MMA Dude Bro Podcast

Bellator MMA featherweight ‘Insane’ Georgi Karakhanyan faces fellow contender Emmanuel Sanchez on January 21 at Bellator 170. During our conversation, Georgi talks about: his decision to stay at 145 despite previous plans of going up to lightweight, the bizarre situations he was exposed to growing up in Russia, his love of juicing (not the kind you think), his awkward relationship with former opponent Bubba Jenkins, how he overcame the darkest period of his career & MORE…

PLUS: Frank & Ken look back at UFC 206, Bellator 168 & UFC Albany. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_126_with_guest_Georgi_Karakhanyan.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:56pm EST

WBC Super Bantamweight & International Female Featherweight Champion, Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy makes her MMA debut on January 14 as part of Invicta FC 21, when she faces Brieta Carpenter. During our conversation, Heather discusses her experience working with Louis CK on his FX TV show, the weight that she voluntarily carries for the sport of women’s boxing, the sobering transition of training for a full MMA camp & the special relationship in her life that makes it all possible.

PLUS: Frank & Ken look back on the TUF 24 Finale, Bellator 166 & 167, as well as some of the wacky MMA-related events of the week. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_125_with_guest_Heather_Hardy.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:02am EST

Bellator MMA bantamweight contender ‘Baby’ Joe Taimanglo is set to compete in an anticipated rematch of one of 2016’s biggest upsets, when he again faces Darrion Caldwell on December 3 in Thackerville, OK. During our conversation, Baby Joe reveals some of the post-fight controversy surrounding the title implications of the first match-up, the changes he made for the rematch due to having a longer camp, the upside of being perceived as an perennial underdog & the expectations of potentially being the first athlete from Guam to be an MMA world champion.

​PLUS: Frank & Ken look back on the 2 title fights from Invicta FC 20, the main card of Bellator 165, as well as highlights from UFC Belfast & UFC Sao Paulo. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_124_with_guest_Joe_Taimanglo.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:47pm EST

MMA official Robert Hinds has presided over events for major promotions like Invicta FC, Bellator MMA, UFC & more, as both a judge & referee. During our conversation, Rob gives his take on how he scored the UFC 205 co-main between Tyron Woodley & Steven Thompson, the new rules taking effect in 2017 regarding eye pokes & grounded opponents, the pro & cons of scoring rounds as 10-8, the push for new rules regarding 12 to 6 elbows & the possible use of instant replay in the near future.

​PLUS: Frank & Ken discuss all the fallout from UFC 205, as well as Douglas Lima regaining his welterweight world title at Bellator 164. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:28pm EST

Comedian Jayson Thibault is the co-host of the #1 sports-comedy podcast, Punch Drunk Sports, alongside fellow comics (and MMA fanatics) Sam Tripoli & Ari Shaffir. He’s also a researcher at DirectTV’s NFL RedZone channel. During our conversation, Jayson shares his thoughts on: being raised by lesbian parents in conservative Indiana, being a part of comedy’s premier dojo (LA’s Comedy Store), his concerns about the new UFC ownership, Michael Bisping’s calculated title run, his budding bromance with newcomer Mickey Gall & much more!

PLUS: Frank & Ken discuss Nick Diaz’s recent appearance in Rochester (as well as Frank’s attempt at getting him to do the show). They also look back on Phil Davis’ big title win at Bellator 163, Tony Ferguson’s win over RDA at UFC Mexico, share their main card picks for UFC 205 and much more. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_122_with_guest_Jayson_Thibault.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

Lightweight sensation Kevin ‘Motown Phenom’ Lee has a pivotal bout coming up, on the undercard of UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, against Dagestani standout Magomed Mustafaev. Kevin has also earned a reputation as one of the most entertaining & outspoken UFC fighters to follow on social media. During our conversation, he’s at no loss for words when asked his opinion on fighters ranging from Al Iaquinta, Will Brooks, Conor McGregor, CM Punk & Amanda Nunes.

PLUS: Frank & Ken look back at Bellator 162, give credit where it's due to UFC's new owners, try to make sense of the upcoming Gegard Mousasi - Uriah Hall rematch, ​examine GSP's recent legal bluff and bid farewell/good riddance to former NAC commissioner Pat Lundvall. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_121_with_guest_Kevin_Lee.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:59pm EST

Kalyn ‘.50 Kal’ Holliday is coming off a tremendous pro MMA debut, at Invicta FC 19, when she defeated highly touted world-class kick boxer Tiffany Van Soest. During our conversation, Kalyn shares with us how her background as a Marine helped shape her work ethic as a fighter. She also discusses her relationship with current Invicta strawweight champ Angela Hill & how with the help of her coach/husband Chris, she was able to transform herself into the person she truly wanted to be.

PLUS: Frank & Ken look back at UFC 204, give Michael Bisping his due credit, bask in the majesty that is 'Heel Mousasi', mull over the state of the middleweight division and remember the career of the late Josh Samman. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_120_with_guest_Kal_Holliday.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:41pm EST

'Roast Battling’ has quickly become the comedy world’s equivalent to Ultimate Fighting. One of the master craftsman at this art is Earl Skakel, a regular at the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Earl finished 3rd in Comedy Central’s recent Roast Battle world championship tournament, that took place during Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. During our conversation, Earl discusses: the origins of roast battling, the similarities between it’s verbal violence & MMA, what UFC fighter he feels he patterns his roasting style after, his take on both the upcoming UFC 204 & 205 cards & the special bond he developed with one of pro wrestling’s biggest legends.

PLUS, Frank & Ken catch up on UFC Brasilia, Invicta FC 19 & RIZIN FF 2. They also discuss the plight of Cyborg, the UFC 205 press conference, the magnificent insanity of Charles ‘Crazy Horse’ Bennett & MORE! Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro! 

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_119_with_guest_Earl_Skakel.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:55pm EST

Former 3-time UFC world title challenger, Chael Sonnen is now the newest talent acquisition for Bellator MMA. This episode we look back at our conversation with him from last March, just as he was readying for an exhibition grappling match with now UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.  

PLUS, Frank & Ken recap UFC Fight Night Hidalgo & Bellator 161. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_118_with_guest_Chael_Sonnen.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:05am EST

After 2 back to back FOTN performances, followed by 2 back to back 1st round finishes...Cortney 'Cast Iron' Casey is ready to put the rest of the UFC's stacked strawweight division on notice. During our conversation, Cortney talks with us about splitting up her training camps between Arizona & Maui, the injury that ended her soccer career, her friendship with reigning champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, & what fights make the most sense for her in the near future.
 
PLUS, Frank & Ken look back on UFC 203 as well as UFC FN Hamburg. Hashtag, MMADudeBro!
Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_117_with_guest_Cortney_Casey.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:27pm EST