanya's breakout performance and debate whether "The Last Stylebender" is truly the next crossover star for UFC. [2:30] Plus, could we actually be heading toward Khabib vs. GSP in 2020? [31:00] And we go in-depth on Saturday's main event between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson. [49:16]
  • WWE: Hell in a Cell, SmackDown on Fox instant analysis (10/7)

    Just moments after WWE Hell in a Cell went off the air, Adam Silverstein welcomes Jack Crosby to discuss the controversial finish to the pay-per-view and provide some instant analysis on the entire event. The guys break down exactly why the Fiend-Seth Rollins match drew such a negative reaction from the crowd and question why WWE cannot seem to learn from its mistakes with Roman Reigns. The Silver King and Jack also praise the three women's matches and go through the rest of the show before diving into the SmackDown debut on Fox, including the new TV presentation, Kofi Kingston's WWE title loss, the debut of Cain Velasquez, Tyson Fury's presence and what to expect going forward.
  • MMA: UFC 243 instant analysis (10/6)

    With Brian Campbell out at sea, Brandon Wise and Jack Crosby get right to the action from Melbourne on Saturday night and break down Israel Adesanya's championship performance at UFC 243. The guys discuss just how great Adesanya looked in taking out Robert Whittaker and what the ceiling on "The Last Stylebender" could be. Plus, where does Whittaker go from here? Brandon and Jack also discuss the great performances from Dan Hooker and Yorgan De Castro to cap off the night.
  • WWE: Raw refreshed, AEW Dynamite debuts, NXT stands tall (10/3)

    Fresh off the debut episode of AEW Dynamite, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein convene to discuss whether the promotion delivered a true "revolution" or is just another wrestling show. The guys break down the heroes and zeroes from the first AEW TV effort [4:52], the superior NXT show that ran head-to-head with it [01:01:01] and how they will judge this so-called "Wednesday Night War" going forward. Plus, a look at the season premiere of WWE Raw [01:24:20], including the return of pyro, a new set and commentary team, Brock Lesnar's destruction of Rey Mysterio and the convoluted main event involving everyone from Seth Rollins and The Fiend to Rusev, Lana and Bobby Lashley. BC and The Silver King also briefly discuss Sunday's WWE Hell in a Cell card in this absolutely loaded edition of the SoC!
  • MMA: Whittaker-Adesanya headlines UFC 243, Bellator selection show (10/2)

    Brian Campbell, UFC Hall of Famer "Suga" Rashad Evans and Brandon Wise get you fired up for UFC 243 with a detailed preview of the middleweight unification bout between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya [57:01]. The guys also recap a wild weekend including Jared Cannonier's breakthrough win into middleweight title contention at UFC Copenhagen [6:45] and an exciting twist in the Bellator featherweight tournament with the promotion's selection show [21:08].?
  • Boxing: Gennadiy Golovkin talks Canelo, previews title fight return (10/1)

    Brian Campbell is joined by former middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin [55:32] and new trainer Johnathon Banks [1:22:45] to preview Saturday's vacant title bout against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. GGG breaks down why Canelo Alvarez won't fight him and shares whether he still respects the Mexican star as a man. Rafe Bartholomew breaks down the impact of Errol Spence Jr.'s win over Shawn Porter and how far away we are from a Terence Crawford superfight [8:00]. Plus, why you should care about Claressa Shields returning at a new weight class [1:50:40].
  • Boxing: Spence-Porter instant analysis (9/29)

    Brian Campbell is joined by Dan Canobbio of CompuBox and Inside Boxing Live to break down Errol Spence Jr.'s split-decision win over Shawn Porter to unify welterweight titles in Los Angeles. [1:10] The guys ponder whether Porter deserves a moral victory for dictating the fight's terms and whether Spence's pound-for-pound status slips despite winning. [29:35] Plus, did the PBC make the right move by sending Danny Garcia into the ring instead of Manny Pacquiao? [20:13] All that, plus recaps of big wins from David Benavidez and Josesito Lopez. [38:55]
  • State of Combat Trailer

    Join CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell as he brawls his way through the worlds of boxing, WWE and mixed martial arts in separate episodes each week. UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans co-hosts the MMA edition to share his fighting experience and insight. BC and his guests will share their unique takes on the hottest topics from the combat sports you love while welcoming in big-name guests. Stay tuned to the State of Combat feed for instant analysis and instant reaction podcasts surrounding the biggest moments in each sport.
  • WWE: The Fiend attacks, AEW Dynamite on deck (9/26)

    Coming off a mundane week of TV, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein wonder whether WWE is doing enough to build Hell in a Cell or is entirely focused on relaunching its TV shows [30:45]. The guys break down The Fiend’s attack on Braun Strowman to close Raw [14:55] and what they expect to see from SmackDown on Fox next week [42:22]. BC and The Silver King also share their final thoughts ahead of the debut of AEW Dynamite [54:53] and play Hero or Zero [1:15:07] where topics include Roman Reigns, the Four Horsewomen, Michael Cole, Baron Corbin and Kenny Omega.
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