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Combat sports regulatory lawyer Erik Magraken joins Fernanda for an in-depth discussion on the intersection of MMA and the legal system, how sexism may lead to more brain injuries in women's boxing than in men's, the obstacles facing fighters who want to unionize, Texas regulators, being a good corner and more. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other …
 
TJ Dillashaw surprised a lot of people--including your humble co-hosts--Saturday night by emerging with a split-decision victory over Cory Sandhagen in Dillashaw's return after a two-year JPD suspension. Did Tilly Dills actually deserve to get the nod? Ehhhh ... maybe not, but he still put on a hell of a performance. During this week's show, we dis…
 
Fernanda and Booboo are back from a glamorous Las Vegas vacation and ready to discuss the return of Misha Tate, the Makhachev conundrum, TJ Dillashaw's upcoming return from his two-year doping suspension, and more. (Did we mention get fucking vaccinated?) Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitte…
 
Miesha Tate perhaps benefited from some friendly matchmaking Saturday night as she returned to the cage for this first time since 2016, but she still made it look pretty easy against a retiring Marion Reneau, en route to a third-round TKO. The win immediately makes Tate a player at 135-pounds again. Will the same player-status ultimately be bestowe…
 
UFC journalist and all-around positive influence E. Spencer Kyte joins Fernanda to discuss Conor McGregor's tired act, MMA's intolerance of sore losers, seeking validation through work, and much more. [Note: Technical difficulties lead to the loss of our guest audio for this week, so we had to use the backup. As a result, things are a little noisie…
 
Conor McGregor broke his whole leg shit on Saturday night against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. The good news is, Poirier will probably now get to fight for the title while McGregor convalesces. The bad news? Yeah, depending on a bunch of factors, we're probably gonna have to sit through Poirier vs. McGregor 4 when he comes back. Also, Tai Tuivasa sto…
 
Reigning UFC Flyweight Champion Brandon "The Assassin Baby" Moreno talks to Fernanda about dealing with his new-found fame, the dawning era of nice guys in the UFC, maintaining his motivation after winning the belt, LEGOs, and more. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Talk t…
 
This weekend at UFC 264, Conor McGregor returns to the octagon for just the fifth time since 2016 to complete a trilogy with Dustin Poirier. At this point, we've got so little recent intel on McGregor as a fighter, do even hardcore fans know what to expect? Also, so the UFC went and pissed off new heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou by setting up a i…
 
Fernanda answers YOUR questions about everything even halfway related to MMA, including her pick for the next Brazilian champion of the UFC, whether Kurt Russell is an underrated action star, how best to annoy her new husband, and more. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Ta…
 
Broadcaster, MMA commentator, actress, and fitness professional Phoenix Carnevale joins Fernanda to talk about her history in martial arts, the challenge of getting a short interview right, being a woman in the MMA industry, and a lot more. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.…
 
Kind of funny that we all, as MMA fans, are going to look down our noses at these boxing vs. MMA crossover fights until we win one, and then suddenly we're out here in the street lighting couches on fire and ordering bottle service in the VIP. All jokes aside, however, Anderson Silva's win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. provided a nice moment "The Spi…
 
Fernanda and Booboo (aka Rodrigo Del Campo) talk their way through Embattled, a 2020 MMA film directed by Nick Sarkisov that stars Stephen Dorff as one of the worst human beings ever to claw their way out of a screenplay. Strong content warning for detailed descriptions of domestic violence and abuse. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts t…
 
Honestly, Brandon Moreno kinda stole the show at UFC 263, what with winning the men's flyweight title in overwhelming fashion while simultaneously seeming like the nicest damn person in the world. In this episode, we react to The Assassin Baby's win, the reality of Leon Edwards winning 24 minutes of a fight and Nate Diaz winning one minute and Isra…
 
Artist and author of The Fine Art of Violence Volume 2 Chris Rini joins Fernanda his life as a bookkeeper, the UFC's inability to promote its fighters, the tortured soul of the author, how unionization efforts are stymied by unlivable wages, and more. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in…
 
Israel Adesanya defends the middleweight title Saturday at UFC 263 against Marvin Vettori, in a championship fight that feels like it's happening just because. Does that make this a sneaky trap fight for Adesanya, who has already defeated Vettori once? Also, can Davey Figgs and the Assassin Baby have another slobberknocker? And are Nate Diaz fans g…
 
Gabriel Gonzalez, host of MMA Daily and Lead Correspondent at Cageside Press, joins Fernanda for a tour through heartbreak, disappointment, and loss (of varying degrees of seriousness) by listing their Top 5 MMA Heartbreaks of All Time. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Ta…
 
Author and journalist Chad Dundas joins Fernanda to discuss life as a father of three, his upcoming novel, what cruel fates led him to become an MMA journalist, the sport's transition to mainstream media, and more. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Talk to us on Discord (T…
 
Cris Cyborg battered Leslie Smith for nearly the full 25-minutes to retain the Bellator women's featherweight title on Friday night and the following evening Rob Font did something close to the same against Cody Garbrandt in the main event of a UFC Fight Night. We talk about those bouts and then take your questions on this week's episode of the CME…
 
MMA pioneer Julie Kedzie joins Fernanda to talk about her retirement from the octagon, her current life commentating for Invicta MMA, her experiences in grad school, who belongs on the MMA Mount Rushmore, and more. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Talk to us on Discord (T…
 
Charles Oliveira is the lion of lions. He weathered the early storm against Michael Chandler, won the vacant UFC lightweight title via second round TKO and then smeared blood on Dana White. Not a bad night at the office. Plus, what's next for the elite in the 155-pound division and will Tony Ferguson still be part of it?…
 
Rodrigo Del Campo, aka Booboo, returns for a freewheeling discussion of the latest in both boxing and MMA, including the controversial end to Billy Joe Saunder's bout with Canelo Alvarez, and the difference between wanting to kick someone's ass, and deciding to kick someone's ass. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twi…
 
There's no doubt that Bellator's Friday night event on Showtime was the best MMA card of the weekend. With MVP's whole-shit-broke KO win, Rumble Johnson having a fun one with Jose Augusto and Young Serg upsetting Juan Archuleta for the bantamweight crown, we packed a whole lot of living into this event. But with the UFC now firmly entrenched on ESP…
 
Podcast host, producer, and multitalented MMA mainstay Stephie Haynes joins Fernanda to talk about Randa Markos' disqualification at UFC Vegas 25, the breakneck pace of MMA media, the early days of martial arts on cable television, life as a woman in the MMA industry, what keeps her motivated as an interviewer, and more. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We…
 
Just two fights into his UFC run, it sure looks like Jiri Prochazka is closing in on a light heayvweight title shot. And hey, if we're being honest, anything that keeps this suddenly Jon Jones-less division fresh is probably a good thing. Also, Thursday and Friday nights are STACKED with non-UFC action and Saturday night is ... well ... what's the …
 
Fernanda and Rodrigo (aka Boo-boo) pull no punches in their spoiler-filled breakdown of Simon McQuoid's feature-length directorial debut, Mortal Kombat. How good is the soul sucking? Whomst's boy gets done dirty? Can Sonya actually fight this time? Find out! Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twi…
 
From seeing Chris Weidman's leg shatter against Uriah Hall's leg to a trio of stoppages--at least a couple of them fairly shocking--in the event's three title fights, there were a lot of mood swings during UFC 261. An emotional toll was exacted, you might say. If nothing else, this won't be one we forget for some time.…
 
Fernanda rides solo with a list of her own MMA pet peeves, along with a healthy dose of submitted irritants from you, the listeners. From the scared fighter trope, to Joe Rogan's commentary, to revisionist match history, to blaming everything on CT -- we've got all the greatest hits and more! Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Foll…
 
Given the assembly-line nature of the UFC content these days, you can't blame MMA fans, boxing hardcores and casuals alike for being interested in Triller, which is (if nothing else) EXTREMELY different. So, when that dude Ebenezer Paul knocks out Ben Askren in under two minutes, it's going to be kind of a big deal. We discuss that and look ahead t…
 
Martial artist, author and podcaster @StuffFromSam joins Fernanda to discuss the role of martial arts in the lives of Asian-Americans, MMA as a cultural melting pot, his own honest-to-goodness martial arts journey of self discovery, and much more. More from Fanbyte: Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at u…
 
Marvin Vettori defeated Kevin Holland in the main event of UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday, but it turned out to be the sort o fight that didn't really help either guy's standing in the middleweight division. Plus we talk about last week's efforts from One Championship and Bellator as well as look ahead to Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum.…
 
On this week's Best Camp, Fernanda makes her case for who has received the rawest deal in MMA, and investigates the claims made by a surprisingly vocal Twitter audience. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in good ways.) Talk to us on Discord (Talk to us and our loving community. Also we h…
 
Patricio "Pitbull" Freire advanced to the final of the Bellator featherweight grand prix Satuday night during that promotion's debut on Showtime, by choking Emanuel Sanchez to damn sleep with a quickness. Now, as he prepares to take on AJ McKee for all the marbles, how good is Pitbull's claim to being the best 145-pounder in the world? Plus, the "R…
 
Fernanda invites Fanbyte Editor in Chief Danielle Riendeau to talk about the site, volunteer EMT-ing, playing golf on top of planes, the eternal chud problem, and maintaining one's faith in humanity. There's a little MMA in there too for good measure. Fanbyte Podcast Network (We do other podcasts too!) Follow us on Twitter (Yell at us on Twitter in…
 
Francis Ngannou pitched damn near a perfect game on Saturday at UFC 260, stopping Stipe Miocic via second-round KO to claim the heavyweight title. By all rights, Jon Jones should be next, but somehow it feels like the UFC is going to screw us out of that one? So, what happens? A rematch with Derrick Lewis? A trilogy with Miocic? We talk our way int…
 
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