The MMA Mad Podcast

I spent way too much time talking about the podcast in this episode to reiterate it all here. So I'll sum it up like this:

MMA Mad and the MMA Mad Podcast were a joy to work on. It was a passion project that Dale Jordan and I built from scratch. We poured our hearts into this thing for the better part of five years and created a product we were extremely proud of.

I want to thank Dale first and foremost for giving me such an amazing platform to host this show. I want to thank the guests, the listeners, the friends and family who supported me and the co-hosts that have come and gone.

I especially want to thank the Mount Rushmore guests - Matt Bessette, Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson, Cortney Casey & David St. Martin - as well as my perennial co-host and star of Outside The Bubble - Monica. 

I've learned a lot from this experience. It's already opened a few doors and I'm sure those opportunities will lead to even more opportunity. I'm in this for life. I hope you enjoy this final episode and continue to follow my work.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_159.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:20am EST

Connecticut's own Justin Sumter called into the show to discuss his upcoming fight on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender. We also discuss Nick Newell, the return of Brock Lesnar and some upcoming fights. 

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_158.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:23am EST

Connecticut's own Justin Sumter called into the show to discuss his upcoming fight on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender. We also discuss Nick Newell, the return of Brock Lesnar and some upcoming fights. 

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_158.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:23am EST

Podcast favorite James Lynch returned to the show to talk international fight week, the recent moves by Luke Thomas & Ariel Helwani, and more. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_157.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:33pm EST

Monica came by the new apartment for the inaugural Outside The Bubble road show. She gave her picks for Saturday's title fights as well as the Matt Bessette fight on Friday. And we wrapped things up with a hearty round of Would You Rather, getting us one step closer to understanding how Monica's mind works. 

Direct download: Episode_156.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:06pm EST

I had UFC Featherweight, Mount Rushmore podcast guest, and good friend Matt Bessette over the house to record a little conversation on my front porch. We got mic stands knocked over by dogs, we stopped in the middle to take a picture, there were winds and cars and slamming doors in the background. It was perfect.

Matt fights on Friday, July 6th as part of the TUF 27 Finale card. Make sure you tune in for that and all the other great fights that weekend.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_155.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:35am EST

We kick things off with a brand new Outside The Bubble. Nick and Monica make their World Cup picks and discuss the Official 2018 World Cup song featuring Will Smith.

We're then rejoined by Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports. We discuss everything from CM Punk and Greg Hardy to Conor McGregor and Nick Newell. Plus, as always, the inner workings of Barstool HQ.

Finally, I did some commentary on the Chris Curtis fight for Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender. Watch along and hear my live reaction to his highlight reel knockout.

DON'T RETIRE CHRIS!!

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_154.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:05am EST

We caught up with Jose "Shorty" Torres after his UFC debut in Utica. We talked about his fight week experience, his crazy weight-cut on nine days notice, and the wild finish that led to his first victory inside the Octagon.

Mount Rushmore guest Cortney Casey rejoined the show to talk about the latest in her career and all the crazy headlines in the world of MMA. We break down the UFC 225 main card, fight-by-fight, and dive into the big strawweight matchup between Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza this weekend.

Finally - if you're a masochist - you can listen to my live reaction from the quick Jimmie Rivera knockout. Needless to say, as a long time friend of the show, I was disappointed in the result.

Enjoy!! 

Direct download: Episode_153.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:52pm EST

It's a short week, so we've got a short episode for you. But don't, worry... it's still star-studded with one half of the main event from this weekend's UFC Utica. Be sure to catch Jimmie Rivera as he fights for a #1 contender spot. Tons of beef in this one, should be fun.

Enjoy!! 

Direct download: Episode_152.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:00am EST

I sat down with longtime friend of the podcast Andreas Georgiou to discuss UFC Liverpool and Bellator 200 in London. Andreas is one of the best talents in the world of MMA journalism and certainly a qualified source to cover a couple massive UK MMA cards. I apologize for the brief hiatus and we'll be back with some more great episodes soon. 

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Andreas_Georgiou_Interview.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:53pm EST

Didn't realize until I was typing the title but we just hit a milestone. 150 episodes. Crazy. I love this show and I love all the people I've got to know through it. Bryan Lacey is absolutely one of those people. Enjoy this fun conversation between a couple of friends who love MMA and podcasting. I had a blast recording it.

Direct download: Episode_150.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:59pm EST

Shaun Al-Shatti (mmafighting.com) returns to the show to discuss some headlines, recap the fight week experience at UFC Glendale, and preview this weekend's card in Atlantic City, NJ.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_149.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:36am EST

Took a little road trip to Brooklyn to meet up with long-time podcast guest and good friend/colleague James Lynch. It was great to finally record a live one with him and there was plenty to talk about after a wild UFC 223 fight week. 

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_148.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:51pm EST

Justin Sumter makes his first solo appearance. Give this man a fight! Plus Kevin Quinn rejoins the podcast for a brand new Coast To Coast. We get into the McGregor incident, the chaos surrounding the UFC 223 main event, and some gambling talk. 

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_147.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:32am EST

Podcast favorite Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson returns to the show for another great appearance. We talk Mario Kart, Fortnight, something called PUBG and super hero movies. We even get into some MMA and his upcoming main event fight against Darren Till in Liverpool.

Jack Shore is one of the hottest prospects out of the UK right now. He was already 7-0 before facing UFC veteran Vaughan Lee in his bantamweight debut. Now he's 8-0 with a slew of finishes and his eyes on the Cage Warriors bantamweight title. Next stop: UFC.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_146.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:13am EST

This one was a long-time coming. UFC Featherweight Matt Bessette has been a Mount Rushmore guest of the MMA Mad Podcast for years now. He and his wife, Ashley Bessette, have become friends of mine over the years. Schedules are always tough, but we finally found time to get together for an in-person podcast.

We sat down for an hour long conversation, marking Ashley's podcast debut. She was great. Matt is always great. You guys will definitely enjoy this one.

Direct download: Episode_145.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

This week, I took a trip down to West Haven, CT to meet up with Nick Newell on the Monday before his highly-anticipated return to the cage. We were joined by Justin Sumter on the mic and about 20 of his students watching along... MMA Mad's first live performance (maybe?). Nick fights in the main event of LFA 35 this Friday, March 9th and you can catch the action on AXS TV.

We were treated to a brand new Outside The Bubble with my roommate Monica, who breaks down Rose vs. Joanna and Khabib vs. Tony. We also watched the new Gunnar Nelson "Beat It" music video. Monica thinks a summer country song should be next for the Icelandic gym.

Finally, as a favor to Monica for talking soooo much MMA with me, we did a full Bachelor recap in the outro. Feel free to shut it off after the Nick Newell interview. Also feel free to listen to it and pretend like you didn't.

This episode was a lot of fun to put together.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_144.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:23am EST

This week, we welcomed back one of our favorites in Robbie Fox. He's exploded in popularity since we first spoke, carving out his niche at Barstool and working his ass off to get to the top. Very talented in multiple different lanes, Robbie is always a great guest. Sirius XM show coming in the near future, without question.

This week, we got into Rough N Rowdy, Podcasting, Barstool's latest drama and MMA's latest headlines. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_143.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:14pm EST

Podcast favorite Cortney Casey returns to the show for a another great conversation. We got into her upcoming fight with Michelle Waterson and a bunch of other stuff (as always). Make sure you watch her take on The Karate Hottie in her home state of Arizona on April 14th (UFC on FOX 29). Enjoy the episode and subscribe to the podcast!!

Direct download: Episode_142.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:05pm EST

Podcast favorite Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson returned to the show for his best interview yet. We went over an hour completely off the cuff, getting into podcasting, MMA and life. These are the type of interviews I dreamed about when I started doing this show, and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did. Huge thanks to the legend.

Direct download: Episode_141.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:37pm EST

I've done many a Disorderly Podcast with Damon Martin but never had him on MMA Mad. Well that simply had to change. A veteran MMA reporter for over a decade, Damon writes for UFC.com and runs NerdcoreMovement.com. We dive into his long history covering MMA, his reason for starting an entertainment site on the side, and plenty of headlines from around the world of combat sports. This was a fun one, enjoy!

Go to the "Shop" tab on MMA Mad to visit our store. Use the promo code "MAD" at checkout for 20% off all orders. Shirts, Mugs, Buy, Buy, Buy!!

Direct download: Episode_140.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

A little New England celebration to follow up on an amazing UFC 220 in Boston. Dinis "Sweetbread" Paiva sandwiches (get it?) an interview with Calvin Kattar.

Kattar scored a huge knockout for his second consecutive UFC win, this time in front of the hometown TD Garden crowd. Sweetbread is readying himself for a CES fight on the Friday of Super Bowl weekend. Lots happening in the Northeast right now. Happy to be a small part of it.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_139.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:25pm EST

I drove up to Worcester to talk to Matteo Urella about his plethora of hilarious twitter beefs, working press at UFC 220, and the long-awaited UFC debut of our mutual friend Matt Bessette.

Direct download: Episode_138.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:04pm EST

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