James "Mooka" Barnes joins the guys on this week's podcast to talk about his upcoming bout at Bellator 228, the history he has with his opponent, and his love for fighting.
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Matt and catch up on the news of the new UFC strawweight champions and Cris Cyborg signing with Bellator MMA. They also look ahead at the weekend's big events with UFC 242 and Bellator 226. BONUS: Bellator 229's Derek Anderson talks about his return to fighting after surviving a car accident that kept him out of action.
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With Matt away, Sherdog's Ben Duffy fills in and talks about Bellator 225 with Ed, and how finishes and decisions can make or break a great fight. They also talk about the Conor McGregor interview from last week and speculate on the motivation behind it happening. Keeping with the Sherdog theme, Ed Interviewed Tywan Claxton when it was announced he'd be in the featherweight Grand Prix and the audio from that can be heard in this episode.
Jake Smith (7-2) joins Matt and Ed to talk about his upcoming fight with Adam Piccolotti (11-3) at Bellator 226 in San Jose, CA. He talks about what got him into training, how he got some well known fighters into MMA, and what it's like having someone like Chael Sonnen help him through his career.
Matt was in house for UFC 241 and talks about it with Ed who elaborates on some of his takeaways from the event. They also take a look at the east coast action for Bellator 225 this weekend. If you would like to check out the full 7 takeaways article you can read it here: https://www.mmanews.com/7-takeaways-from-ufc-241/
Karl Reed (6-1) talks to Matt and Ed about his upcoming bout on Dana White's Contender Series which is on August 13. He talks about how he got into fighting, his preparation for competition and training with the Thompson's at Upstate Karate.
Daniel Zaldivar of The Last Round podcast returns to talk the latest boxing news including the passing of Pernell Whitaker, and the upcoming #PacquiaoThurman pay-per-view. We also recap the return of Uriah Faber and breakdown the UFC on ESPN 4 card for the weekend. #UFCSanAntonio The Last Round Podcast: https://audioboom.com/channels/4970525
Matt and Ed recap the event from Minneapolis and at the UFC's International Fight Week's evolution from the Zuffa era to what it is now. They also make their picks for UFC 239 with a change in format by getting a rant from Ed for once. BONUS: Chad George interview with Sherdog on his last fight at Lights Out Xtreme Fighting (LXF) which falls on the same night as UFC 239. It will be George's retirement bout at LXF2.
Matt and Ed recap the stacked Bellator 222 card and look ahead at the upcoming Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event in Tampa, FL (BKFC6). Also, Matt comes in hot on a rant on come comments regarding Chael Sonnen's retirement after he gushes over the return of Fedor Emelianenko. You can support this podcast by shopping on Amazon through Ed's link or using any of the support links you see on the Youtube channel.
After Matt and Ed recap UFC 238, they look at the main card for Bellator 222. Ed also had a chance to talk to two New Jersey main card fighters from the event; Bellator bantamweight champ, Darrion Caldwell who faces Kyoji Horiguchi and Ricky Bandejas who is facing the undefeated Patrick Mix. Make sure you buy us a coffee| https://ko-fi.com/blogboardjungle
June is hot and the fights are hotter, this week Matt and Ed talk about Andy Ruiz Jr's big win in boxing and do their picks for UFC 238. Also, Fernando Gonzalez who faces Elias Silverio at ACA 96 drops in to talk about his fight camp and how he's preparing for his opponent.
Matt and Ed do a quick recap of Polaris 10 and Virgil Zwicker returns to talk about his upcoming bout, June 8 with Oktagon MMA where he faces Atilla Vegh. He catches us up on his gym and fight time as well. #Oktagon #MMA
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Matt and Ed comment in the PFL's second season and talk about Polaris 10 on UFC Fight Pass this Saturday. Matt was able to speak with Leigh Remedios who faces Caol Uno during the main card portion of Polaris 10. They talk about the event, jiu-jitsu and the aging grappler.
Matt and Ed recap Bellator 221 and UFC 237 in Brazil. They talk about the knockouts, the slams, and the legends that lsot over the weekend. They also do some picks for the UFC event in Rochester for the coming weekend.
Undefeated featherweight Natan Levy (3-0) joins Matt and Ed to talk about his upcoming bout with Frank Meno at LFA 69 on June 7. He also gives us some background on how he got into MMA with his roots in karate and kung-fu before transitioning into BJJ and putting it all together. Levy calls his fight with Meno his toughest test to date but knows he is on the UFC's radar.
Matt Marsden returns to the podcast to share some updated stories from his travels in combat sports. He also talks about his take on the bare knuckle boxing buzz and helps them breakdown some fights for UFC 236.
Matt and Ed recap the heavy combat sports weekend by recapping Bellator 219 and the UFC Philadelphia card. Also, Ed was at the BKFC media day when the scuffle happened between Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov. Ed got to speak to Lobov and BKFC Head of Fighter Relations Anthony "Rumble" Johnson after it happened and included the audio in this podcast.
Matt returns from Nashville to discuss the aftermath of Pettis vs. Thompson but before that, he and Ed discuss the news of McGregor announcing his retirement. They also talk about ESPN and DAZN's new strategy to lure money from fight fans pockets and offer predictions for Bellator 219 and the UFC card in Philadelphia.
Litecoin Foundation Director, David Schwartz and Litecoin Evangelist and former fighter John Kim join Ed on this solo podcast while Matt Makes his way to Nashville. The gentleman from Litecoin talk about why they chose combat sports to raise awareness about the cryptocurrency, the benefits of Litecoin, and where they hope their partnerships with the UFC and Glory kickboxing will take the awareness of Litecoin in the future.
Saad Awad joins Matt and Ed after they talk about recent events in MMA from UFC fights to McGregor. Awad comes in at the midway point to let us know how his Bellator 219 main event came to be, his attitude for a successful MMA career and how he wants in on the RIZIN vs. Bellator card when it happens.
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Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson joins Matt and Ed to talk about his upcoming bout with Anthony Pettis at UFC on ESPN+ 6 March 23. He also talks about his place in the 170 pound division after the title changed hands at UFC 235, his family's new training facility in South Carolina, and growing up with karate.
Gilbert "Durinho" Burns talks about his upcoming combat grappling super fight against UFC vet, Gleison Tibau at Titan FC 53, March 15 on UFC Fight Pass. He also talks about how he stays ready, fighting near home, and possibly getting on the UFC on ESPN+ 3 card April 27. He also gives some of his picks for tonight's UFC 235.
Matt and Ed are joined by Nolan King where they do a quick recap of UFC 234 and take a look at Bellator's double header with Bellator 215 & 216. They also do give their picks for the UFC's first ESPN Fight Night card from Phoenix.
Mason Iacobellis returns to talk about his training, his upcoming Feb 22 bout and his coach, Sam Alvey who fights this weekend at UFC 234. Also, Ed talks with Bellator and BAMMA lightweight Anthony "Pretty Boy" Taylor who wants to welcome Artem Lobov to Bellator if he signs with them.
Matt and Ed give a quick recap of how things went in Brooklyn for the UFC and give some predictions for Bellator 214. Ed also spoke to one half of Karate Combat: Hollywood's co-main event Abdalla Ibrahim about his upcoming fight in Cali.
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Combat sports is picking up with a New York state of mind. The UFC returns to Brooklyn and Matt and Ed preview that card as well as give some thoughts on what to expect with ESPN. Also, fighting out of New York next week at the Karate Combat: Hollywood event Elhadji Ndour talks about karate and how it fits into today's combat sports world.
Ed and Matt went through a lot of MMA at the end of 2018. Matt was at UFC 232 to see some surprising fights in the last event of 2018 for the promotion, then pulled an all-nighter for RIZIN 14. Meanwhile, Ed was covering the PFL Championship in New York City on New Year's Eve. Listen to the recap of it all.
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The MMA Community forum's resident BJJ guru, Ray Robles returns to discuss the drama that went down at the IBJJF No-Gi Worlds and the current state of the grappling circuit. He also joins Matt and Ed in previewing UFC 232 and RIZIN 14.
Matt and Ed look back at UFC 231 and the blessed express outcome as well as all the other combat sports that went down that weekend. As December brings heavy fight weekends they take a look at the upcoming Bellator double header in Hawaii and UFC Milwaukee.
Angelo Reyes returns to talk about the Wilder/Fury aftermath, give his take on what Floyd Mayweather Jr is doing against Tenshin Nasukawak on New Year's Eve and talk about a cause that is near and dear to him.
Uri returns to help Matt and Ed do the main card predictions for #UFC231. Also some quick notes about the big fight weekend last weekend with two Bellator events, two UFC events and a heavyweight boxing match.
Mat was on deck at the first Golden Boy MMA event; Liddell vs. Ortiz 3. We talk about the night, the crowd, a brief recap of UFC Beijing and a look at the upcoming weekend's fights. Amazon Store link: https://www.amazon.com/shop/carbazel
Matt and Ed recap Bellator 209, UFC Argentina and look at Liddell Ortiz 3 and try to figure out the Mayweather/Tenshin deal with RIZIN.
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Matt and Ed catch up with A.J. Matthews who fights for Bellator MMA. He talks about how he got into fighting, his experiences fighting overseas, and where he sees himself in Bellator's welterweight division.
Matt and Ed recap PFL 10 and all the "MAGOMED" involved as well as look ahead at the upcoming UFC cards. Ed speaks with one of the technological innovators at Quadrant Biosciences and what they're doing to help catch CTE in combat sports.
Matt rubs Fedor's victory in Ed's face while they look at what happened over back to back events. Also, Ed got coincidentally got his copy of "Before a Fall: A History of Pride Fighting Championships" just before watching the heavyweight grand prix come to an end and gives his first impressions of the book. Also, the author himself Lee Daly drops in to give his Bellator 208 impressions and how Fedor fighting the same week as the book release was a happy coincidence.
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Matt and Ed look at the UFC 229 fight card and discuss the recent news of UFC 230 finally having a main event. Also Uri of the MMA Community site drops in to talk Bellator 206. Not for the kiddies this episode.
The co-founder and co-owner of the MMA Community forum, whom user's know as "Wild", jumps on to talk about ups and downs of running an MMA forum and discuss Bellator 205, 206, UFC Sao Paolo and what's going on with UFC 230.
Boxing correspondent Daniel Zaldivar jumps on the podcast to talk about Canelo/ GGG 2 and his new podcast, "The Last Round" which he co-hosts with Michael Shepherd. They also discuss other recent rumblings from the Marquess of Queensberry rule-set in combat sports.
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Mason joins Matt and Ed to talk about his recent win over at Epic Fighting last month and his journey in MMA. Also, the three of them will remark on what happened at UFC 228 and what seems to be ahead for the remainder of the year.
Matt and Ed give thoughts and predictions for UFC 228 and speculate about UFC 230.
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Matt and Ed speak with Lee Daly who has researched and interviewed a lot of people to produce a book about Pride Fighting Championships. If you have been following MMA as long as Matt and Ed have, this book and episode is for you.
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Matt and Ed are joined by Mike Pendleton who contributes with Ed over at MyMMANews.com as well as BJPenn.com and Combat Press. He also co-hosts his own podcast and stays up to date on all the recent MMA that has gone on outside of the UFC. We talk about the upcoming UFC Lincoln event and what MMA fighters and promotions can do to grow the sport even more.
Virgil Zwicker returns to update us on his fight schedule and Matt and Ed look at the fights that happened during a UFC free weekend. Also, Matt recaps this past weekend's RIZIN event and Ed will be busy with PFL 6 on the east coast.
After a big 4th of July weekend's worth of fights and drama, Matt and Ed speak with Dr. Jon Lucas, a martial artist, and ringside physician about weight cutting, Max Holloway, and health in combat sports. BONUS INTERVIEW at the 47 mark. Up and coming flyweight Erin Blanchfield (1-0) speaks on her upcoming Invicta FC 30 debut on 7/21.
Busy week on both coasts for Matt and Ed. Matt was at EBI Sunday in Cali, Ed was at the Bellator press conference in NYC and Matt will be at Bellator 201 this Friday. Big Bellator week and lots to talk about.
Matt and Ed are joined by author Dave Greenberg whose book "Sit Down, Shut Up, You're Going to Win This Thing" just made Amazon's best sellers list. Greenberg is also a former MMA fighter and an old training partner of Ed's.
He's broke a lot of news on The Contender Series line-ups and does a lot of work keeping fight fans informed of what's up next in the MMA world. Nolan King joins the guys this week on the podcast to talk Contender Series news and what he saw when he covered the UFC event in Utica New York.
Jon Jones shares his name with UFC fighter, Jon "Bones" Jones join Matt and Ed to talk about how a case of mistaken identity and trolling became one of the most positive experiences in his life. He also lets us know who Jon Jones really is while having a few laughs with the Coast 2 Coast Combat Hour guys.
Matt Marsden who works as a cut man in Combat Sports talks with Ed and Matt about the business of working fights in his trade and shares some interesting stories. They also give some predictions on the weekend's fights at Bellator 199 and UFC 224
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and coach Ray Robles joins Matt & Ed to talk about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's influence on MMA and its current place in the sport. They also recap some of the fights from UFC Glendale.
Angelo Reyes joins Mat and Ed to talk about prepping Frank Mir for Fedor Emelianenko for the next round of the heavyweight tournament, transitioning from boxing to MMA and helps break down the main and co-main event of UFC 223.