Wed, 29 March 2017
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.
Wed, 22 March 2017
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).
Wed, 15 March 2017
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!!
Wed, 8 March 2017
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.
Wed, 1 March 2017
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...