MMA Dude Bro Podcast (sports)
On March 24th, veteran women's flyweight, DeAnna Bennett returns to her old stomping grounds of Salt Lake City, Utah for Invicta FC 28. There she'll face divisional prospect Karina Rodriguez of Guadalajara, Mexico's Team Lobo MMA.

During our conversation, DeAnna shares with us:
 • Her take on the controversy between Sijara Eubanks & Lauren Murphy, prior to her quarterfinal fight on TUF 26
• How one of her early fights, against a future TUF winner, inadvertently earned her her first nickname 
• The odd, yet pivotal, moment in her career where she decided that fighting is what she was truly meant to do
• Her proclivity for breaking up the monotony of the TUF house by providing impromptu 'lap dances'

...and MORE!

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Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_160_with_guest_DeAnna_Bennett.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

MMA writer, analyst, podcaster & semi-pro fighting scout, Schwan Humes returns to break down the main & co-main events from UFC 221.

Schwan & Ken also discuss the 'meritocracy versus fiscal reality' debate of both the upcoming Cyborg Justino title defense & CM Punk's 2nd UFC appearance.

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Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_159_UFC_221_Recap_with_Schwan_Humes.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

Veteran sports broadcaster Brendan Fitzgerald is one of the latest additions to the expanding UFC commentary team. Debuting in the summer of 2017 on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Brendan has since called live play-by-play for UFC events in Fresno, CA, St. Louis, MO, & Belem, Brazil.
During our conversation, Brendan shares with us:
• How the return of an MMA legend provided him with one of his first big on-air tests & personal UFC highlight reel moments.
• How being a part of the high profile layoffs at ESPN turned out to be just what his career needed.
• What attributes make UFC lightweight Paul ‘The Irish Dragon’ Felder such a natural as an on-air color analyst.
• His understanding of how MMA fans are always leery of outsiders & why that’s part of what makes the sport great.

…AND more.

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Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_158_with_guest_Brendan_Fitzgerald.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

Bellator MMA featherweight Shane Kruchten aspired to a career in the US Marines Corp, as early as the age of 5. A Purple Heart recipient some 13 years later, Shane would ultimately face enough personal horror throughout his adulthood (both on & off the battlefield) for someone of ten lifetimes.

During our conversation, Shane shares with us:
• how he was initially shunned by the Marines after reaching out to them during the onset of his PTSD
• how a botched suicide attempt was the catalyst for him to finding his true purpose 
• how the discipline of jiujitsu has served to help keep the demons of his PTSD at bay
• why he feels he's exactly the right fighter to hand the highly touted Aaron Pico his 2nd professional loss

​...and MORE!

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Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_156_with_guest_Shane_Kruchten.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:40pm EDT

A martial artist from the age of nine, Amsterdam’s Denise Kielholtz has successfully navigated a nearly 2-decade journey through the elite levels of judo, muay thai, kickboxing…and now MMA. Currently the Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight World Champion, Miss Dynamite is coming off the first of what she’s determined will be many impressive victories inside of the cage.

During our conversation, Denise shares with us:
• The reason why her recent MMA victory proved to be the most emotionally gratifying of her entire fighting career
• Why she feels judo provides children the with the best foundation to start out with in martial arts
• How she feels the need to battle against being labeled as just kickboxer with no ground skills attempting to transition to MMA
• Her entrepreneurial plans for once her professional combat days are complete

...and MORE!

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Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_155_with_guest_Denise_Kielholtz.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:28am EDT

MMA writer, analyst, podcaster & semi-pro fighting scout, Schwan Humes returns to break down the results from UFC 219.

Topics discussed include:
• The difference between what UFC sells about Holly Holm's striking versus what happens in the cage
• What challenge Megan Anderson potentially poses for Cyborg
• Does Conor McGregor even really fit into the immediate plans for the top of the lightweight division right now
• Why it's so important to beat the linear champion & how winning an interim title is somewhat of a curse
• How Carla Esparza's win against hyped prospect Cynthia Cavillo may have been the easiest result to predict on this card


...and MORE!

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Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_154_UFC_219_Recap.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

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!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_141_with_guest_Ryan_Ford.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

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!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_140_with_guest_Serena_DeJesus.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

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!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_139_with_guests_John_Salter__Mike_Sawyer.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:05pm EDT

This weekend in Las Vegas, TUF Nations winner & Pert Plus® spokesman, Elias Theodorou  takes on fellow TUF alum Brad Tavares as part of the Ultimate Fighter season 25 finale. During our conversation, Elias shares with us: how he’s been able to parlay his camera-ready looks into a wide array of entrepreneurial opportunities outside the cage, how he physically measures up against his upcoming opponent, how he’s managed to convince his parents that he (in fact) has a ‘real job’, how he handles the admiration he receives from female fans & fighters alike….and more.

PLUS: Dave & Ken talk UFC OKC, New Japan Pro Wrestling, TUF 25, the rebirth of Felice Herrig and generally travel down the rabbit hole of combat sports related potpourri. Hashtag, MMA Dude Bro!

Direct download: MMA_Dude_Bro_-_Episode_138_with_guest_Elias_Theodorou.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:37pm EDT