The MMA Mad Podcast (Sports)

This week, I had the pleasure of talking with Francis Ellis, formerly of Barstool Sports and currently the host of Oops, a podcast about bad decisions and the aftermath of such. 

You can check out his stand up special, "Bad Guy" on Barstool Gold right now. And you should.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_181.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:30am EST

This week, Keri-Anne Taylor Melendez joined us to discuss her big win at #Bellator229. She's still undefeated in MMA and looks better with every fight.

Then, Cortney Casey returned to help me break down this weekend's main event between Joanna Jedrzeczyk and Michelle Waterson.

Enjoy!!

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Direct download: Episode_179.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:04am EST

Alfie Davis joined us before his upcoming fight at Bellator 235. Plus, Nick discusses UFC 243 and some recent fight announcements.

Direct download: Episode_178.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:31pm EST

Podcast favorite Cortney Casey joined the show to talk about this weekend's Strawweight title fight between Weili Zhang and Jessica Andrade. Plus, her upcoming fight, change of camp and more.

A #CMGPodcast

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_177.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:53am EST

James Lynch joined me this week to reflect on his experience covering UFC 241. We also dove into the start of football and hockey season and, of course, MMA Media as a whole.

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Direct download: Episode_176.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:34pm EST

No intro, no after show... just a full-fledged conversation about podcasting, media, MMA and, of course, UFC 241. This was a good one.

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Enjoy!

Direct download: Episode_175.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:12pm EST

Matteo Urella is one of my favorite people in the world. We talked for over an hour and it went in a bunch of different directions; all great.

A #CMGPodcast

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_174.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:28pm EST

My Fenway Fodder co-host, Raven Connell, joins me to preview UFC 240 and talk about some recent MMA storylines. 

Plus, Monica returns to the show for a brand new Outside The Bubble and offers her unique take on Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar.

A #CMGPodcast

Direct download: Episode_173.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:08am EST

Smilin' Sam Alvey is one of the happiest and nicest people in all of MMA. He's also a proven knockout artist with 18 fights in the UFC and a whole slew of big names on his resume.

Sam fights this Saturday in San Antonio on ESPN.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_172.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:49pm EST

Liz Carmouche joins us for an update on her now-official title fight with Valentina Shevchenko. I also rant about how much I hate Dana White's Contender Series and recap UFC 239/look ahead to this weekend's Fight Night Sacramento.

Enjoy!!

A #CMGPodcast

Direct download: Episode_171.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

I took a trip down to Fighting Arts Academy in West Haven to sit down with Justin Sumter ahead of his next fight. Justin is preparing for his return to Dana White's Contender Series, hoping to score a contract to the UFC.

A #CMGPodcast

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_170.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:26am EST

We've got a double feature for you this week!

First, we were joined by Liz Carmouche - the first women to ever enter the Octagon and the first mixed martial artist to compete in New York City. She fights again on July 20th and could be one win away from a shot at the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship.

Next, we were joined by Calvin Kattar just days after his huge win against Ricardo Lamas. Calvin is now ranked as a top ten featherweight in the UFC and the future is looking bright.

Enjoy!!

A #CMGPodcast

Direct download: Episode_169.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:49pm EST

After nearly three years since her last appearance, UFC Bantamweight Raquel Pennington returns to the show. We dive into her recent struggles outside the cage and how they've translated to her recent skid. Rocky is fighting July 20th on ESPN.

Playing co-host this week, I'm joined by the newest member of MMAFighting.com, old friend of the show Damon Martin. 

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_168.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:00am EST

One of my co-hosts from the Fenway Fodder Podcast joined me to break down UFC 238. Raven Connell makes his MMA Mad debut and it was a fun one.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_167.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:44am EST

Old friend of the show James Lynch joins us to discuss his new position with The Score and all the latest in greatest in the wild world of MMA media.

We even touched on some Stanley Cup Playoffs talk at the end.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_166.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:50pm EST

This week, we were joined again by old friend of the show and Mount Rushmore guest Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson. We started off with a very candid conversation about his recent loss and his first time being knocked out, then continued to break down the Welterweight division and some upcoming matchups.

Finally, of course, we wrapped with some comic book talk, discussing Avengers: End Game, Spiderman: Far From Home and the new HBO Watchmen series.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_165.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

Longtime friend of the show, Bryan Lacey, returns to discuss the new and improved One Punch Podcast, now under the BT Sport umbrella. We get into UFC 237, Game of Thrones, and everything in between.

Enjoy!!

Presented by #CMGPodcasts

Direct download: Episode_163.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:54am EST

This was a fun one! I traveled to FAA CT in West Haven to interview my old friend Nick Newell ahead of his fight at CES 56.

Doubled up with Dan Dubuque who is headlining that event as he fights for the CES Featherweight Championship. Dan cross-trains at FAA and it was great having him and Nick on at the same time.

Then I completed the Connecticut trifecta with MMAFighting.com's Chuck Mindenhall - the best longform writer in MMA.

Enjoy!

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Direct download: Episode_162.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:11pm EST

My good friend Monica rejoined the show to help me break down the two amazing UFC 236 interim title fights and preview the upcoming UFC 237 title fight between Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade.

Plus, some housekeeping and news about our collaboration with Clovercrest Media. #CMGPodcasts 

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_161.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:29am EST

The MMA Mad Podcast is back and better than ever! Backed by the good folks at Clovercrest Media, we're joined by featherweight Matt Bessette, one of the longest tenured guests on our show. 

Plus, Nick breaks down the two title fights from UFC 236 and gives his reaction to the TJ Dillashaw suspension.

Direct download: Episode_160_Final.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:34pm EST

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

Hope you all had a great 2017. Look forward to seeing you all in 2018. Enjoy this celebratory PartyCast w/three of my dearest friends.

Direct download: Episode_137.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:47pm EST

This week, we're joined by Andre Soukhamthath and Marc Diakiese right before the holidays. One is coming off a huge win, one is looking for a huge win and both are great recurring guests. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_136.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:46pm EST

Apologies for the late release, but this one was a great one!

James Lynch is one of my closest friends in this business and truly one of the best people I know. We always have great conversations, but this was a true marathon of topics. Podcasting, comedy, MMA (obviously)... we riff on it all. 

Seriously, I stand by the quality of all my episodes (at least recently haha) but this one stands out.

Rate, review, subscribe and most importantly...

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_135.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

I discuss the announcement of Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou and the launch of our new YouTube series "MMA Mad Unfiltered"

It may be December, but it's never too late for a little Halloween special. Nate joins me to break down his top Halloween movies and TV Shows.

In the After Show, I recommend five of my favorite podcasts for your listening pleasure. Listen to the shows that I listen to.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_134.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:09am EST

This was a good one guys. Worth the wait.

I drove up to Worcester, Massachusetts to do a little podcasting with my good friend Matteo Urella. We got into UFC 218, trash talking in MMA, my work with TheDisorderly.com and more.

Plus, a little bonus guest appearance from Matteo's daughter; our first baby guest.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_133.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:43pm EST

New episode for your listening pleasure!!

Jimmie Rivera just received some unfortunate news with the Dominick Cruz cancellation. We got into that, UFC 217 and more.

Louis Smolka is always a great guest. Unfiltered doesn't begin to describe it. 

And shoutout to KFC Radio on hitting the big 300 episode milestone. One of my favorite podcasts, check it out!!

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_132.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:58pm EST

Really fun episode this week!!

First, Robbie Fox (Barstool Sports) stops by to talk UFC 217 and Barstool HQ goings-on. He's quickly become one of the site's rising stars and it's always good to catch up with him. 

Then, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson joins us to discuss his win over Jorge Masvidal, the drama with Darren Till and a whole bunch of comic book stuff.

Plus, Monica talks Rose Namajunas, favorite holiday traditions and more on a brand new Outside The Bubble. She hops on the intro and outro, as well. Stick around to the very end for a little bonus OTB.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_131.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:10am EST

This is your officially unofficial UFC 217 preview show. Cortney Casey is sandwiched between an intro/outro Coast-To-Coast combo. We start by discussion some big headlines outside of MMA, then finish with a bunch of UFC topics.

Cortney Casey looks forward to her UFC 218 bout against Felice Herrig and helps me break down every fight on the UFC 217 main card.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_130.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:54pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

This week, Andre Soukhamthath talks twitter beef with Charlamagne Tha God, catching bad headlines, and his upcoming fight with Alejandro Perez in Mexico City.

Then, 2-0 prospect Fabian Edwards makes his podcast debut to discuss his fighting future. Finally, old friend of the show Andreas Georgiou returns to share his experience at the London stop of the Mayweather vs. McGregor press tour. Plus a whole bunch more.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_118.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:24am EST

Steve Rizner - my dad - joins in on this week's intro to preview Matt Bessette's debut for Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender series, followed by a brief recap by yours truly in the After Show.

Then, James Lynch calls into the show to discuss the most recent drama between Ariel Helwani and the UFC and recap his experience at international fight week in Vegas. Always a great conversation when James is on.

Enjoy the show!!

Direct download: Episode_117.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:41am EST

Great episode this week!! Matt Bessette came by the studio just one week prior to his fight for Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender series. We got into Mayweather vs. McGregor, the power of obsession, and much more. Kevin (Coast To Coast) and Monica (Outside The Bubble) were also in-studio, helping to round out our first ever PartyCast.

Need more of these. I know you'll enjoy. 

Direct download: Episode_116.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:50am EST

Jeff Haddad joins me in studio to talk podcasting, Matt Bessette, and much much more. One of my favorite podcasts I've ever done, I know you'll enjoy this one. Give it a listen!!

Direct download: Episode_115.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

Two great conversations with a pair of podcast favorites.

First, Bryan Lacey drops by to discuss his brand new boxing/MMA crossover show with fellow comedian Christian O'Connell, called "Ultimate Couch Fans". Bryan's always a ton of fun to talk to and lots of laughs were had along the way.

Then, Tony Martin joins us ahead of his June 24th fight against rival Johnny Case. These two are not the biggest fan of one another, and that could mean fireworks on Saturday night. We also split off into some discussion about fighter pay the possibility of a fighter's union.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_114.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:58pm EST

Well it looks like Matt Bessette is finally getting his opportunity to compete in front of Dana White. Long overdue and a bit confusing, I break down the full situation in the intro.

Then, we take another trip into the magical world of DSM land. David Saint Martin is and always will be a Mount Rushmore podcast guests and this week's stories live up to the hype. He's got stories about fighting mobbed up Russians in coffee shops to getting busted by the police for stealing your own car.

Oh and we dove into McGregor vs. Mayweather and the drama between Mighty Mouse and the UFC, as well. 

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_113.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:09am EST

Special Saturday edition for you guys, but it was definitely worth the wait!! OTB, TV Talk, and an exclusive interview with Jack Shore.

Nate sits in on an Outside The Bubble w/Monica. We get into Gus's proposal and a a subway hoola hoop dance off. Then, Monica gives her super official prediction for Aldo vs. Holloway.

Jack Shore comes by the show to discuss his fighting future and a number of other story lines from the UFC and more. Solid interview, we'll happily have him back in the future.

Finally, Nate joins me for some TV Talk on the eve of The Leftovers series finale. We bounce around, as always, but it was a fun conversation all around.

Enjoy!! 

Direct download: Episode_112.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Welcome back to another episode of your favorite MMA podcast. RATE, REVIEW, SUBSCRIBE!! This week, we have the return of Wonderboy and the debut of Lewis Long.

Wonderboy is impatiently recovering from knee surgery while examining the welterweight division from a outside perspective. We got into a bunch of different topics and caught up on all the interesting goings-on from around the UFC.

Lewis "The Foot" Long is - as you can probably tell from the nickname - an amusing individual. He's also a streaking welterweight and natural finisher who is looking to transfer from Cage Warriors to the UFC. We welcomed him to the show for the first time to discuss that and more.

In this week's after show, I lay out my theory for the end of The Leftovers (only two episodes left!!). Don't worry, I give plenty of warning before I start into it, so there's really no chance of accidental spoilers.

Enjoy!!

** Apologies for the poor sound quality throughout this episode. I need to figure out what's up with my recorder lately. Nothing too bad, it's all audible.

Direct download: Episode_111.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Solid episode with some of our favorite recurring guests. Big things on the horizon for all.

Cortney Casey picked up a big win at UFC 211 and was nice enough to return to the show just days after the victory. We dove into her relationship with MMA media and got her take on Joanna's most recent defense. Is this her first appearance since UFC 211?! I don't know, I didn't check. But she's a podcast favorite and this was another solid appearance.

Jimmie Rivera just lined up his next big fight. Following his decisive win over Urijah Faber (and nineteen other fighters before him), Rivera has drawn fellow top-prospect Thomas Almeida for a July 22nd date in Long Island, NY. Better yet, it's on "Big FOX" and that means more exposure for one of the best bantamweights on the planet.

My friend Nate returned to the show to discuss some of the latest TV talk. The focus is The Leftovers, but we touch on Fargo, Seinfeld and much, much more.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_110.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:43am EST

This week's episode starts with the return of Robbie Fox (or the debut of Octagon Bob). Jason Knight comes by the show ahead of his UFC 211 fight with Chas Skelly and Jose "Shorty" Torres drops in to discuss self-promotion and waiting for a UFC call-up.

Plus, a little bonus Outside The Bubble where Monica gives her picks for this weekend's title fights.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_109.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:53pm EST

Now that I've upgraded my setup, I've really wanted to take the podcast on the road for some in-person interviews. Well this week's show was the first crack at it.

Matt Bessette and Jeff Haddad are two of my best friends in this industry. Staples of the Connecticut MMA scene, they opened up their own gym, called "Ascension Athletics," and have been steadily building up their clientele and reputation ever since. On January 1st, they moved to a brand new location and it was here that we recorded the podcast you're about to listen to.

This was an extremely eclectic conversation ranging from lack of women in the STEM fields to the viewing of horrific videos and what they can teach us about humanity and life. Of course, there was some MMA talk as well, but this one felt a lot more like a Rogan podcast and I couldn't be happier about that.

*Note: Matt's original opponent for CES 44 (Jeremy Spoon) pulled out of the fight just hours before we recorded this podcast. As a result, I avoided the topic of CES 44 all together. He has now found a replacement opponent in Rey Trujillo, so all is well. But in case you were wondering, that's why we didn't talk about his fight.

Enjoy!!

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Direct download: Episode_108.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:55am EST

A couple of podcast favorites join us for a fantastic new episode. Stick around until the end for a very special announcement about next week's episode.

First up: Cortney Casey. Set to fight in the Fight Pass headliner slot at UFC 211, Cortney caught up with us to discuss a variety of topics around the world of MMA. She's always a great guest, and this time was no different.

Then, my friend Kevin joins me for a brand new Coast To Coast. We hit on some news and notes from around the world of sports, talked a little MMA, and plenty of inside conversations that may or may not translate with the average listener. But hey, thanks for listening anyway.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_107.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

Super dense content episode with a pair of great guests. This one has something for the MMA fan and the TV enthusiast alike. I am both.

First, Shaun Al-Shatti talks all things MMA - UFC on FOX, upcoming cards, MMA media and headlines galore. Fun and informative. Hooray!!

Then, Nate helps me break down the Season 3 Premier of TV's bets drama, The Leftovers. If you haven't caught up... you may want to skip this interview. Also... catch up. Like now...

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_106.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:03am EST

Nick Rizner breaks down the top three fights for UFC on FOX 24, providing some background and giving predictions for the following fights:

Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Wilson Reis
Rose Namajunas vs. Michelle Waterson
Jacare Souza vs. Robert Whittaker

Get all your event coverage over at http://www.mmamad.com/ and follow us on twitter @mmamadofficial & @nickriznermma.

Enjoy the fights!!

Direct download: NicksPicksFinal.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:05am EST

Short episode this week but a good one nonetheless!!

Monica returns with another fantastic OTB. We get into some Danish & O'Neill and George Dillman. We discuss DC towel gate, as well as a preview of this weekend's UFC on FOX. Finally, Monica gives her official pick for Rose Namajunas vs. Michelle Waterson and pitches a Rickie Fowler podcast appearance. Lots of fun!

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_105.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:14pm EST

Great pair of interviews for you this week. Two of our favorites return to the show for some great, albeit scattered conversation on a variety of topics.

David Saint Martin is disgruntled as ever and we love him for it. This interview has it all: rants about pro wrestling and Colorado hipsters, a wild story about a Thai gangster, absolutely no MMA. It's a must-listen for sure.

Then, Luis Felix comes on to reflect on his dominant win at CES 42 as well as some of the bigger story lines from the UFC. We also touch on his work with autism and the story of Dorian Murray. A few laughs, a few emotional parts, this was a good one.

In the After Show, Nick gives his take on the retirement of Tony Romo and gets into some TV talk, including his early review of "13 Reasons Why" on Netflix.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_104.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:28pm EST

This was a good one.

James Lynch is an MMA journalist for Sportsnet, MMA Oddsbreaker and FloCombat. He hosts the Parting Shot Podcast and holds the (unofficial) record for most interviews ever conducted in a single week. I did very little research to verify that record, but he does a lot of interviews, so I'm running with it. He's also one of my favorite people in this business. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a fantastic conversation that ranges from Stanley Cup Playoffs and click-bait media to Big Little Lies and The Sopranos.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_103.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

Solid pair of interviews featuring some talk about the GGG fight and UFC 210.

Matteo Urella shares an epic story of his relationship with writing and GGG. Everything came full circle this weekend at Madison Square Garden and it was as poetic as you'd expect from one of the best writers in combat sports.

At long last, Desmond Green is finally making his UFC debut. And the Rochester native is doing it just one hour from his hometown in Buffalo, NY. UFC 210 is set for April 8th and Desmond vs. Josh Everette could very well steal the show.

In this week's after show, we get into March Madness, the return of Dave Chappelle, and the official re-launch of our Instagram (@mmamadofficial) and our Snapchat (mma_mad).

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_102.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

UFC London is coming your way this weekend and we've got a full breakdown of the action.

First, we sat down with Andreas Georgiou of MMA Plus. He's an old friend of the show and one of the foremost experts on UK MMA. We spoke about his upcoming video project, the stand out fights at UFC London and more.

Then, one half of the main event, #4 ranked Jimi Manuwa makes his podcast debut. He's set to take on Corey Anderson this weekend, with hopes of moving one step closer to a shot at the light heavyweight championship.

Finally, my friend Nate Zielinski joins us for a little podcasting 101. After launching his own podcast for Ticket Liquidator, he's looking for advice on how to best move forward and improve the quality of his show. I'm certainly no expert, but I did my best to help out.

Plus we've even got a little Monica action on the transition. This was a fun one!!

Enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_101.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:26pm EST

Wow. 100 episodes. Over 140 hours of content over the past three years. This thing has come a long way since its humble beginnings and the guests in this episode are the people to thank.

(00:04:46) Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson made his podcast debut back in episode 28. This appearance was his tenth, officially making him the first to hit double digits. If there was an MMA Mad MVP, it'd be hard to argue against Wonderboy. The guy is a legend.

(00:18:33) If it wasn't for David St. Martin's inclusion of the MMA Mad Podcast on the MMA Fighting Morning Report, we may not be doing this right now. That was the single biggest boost we received both in traffic and notoriety. Who would've thought that DSM would make for such a great guest as well. The lovable grouch.

(00:51:47) Cortney Casey was the first female fighter we ever had on the podcast, but she's become way more than a crucial milestone. One of the most entertaining and frequently requested guest in our arsenal, Cortney is always honest and always entertaining, as a result. Truly one of the best guests we have.

(01:05:02) Barstool Sports finally has an designated MMA contributor and the guy is brilliant. Insightful blogs, hilarious videos, a well-rounded set of technical production skills, Robbie Fox is going to be a star at Barstool and Barstool has long been my biggest inspiration to chase my dreams. Thrilled to have him as a part of this episode.

(01:22:10) Nick Newell is one of my favorite people on the planet. There's the amazing career and the inspirational backstory, sure. But above all, he's one of the most kind and genuine people you'll ever come across in this business. He was my first ever one-on-one interview, as well. He'll always have a place in the history of this show.

(01:34:01) Matt Bessette and Jeff Haddad are my best friends in MMA. Far beyond a simple interviewer - interviewee relationship, these guys are always a ton of fun to be around. Jeff is one of the most driven and motivational people I know and Matt is the embodiment of martial arts culture. Respect, honor and discipline. GET MATT TO THE UFC!!! Shout out to Ashley and Michelle.

(1:47:32) Chuck Mindenhall is, for my money, the best writer in sports media. His ability to captivate with his storytelling while pouring his own personality and voice into his work is unparalleled. I've looked up to him on so many different levels, so to have him as a contact and guide through this crazy buiness has been an honor. Truly.

(02:03:25) Outside The Bubble was the first recurring segment we ever featured on this podcast and with it, a star was born. In all seriousness, Monica has meant a great deal to this show both on the mic and behind the scenes. She's been unbelievably supportive through an endless stream of skype conversations and marathon editing sessions. And she's electric content every time you put a mic in her hand. Can't thank her enough.

And I can't thank all of you enough either. This show has been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Many more to come.

- Nick

Direct download: Episode_100.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:08pm EST

Only one show left before our celebratory 100th episode, but we're not taking any weeks off! We're coming in hot with three great interviews that you're sure to enjoy.

First, comedian, ACB commentator, and one half of the One Punch Podcast alongside Brad Pickett, Bryan Lacey returns to the show. We talk podcasting, some UFC 209 and plenty more. Good interview!

Then, Brendan Loughnane joins us to disucss his upcoming fight at ACB: Super Sonic in Manchester. One of the most slept on prospects outside the UFC, keep your eye on Loughnane. Great interview. Great fighter. This kid is a star.

Finally, Luke Barnatt makes his podcast debut before headlining ACB: Super Sonic. You may know him from his exciting fights inside the Octagon, his tremendous run on The Ultimate Fighter, or his recent four fight finish streak. Luke is a great analyst as well as a great fighter. Honored to have him on.

Again, episode 100 is coming next week! Mark your calendars! It's gonna be a good one...

Direct download: Episode_99.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:50pm EST

This week, we were joined by recurring guests Jimmie Rivera and Andre Soukhamthath. Plus, top prospect Jack McGann makes his podcast debut.

Since we last spoke, Jimmie Rivera has climbed to #5 on the UFC Bantamweight rankings, thanks to his impressive win over top contender Urijah Faber. Now he's looking for his next opponent, with a focus on earning his shot at that 135 pound title.

Andre Soukhamthath is preparing for another defense of his CES Bantamweight Championship, all while chasing his goal of a UFC call-up. One of our favorite guests, Andre never shies away from bold opinions. This was a good one.

Top prospect Jack McGann discusses growing up in the Wolfslair gym, fighting in Russia, and his ultimate plans for UFC glory.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_98.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:34pm EST

I traveled to LA for a special edition of Coast To Coast w/my friend Kevin.

Alright so maybe that's not why I traveled to LA... but we recorded a live podcast anyway. We got into everything from the Super Bowl to UFC 208 and everything in between. I recap my trip to LA featuring a trip to Disney Land, my first experience at the world famous Comedy Store, and much much more.

Plus, we've got a quick After Show for you guys as well. A little talk about McGregor vs. Mayweather and the return of GSP.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_97.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:35pm EST

This week, a conversation with Matt Bessette, a remastered/rereleased interview with Justin Wren, and a little Monica action on the introduction.

I sat down with Matt Bessette to discuss everything from the Super Bowl to UFC 208 and beyond. This was a fun one with one of my favorite people. GET MATT TO THE UFC!! But seriously... Do it...

Finally, I remastered my April 2016 interview with Justin Wren. I barely even talk in this one, but the content was so good that it had to be rereleased. Justin Wren's work with Fight for the Forgotten needs way more attention. Listen, research, and donate. This is a tremendously worthy cause.

Enjoy!!

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Direct download: Episode_96.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:54am EST

So this was a long one. But it was also pretty light on the MMA, so the variety should hold your interest.

Danish & O'Neill talk MMA headlines, the launch of their brand new podcast "The Pork Report," and a whole bunch of other stuff. Always a good conversation. Always funny. You'll enjoy this one.

Monica returns for a brand new edition of Outside The Bubble. This time, we get into the Wonderboy Woodley rematch set for UFC 209. We also talk about the Bachelor, Barstool Sports, and a little bit of football.

Kevin calls in (w/a little cameo from his brother) to break down and preview the big game. He's a Falcons fan. Monica is a Pats fan. The idea was to have them on at the same time but the timing didn't work out. Instead, this turned into a psuedo Coast To Coast, the full version of which will be coming your way in a couple weeks.

Enjoy!!

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Direct download: Episode_95.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:25am EST

It's been a little while since we did a multi-guest episode like this, but we're coming out of the gate with a powerful lineup.

Stephen Thompson makes his highly anticipated return to the show and there was plenty to get into. Wonderboy responds to the recent disparaging comments by Tyron Woodley, reveals his answer to the question "Apocalypse or Thanos," and discusses some of the fights from Bellator 170 and UFC on FOX 23.

Ian McCall joins us to talk podcasting, the green rush in California and his food poisoning in Ireland. He also looks ahead to his UFC 208 fight against Neil Seery in Brooklyn, NY.

Adam Milstead returns to the show ahead of his February 4th clash in Houston. He talks about the difference in training for your second Octagon appearances vs. your UFC debut. We also got into fighter pay and the crazy range of body types that make up the heavyweight division.

Short After Show this week. I give some more thoughts on Woodley's comments about racial prejudice in the world of MMA. I also throw a couple TV show recommendations out there. 

Enjoy!!

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Direct download: Episode_94.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:11pm EST

After nearly a decade of regularly reading Barstool Sports and religiously following MMA, my two worlds are finally coming together.

Robbie Fox aka Intern Robbie is an 18 year old MMA writer for barstoolsports.com. Barstool has undergone a number of changes over the past year, including a big move to a centralized office in New York City. With this came an influx of new hires and most notably - at least as it relates to this podcast - was the hire of the site's first dedicated MMA contributor. Long overdue.

I sat down with Robbie for an in-depth conversation about his writing background, how he came to be at Barstool Sports, and his future in the medium. Oh, and we got into some MMA storylines as well.

Plus, in the After Show, I reflect on the Cowboy's season, give you guys a movie and TV show recommendation, and rant about how much I hate Ford vehicles right now.

Enjoy!!

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Direct download: Episode_93.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:20am EST

This week, we sat down for a nice chat with UFC Strawweight Cortney Casey.

Cortney Casey has been one of our favorite recurring guests since her first appearance on the show. She's never one to shy away from candidly speaking her mind or giving her take on a news story, and the result is usually a very entertaining podcast. This week was no exception, as we spoke for about an hour, discussing headlines and news stories both within MMA and beyond.

Plus, in this week's After Show, I break down the Cowboys' upcoming playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, talk about some recent fight announcements, give you guys a brand new podcast recommendation, and wrap things up with a little TV Talk, specifically Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Taboo and Man Seeking Woman.

Thanks for listening!! Follow us by checking out the social media links below. Enjoy!!

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Direct download: Episode_92.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:44pm EST

It's a new year and we're back with a brand new episode of The MMA Mad Podcast. Kicking things off with a brief State of the Union, I discuss some of my podcast plans for 2017.

Then, friend of the show Matteo Urella joins me to reflect on UFC 207 and discuss my 2016 End of the Year awards. Great conversation with a great guy.

Finally, Monica joins me to discuss the first episode of The Bachelor. Think of it as a reverse Outside The Bubble. This was just a preview of sorts, but in the future this should be a fun recap segment in which I'm the one answering questions for a change.

Thanks for listening and here's to a fantastic year of shows!!

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Direct download: Episode_91.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:12pm EST

It's the final episode of the year and we're going out with a bang. The highly anticipated Coast To Coast and Outside The Bubble crossover has arrived.

Nick is joined by Kevin Quinn and Monica Plucker for a fun conversation about all things MMA and beyond. They get everything from NFL Playoffs and The Bachelor to the upcoming title fights at UFC 207. 

Plus, they take some questions from fans and friends of the show, including a special surprise call-in question from one the biggest fighters of 2016.

Direct download: Episode_90.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:20pm EST

Well it's official, Christmas is upon us!! And who better to spend it with than Nick Rizner & The Martins.

First, David St. Martin returns to the show to talk UFC 207 and Star Wars Rouge One. Forever operating at the most entertaining level of grumpiness, DSM is one of the best guests we have on this show. This week was no exception.

Next, Tony Martin catches up with us ahead of his January 15th fight at UFC Phoenix. We also recap UFC Sacramento and talk about the potential risks of promoting popular yet inexperienced fighters.

Finally, a little After Show Dallas Cowboys talk and a special holiday message from Outside The Bubble's Monica.

Direct download: Episode_89.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:16pm EST

Welcomed a couple of good friends to help me break down UFC Sacramento and UFC 207. Good times with good people.

First, Nick Newell joins the show to talk about the biggest story lines in MMA. We get into Urijah Faber's retirement, the making of his biopic, "Notorious Nick," and much much more.

Then, Monica returns for everyone's favorite segment, Outside The Bubble. This was definitely the best OTB yet, topping 40 minutes of hilarious, blissful ignorance when it comes to the world of MMA. Monica gives her predictions for Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson & Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall.

I also get into a little West World talk with the girl who made me late to watch every episode. Plus, I've got a couple awesome movie recommendations for you. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_88.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

This week, we welcome a couple of our favorite guests back to the show and reveal our plans for the final few episodes of the year.

Louis Smolka returns to the show to give his take on an array of upcoming fights and MMA headlines. We briefly touched on his upcoming fight with Ray Borg, but were careful not to spoil any game plans.

We called upon our Canadian Correspondent to give us his hometown take on the upcoming UFC 206 in Toronto. Residing just down the street from the stadium, James Lynch helps us break down everything you need to know about 206 and beyond. Fun conversation with an old friend.

In this week's After Show, we get into UFC Albany, some TV Talk, and (of course) the now 11-1 Dallas Cowboys.

This week’s intro music is brought to you by Jermiside & L-Marr The Star who’s EP, entitled “God Bless The Child” drops tomorrow. Pre-Order here!!

Direct download: Episode_87.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:21pm EST

First up, Cortney Casey recounts her controversial night in Brazil, addressing the illegal kick she received from Claudia Gadelha and the ensuing fallout on social media.

Sean O'Connell looks ahead to his next fight against Corey Anderson and discusses his weigh-in hyjinx/why it won't be happening at UFC Albany.

Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez reflects on her successful MMA debut and looks forward to what lies ahead.

In the After Show, I recap all things MMA and do a little Cowboys and TV Talk. Thanks for listening and don't forget to rate, review and subscribe.

This week's intro music is brought to you by Jermiside & L-Marr The Star who's EP, entitled "God Bless The Child" drops tomorrow. Pre-Order here: https://hipnottrecords.bandcamp.com/album/god-bless-the-child

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Direct download: Episode_86.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:56am EST

We've got a slew of bantamweights for you on this special Thanksgiving episode of the podcast.

First, Raquel Pennington joins us after her recent victory over former champion Miesha Tate. Fresh off the biggest win of her career, Rocky is focused and ready for whatever comes next. A title shot can't be far off.

Next, we're joined by the first Welshman to ever compete inside the Octagon. Brett Johns picked up a dominant win in his UFC debut last weekend and officially put Wales on the map. He's wide eyed and excited for his next appearance.

Then, back by popular demand, Monica returns for another edition of Outside The Bubble. This time, she gives her take on Mighty Mouse and his upcoming title fight. Another fun one from Moni.

Finally, Rob Font returns to discuss his next fight and reflect on his first loss inside the Octagon. Sound quality was a little off but don't let that stop you from listening to a solid interview.

Plus, Nick discusses the biggest storylines in MMA, dives into a little TV talk, a movie recommendation, and of course a Dallas Cowboys recap.

Direct download: Episode_85.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:10pm EST

Great guests, fun interviews, the debut of a new segment. This is one of those episodes I've dreamed about. I hope you have as much fun listening as I did making it.

First, one half of the UFC 205 Fight of the Night, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson discusses his majority draw with the welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley. Dana White stated both publicly and in private that Wonderboy would be getting that instant rematch and we have to take the man at his word. Understandably somber but still in good spirits, I greatly appreciate the time!

Next, Ian McCall returns to the podcast to discuss his upcoming fight with Neil Seery. Unsurprisingly, we get sidetracked by UFC 205 and the developing politics of Donald Trump's America. Fun interview, I think you'll enjoy it!

Plus, the inaugural edition of coast-to-coast, featuring my MMA-loving friend who moved to California. From opposite sides of the country, Kevin and I recap UFC 205, tell the strange tale of accidentally meeting Conor McGregor and more. 

Finally, in the After Show, I hit all the important MMA topics that we missed and discuss West World (which was already spoiled for me), UConn's bad start and the Dallas Cowboys climbing to #1 in the power rankings.

Thanks for listening!!

Direct download: Episode_84.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:07pm EST

We're just days away from UFC 205 in New York City, and we're opening up this episode the same way their opening up fight card... with Liz Carmouche!! We get into her debut against Ronda Rousey, making MMA history twice, and her upcoming fight with Katlyn Chookagian.

Then, Jose "Shorty" Torres - MMA's top prospect at 125 pounds - stops by the show to discuss his extended career as an amateur and his fighting future in the UFC.

Finally, Sam Micale makes his podcast debut. We go way back, first working together on my old site, Water Cooler MMA. We talked about his increased focus on grappling, the Dallas Cowboys, and President Donald Trump (weird).

Stick around for the After Show where I dive into a brief UFC 205 preview, a recap of Tony Ferguson vs. Rafael dos Anjos, and plenty of headlines from around the world of MMA.

Direct download: Episode_83.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

Last week, we had on the man who was formerly in charge of MMA Fighting's Morning Report. This week, we featured his successor. Plus, one of the most promising prospects in the welterweight division.

(04:36) Jed Meshew and I got into all the biggest story lines in MMA. We also took some time to dive into his history with writing, the absurdity of Trial By Combat in Game of Thrones, and more.

(51:02) UFC 205's Belal Muhammad rejoined the show to talk about fighting in Madison Square Garden and to reflect on his Octagon experience so far. He's definitely one to keep an eye on at 170. Don't sleep on Belal.

(1:08:55) In this week's After Show, Nick discusses Rousey's "last fights," Jon Jones arbitration, and Tony Ferguson vs. Rafael dos Anjos. Then, Dallas Cowboys, Black Mirror, and a shout out to Danish & O'Neill.

Direct download: Episode_82.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:20pm EST

A long one but a good one!! Big thanks to DSM for joining us on his birthday.

Packed with loads of spooky music and incredible stories, David St. Martin helps to make this a memorable Halloween special. We dove deep into his crazy new lifestyle and a handful of his recent adventures. Just remember guys and girls... the key to finding your place in life is simply to partner up with a rich and successful friend.

Plus in a Halloween-themed After Show, I break down the season premier of The Walking Dead and the most recent American Horror Story. I tell a very scary story about a Poop in a Port. And I discuss my plans for October 31st.

Oh, and we got into some MMA as well - Faber's retirement, Cruz vs. No Love, UFC New York, etc.

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Direct download: Episode_81.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:05am EST