The MMA Mad Podcast

Friend of the show James Lynch is now a full-time freelance MMA journalist and I couldn't be happier for him. One of the nicest guys in the business and a GREAT podcast guest.

Oh and Wonderboy was supposed to be on. We recorded. It was a fantastic interview. But it didn't record. Sorry guys. Wonderboy is doing great by the way... in case you were wondering.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_128.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:59pm EDT

I took a trip down to Underdog MMA in Hartford to interview podcast favorite Matt Bessette and his head coach Russell Leak. We got into anything and everything both inside MMA and far outside the cage. Truly one of my favorite episodes of all time.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_127.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT

Ken Rodriguez has been in the podcasting game for a long time. Like... a REALLY long time. Starting back in 2008, he's gone through the ups and downs of this wild and crazy medium, ultimately arriving at MMA Dude Bro, his ironically named intellectual take on MMA podcasting.

Ken and I have crossed paths on social media for years now and it was great to finally have him on the show. If you like the MMA Mad Podcast, you'll like MMA Dude Bro and vice versa. 

Today, we talked podcasting, got into some MMA headlines/discussion of upcoming fights, and more.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_126.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT

Another week, another technical difficulty. After recording a fantastic interview with the streaking Anthony Smith, I discovered that one half of said recording was lost. In other words, you could basically only hear me talking to the wind for 45 minutes. Devastating to say the least. My apologies to Anthony Smith (who was a great guest!!) but we hope to have him on again.

Lucky for you guys, podcast favorite Bryan Lacey stepped in to save the day, joining me on the intro and the after show, totaling over an hour of unfiltered, unadulterated fun. Seriously guys, this was a really great appearance. 

As if that wasn't enough, we threw an interview with Scott Askham in the middle. Scott is one half of this weekend's ACB main event vs. bitter rival Luke Barnatt. Should be a great fight so don't miss it! 

I'm particularly proud of my topical outro song so please stick around to listen.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_125.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:33am EDT

This was a fun return back to America. My dad and I took a little trip to Fighting Arts Academy in West Haven, CT to catch up with the newly un-retired Nick Newell and one of the most accomplished members of his fight team, Justin Sumter. Justin fights for CES in October and Nick is planning a 2018 return to action. Make sure you catch them both.

I had a lot of fun doing this episode. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Brought to you by Paul's Pizza in Vernon.

Direct download: Episode_124.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT

I'm currently uploading this from an AirBnB in Valencia, about halfway through my Spanish expedition. We've tackled Madrid y Avila and Ibiza is awaiting our arrival. But if you think that's going to stop me from uploading a podcast this week, you are sadly mistaken.

First, a little Outside The Bubble w/Monica to discuss Mighty Mouse, Matt Hughes and more. Then, I'm joined by my friend Ben, and later Nico, Guillermo and Alyssa to discuss La Tomatina, Real Madrid vs. Valencia, and the differences between Spanish and American culture.

Really cool episode, check it out!!

Direct download: Episode_123.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:27am EDT

We took the podcast setup on a little road trip to Providence. Well... part of the podcast setup anyway. Your faithful host forgot to bring the cables that connected the microphones to the recorder, so we were forced to record on my iPhone.

*Sorry for the lesser audio quality*

The conversation was great though!! Perfect PartyCast, bouncing from topic to topic with two of my best friends and top bantamweight prospect Dinis Paiva - better known as "Sweetbread" to fans. We talked a little McGregor Mayweather but the rest was all over the place in the best possible way.

Enjoy!! 

Direct download: Episode_122.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:02pm EDT

We're coming back strong after a little break and you won't be disappointed in the results.

First, I take a trip down to Jimmie Rivera's gym in NYC to discuss everything from UFC Long Island to a possible title shot in the near-future. It was a really cool space, you guys should check it out!

Then, my friend Matteo Urella returns for a conversation about all things MMA and podcasting. He's been one of my biggest creative influences for years and the first guest to ever tackle the long-form conversational style on this show. For those unfamiliar, you will love him. Everyone else already knows what's up.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_121.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:38am EDT

This was not a good episode... It was a GREAT episode. Two of our favorite and most frequent guests join me for truly amazing conversations. And I don't say that lightly.

First, Cortney Casey joined me to talk about the whole Texas Athletic Commision fiasco. We also got deep into the importance of exciting fights and the effects of a concussion, recap the events of UFC 214, and much more. With a hot dog and slice of pizza in tow, Cortney delivered an awesome podcast appearance from the parking lot of a Costco.

Then, my absolute favorite interview with Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson. His podcast appearances are well into the double digits now and none come close to the depth of this one. Nearly an hour of exploring the mentality of a truly elite mixed martial artist. Seriously guys, this one is a MUST LISTEN.

Finally, shout out to Kevin (Coast To Coast) for giving me three hours of his time, only to have the recording malfunction after the fact. It was a great appearance. Next one will be better.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_120.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:44am EDT

The always inspirational Justin Wren returned to the podcast to talk Fight for the Forgotten and the new Dig Deeper campaign. For the month of July, if you donate $75 dollars, you will receive a limited edition Dig Deeper t-shirt, though any and all donations are welcome. Head over to water4.org/digdeeper for more details.

Then, I had the rare opportunity to meet up with Jimmie Rivera in the lobby of his hotel and interview him on the morning of his fight with Thomas Almeida. Extremely grateful for the time and a big congratulations to Jimmie on his impressive victory.

R.I.P. to Chester Bennington. Hybrid Theory was the first CD I ever owned and serves as a milestone on my journey as a music fan. This one really hit me on a personal level.

Enjoy the show!!

Direct download: Episode_119.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:02pm EDT