The MMA Mad Podcast (Sports)

Well it's official, Christmas is upon us!! And who better to spend it with than Nick Rizner & The Martins.

First, David St. Martin returns to the show to talk UFC 207 and Star Wars Rouge One. Forever operating at the most entertaining level of grumpiness, DSM is one of the best guests we have on this show. This week was no exception.

Next, Tony Martin catches up with us ahead of his January 15th fight at UFC Phoenix. We also recap UFC Sacramento and talk about the potential risks of promoting popular yet inexperienced fighters.

Finally, a little After Show Dallas Cowboys talk and a special holiday message from Outside The Bubble's Monica.

Direct download: Episode_89.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

Welcomed a couple of good friends to help me break down UFC Sacramento and UFC 207. Good times with good people.

First, Nick Newell joins the show to talk about the biggest story lines in MMA. We get into Urijah Faber's retirement, the making of his biopic, "Notorious Nick," and much much more.

Then, Monica returns for everyone's favorite segment, Outside The Bubble. This was definitely the best OTB yet, topping 40 minutes of hilarious, blissful ignorance when it comes to the world of MMA. Monica gives her predictions for Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson & Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall.

I also get into a little West World talk with the girl who made me late to watch every episode. Plus, I've got a couple awesome movie recommendations for you. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_88.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:08pm EDT

This week, we welcome a couple of our favorite guests back to the show and reveal our plans for the final few episodes of the year.

Louis Smolka returns to the show to give his take on an array of upcoming fights and MMA headlines. We briefly touched on his upcoming fight with Ray Borg, but were careful not to spoil any game plans.

We called upon our Canadian Correspondent to give us his hometown take on the upcoming UFC 206 in Toronto. Residing just down the street from the stadium, James Lynch helps us break down everything you need to know about 206 and beyond. Fun conversation with an old friend.

In this week's After Show, we get into UFC Albany, some TV Talk, and (of course) the now 11-1 Dallas Cowboys.

This week’s intro music is brought to you by Jermiside & L-Marr The Star who’s EP, entitled “God Bless The Child” drops tomorrow. Pre-Order here!!

Direct download: Episode_87.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:21pm EDT

First up, Cortney Casey recounts her controversial night in Brazil, addressing the illegal kick she received from Claudia Gadelha and the ensuing fallout on social media.

Sean O'Connell looks ahead to his next fight against Corey Anderson and discusses his weigh-in hyjinx/why it won't be happening at UFC Albany.

Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez reflects on her successful MMA debut and looks forward to what lies ahead.

In the After Show, I recap all things MMA and do a little Cowboys and TV Talk. Thanks for listening and don't forget to rate, review and subscribe.

This week's intro music is brought to you by Jermiside & L-Marr The Star who's EP, entitled "God Bless The Child" drops tomorrow. Pre-Order here: https://hipnottrecords.bandcamp.com/album/god-bless-the-child

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Direct download: Episode_86.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:56am EDT

We've got a slew of bantamweights for you on this special Thanksgiving episode of the podcast.

First, Raquel Pennington joins us after her recent victory over former champion Miesha Tate. Fresh off the biggest win of her career, Rocky is focused and ready for whatever comes next. A title shot can't be far off.

Next, we're joined by the first Welshman to ever compete inside the Octagon. Brett Johns picked up a dominant win in his UFC debut last weekend and officially put Wales on the map. He's wide eyed and excited for his next appearance.

Then, back by popular demand, Monica returns for another edition of Outside The Bubble. This time, she gives her take on Mighty Mouse and his upcoming title fight. Another fun one from Moni.

Finally, Rob Font returns to discuss his next fight and reflect on his first loss inside the Octagon. Sound quality was a little off but don't let that stop you from listening to a solid interview.

Plus, Nick discusses the biggest storylines in MMA, dives into a little TV talk, a movie recommendation, and of course a Dallas Cowboys recap.

Direct download: Episode_85.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:10pm EDT

Great guests, fun interviews, the debut of a new segment. This is one of those episodes I've dreamed about. I hope you have as much fun listening as I did making it.

First, one half of the UFC 205 Fight of the Night, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson discusses his majority draw with the welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley. Dana White stated both publicly and in private that Wonderboy would be getting that instant rematch and we have to take the man at his word. Understandably somber but still in good spirits, I greatly appreciate the time!

Next, Ian McCall returns to the podcast to discuss his upcoming fight with Neil Seery. Unsurprisingly, we get sidetracked by UFC 205 and the developing politics of Donald Trump's America. Fun interview, I think you'll enjoy it!

Plus, the inaugural edition of coast-to-coast, featuring my MMA-loving friend who moved to California. From opposite sides of the country, Kevin and I recap UFC 205, tell the strange tale of accidentally meeting Conor McGregor and more. 

Finally, in the After Show, I hit all the important MMA topics that we missed and discuss West World (which was already spoiled for me), UConn's bad start and the Dallas Cowboys climbing to #1 in the power rankings.

Thanks for listening!!

Direct download: Episode_84.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:07pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

(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 EDT

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 EDT

(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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

(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 EDT

(1:09) Back by popular demand, Nick's dad returns to the podcast for the second annual Father's Day special. Nick and Steve dive into everything from the history of the podcast to UFC 200, Wonderboy, and the Helwani vs. UFC saga. This was a good one!!

(1:04:48) Belal Muhammad joins us ahead of his UFC debut on July 7th and gives his take on the current state of the UFC Welterweight division.

(1:21:40) On The After Show w/Ty Reynolds, everything from Fedor to UFC Ottawa is discussed in great detail, as Ty gives his take on the latest in the world of MMA.

Direct download: Episode_63.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:39pm EDT

(2:00) We sit down for a free form discussion with Matt Bessette, where we explore how close he is to that UFC call-up, his relationship with Bellator and Scott Coker, and the grand opening of his new gym, Ascension Athletics.

(55:00) Bryan Lacey joins the show to discuss his upcoming fight at the finale of Wimp 2 Warrior, what he's learned through the process, and his immense respect for the sacrifices that professional fighters make every day.

Direct download: Episode_62.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT

(1:35) David St. Martin returned to the podcast to give his take on the fallout between the UFC and his friend/former colleague Ariel Helwani. We get into the current state of MMA media, the risks of chasing a dream, and more. Really enjoyed this one!!

(1:31:22) Lorenz Larkin looks back at his drop to welterweight and what may be next for him after his huge win over Jorge Masvidal on Memorial Day Weekend.

(1:47:05) In this week's aftershow, Ty Reynolds discusses a slew of news story that broke over the weekend, including Brock Lesnar at UFC 200, Michael Bisping winning the UFC Middleweight Championship, and more.

Direct download: Episode_61.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

(1:40) Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson sits down for one of our conversational style interviews and talks Rory MacDonald, the Thompson-Weidman wedding, and apartment living.

(27:58) Nate Andrews makes his MMA Mad debut to talk about his dealings with CES, his upcoming fight on June 10th, and his training experience with Luis Felix and Matt Bessette.

(39:22) MMA Mad Pro Blogger Lewis Corapi talks about his knack for writing, his unfortunate, last-second cancellation in Boston, and his future in the UFC.

(55:15) The After Show w/Ty Reynolds

Direct download: Episode_60.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

(3:40) Matteo Urella sits down for our first ever long-form interview. We get into everything from maintaining a positive mindset to the benefits of finding your creative niche.

(1:09:00) Rick Story joins the show to talk about his return to action against Tarec Saffiedine this weekend and the redundancies of media obligations.

(1:22:20) CES Lightweight contender Ryan Sanders catches up with us ahead of his June 10th title fight against Luis Felix at CES MMA 36.

(1:33:37) Ty Reynolds flies solo to break down UFC Fight Night 88 and go over some of the headlines and fight announcements from this past week.

Direct download: Episode_59.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:42am EDT

(1:29) Josh Samman joined us to talk The Housekeeper: Love, Death, and Prizefighting, as well as his upcoming fight against Tim Boetsch.

(16:46) Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez joined us to talk kickboxing vs. MMA, when she'll fight next, and her ability to find balance in her hectic lifestyle.

(27:30) Tony Martin reflects on his big win at UFC on FOX 18 and looks forward to his upcoming fight at UFC on FOX 20.

(41:51) Belal Muhammad returns to the podcast to discuss his title fight against Steve Carl and his future as the Titan FC Weltweight Champion.

(52:51) CES Lightweight Champion Luis Felix talks about Dorian Murray and his upcoming title defense against Ryan Sanders at CES 36.

(1:08:06) Nick & Ty discuss:

- Jordan Parsons Developments
- The Fertittas selling the UFC
- UFC Rotterdam Recap
- UFC 198 Preview

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_58.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:10pm EDT

(2:00) We were joined by comedians, podcasters and die hard MMA fans, Danish & O'Neill. We dove into their early days at The Comedy Store, some UFC headlines and more. Here's a link to that 'farticle' we discussed.

(24:54)  Tamdan McCrory walks us through his five year hiatus from MMA, his checkered history with Bellator, and his upcoming bout at UFC Ottawa.

(49:26) Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger returns to the show, this time with a full training camp, as she prepares for her UFC Ottawa bout against Randa Markos. Here's a link to #TeamAnthony's fight against cancer.

(1:02:25) Adam Milstead discusses the story behind his signing a four-fight deal with the UFC and the mindset before making his UFC debut on May 29th. Here's a link to Adam's locker room speech.

(1:16:59) Nick & Ty discuss:

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_57.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:03am EDT

(1:19) Bleacher Report's Mike Chiappetta joins the show to reflect on his writing career and to break down some of the bigger story lines in the world of MMA.

(39:51) Lou Giordano talks working with Jon Jones, his newest client Andrei Arlovski, and how he feels McGregor can more efficiently manage his weight.

(49:30) Nick and Ty discuss:

- UFC 197
- Bellator 153
- Matt Bessette's Fighting Future
- Conor McGregor's UFC 200 Status

Enjoy!

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_56.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

(1:04) We were joined by the head coach of American Kickboxing Academy, Mr. Javier Mendez, who discussed everything from Khabib Nurmagomedov's return to the fighting futures of Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, and Cain Velasquez.

(16:45) Then, both fighters in the main event of Titan FC 38, Steve Carl and Belal Muhammad, joined us to preview their upcoming welterweight championship bout on April 30th. Fun stuff from both of these guys.

(35:12) We spoke with Adam Townsend, who is set to headline Valor Fights 32: Fighting for Autism on April 29th, and dove into his work with famed nuturition coach, Lou Giordano.

(45:42) Finally, we caught up with Tim Caron, an undefeated middleweight prospect who will be making his Bellator debut this Friday at Bellator 153.

(54:09) Plus, Nick & Ty discuss:

  • Conor McGregor's retirement tweet
  • The possible return of GSP
  • UFC on FOX 19 recap
  • UFC 197 Preview/Predictions
  • Breakdown of Bellator 153

Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy!!

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_55.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:15am EDT

On a very special episode of the podcast, we were first joined by 9x UFC Welterweight Champion and member of the UFC Hall of Fame, Matt Hughes. We then sat down with Justin Wren who shared with us his riveting tales of sickness and starvation among the Mbuti Pygmies of the Congo. Matt Bessette and Jeff Haddad called in to discuss the grand opening of their new gym, Ascension Athletics, as well as the history of their friendship and fighting futures. Wrapping up the interview portion of the show, we were joined by one half of the main event at CES MMA 35, Massachusetts own Pedro Gonzalez.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_54.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:51pm EDT

Rob Font joins us to discuss his UFC 198 bout with John Lineker and reflects on the experience of fighting in his hometown of Boston. Heavyweight Walt Harris then looks ahead to his fight with Cody East at UFC 197.

Next, Cameron Else elaborates on his beef with Ed Arthur and breaks down why he's going to get his hand raised at BAMMA 25. Finally, we were joined by a pair of fighters set to compete at CES MMA 35 in Boston, as Tyler King prepares for his highly anticipated trilogy match with Eric Bedard and Andres Jeudi headlines the card opposite Pedro Gonzalez.

Finally, Nick & Ty weigh in on:

- The cancellation of Tony Ferguson & Khabib Nurmagomedov.
- The Daniel Cormier injury and Jon Jones vs. Ovince St. Preux.
- TUF 24 w/a UFC Flyweight Championship bout on the line.
- Yoel Romero's suspension reduction and ensuing fallout.
- UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos main event and co-main event predictions.

Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy!!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT

Manny Gamburyan joins us to discuss his upcoming fight with John Dodson, followed by Drew Dober, who is set to take on Islam Makhachev. Both fights are expected to take place at UFC on FOX 19, on April 16th.

BAMMA Bantamweight Champion Shay Walsh joined the program ahead of his BAMMA 25 title defense against the former featherweight champion Tom Duquesnoy.

Pat Sullivan returned to discuss the main card of this Friday's CES MMA 34 at Foxwoods Resort Casino, and we were then joined by Johnny "Cupcakes" Campbell who is set to compete on that card.

Finally, Nick & Ty weigh in on:

  • The recent Jon Jones arrest and what it means for the Light Heavyweight title picture.
  • The debut of Cris Cyborg and what chance Leslie Smith may or may not have.
  • The legalization of MMA in New York and potential main events that could headline the first card at MSG.

Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy!!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

This week, we were joined by UFC Strawweight standout Randa Markos, UFC Light Heavyweight contender Pat Cummins, BAMMA Lonsdale Champion Alan Philpott, and CES MMA Featherweight Calvin Kattar.

Plus, Nick & Ty discuss a handful of the fights announced this weekend and look back at UFC Brisbane.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:24am EDT

It's a special 50th episode of the MMA Mad Podcast with a real championship vibe. UFC Heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic joins the show to talk about his upcoming title fight with Fabricio Werdum.

Max Holloway discusses being overlooked in the featherweight title picture and speculates about his next opponent.

CES Bantamweight Champion Andre Soukhamthath talks about his win over Kody Nordby and his inevitable call-up to the UFC.

Chris Curtis looks ahead to his CES Welterweight title defense on April 1st.

Marc Diakiese discusses his upcoming title defense against Kane Mousah at BAMMA 25.

Plus, Nick & Ty look ahead to UFC Brisbane, reflect on Justin Gaethje's recent title defense, and talk a little UFC 200.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_50.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:19pm EDT

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson joined us to discuss the announcement of Wonderboy vs. Rory MacDonald, as well as his media tour around Asia. Gunnar Nelson gave us his take on Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz and looked ahead to his upcoming matchup against Albert Tumenov in May. He also reflected on his history Coach John Kavanagh and the early days of his MMA career. Pat Sullivan helped us preview this weekend’s CES MMA 33 main card and reminded us why we should all stay #DStrong. Finally, James Lynch shared his experiences from his weekend in Vegas, including his coverage of the UFC Unstoppable Press Conference and UFC 196.

Plus, Nick & Ty break down UFC 196, look ahead to WSOF 29, and discuss potential matchups at UFC 200.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:54am EDT

David St. Martin joined us to talk about his career history, the daily grind of the MMA Fighting Morning Report, and his predictions for UFC 196. Then, Chas Skelly joins us ahead of his UFC 196 bout against Darren Elkins. Finally, Andre Soukhamthath talks CES MMA 33, Kody Nordby, and the plan for his fighting future.

Nick and Ty wrap things up by reflecting on UFC London and looking ahead to UFC 196, in one of the most anticipated fight weeks in some time.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:04am EDT

A little bonus content for our loyal listeners: James Krause, Marion Reneau & Ashlee Evans-Smith call into the MMA Mad Podcast ahead of their respective bouts at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy. Good listen guys. Enjoy!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

Brad Pickett makes his podcast debut to discuss his upcoming fight at UFC London. Pat Healy looks ahead to Titan FC 37 and reflects on the early days of MMA. Sam Alvey explains the real reason behind the happiness and positivity, as Arnold Allen and Chuck O'Neil preview their upcoming fights at UFC London and CES MMA 33, respectively.

Then, Nick & Ty discuss the free agent signings of Alistair Overeem and Aljamain Sterling, the revelation that Ronda Rousey considered killing herself after her loss to Holly Holm, and this weekend's UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

Raquel Pennington weighs in on Bethe Correia, Holly Holm, and her ambitions in MMA and beyond. Jeff Haddad discusses the timetable for his return to action and elaborates on his call out of CES Bantamweight Kody Nordby. Brett Johns and Steven Siler discuss their respective title shots at Titan FC 37, and Greg Rebello joins us to help launch his Pro Blog series and look ahead to his heavyweight bout against Keith Bell.

Plus, Nick & Ty look back on UFC Fight Night 82 and discuss the announcement of Ben Rothwell vs. Junior dos Santos, Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier, and Mighty Mouse vs. Henry Cejudo, as well as the recent legal trouble with Jon Jones.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

Shaun Al-Shatti joins the show. Honored to have one of the best writers in the industry join us to talk about his craft. Fresh off his Fight of the Night performance at UFC New Jersey, Jimmie Rivera talks future opponents, the importance of family and more. Kyle Bochniak runs through a wild back-to-back fight week leading up to his UFC debut. Brendan Loughnane talks Dominick Cruz, controversial losses, and climbing back to the top. Finally, Kody Nordby catches up with us ahead of his CES Bamtamweight Championship bout in March.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:41pm EDT

Tony Martin discusses his upcoming fight at UFC New Jersey and his training full-time at Sityodtong Muay Thai. Luke Sanders reflects on his Performance of the Night worthy submission win at UFC Boston. Then, London native Nathan Jones looks ahead to BAMMA 24 as he closes in on a welterweight title shot and a UFC call-up, while top New England prospect Peter Barrett discusses his fighting future. Finally, Nick & Ty react to the UFC 196 move to Fox Sports 1 and preview UFC on FOX 18, scheduled for January 30th. But first, we catch up with our old friend Matteo Urella who talks all things MMA in his home city of Boston, MA.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:47pm EDT

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson joins us to discuss his upcoming fight with Johny Hendricks. Then, Mickey Gall and Randy Brown from the UFC’s “Looking for a Fight” discuss their upcoming Octagon debuts. Finally, Andy Uhrich looks forward to his Bellator main event against Paul Daley and reflects on his troubled past. Plus, Nick & Ty talk headlines and UFC Boston.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

This episode is dedicated to Dorian Murray and the #DStrong movement! Honored to be a part of this in some small way. Amazing kid with an amazing story.

Mike Winkeljohn joins us to discuss Condit vs. Lawler, the homegrown Holly Holm, and the return of Jon Jones. Charles Rosa looks ahead to his hometown fight at UFC Boston. Alex Morono reflects on his short-notice UFC debut victory against Kyle Noke. And Chris Curtis looks back on winning the CES Welterweight Championship, then discusses what’s next for him. Finally, Nick & Ty get into UFC Boston, UFC 197, and the Nick Diaz suspension.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:34am EDT

Kicking off the new year, Nick Newell discusses his future as a cage side commentator & gym owner, Pat Sullivan helps us break down the CES 32 main card, and Josh Diekmann shares his thoughts on life and loyalty. Finally, Nick & Ty take a look back at UFC 195, featuring Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:17am EDT

This week, we are joined by Lou Giordano, weight management specialist to Johny Hendricks, Eddie Gordon, and Aljamain Sterling. Then, Rob Font discusses his upcoming fight at UFC Boston, fighting in his hometown, and more. Finally, Nick and Ty recap UFC Orlando, featuring Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

This week, Javier Mendez sounds off on the culture of 'throwing in the towel' in MMA, the mindset of the new UFC Middleweight Champion, Luke Rockhold, the true severity of Luke's staph infection during the fight, and more! Then, Nick and Ty breakdown the three cards from last weekend and look ahead to UFC Orlando, featuring a lightweight title fight between Rafael dos Anjos & Donald Cerrone.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

We are joined by the welterweight contender Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson to break down & predict the UFC 194 main card. Then, Nick & Ty go through the rest of what promises to be a monster event in Las Vegas. 

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:25am EDT

Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger discusses her UFC 194 matchup with Tecia Torres, fighting on 10-days notice, and more. Then Matt Secor talks main-eventing Bellator 148 opposite Josh Koscheck. Finally, Nick and Ty preview UFC Fight Night 80 & the TUF 22 Finale.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:08am EDT

In this episode, UFC Featherweight Jim Alers discusses his change of camp and his upcoming fight against Cole Miller at UFC Orlando. Then, Daniel Weichel dives into his loss to Pitbull and his quest to regain that Bellator Featherweight Championship. Finally, Lifetime 90-Day Body Transformation Winner, Danielle Nadar, calls in to share her amazing story with us. Plus, a brief recap of UFC Seoul and preview of Bellator 147.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_35.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Cortney Casey comes on the podcast to discuss fighting in hostile territory, UFC Seoul, and her Thanksgiving plans. Then, Nick & Ty recap WSOF 25, Bellator 146, and UFC Monterrey, along with a preview of Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_34.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

Josh Samman joins the podcast to discuss his passion for writing, the promotion he runs down in Florida, and his upcoming fight on December 19th. Then, Nick and Ty breakdown Rousey vs. Holm, UFC 193, Bellator 146, WSOF 25, and the TUF Latin America 2 Finale.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_33.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

BAMMA Flyweight Champion Rany Saadeh and SBG Ireland's James Gallagher join the podcast. Plus, friend of the show, Andreas Georgiou, calls in to give his thoughts on BAMMA 23 this weekend. Finally, Nick & Ty close out the episode with a preview of UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:39pm EDT

MMA Fighting's Chuck Mindenhall calls into the podcast to discuss his love for writing, some of his favorite feature pieces, and the need for quality storytelling in MMA. Then Gabriel Gonzaga looks ahead to his December bout against Konstantin Erokhin, while sharing his thoughts on the rising MMA scene in New England. Finally, Nick and Ty wrap up the show by previewing Bellator 145: With A Vengeance and UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_31.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:15pm EDT

Sweetbread returns to the show to discuss his upcoming fight against Kody Nordby on October 30th, as well as his fundraising efforts for his sister undergoing chemotherapy. Then, Matteo Urella discusses his writing career, his Nick Newell feature piece in Sports Illustrated, and his passion for subcultures. Plus, a recap of UFC Dublin with Ty Reynolds.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

This week’s episode includes an interview with Chas Skelly, set to compete at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson on November 7th, as well as one-on-ones with Bellator 144 competitors Matt Secor and Billy Giovanella. Then, Nick and Ty look forward to UFC Dublin and reflect on the careers of the recently retired Nick Newell, Rick Hawn, and Soa Palelei.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_29.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:58pm EDT

Stephen Wonderboy Thompson joins the podcast to breakdown some fights and discuss his fighting future. Then, Nick and Ty discuss everything from the TJ Dillashaw drama to the relationship between Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_28.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT

Nick Newell joins the podcast to discuss his upcoming matchup at WSOF 24. Then Nick Rizner and Ty Reynolds recap UFC 192 and discuss the unfortunate situation in Western Australia with Soa Palelei.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_27.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:40pm EDT

Javier Mendez calls into the podcast to discuss Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson, Cain Velasquez, Luke Rockhold & more. Then, Nick and Ty preview UFC 192 and take a look back at UFC Japan.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_26_FINAL.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:07pm EDT

Matt Bessette joins us to talk about his efforts with Justin Wren’s Fight for the Forgotten and his upcoming fight at Bellator 134. Then, Nick Rizner and Ty Reynolds discuss Bellator DYNAMITE, Titan FC 35, WSOF 23, and UFC Japan.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_25.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

On this episode, Nick Rizner caught up with UFC Bantamweight Frankie Saenz, set to take on Urijah Faber at UFC 194. Then, Ty Reynolds sat down with Tim Elliott ahead of his first title defense with Titan FC. Finally, Nick and Ty offer their reaction to Nick Diaz's five year suspension, as well a look ahead to Bellator 142, BAMMA 22, WSOF 23, and Titan FC 35.

Direct download: Episode_24_FINAL.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

Nick Rizner is joined by Ty Reynolds and Jon Paterson to discuss the future of the flyweight division and Mighty Mouse. They also take a look back at UFC 191 and a look forward to Bellator 144, Titan FC 35, and more!

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_23.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT

Nick Rizner sits down with the CEO of Titan FC, Mr. Jeff Aronson. Then, Ty Reynolds makes his podcast debut, as he interviews lightweight title contender, Rick Hawn. Nick and Ty close out the show by looking forward to UFC 191.

Direct download: PODCAST22.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

Nick Rizner does a solo podcast, featuring exclusive interviews with Titan FC Featherweights Steven Siler and Desmond Green; both set to fight on September 19th at Titan FC 35. He also reflects back on  UFC: Holloway vs. Oliviera.

Direct download: Podcast21.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

Jim Carroll returns to the podcast to interview surging BAMMA bantamweights Regis Sugden and Ed Arthur. Then, Nick Rizner calls in to recap T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao and preview UFC 190.

Direct download: Podcast20.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

Featherweight prospect Arnold Allen calls into the podcast to discuss his big win at UFC Berlin. Then, Nick and Stephen discuss Jose Aldo's rib injury.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

Dinis "Sweetbread" Paiva stops by The MMA Mad Podcast to discuss his nickname, his winning streak, and his desire to fight in the UFC. Then, in a special Father's Day edition of the podcast, Nick's dad calls in to discuss this week in MMA.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

Nick Newell discusses his recent fight against Joe Condon as well as his future with World Series of Fighting. Then, Andreas Georgiou of MMA Plus joins the podcast to help interview Rany Saadeh and talk BAMMA 20.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:16pm EDT

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

Matt "The Mangler" Bessette calls in to discuss his recent TKO finish of Josh LaBerge at Bellator 134. Then, Nick and Jim take a look back at Ronda Rousey's incredible 14 second submission victory at UFC 184.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Podcast_Ep_15_-_Matt_Bessette.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

Andreas of MMA Plus comes on the podcast to discuss everything from UFC 184 to BAMMA 18. 

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:18am EDT

Chris Fields joins us to discuss his time on The Ultimate Fighter, his reason for signing with BAMMA, and the meteoric rise of teammate Conor McGregor. Then, co-hosts Nick and Jim discuss Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch, as well as the Anderson Silva & Nick Diaz failed drug tests.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Podcast_13_-_Chris_Fields_-_Jim_Carroll_-_Nick_Rizner.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

After a brief hiatus, Nick and Jim are back to discuss the two Fight Nights from last weekend and the upcoming UFC 180 pay per view, as well as the recent hire of Chael Sonnen at ESPN.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:21pm EDT

Nick and Jim go through a stacked UFC 178 card and predict every fight from the first prelim to the main event. TUF 20, Hendricks vs. Lawler 2, and the release of Francis Carmont are among the other topics discussed this week. 

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

Episode 3 of The MMA Mad Podcast features a call from UFC Referee, Marc Goddard, who weighs in on point deductions, referee professionalism, and the upcoming UFC Dublin.

Direct download: MMA_Mad_Episode_3.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT