The MMA Mad Podcast

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

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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