MMA Dude Bro Podcast

The UFC's John Gooden, along with former world title challenger Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy, is a part of one of the most talented & ridiculously underrated broadcast teams in MMA...serving as both hosts to many of the company's international fight cards, as well as programs like ‘Inside The Octagon’. During our conversation, John shares with us: why he's put aside concerns about everyone liking him, why the sport of MMA has yet to be fully embraced by the mainstream UK, how his conversion to veganism shook up his personal life, how his years of training in various combat sports has influenced his broadcasting work & more...

PLUS: Ken & new co-host Dave Lee recap UFC 211. They talk Stipe, Joanna-Violence, ‘Knee-Gate’, Maia...ALL of it! Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_136_with_guest_John_Gooden.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:43pm EDT

Coming off an impressive victory in one of the most spectacular fights in WMMA this year, St. Louis police officer Ashley ‘Smashley’ Cummins has put the atomweight division of Invicta FC officially on notice. During our conversation, Ashley discusses: the competitive hardships she faced en route to finding a new home at 105 pounds, the difference between what the media chooses to cover about police work & what actually happens day to day, how the community of Ferguson has gradually changed for the better since the days of the highly publicized riots, the injury that almost ended her fighting career, her memories of a fallen co-worker…& more.

PLUS: Ken & Mike Simpson, M.D. (from the History Channel series 'Hunting Hitler' & the Sheepdog Response podcast ) talk about UFC Nashville, North Korea, fighters at risk for CTE injuries, Trump, Mike's friendship with Tim Kennedy...& more

ALSO (If that's not enough): Eric Hultgren (from the Way of the Warrior  & Incredible Hultpodcasts) stops by to help Ken break down UFC on Fox from Kansas City.

​Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_135_with_guest_Ashley_Cummins.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT

Lead MMA writer for Bleacher Report.com & co-host of the Co-Main Event podcast, Chad Dundas released his debut novel, the historical fiction piece, ‘Champion of the World’ to rave critical reviews in 2016. During our conversation, Chad discusses: how his hometown of Missoula serves as the arts & cultural haven of Western Montana, how growing up as a pro wrestling fan influenced his eventual interest in MMA, how some of the real-life athletes from MMA informed the development of his book’s main characters, the continuing efforts to establish an official MMA Writers Association & more…

PLUS, Ken welcomes Mike Sawyer from Tough Talk MMA & Wrestling Observer.com. Mike shares with us his own unique (front-row media credentialed) perspective on UFC 210 from Buffalo. They also discuss the controversy surrounding Mauro Ranallo's current status with WWE & the upcoming Bellator debut of Mike's old friend Wanderlei Silva. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_134_with_guests_Chad_Dundas__Mike_Sawyer.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

Rochester, NY native & former Titan FC featherweight champion, Desmond ‘The Predator’ Green makes his long-awaited octagon debut at this weekend’s UFC 210 in Buffalo. During our conversation, Desmond discusses: splitting his training time between Henri Hooft’s Combat Club & the Blackzillians, how he picks his walkout music, his choice for favorite post-fight guilty pleasure food, the importance of tape review & more.

PLUS,  Frank and Ken recap Bellator 175 and do an old-fashioned news potpourri. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_133_with_guest_Desmond_Green.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT

A wrestler from the age of 7, UFC welterweight Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington went on to become a NCAA Division I All-American & a two-time Pac-10 conference champion. During our conversation, Colby discusses with us: why he feels he should be the one to welcome former 155 lb. champ Rafael Dos Anjos to welterweight, what fighters on the UFC roster he feels have been ducking him, why he felt the need to set Joe Rogan straight after his win at UFC 202, his friendship with teammate Jorge Masvidal, his experience with both PRP & Ozone injection therapies for his injured knee, giving names like Robbie Lawler & Tyron Woodley all they can handle in sparring & more.

PLUS,  Frank and Ken recap Invicta FC 22, as well as look back on UFC Fight Night London and the main events from WSOF 35. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_132_with_guest_Colby_Covington.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:28pm EDT

This episode, Frank and Ken break down the main card of UFC Fight Night Fortaleza (Gastelum vs. Vitor). The winners, the losers, the inappropriate twerkers, ALL of it.

ALSO: One of the big winners from that card, flyweight Ray Borg, opens up to us about: his view on how he matches up with the rest of the division, his unique grappling style, the importance of being a positive role model, his love of archery and his weakness...for sweetness — as we look back on our conversation with him from August 2016.

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Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_131_with_guest_Ray_Borg.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

This episode, Frank and Ken try to make sense of the disappointing Woodley - Thompson main event from UFC 209, and the demise of the more anticipated co-main between El Cucuy and Khabib. They also recap the rest of PPV, as well as the main card of Bellator 174. 

ALSO: One of the big winners from Bellator 174, heavyweight Justin Wren opens up to us about: being bullied as a child, his drug addiction as an upstart pro fighter, reconciling his connection to faith and his personal redemption in opening his heart to the people of the Mbuti Pygmy tribe, as we look back on our phenomenal conversation with him from November 2015.

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Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_130_with_guest_Justin_Wren.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:43pm EDT

Bellator MMA lightweight, Adam 'The Bomb' Piccolotti was originally scheduled to face Brent Primus on the main card of Bellator 172, until a late occurring injury forced him out of the event. Fortunately, we were able to catch up with Adam before this injury and during our conversation we touched on a variety of subjects including: the reality involving reports of dangerous training practices at American Kickboxing Academy, the musicality of martial arts, the one man he would absolutely never fight, the grueling education of grappling with teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov and his staunch advocacy for rights of rescue dogs.

PLUS: Frank and Ken look back on UFC Fight Night Halifax, as well as Bellator 172. They'll also try to find out what Dracula, Tom Arnold and Fred Flintstone could possibly have in common. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_129_with_guest_Adam_Piccolotti.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

YouTube entrepreneur & professional striking coach, Shane Fazen is recognizable to many MMA fans as the guy who nervously tries to get between Bellator fighters Josh Thompson & Bobby Lashley as they prepare to battle over the same plate of nachos in the ubiquitous commercial for Dave & Busters. Turns out, there’s many layers to this modern-day self-made success story. During our conservation, Shane opens up about: his background growing up on the mean streets of Philadelphia, the surreal experience surrounding his first professional muay thai fight in Thailand, the practical application for a product called ‘Gorilla Snot’, the art of pea cocking  and much, much more.

PLUS: Frank & Ken look back at Bellator 170. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

 

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_128_with_guest_Shane_Fazen.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:40am EDT

Since his installation as Bellator MMA's play-by-play commentator, accomplished mainstream sportscaster Sean Grande has endured a full immersion into the enthralling and often quirky universe of professional mixed martial arts. During our conversation, Sean spoke candidly with us on a number of topics including: the backlash he received from MMA fans regarding his replacing of Sean Wheelock, the irrefutable connection between MMA & pro wrestling, the UFC broadcast habit that he feels 'can't sound any dumber' & MUCH MORE…

PLUS: Frank & Ken look back at UFC Fight Night Phoenix & Invicta FC 21. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_127_with_guest_Sean_Grande.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:45pm EDT