The MMA Mad Podcast

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

Fun episode with some of our favorite returning guests. Also, make sure you catch this week's After Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz1wrPxAepw

(3:13) Adam Milstead is gunning for a spot on that December 30th UFC 207 card and he stopped by the MMA Mad Podcast to explain why. Truly one of the best prospects to enter the heavyweight division in some time.

(24:12) Sweetbread makes his long-awaited return to the cage on November 23rd. But first, he makes his long-awaited return to the podcast. We got into everything from MMA in New York and the UFC turmoil to the New England Patriots and the benefits of fighting on Thanksgiving Eve. Fun interview with one of our favorites.

(53:44) In this week's After Show, Nick discusses the departure of GSP and the return of Rousey. He maps out his escape from the Cube Life, explains his cautious optimism with the Dallas Cowboys, and breaks down HBO's newest Sunday Night Drama, Westworld.

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Direct download: Episode_80.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

This episode was all over the place, but I'm tremendously proud of it. Two somber interviews with some laughs in between for balance. Enjoy!!

(4:43) Matt Bessette sheds some light on the frustrations involved with being on the cusp of a UFC call-up. He's at a crossroads that reaches beyond a simple career decision. This is about his life. Somber interview but an important one. Hopefully the precursor to an Octagon debut.

(27:47) The debut of Outside The Bubble w/Monica!! In this (likely to become a recurring) segment, I spoke with my roommate who knows little to nothing about the world of MMA to get some predictions for the UFC 205 title fights. The predictions were based on intangible factors that can only be seen by someone who truly lies outside the bubble. So place your bets accordingly!!

(40:20) Duane Finley is the Senior Editor for FloCombat. He's also a close friend of the late Josh Samman. I wanted to speak with him about Josh and gain some perspective on the tragedy from someone who knew him so well. This was a powerful one.

(53:33) In this week's After Show, I got into everything from Hilary vs. Trump and TV Talk to the Dallas Cowboys and Greg Hardy's MMA debut.

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Direct download: Episode_79.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:20pm EST

Best wishes to friend of the show Josh Samman who is currently in a coma and fighting for his life in a Florida hospital. Hoping for a speedy and full recovery. One of the best people I've met in this business.

(5:16) Cortney Casey returns to the show with a huge fight on the horizon. She's set to take on #1 ranked Claudia Gadelha. An unexpected car accident nearly put a halt to things, but she's back at it and fully prepared to bring a show down to Brazil.

(21:13) John "Doomsday" Howard discusses the difference between today's fighters and the lifelong martial artists of previous generations. We also got into a little New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox talk.

(35:24) Jon Tuck is readying himself for a fight in the Philippines, just a three hour flight away from his home country of Guam. The last time he was there, he got a Performance of the Night bonus. He's looking to do the same on October 15th. REMINDER: It's a morning card here in the states.

(46:59) In this week's after show, I discuss my return to The Cube Life and the strong start for the Dallas Cowboys. I shared some memories about the the Red Sox 2004 World Series win and what Big Papi has meant to the city of Boston. I also got into sportsmanship after fights and the strangeness that is Bisping vs. Henderson for the middleweight title. And finally, we wrap things up with a little TV talk about HBO's Westworld.

It's a good time, I hope you can join!!

Direct download: Episode_78.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:10am EST

In a special mini episode of the podcast, Nick recaps the UFC 205 press conference and sheds some light on the significance of the UFC finally debuting in New York City at Madison Square Garden.

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

Two of our favorite guests, both with big fights on the horizon, return to the show for a loaded and very fun episode of the MMA Mad Podcast.

(3:36) Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson catches up with us in between training sessions with Chris Weidman to talk about movies, cartoons, and even a little bit of MMA. Wonderboy is set to fight Tyron Woodley for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden.

(20:51) Jimmie Rivera catches up with us after his huge win over Urijah Faber at UFC 203. He discusses the latest with his damaged eye, the opponents that make the most sense for his next fight, and the timetable for his return.

(45:07) In a very diverse after show, Nick discusses Mr. Robot, Donald Glover's Atlanta, and the postseason chances for the Dallas Cowboys and Boston Red Sox. Plus, Poirier vs. Johnson, Hall vs. Brunson, Cris Cyborg's dangerous weight cut and the upcoming Nick Newell biopic, Notorious Nick.

Direct download: Episode_76.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

Nick looks forward to the season premier of American Horror Story and discusses the true turnover from Summer to Fall.

(12:43) Ian McCall joins the podcast to discuss everything from fight cancellations and a near-retirement to podcasting and music festivals. This was a really fun one!!

(42:41) Sean Soriano discusses his homecoming fight at CES MMA 38 and reflects on his time spent in the UFC.

(53:15) In the aftershow, Nick Rizner reflects on the craziness that was UFC 203 and all the post-fight antics.

Direct download: Episode_75.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:22pm EST

Two brand new guests debut on the podcast this week, as Tony Ferguson and Albert Morales look to rise the ranks of their respective weight classes.

(7:39) Tony Ferguson spares no feelings while discussing the lightweight division and his place within it - or rather - atop it. He's one of the most dangerous contenders at 155 pounds and he's on a mission to take that belt.

(33:15) Albert Morales caught up with us ahead of his Octagon debut on September 17th. We end up spinning off into discussions about the welterweight division, the main events of UFC 203 and UFC Fight Night 94, and more.

(55:19) Stay tuned for The After Show w/Ty Reynolds, where Ty discusses all the latest news and headlines in the world of MMA.

Direct download: Episode_74.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:22am EST