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MMA Dude Bro Podcast
32 minutes | Mar 18, 2018
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 160 (with guest DeAnna Bennett)
On March 24th, veteran women's flyweight, DeAnna Bennett returns to her old stomping grounds of Salt Lake City, Utah for Invicta FC 28. There she'll face divisional prospect Karina Rodriguez of Guadalajara, Mexico's Team Lobo MMA. During our conversation, DeAnna shares with us: • Her take on the controversy between Sijara Eubanks & Lauren Murphy, prior to her quarterfinal fight on TUF 26 • How one of her early fights, against a future TUF winner, inadvertently earned her her first nickname • The odd, yet pivotal, moment in her career where she decided that fighting is what she was truly meant to do • Her proclivity for breaking up the monotony of the TUF house by providing impromptu 'lap dances' ...and MORE! Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
45 minutes | Feb 15, 2018
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 159 (UFC 221 Recap with Schwan Humes)
MMA writer, analyst, podcaster & semi-pro fighting scout, Schwan Humes returns to break down the main & co-main events from UFC 221. Schwan & Ken also discuss the 'meritocracy versus fiscal reality' debate of both the upcoming Cyborg Justino title defense & CM Punk's 2nd UFC appearance. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
50 minutes | Feb 4, 2018
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 158 (with guest Brendan Fitzgerald)
Veteran sports broadcaster Brendan Fitzgerald is one of the latest additions to the expanding UFC commentary team. Debuting in the summer of 2017 on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Brendan has since called live play-by-play for UFC events in Fresno, CA, St. Louis, MO, & Belem, Brazil. During our conversation, Brendan shares with us: • How the return of an MMA legend provided him with one of his first big on-air tests & personal UFC highlight reel moments. • How being a part of the high profile layoffs at ESPN turned out to be just what his career needed. • What attributes make UFC lightweight Paul ‘The Irish Dragon’ Felder such a natural as an on-air color analyst. • His understanding of how MMA fans are always leery of outsiders & why that’s part of what makes the sport great. …AND more. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
51 minutes | Jan 24, 2018
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 157 (UFC 220 & Bellator 192 Recap with Schawn Humes)
MMA writer, analyst, podcaster & semi-pro fighting scout, Schwan Humes returns to break down the main events from UFC 219 & Bellator 192. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
41 minutes | Jan 16, 2018
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 156 (with guest Shane Kruchten)
Bellator MMA featherweight Shane Kruchten aspired to a career in the US Marines Corp, as early as the age of 5. A Purple Heart recipient some 13 years later, Shane would ultimately face enough personal horror throughout his adulthood (both on & off the battlefield) for someone of ten lifetimes. During our conversation, Shane shares with us: • how he was initially shunned by the Marines after reaching out to them during the onset of his PTSD • how a botched suicide attempt was the catalyst for him to finding his true purpose • how the discipline of jiujitsu has served to help keep the demons of his PTSD at bay • why he feels he's exactly the right fighter to hand the highly touted Aaron Pico his 2nd professional loss ...and MORE! Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
26 minutes | Jan 6, 2018
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 155 (with guest Denise Kielholtz)
A martial artist from the age of nine, Amsterdam’s Denise Kielholtz has successfully navigated a nearly 2-decade journey through the elite levels of judo, muay thai, kickboxing…and now MMA. Currently the Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight World Champion, Miss Dynamite is coming off the first of what she’s determined will be many impressive victories inside of the cage. During our conversation, Denise shares with us: • The reason why her recent MMA victory proved to be the most emotionally gratifying of her entire fighting career • Why she feels judo provides children the with the best foundation to start out with in martial arts • How she feels the need to battle against being labeled as just kickboxer with no ground skills attempting to transition to MMA • Her entrepreneurial plans for once her professional combat days are complete ...and MORE! Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
79 minutes | Jan 2, 2018
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 154 (UFC 219 Recap with Schawn Humes)
MMA writer, analyst, podcaster & semi-pro fighting scout, Schwan Humes returns to break down the results from UFC 219. Topics discussed include: • The difference between what UFC sells about Holly Holm's striking versus what happens in the cage • What challenge Megan Anderson potentially poses for Cyborg • Does Conor McGregor even really fit into the immediate plans for the top of the lightweight division right now • Why it's so important to beat the linear champion & how winning an interim title is somewhat of a curse • How Carla Esparza's win against hyped prospect Cynthia Cavillo may have been the easiest result to predict on this card ...and MORE! Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
26 minutes | Dec 26, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 153 (UFC Winnipeg Recap with Kurt Chase-Patrick)
BJJ brown belt & co-host of Combat Docket Radio, Kurt Chase-Patrick joins Ken on this episode. Together, they recap the recent UFC on Fox 26 card & also discuss the upcoming UFC 219 main event of Holy Holm versus Cris 'Cyborg' Justino. Specific topics include: • Why Colby Covington deserves a spot in the welterweight championship sweepstakes • Mike Perry - 'The Company Man'? • Future match-ups for Santiago Ponnizibio • Kurt’s personal experiences training with Glover Teixeira • Whether Holly Holm becomes the female GOAT with a win over Cyborg ...and MORE! Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
64 minutes | Dec 14, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 152 (Titan FC 47 interviews)
On Friday, December 15, Titan Fighting Championship closes out 2017 with it’s return to the Xtreme Action Park, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, for Titan FC 47. The card is headlined by a Featherweight championship match between Luis Gomez & Sodiq Yusuff. This episode we speak with several competitors from the event’s undercard, including heavyweight Steve Mowry, strawweight Thais Souza Nega & lightweight Demarques ‘Scrap Iron’ Jackson. Later in the show, we also speak with Titan Fighting Championship COO, Lex McMahon. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
118 minutes | Dec 6, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 151 (UFC 218 Recap with Schwan Humes)
Schwan Humes returns to recap UFC 218, the TUF 26 Finale & Bellator 189. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
32 minutes | Nov 28, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 150 (with guest Amber Leibrock)
Former Invicta FC standout Amber Leibrock is poised to make her debut on MMA's big stage, as she battles UFC vet Alexis Dufresne, at this weekend's Bellator 189. During our conversation, Amber tells us all about: the experience of being mentored by established WMMA veterans like Sarah D'alelio & Alexis Davis, how her coach at Combat Sports Academy, Kirian Fitzgibbons, has helped transform her both as a person & a fighter, the importance of using her own personal comeback story as a positive example for others...& MUCH more. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
30 minutes | Nov 21, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 149 (UFC Sydney recap with Dave Madden)
This episode, Ken welcomes Dave Madden from the website norcalmixedmartialarts.com to look back at UFC Fight Night Sydney card. Dave relentlessly covers combat sporting events, big & small, across the Northern region of California. Over the course of the show, topics include: 'BoomerangGate', what to actually make of Fabricio Werdum or Colby Covington going forward, the possible fates of Will Brooks & Bec Rawlings (both on 3-fight losing streaks), the ballyhoo over Bellator's proposed Heavyweight Grand Prix, former champ Michael Bisping's immediate return against Kelvin Gastelum...& MUCH more. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
37 minutes | Nov 18, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 148 (with guest Dawna Gonzales)
Dawna Gonzales is a BJJ purple belt under Master Eddie Bravo. She is also the co-founder of 10th Planet Women’s Self Defense & the creative force behind the jiujitsu culture collective known as ‘Mat Therapy’. During our conversation, Dawna shares with us: how one of the creators of an iconic TV show was instrumental to her entry into the world of martial arts, how jiujitsu provides the most effective & practical skill set for enabling women to defend against predatory attacks, how the efforts of people like Rose Gracie have created a blueprint for the success of female visionaries in the jiujitsu world, her take on whether more academies should adopt striking techniques into their regular jiujitsu training …and much MORE Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
33 minutes | Nov 14, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 147 (UFC Norfolk Recap w/Nick Rizner)
This episode, Ken welcomes the creative force behind the MMA Mad podcast (& companion website) Nick Rizner to recap UFC Fight Night Norfolk. Some of the other topics discussed on the show range from Conor McGregor's Bellator freakout to comedian Louis CK's fall from grace to actress Helen Mirren's desire to play Donald Trump on the big screen & much MORE. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
49 minutes | Nov 6, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 146 (UFC 217 Recap with Schwan Humes)
This episode, Ken welcomes the phenomenal Schwan Humes to recap the 3 world title changes from UFC 217. Schwan is an MMA analyst & scouting consultant who has helped develop strategies for fighters like King Mo, Claudia Gadelha & Oluwale Bamgbose. During our discussion, Schwan thoroughly explains why none of us should have been surprised by the 3 title changing finishes from MSG, including the one that actually surprised Schwan himself. Schwan outlines all the telltale weaknesses & errors that left each former champion ripe for the picking. We also go over what the next logical steps are going forward for each of the big winners & why they make the most sense. Schwan is very good at what he does & this is some of the best post-fight analysis you'll find anywhere. Hope you enjoy this episode. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
25 minutes | Oct 31, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 145 (with guest Richard Odoms)
Richard ‘The Black Eagle’ Odoms is a VERY busy man. The inaugural Legacy Fighting Alliance Heavyweight Champion divides his time outside the cage between being a gym owner, martial arts coach, husband, father and tactics instructor at the San Antonio Police Academy. During our conversation, Richard shares with us: his opinion on the importance of transparency between law enforcement & the general public in the social media age, the circumstances that led to his unique nickname, how the many responsibilities he carries serves as motivation for his fighting career, the full story behind his short-lived run on the UFC’s heavyweight roster…and more. Hashtag. MMA Dude Bro!
128 minutes | Sep 21, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 144 (with guest Clint Cronin)
BJJ black belt (& instructor at the world-famous American Kickboxing Academy) Clint Cronin grew up an avid fan of professional wrestling, comic books & computers. Little did he know back then how those interests would parlay themselves into an adult life that has taken him around the world, experiencing people & places that most would only see in a movie. During our conversation, Clint shares with us: how he feels combat sports (jiu jitsu in particular) represent the 'last honest jobs’, the reason HE feels AKA has become a scapegoat in the MMA media for alleged dangerous training practices, how achieving the rank of black belt served as merely a starting point rather than a destination in his jiu jitsu journey, how Los Angeles has gradually replaced the Bay Area as California’s MMA hub … and much, much more. PLUS, on this double-mega episode, Dave & Ken look back on UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh, UFC 215, GGG vs. Canelo Alvarez – and other miscellaneous happenings of the last few weeks. They also take a moment or two to remember the late great WWE Hall of Famer Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
55 minutes | Sep 4, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 143 (with guest Zach Freeman)
On June 24, St. Louis-area MMA veteran Zach ’The Altar Boy’ Freeman shocked the combat sports world by defeating highly touted prospect Aaron Pico in Madison Square Garden…on what was Pico’s pro MMA debut at the Bellator NYC PPV. During our conversation, Zach shares with us: how training at different gyms while on out-of-town business trips has been valuable to his bjj game, the exact strategic components that led to his victory over Aaron Pico, the satisfaction of gaining attention from media who wanted nothing to do with him before that fight, how his wife recently caught the competitive grappling bug...and much more. PLUS, Dave & Ken look back on the Mayweather-McGregor fight & the Jon Jones steroid bust. They also: speculate on the upcoming interim title bout between Tony Ferguson & Kevin Lee, contemplate the on-coming collision of milquetoast rasslin’ titans John Cena & Roman Reigns and MORE. Hashtag, MMADudeBro!
39 minutes | Aug 4, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 142 (UFC 214 Recap)
Dave & Ken look back at UFC 214. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
101 minutes | Jul 27, 2017
MMA Dude Bro - Episode 141 (with guest Ryan Ford)
BJJ Purple belt Ryan Ford is the host of arguably the most popular & influential online show related to the grappling arts, The Grappling Central podcast. Over the course of 2 years, his show has featured interviews with names such as Dan Gable, Dean Lister, Ricardo Almeida, Eddie Bravo, Randy Couture & many more… During our conversation, Ryan shares with us: the unique set of circumstances which lead to his rare interview with the elusive Master Rickson Gracie, how the daunting red tape involved with his Brazilian-born wife’s immigration actually led him to start his podcast, the importance of using his show as a platform to highlight the stories of ordinary people achieving incredible things through jujitsu, the emasculating episode that ultimately began his obsession with the sport & MORE… PLUS, Dave & Ken revisit UFC Fight Night Long Island, as well as marvel at the embarrassment of riches that is the upcoming UFC 214 main card. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!
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