I have traveled the world training in Mixed Martial Arts and witnessed many of the biggest events while living in Hawaii and Japan. Events like PRIDE FC, K-1, Shooto, Superbrawl, Pancrase, Shootboxing, Contenders, DEEP, Rumble on the Rock, Elite XC etc. In this podcast I will be covering various subjects within Mixed Martial Arts and fight promotion talking to many of the people I have met over those years. Occasionally I will cover some topics outside of Mixed Martial Arts when certain opportunities come up.
Mailani is a friend of mine from Oahu who is a very successful Musician. She was part of a popular duo called Keahiwai in her early 20's and then went on to record Hawaiian music as a solo artist. This led to her winning Hawaii's Female Vocalist of the Year Award at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on two different occasions. In this interview we talked about her music career and her thoughts on deeper issues currently affecting Hawaii. Some of the issues we covered were the plight on Native Hawaiians, the protests at Mauna Kea and the struggles of Hawaii's economy during Covid shutdowns.
In this episode I had the chance to speak again with Leo Perrucci of Forza Combat Fitness and his fighter Jimmy "The Brick" Flick as he prepares to fight on Dana White's Contender Series Tuesday September 1st.
In the world of MMA betting, the name Joey Oddessa is as well-known as the fighters throwing the punches. Joey has been the industry standard when it comes to handicapping mixed martial arts, studying the sport since its roots in the 90’s through its meteoric rise in popularity in the 2000’s.
Having witnessed the evolution of MMA betting first hand, there’s no one with the experience and knowledge when it comes to combat sports like Joey Oddessa. In this podcast we discuss his start as a sports gambling bookie and the progression that led to him opening odessa.com in Costa Rica.
Clay Marrs is one of the very first submission grapplers in Oklahoma. He was an accomplished high school and college wrestler who found submission grappling through Mikey Burnett in the 90s and would go on to help train many fighters who had significant contributions to the fight scene in Tulsa. Guys like Tom Jones, Dave Heath, Josh Bryant, James Christian, Matt Wiman, Levi Schrock and others. In this episode we discuss his unique style of grappling, his vast experiences in wrestling and his thoughts on grappling and MMA today.
I first met Kevin and Christian Natividad around 2010 or 2011 training at gym on Oahu called 86 Jiujitsu which was led by Nova Unaio Blackbelt Paul Ano. Both of them were teenagers at the time but were already very talented and competitive. Kevin began fighting quickly and eventually Christian would follow along the same path. In this show they talk about their early training development on Oahu, their recent fights in the LFA and where they are looking to go in the future. We also broke down the Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier and Sean O'Malley vs Marlon "Chito" Vera fights on tonights UFC 252 card.
Raphael Santana is a guy I met in 2002 wrestling with the Yokosuka Naval Base team under Takashi Noda of Kiguchi Dojo and Jyoji Miyabe of the Japanese Maritime Defense Force. Raphael was the best wrestler on the team and the only one to be competitive with Miyabe at the time. In this episode we talk about his background in wrestling and get into a deep discussion of the sport and what it takes to be good at wrestling for Mixed Martial Arts.
Leo Perrucci is a rising Muay Thai and MMA coach in the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area who is the owner for Forza Combat and Fitness. He recently helped train Jimmy Flick to winning the vacant LFA Flyweight Title. In this episode we discuss his background and his philosophy toward training fighters for Muay Thai and MMA. Later in the interview I asked him to give his opinions on some of the fighters Jimmy Flick could eventually face in the UFC from a trainer's perspective.
Doug Korenic is a Veteran of the Honolulu Police Department that has quickly gained attention on Youtube due to his recent videos discussing the Mike Miske indictment. In this episode we dive a little further into his experience with HPD and add some further details into the Miske indictment and where we think it could be going.
In this episode I brought three previous guests in to break down the card. Adam and Shane have done some breakdown episodes prior and I brought in Danny to add some striking perspectives to the cast. Enjoy!!
Hunter Colvin is a rising grappler/Mixed Martial Arts fighter from my area that has competed in the Eddie Bravo Invitational, Combat Jiu-jitsu, Submission Underground, Abu Dhabi Trials etc. In this interview we talk about some of his early training development and his thoughts on competing in a variety of high profile grappling shows and his aspirations in Mixed Martial Arts.
In this episode myself and Adam Guerra give our thoughts on the incredible fight between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker. Adam also talks about his background in martial arts and his high expectations for his fighter Angelica Avalos as she prepares to start her career. S1DuNqOLv6cfQRGi1gM0
I first saw Danny Bennett compete in two wars with Jay R Palmer in Superbrawl 3 and 4 on Oahu. The first win was a vicious headkick knockout that people still talk about today. In this episode we discuss those fights, how Danny got into training Muay Thai and his impressions of what he sees in the sport today.
Michael Tsai is well known journalist and college professor on Oahu. Him and his brother have written for the Honolulu newspapers for over two decades. In this episode we talk about some of the memorable athletes he covered, his experiences in the difficult task of covering the fight game and his opinions on current affairs.
I first met Colt Amborn when I was stationed at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan. We were both training in wrestling at the Kinnick High School gymnasium. Colt has since returned to Japan and started some content creation on Youtube and Anchor with Dojo Ratz and the Judo No Mi Podcast. Today we discussed his projects, his background in martial arts and his life in Japan.
If you are a fan of A&E's the First 48 and have watched any of the Tulsa episodes then you know who SGT Dave Walker is by now. SGT Walker lead the Tulsa Homicide unit since 2011 until retiring in 2018. In this episode we talk about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the riots that have followed in several cities across the United States. We also talk about the recent disappearance and recovery of Miracle and Tony Crook in Tulsa. Later we get into the First 48's arrival in Tulsa and what it has taken to keep the show around all these years. In the end we discuss some of SGT Walker's most memorable homicides and unsolved cases.
Ryan Bow is former professional fighter who spent most of his life living and competing in Japan. In this episode we talk about some of challenges that taking this path created. We take a look back at his training development with guys like Frank Shamrock, Kenji Kawaguchi and others. In the end we take a look back over his career discussing some of the strengths of guys that he competed against.
Gerry Costa is one of the most well known figures in the Jiu-jitsu community. He has trained since the early 90s with numerous legends including Rickson and Royler Gracie. He also authored 21 books in the martial arts industry. Today he trains many of the top surfers in the world on the North Shore of Oahu. In this interview we go in depth and his experiences in jiu-jitsu, how he started writing for the Abu Dhabi Combat page and his insights in the surfing industry.
Kirik Jenness is one of the original pioneers of Mixed Martial Arts. He is responsible for the creation of the Fighter's Notebook which preceded technique videos and DVDs. He then went on to create submissionfighting.com (currently MMA.tv) which would become the biggest Mixed Martial Arts forum on the internet. In this discussion we talk about the creation of those projects as well his involvement in numerous other MMA ventures including the North American Grappling Championships and Brave FC.
In this episode I switch things up to do some UFC post fight coverage with two veterans of the MMA world. Shane Garrett and Adam Guerra are both guys that I met through the original submissionfighting.com forums in the 90s as the sport was just starting to grow. In this episode we break down both events in detail.
I first heard about Jake Heun as a local football player at University of Hawaii when I living on Oahu. Over the years Jake has fought and trained in numerous countries and has found a career resurgence in RIZIN. In this episode we talk about his development over the years and his goals as a fighter competing in Japan long-term.
Melchor Manibusan is a well known figure on the island of Guam. He is involved in multiple business some of which include his promotion "Brawl", his coffee shop "Coffee Slut" and his clothing line "Cauliflower Culture." In this episode I had a chance to talk with Melchor Manibusan about his extensive wrestling history, his opinions on wrestling for Mixed Martial Arts, his close friendship with Kid Yamamoto and what is like taking care of him in his final moments.
In this episode we discuss Chris Leben's time in Hawaii starting in 2008 when I first met him. Chris was brought out to be the Head Coach at T Jay Thompson's ICON Sport Gym. In this interview we discuss his thoughts on coaching and living in Hawaii. In the second part we get into the issues regarding his initial heart problems and how getting sober helped to overcome them. In the third segment we discuss bare knuckle fighting in depth and talk about the difference in training for this kind of combat vs fighting in the UFC.
Monte Cox joins the show to talk about the UFC 249 cancellation and his experiences over the twenty years of fight promotion/management. We also discuss his podcast with Jeremy Horn, the historical book he is writing about MMA and his battle with the IRS.
In this episode I take some time off from discussing martial arts while still connecting to my time in Hawaii. For anyone that hasn't been living under a rock the past few weeks you have all seen or heard about the Netflix series "Tiger King" by now. In this episode I had a change to speak with "Saff" who was heavily featured in the series and has been overwhelmingly well received as the most level headed member of the park crew. In this episode we talk about Saff's upbringing in Hawaii, life in the military and the difficulty of moving on from a life of Tigers and Chaos.
Antonio Graceffo PhD China-MBA, is a life-long martial artist who has been living and training in Asia for nearly 20 years. He worked as an economics researcher and university professor in China for seven years. Currently, he is serving as a senior program manager in Mongolia. He holds a PhD from Shanghai University of Sport Wushu Department where he wrote his dissertation “A Cross Cultural Comparison of Chinese and Western Wrestling” in Chinese. He is the author of 11 books, including The Wrestler’s Dissertation, Beyond the Belt and Road: China’s Global Economic Expansion, A Deeper Look at the Chinese Economy, and Warrior Odyssey. Antonio completed post-doctoral coursework in economics at Shanghai University, specializing in US-China Trade, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and Trump-China economics. His China economic reports are featured regularly in The Foreign Policy Journal and published in Chinese at The Shanghai Institute of American Studies, a Chinese government think tank. In this episode we talk in depth about Covid 19 and his martial arts background spanning over two decades.
This was a question and answer session that I recorded before the premier screening of "Tommy" at Circle Cinema in Tulsa Oklahoma. For those of you that have seen the movie "The Outsiders" you may know of Circle Cinema from the opening scene where C. Thomas Howell is looking at himself through the windows of the Cinema. Tommy is a documentary film about the rise of all of Heavyweight Boxing Champion Tommy Morrison. The guests featured were filmmaker Gentry Kirby, promoter Tony Holden and Tommy's first wife Dawn Hosterman Freeman. Some of the people asking questions in the crowd were well known individuals in Tulsa such as local businessman Henry Primeaux and sportscaster "Big Al" Jerkens. For those of you that are fans of boxing or Tommy "The Duke" Morrison in general you will enjoy this segment.
Jiujitsu blackbelt and MMA fighter Andy Wang talks about his experiences in China with the Coronavirus, training and coaching various fighters including UFC Champion Welli Zhang and his martial arts beginnings in Hawaii and California.
As part of my third installment in the Rise and Fall of Bellator under Bjorn Rebney series we bring on Christian Printup. Christian was Executive Producer of Fight Operations under Bjorn Rebney and Scott Coker for a period after the transition. Christian has a long history in MMA dating back the WEC days. In this interview we talk about Bjorn Rebney's move from MTV2 to Spike, some of the other players in the Bellator organization that people may not know about and Christian's background in the casino industry. For people interested in being involved in the casino industry this will be very informative.
I first discovered Jason Floyd's work while following Bellator under the Bjorn Rebney regime. Jason was kind of go-to coverage reporter for Bellator and did a lot of interviews with Bjorn over that time. I always thought he did great work but wasn't necessarily as recognized for what he was doing as some of the more notable media in the industry. In this interview we talk about how he got into covering Combat Sports, his introduction to Bellator, his website MMAREPORT.COM and his podcast of the same name. We then get into discussions of past UFC events and the Fury vs Wilder fights. We also discuss his feelings on Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and we he feels may be ceiling for the organization.
Coach Joel Kim is renowned boxer and trainer on Oahu who runs the Palolo Boxing Gym. In this podcast we discuss his beginnings in boxing and then get into talking about the Wilder vs Fury rematch and the McGregor vs Mayweather fight. Coach Kim shares his insights into what he saw from a boxing perspective and also talks about his work with Chris Leben during his UFC run. In this discussion we talk about the contrasting styles of Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing and how they can be blended for success based on the athlete.
Sean Wheelock is the current commentator for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. He also does commentary for the Roy Jones Boxing Series on UFCFIGHTPASS and Lethwei events. In the past he was the commentator for Bellator and PRIDE Fighting Championships. In this podcast we take a deep dive into his time at Bellator and the events that changed once Bjorn Rebney was let go and Viacom shifted into Scott Coker running the organization. We also get into his work at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and his involvement in writing the memoir of Art Davie titled "Is This Legal."
Darnell Mason has been covering Mixed Martial Arts as a journalist for 15 years as part of the MMAHAWAII.com team. He is currently a Chief Hospital Corspman in the United States Navy in Bahrain. In this podcast we discuss his origins/experiences in the MMA media that took him from covering small events in Hawaii to the UFC. For someone looking to get into the MMA Media this is good podcast to reference.
Ron Kayano is a successful businessman from Oahu who I originally met through training with Baret Yoshida. Ron is currently involved with Bail Bonds and Real Estate. However, his original foray into business was through a Mixed Martial Arts store called Adrenaline Koncepts. In this interview we talk about his background in training with Relson Gracie and Baret Yoshida. Ron also talks about how he started Adrenaline Koncepts and what kind of details a store owner has to deal with in purchasing and selling merchandise. We then discuss his successful restaurant business Aloha Crepes and some of his experiences through success and failure in business.
Jeff Sherwood is the founder and creator of Sherdog.com which was the biggest MMA website of it's time. In this interview Jeff discusses the creation of Sherdog.com, the people who helped him along the way in building his business, his close relationship with Charles Lewis (Mask from TAPOUT) and his feelings on how things have changed in Mixed Martial Arts over the 20 plus years that he was involved with his website.
Shane Garrett is long time professional fighter from the old days in Tulsa Oklahoma where I am from. In this episode Shane talks about his fighting roots, what it was like training/competing in the late 90's and where he sees the sport today. We also discuss his opinions on training in general and what newer people should be thinking about when starting out in Jiujitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.
Jerry Millen is the Manager of Fedor Emelianenko and was the Executive Producer of PRIDE's American Television product for 8 years. In this interview he discusses working for PRIDE, decisions he made to improve the product, some of his fondest memories of working for PRIDE, Managing Fedor Emelianenko and his dislike of Dana White. Jerry also discusses his thoughts on where the business is going forward.
When it comes to fighters that had an impact on Mixed Martial Arts in Hawaii you have to look no further than Jay R Palmer. Jay R is a legend on the islands who fought under the bare knuckle, no time limit, no weight class rules of the "No Holds Barred/Vale Tudo" days of combat in Hawaii. He was also the first star of the Futurebrawl/Superbrawl promotions created by T Jay Thompson. While being a star in these promotions there really is a lot know about him as a person. In this podcast Jay R talks about his beginnings in fighting, his battle with drugs and his desire to fight again one day.
Lincoln Tyler is another of the original Mixed Martial Arts fighters from Oahu, Hawaii. Lincoln was already a purple belt in the late 90s when you rarely saw many people of that rank in a gym. In this interview we go into detail about his training, his ideas about Jiujitsu and his experiences as a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter in Superbrawl.
In this episode Enson Inoue discusses the business of Shooto, PRIDE, pro wrestling vs MMA, the passing of Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, the struggles of the pioneers of Mixed Martial Arts and the Japanese Underworld.
Eddie is one of the original fighters to come out of the Mixed Martial Arts scene in Hawaii in the early popularity of the sport. In this episode Eddie covers his rough early upbringing which led to him being homeless at 13 and incarcerated after high school. Eddie also talks about specific details of his training journey from Marcelo Tigre to Relson Gracie and Egan Inoue. In the second half of the interview Eddie talks about his fighting experiences in various promotions such as Superbrawl, Tachi Palace Fights and the UFC. Eddie also discusses how finding God changed his life and his new gym venture in Las Vegas.
Justin Lawrence was one of the founding promoters/bookers of Mixed Martial Arts events in Australia. In this interview we discuss how he got started, the emergence of Australian/New Zealand based fighters in the UFC and the passing of Kobe Bryant.