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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT