UFC 301 preview show: Steve Erceg’s unlikely moment, Jose Aldo’s potential UFC swan song

UFC 301 goes down Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, and Brazil is represented on the card from top-to-bottom – including Alexandre Pantoja defending his flyweight title against Steve Erceg in the main event, and Jose Aldo returning to the octagon, and his throne as “The King of Rio” as he faces Jonathan Martinez in the co-main event. Will the Brazilian fans go home happier than they did after UFC 283 in January 2023?

Ahead of the pay-per-view event, MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti, Mike Heck, and Alexander K. Lee preview the fight card, and the main event between Pantoja and Erceg, discuss the challenger’s underdog shot, and if Pantoja continues to be overlooked as a champion. Additonally, they’ll talk Aldo’s future following Saturday night, what Martinez would gain from a win over Aldo, the low-key bangers, plus answer viewer questions, and more.

Catch the UFC 301 preview show above. An audio-only version of the show can be found below and on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you find your favorite podcasts.