The MMA Mad Podcast

A travelling nightmare almost kept this episode from happening, but alas, here we are.

Norman Parke joins us for a long-form interview about life after the UFC, his upcoming October bouts, and his plans to one day return to the Octagon. This was a fun one!! We get into everything from the origins of Halloween to the risks of betting on MMA.

Make sure you stay tuned for the after show w/Ty Reynolds as he discusses all the biggest MMA headlines and upcoming/past fights. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_73.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:33pm EST

Milestone episode of the MMA Mad Podcast!! At long last, we finally have our first active champion on the podcast.

(9:25) UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic returns to the podcast, this time with the belt. We talk Cleveland sports, his big win over Fabricio Werdum in Brazil, and his upcoming fight against Alistair Overeem at UFC 203.

(19:40) UMMAF Official Ryan Brueggemann joins the program to discuss the current state of amateur MMA, clearing up a number of misconceptions and painting a more accurate picture of the ammy landscape. This serves as a pseudo follow-up interview from last week's Olympic episode, so I highly recommend you check that out prior to this interview.

(53:51) Ty returns with some aftershow discussion about UFC 202, the Rory MacDonald Bellator signing, and the upcoming Condit vs. Maia FOX card.

Direct download: Episode_72.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:53pm EST

In a special edition of the MMA Mad Podcast, host Nick Rizner dives deep into the process of getting MMA into the Olympics. Calling on the help of previous interviews with Chuck Mindenhall and Brad Pickett, as well as brand new exclusives w/Manny Gamburyan, Jose Torres and Rick Hawn, we get into all the ins and outs of Olympic MMA, and the obstacles that still stand in the way.

Stick around for the After Show w/Ty Reynolds, as he breaks down UFC 202 and all the top story lines surrounding the world of MMA.

Direct download: Episode_71.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:56am EST

This week, we were joined by one of our favorite guests as well as two more making their podcast debut. Make sure you stick around until the end of the episode for a sneak peak of our upcoming Special Report on MMA in the Olympics.

(5:44) Raquel Pennington returns to the show to discuss her stage fright - an unlikely trait for a professional fighter - and her ability to seize the moment on a microphone. Self described as the Black Horse of the Women's Bantamweight division, Rocky is on a journey for redemption... and a shot at the UFC Championship. Her next fight is on August 20th, as she battles Elizabeth Phillips at UFC 202.

(28:47) Tateki Matsuda discusses his unique journey through MMA, as he prepares for a fight back in his home country of Japan. As a veteran of the UFC, his goal is to return to the Octagon, and it all starts with his September 11th fight at Pancrase 280. 

(47:30) Adam Hunter makes his Octagon debut at UFC Vancouver on August 27th. He took the time to catch us up on his mindset heading into the fight, as well as his take on the middleweight division as a whole.

(1:06:53) We released a sneak peak of our upcoming Special Edition of the MMA Mad Podcast, featuring a report on getting MMA into the Olympic Games. The full episode will be out on Wednesday, August 24th. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_70.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:06am EST

(7:18) Louis Smolka joined the podcast to discuss his recent win in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We got onto everything from the possibility of a bantamweight Mighty Mouse to how far Smolka is from a flyweight title shot. We also play some fantasy matchmaking and pitch a duel championship event for the inaugural UFC Hawaii.

(33:16) Rick Story returns to the podcast to discuss the turmoil atop the UFC Welterweight division, who he feels will get the first shot at the newly crowned Tyrone Woodley, and the value of trash talking your way up the rankings. Story fights Donald Cerrone on August 20th at UFC 202.

(1:06:00) Ty Reynolds returns with a brand new after show, discussing all the latest headlines in the world of MMA.

Direct download: Episode_69.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:57pm EST

This week, two of our favorite guests return to the show to reflect on their recent wins and breakdown some important fights in their respective divisions and beyond.

(3:31) Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson rejoins the show to breakdown the upcoming title fight between Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Tyron Woodley. Plus, we get into everything from the upcoming Power Rangers movie to the drama between Mark Hunt and the UFC. It's always a fun one with Wonderboy.

(34:39) Cortney Casey returns to talk all things Women's MMA. From this weekend's co-main event between Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz to Joanna vs. Claudia and the state of the bantamweight division, we cover it all. Plus, a full breakdown of her first UFC win back at UFC Sioux Falls. Don't sleep on Cortney Casey; she's one to watch in the strawweight division.

Direct download: Episode_68.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:07am EST

(2:24) Chuck Mindenhall returns to the podcast to discuss all things MMA. Everything from the rise and fall of superstars like McGregor, Rousey & Jones, to the undeniable violence of our sport and the inevitable numbness that we, as fans, ultimately acquire. Plus, an update on the current state of sports media and the need for new, unique voices in MMA. If this podcast had a Mount Rushmore, Chuck would most certainly be on it; hat and all.

(1:05:38) Jimmie Rivera joins the podcast to discuss his upcoming fight with Urijah Faber, as well as what the future holds for one of the most promising bantamweight up-and-comers.

Direct download: Episode_67.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:32am EST

This week, we spoke with Javier Mendez - head coach of #UFC200's Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez - to dicuss everything from the Jon Jones pull-out and the last-minute Anderson Silva switch-up to the boos from the Vegas crowd and DC's mindset throughout the week. We also discuss the latest on Luke Rockhold and Khabib Nurmagomedov, as well as the fallout from the $4 billion sale of the UFC.

Direct download: Episode_66.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:49am EST

This week's episode gives you the most entertaining and comprehensive International Fight Week breakdown on the internet. Look no further. Sit down and enjoy!

(1:40) Jeff Danis and Ryan O'Neill return to the podcast to give their thoughts and opinions on UFC 200. We get into Bruce Buffer, Brock Lesnar, and everything in between in this hilarious preview of MMA's biggest event. Make sure you check out the hilarious Danish and O'Neill podcast every Monday and follow them on twitter @DanishAndOneill

(1:06:53) In this week's After Show, Ty Reynolds and Jon Paterson give their take on UFC 200, diving into every fight on the card. They also provide commentary on the Thursday and Friday's cards and the corresponding title fights in this absolutely loaded Fight Week.

Direct download: Episode_65.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:36am EST

(0:00) We kick the week off with a special introduction featuring my friend Nate Stark. Nate is the biggest Game of Thrones fan I know, and following the Season 6 Finale, I thought it'd be the perfect time to bring him on to discuss. We dive into all things past, present, and future in the world of GoT, so if you want to avoid spoilers, you may want to skip this one. But seriously... you should listen.

(38:07) Josh Samman joins us to discuss his amazing memoir, entitled The Housekeeper: Love, Death, and Prizefighting. This book explores some really heavy subjects, ranging from addiction to depression, expressed through the framework of a tragic love story. I was enthralled with the book from beginning to end and highly recommend you check it out.

(54:17) "Don't Kill My Vibe (Kendrick Lamar Acoustic Cover)" by Josh Samman and Chad Anderson

(56:25) Andre Soukhamthath returns to discuss his upcoming title defense against Kin Moy at CES MMA 37. We get into the risks of social media, the UFC Bantamweight division, and the pros and cons of all-day weigh-ins.

(1:16:37) On this week's After Show, Ty Reynolds breaks down Bellator Dynamite 2, the rounding out of the UFC 202 fight card, and more.

Direct download: Episode_64.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:20am EST