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MMA Dude Bro - Episode 143 (with guest Zach Freeman)

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...

Duration: 00:55:09

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 142 (UFC 214 Recap)

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

Duration: 00:38:45

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 141 (with guest Ryan Ford)

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...

Duration: 01:40:30

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 140 (with guest Serena DeJesus)

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 a role model for others...

Duration: 01:17:44

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 139 (with guests John Salter & Mike Sawyer)


Duration: 00:59:01

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 138 (with guest Elias Theodorou)

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 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...

Duration: 01:29:46

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 137 (Bellator NYC recap)

Bellator NYC recap

Duration: 00:54:11

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 136 (with guest John Gooden)

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...

Duration: 01:27:42

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 135 (with guests Ashley Cummins, Mike Simpson, M.D. & Eric Hultgren)

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...

Duration: 02:28:05

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 134 (with guests Chad Dundas & Mike Sawyer)

Lead MMA writer for Bleacher & 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...

Duration: 01:51:31

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 133 (with guest Desmond Green)

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...

Duration: 01:37:12

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 132 (with guest Colby Covington)

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 Años 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,...

Duration: 02:13:41

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 131 (with guest Ray Borg)

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...

Duration: 01:52:41

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 130 (with guest Justin Wren)

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...

Duration: 02:11:30

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 129 (with guest Adam Piccolotti)

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 with Adam before this injury & during our conversation we touched on a variety of subjects including: the myths vs. reality involving the reports of dangerous training practices at American Kickboxing Academy, the musicality of martial arts, the one man he’d...

Duration: 01:54:44

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 128 (with guest Shane Fazen)

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...

Duration: 01:34:35

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 127 (with guest Sean Grande)

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...

Duration: 02:18:07

MMA_Dude_Bro - Episode 126 (with guest Georgi Karakhanyan)

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 &...

Duration: 01:12:14

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 125 (with guest Heather Hardy)

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:...

Duration: 02:03:04

MMA Dude Bro - Episode 124 (with guest Joe Taimanglo)

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...

Duration: 01:47:23

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