MMA Dude Bro Podcast

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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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!

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Dave & Ken look back at UFC 214. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

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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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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:31pm EST

Serena ‘The Southpaw Outlaw’ DeJesus is the current women’s bantamweight amateur champion of the Las Vegas promotion Tuf-N-Uff. She trains out of Syndicate MMA along side such names as Jamie Moyle, Jessica-Rose Clark & Roxanne Modaferri. During our conversation, Serena shares with us: how her mom gave her some nervous moments the day they both met Cyborg Justino, how she went from being an online fan to real-life BFF with teammate Roxanne Modaferri, her desire to be a role model for others living with the challenges that come with being autistic ….and more.

PLUS: Dave & Ken look back on Bellator 181, UFC Fight Night Glasgow, the MayMac Tour, SnoopCast & MORE. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

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MMA veteran & current Bellator middleweight, John Salter faces Kendall 'Da Spyda' Grove this weekend in Thackerville, OK as part of Bellator 181.
During our conversation, John shares with us: the myriad of injuries he overcame after his Bellator debut, what former Bellator champion he was scheduled to face twice only to have both fall through, his newfound success in the world of real estate, the irony of fighting an individual he's been a fan of since TUF season 3...and more.

PLUS: Ken welcomes Mike Sawyer back to the show. Mike was a former doorman at many of Vegas's infamous 'social lounges' & the former owner of Las Vegas Nutrition. He & UFC German commentator Oliver Copp previously hosted the popular Tough Talk MMA podcast. Mike helps us recap the TUF 25 finale & UFC 213 while revisiting personal memories/ stories of himself with Chuck Liddell, Phil Baroni, Roy Nelson & more. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:05pm EST