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UFC play-by-play announcer Brendan Fitzgerald goes 1-on-1 with UFC fighters to get their journey in their own words.

UFC play-by-play announcer Brendan Fitzgerald goes 1-on-1 with UFC fighters to get their journey in their own words.
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UFC play-by-play announcer Brendan Fitzgerald goes 1-on-1 with UFC fighters to get their journey in their own words.




Episode 7: Dan Ige (and my Dad)

On my way to UFC Greenville, I had to knock out this episode for UFC featherweight Dan Ige before his fight this weekend. My dad was in town this past weekend to help celebrate Father's Day. As we sat at the airport in Las Vegas, he gives a brief recap on his first live MMA experience at Dana White's Contender Series at the UFC Apex. As for Dan Ige, he is on a tear, winning his last three fights with two of those wins coming in the first round. He started fighting in Hawaii and decided to...


Episode 6: Al Iaquinta

After taking a couple weeks off, Fitz & A Fighter is back in a big way as Brendan sits down with UFC lightweight contender Al Iaquinta. After getting to the UFC by winning his way to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Live, Iaquinta has knocked off big names like Kevin Lee, Jorge Masvidal, Ross Pearson and Diego Sanchez. But his career took a giant step forward at UFC 223 in Brooklyn. He was on the bus that was attacked by Conor McGregor and was sitting right in front of Khabib...


Episode 5: Joe Benavidez

Brendan sits down with UFC veteran flyweight Joe Benavidez. Joe has competed at the top of the fight game for a long time and is still right at the top. His journey has been quite a ride from his early years in Texas to growing up in Las Cruces, New Mexico as one of three boys with a single mom. His love of competition but lack of size led him to being a standout wrestler. But during his teenage years, he also battled drugs and alcohol. After getting sober, he found a passion for mixed...


Episode 4: Jessica-Rose Clark

Episode 4 features UFC bantamweight Jessica-Rose Clark. In this episode, Jessica-Rose, or as many know her "Jessy Jess", reveals her childhood of constant travel, living on her own as a teenager and what the word "family" means to her. She then describes her first experience fighting and why it gripped her, which led later to her move to the United States to embark on her career.


Episode 3: Sayif Saud

Sayif Saud is the head coach and owner of Fortis MMA in Dallas, Texas. It is a gym that has really come on strong in the past couple years, putting a lot of fighters in the UFC. Sayif is a lifetime practitioner of martial arts as his father opened a karate school in 1976, which he still runs today. Sayif was a judo national champion as a kid, and continued to compete in martial arts until he became a pro MMA fighter. Listen to the interview to find out why his career was cut short and why...


Episode 2: Yancy Medeiros

While on vacation in Hawaii, I was so pumped to hit up Yancy Medeiros to see if he wanted to be an early guest on my upcoming podcast. He was game and it was so much fun to connect with him. I first met Yancy when I called his main event bout vs. Cowboy Cerrone in February of 2018. It's impossible not to like the guy... he has even made habit of handing out Hawaiian chocolates to media members during fight week. In this episode, Yancy tells great stories of what makes him the entertainer,...


Episode 1: Forrest Griffin

Welcome to my new podcast! I have been interested in hosting an interview-style show for a few years now... it started when I actually learned the principles of interviewing from a man named John Sawatzky while working at ESPN. Now, with me position at the UFC and my access to fighters, I thought it was the perfect time to get going. I'm excited to launch the show with a UFC legend. I sat down with Forrest Griffin at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. In addition to being a former...