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The MMA Mad Podcast is a weekly show hosted by the editor-in-chief of, Nick Rizner. Each week, Nick is joined by the top fighters, coaches, and surrounding figures from the world of MMA, where they discuss all things inside and outside the cage.

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    BONUS: The Top 10 TV Shows of 2021 (Disorderly Media)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 11:31

    Hey MMA Mad fans!! Please check out the latest episode from my television podcast with Disorderly Media and be sure to subscribe!! Enjoy!!   Nick is back with his Top 10 TV Shows of 2021! We've got some old favorites, but most of his picks are in their first or second season. Have a listen and jump right into a great new show.​ Follow us on Facebook​ Follow us on Twitter​ #TopTVShows #BestOf2021

    Ep.192: UFC 261 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 5:42

    UFC 261 is set for this Saturday in front of a FULL CROWD featuring three title fights. Kamaru Usman squares off with Jorge Masvidal for the second time with the welterweight belt on the line. Rose Namajunas attempts to take her Strawweight title back from the reining champion Weili Zhang. And Valentina Shevchenko looks to continue her dominance over challenger Jessica Andrade. Enjoy!!

    Mini Figueiredo vs. Benavidez II Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2020 10:11

    We have our third fight in one week as Fight Island marches on. We've had some great fights, some controversies, a few snoozers. But at the end of the day, I'm just grateful we have fights at all.  Enjoy!

    Ep.191: A Conversation w/Pat Sullivan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2020 40:02

    What's it like to run an MMA promotion during a global pandemic? Let's just say that it's not without its challenges. But Pat Sullivan and the team over at CES MMA are making the best of it. Enjoy! 

    Ep.190: A Conversation w/Brandon Royval

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2020 43:10

    Brandon Royval had a great UFC debut against Tim Elliot a couple weeks back. Fight of the Night and a submission win over a seasoned vet, placing him on just outside of the top-ten flyweights, currently ranked #11. He came by the show to discuss what he could've done better, the thrill of finally being a full time fighter and more. Enjoy!

    Ep.189: UFC 250 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2020 11:22

    UFC 250 is coming our way this weekend as the MMA world trudges on, featuring a fight between champ-champ Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer for the UFC Women's Flyweight belt. Enjoy! Killer Mike's Speech – Conan O'Brein featuring Van Jones – Token CEO featuring Trill Withers and Willie Colon – Michigan Sheriff Joins Demonstrators – Brandon Newman's Blog -  

    Ep.188: Catching Up w/Cortney Casey

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2020 28:59

    UFC 249 was unbelievable and we've got two more cards coming up this week. We were joined by Cortney Casey who is fighting on the May 16th card, as well. Enjoy!!

    Ep.187: MMA Is Finally Back!!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2020 17:01

    MMA is back and I'm extremely excited. Life without live sports has been bleak, to say the least. But UFC 249 marks the return of MMA and the card is absolutely stacked. I'm breaking it all down. Everything. Enjoy!

    Mini Main Card Preview: Fight Night Rio Rancho

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2020 7:11

    Breaking down all six fights on the main card, along with predictions for who wins and who to bet on. This is your flash preview of all things Rio Rancho. Main Card and Prelims are on ESPN+. Also, subscribe to The BattleHawks Podcast. Trust me, you won't regret it: Twitter: @battlehawkspod Instagram: @battlehawkspod

    Ep.186: A Conversation w/Mike Heck

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2020 55:39

    Long overdue, we finally had fellow New England MMA media member, Mike Heck on the podcast. It's about time.  This was a good one. Enjoy!!

    Ep.185: UFC 246 Recap w/Ratings Pending

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2020 42:54

    Jason and Daniel from the Ratings Pending Podcast joined me to recap UFC 246 and one heck of a performance by Conor McGregor. The king is back!! Enjoy!

    MMA Mad Podcast || A Decade In Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2020 11:24

    It's been a wild journey since we started this podcast back in 2014. So many great guests and experiences over the years. What better time to reflect on things than the start of a new decade? Happy 2020 everybody! Thank you to all the listeners who helped make this thing possible. And here's to the 2030 review being bigger and better. Enjoy!!

    Ep.184: End of the Year Awards (feat. Robbie Fox)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2020 13:05

    Knockout of the Year, Submission of the Year, Fight of the Year, Fighter of the Year and Event of the Year. The picks are in. Robbie Fox and I had just finished discussing HBO's Watchmen for The Disorderly, so he weighed in on UFC 245 as well.

    Ep.183: Alistair Overeem Re-Mastered

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2019 28:37

    I dug up the infamous Overeem interview form 2014 and re-mastered it... but I included the old, original audio as well. This is essentially a tech episode for all you podcast nerds out there. Oh and Overeem fights this weekend on ESPN.

    Ep.182: A Conversation w/James Lynch

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2019 53:39

    This week, James Lynch joined me to break down all things MMA media. And we do a way too early prediction for UFC 245 as well as the upcoming ESPN card.

    Ep.181: A Conversation w/Francis Ellis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2019 58:09

    This week, I had the pleasure of talking with Francis Ellis, formerly of Barstool Sports and currently the host of Oops, a podcast about bad decisions and the aftermath of such.  You can check out his stand up special, "Bad Guy" on Barstool Gold right now. And you should. Enjoy!!

    Ep.180: Overnight Solo Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2019 24:10

    I'm all by my lonesome this week. I look back at Joanna vs. Waterson, preview UFC Boston and take a way too early look at UFC 244 set for November 2nd. A #CMGPodcast Enjoy!!

    Ep.179: Keri-Anne Taylor Melendez & Cortney Casey

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2019 35:17

    This week, Keri-Anne Taylor Melendez joined us to discuss her big win at #Bellator229. She's still undefeated in MMA and looks better with every fight. Then, Cortney Casey returned to help me break down this weekend's main event between Joanna Jedrzeczyk and Michelle Waterson. Enjoy!! #CMGPodcast

    Ep.178: Alfie Davis & UFC 243 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2019 25:51

    Alfie Davis joined us before his upcoming fight at Bellator 235. Plus, Nick discusses UFC 243 and some recent fight announcements.

    Ep.177: A Conversation w/Cortney Casey

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2019 29:20

    Podcast favorite Cortney Casey joined the show to talk about this weekend's Strawweight title fight between Weili Zhang and Jessica Andrade. Plus, her upcoming fight, change of camp and more. A #CMGPodcast Enjoy!!

    Ep.176: A Conversation w/James Lynch

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2019 63:43

    James Lynch joined me this week to reflect on his experience covering UFC 241. We also dove into the start of football and hockey season and, of course, MMA Media as a whole. Powered by Pulse Cellular A #CMGPodcast

    Ep.175: A Conversation w/Daniel Brownstein

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2019 75:55

    No intro, no after show... just a full-fledged conversation about podcasting, media, MMA and, of course, UFC 241. This was a good one. A #CMGPodcast Enjoy!

    Ep.174: A Conversation w/Matteo Urella

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2019 74:46

    Matteo Urella is one of my favorite people in the world. We talked for over an hour and it went in a bunch of different directions; all great. A #CMGPodcast Enjoy!!

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    Ep.173: UFC 240 & Outside The Bubble (feat. Raven Connell & Monica)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2019 60:01

    My Fenway Fodder co-host, Raven Connell, joins me to preview UFC 240 and talk about some recent MMA storylines.  Plus, Monica returns to the show for a brand new Outside The Bubble and offers her unique take on Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar. A #CMGPodcast

    Ep.172: A Conversation w/Sam Alvey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2019 36:42

    Smilin' Sam Alvey is one of the happiest and nicest people in all of MMA. He's also a proven knockout artist with 18 fights in the UFC and a whole slew of big names on his resume. Sam fights this Saturday in San Antonio on ESPN. Enjoy!!

    Ep.171: A Conversation w/Liz Carmouche

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2019 35:45

    Liz Carmouche joins us for an update on her now-official title fight with Valentina Shevchenko. I also rant about how much I hate Dana White's Contender Series and recap UFC 239/look ahead to this weekend's Fight Night Sacramento. Enjoy!! A #CMGPodcast

    Ep.170: A Conversation w/Justin Sumter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2019 52:46

    I took a trip down to Fighting Arts Academy in West Haven to sit down with Justin Sumter ahead of his next fight. Justin is preparing for his return to Dana White's Contender Series, hoping to score a contract to the UFC. A #CMGPodcast Enjoy!!

    Ep.169: Liz Carmouche & Calvin Kattar

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2019 44:13

    We've got a double feature for you this week! First, we were joined by Liz Carmouche - the first women to ever enter the Octagon and the first mixed martial artist to compete in New York City. She fights again on July 20th and could be one win away from a shot at the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship. Next, we were joined by Calvin Kattar just days after his huge win against Ricardo Lamas. Calvin is now ranked as a top ten featherweight in the UFC and the future is looking bright. Enjoy!! A #CMGPodcast

    Ep.168: Raquel Pennington & Damon Martin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2019 62:42

    After nearly three years since her last appearance, UFC Bantamweight Raquel Pennington returns to the show. We dive into her recent struggles outside the cage and how they've translated to her recent skid. Rocky is fighting July 20th on ESPN. Playing co-host this week, I'm joined by the newest member of, old friend of the show Damon Martin.  Enjoy!!

    Ep.167: UFC 238 Preview w/Raven Connell

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2019 74:56

    One of my co-hosts from the Fenway Fodder Podcast joined me to break down UFC 238. Raven Connell makes his MMA Mad debut and it was a fun one. Enjoy!!

    Ep.166: A Conversation w/James Lynch

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2019 65:30

    Old friend of the show James Lynch joins us to discuss his new position with The Score and all the latest in greatest in the wild world of MMA media. We even touched on some Stanley Cup Playoffs talk at the end. Enjoy!!

    Ep.165: A Conversation w/Wonderboy Thompson

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2019 53:43

    This week, we were joined again by old friend of the show and Mount Rushmore guest Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson. We started off with a very candid conversation about his recent loss and his first time being knocked out, then continued to break down the Welterweight division and some upcoming matchups. Finally, of course, we wrapped with some comic book talk, discussing Avengers: End Game, Spiderman: Far From Home and the new HBO Watchmen series. Enjoy!!

    Ep.164: A Conversation w/Cortney Casey

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2019 52:34

    UFC 237 was pure madness and who better to join us than fellow UFC Strawweight and Mount Rushmore guest Cortney Casey. Truly one of our favorites here at MMA Mad and this week was no different. She also happens to be teammates with Jared Cannonier, who knocked out the great Anderson Silva in the co-main event to a chorus of boos. Enjoy!!

    Ep.163: A Conversation w/Bryan Lacey

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2019 87:12

    Longtime friend of the show, Bryan Lacey, returns to discuss the new and improved One Punch Podcast, now under the BT Sport umbrella. We get into UFC 237, Game of Thrones, and everything in between. Enjoy!! Presented by #CMGPodcasts

    Ep.162: Connecticut Super Cast w/Nick Newell, Dan Dubuque & Chuck Mindenhall

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2019 72:21

    This was a fun one! I traveled to FAA CT in West Haven to interview my old friend Nick Newell ahead of his fight at CES 56. Doubled up with Dan Dubuque who is headlining that event as he fights for the CES Featherweight Championship. Dan cross-trains at FAA and it was great having him and Nick on at the same time. Then I completed the Connecticut trifecta with's Chuck Mindenhall - the best longform writer in MMA. Enjoy! Presented by #CMGPodcasts

    Ep.161: Outside The Bubble w/Monica

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2019 40:19

    My good friend Monica rejoined the show to help me break down the two amazing UFC 236 interim title fights and preview the upcoming UFC 237 title fight between Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade. Plus, some housekeeping and news about our collaboration with Clovercrest Media. #CMGPodcasts  Enjoy!!

    Ep.160: A Conversation w/Matt Bessette

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2019 67:34

    The MMA Mad Podcast is back and better than ever! Backed by the good folks at Clovercrest Media, we're joined by featherweight Matt Bessette, one of the longest tenured guests on our show.  Plus, Nick breaks down the two title fights from UFC 236 and gives his reaction to the TJ Dillashaw suspension.

    We're Back!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2019 4:04

    We're back! After an 8 month hiatus, the MMA Mad Podcast has returned under the umbrella of Clovercrest Media Group. The first official episode is coming next week so rate, review, subscribe!! Happy to be back guys. Enjoy!!

    Ep.159: Final Farewell w/Cortney Casey, Matt Bessette, Wonderboy, DSM & Monica

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2018 162:00

    I spent way too much time talking about the podcast in this episode to reiterate it all here. So I'll sum it up like this: MMA Mad and the MMA Mad Podcast were a joy to work on. It was a passion project that Dale Jordan and I built from scratch. We poured our hearts into this thing for the better part of five years and created a product we were extremely proud of. I want to thank Dale first and foremost for giving me such an amazing platform to host this show. I want to thank the guests, the listeners, the friends and family who supported me and the co-hosts that have come and gone. I especially want to thank the Mount Rushmore guests - Matt Bessette, Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson, Cortney Casey & David St. Martin - as well as my perennial co-host and star of Outside The Bubble - Monica.  I've learned a lot from this experience. It's already opened a few doors and I'm sure those opportunities will lead to even more opportunity. I'm in this for life. I hope you enjoy this final episode and continue to follow my work. Enjoy!!

    Ep.158: A Conversation w/Justin Sumter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2018 34:09

    Connecticut's own Justin Sumter called into the show to discuss his upcoming fight on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender. We also discuss Nick Newell, the return of Brock Lesnar and some upcoming fights.  Enjoy!!

    Ep.157: A Conversation w/James Lynch

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2018 58:43

    Podcast favorite James Lynch returned to the show to talk international fight week, the recent moves by Luke Thomas & Ariel Helwani, and more. Enjoy!!

    Ep.156: Outside The Bubble w/Monica

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2018 46:47

    Monica came by the new apartment for the inaugural Outside The Bubble road show. She gave her picks for Saturday's title fights as well as the Matt Bessette fight on Friday. And we wrapped things up with a hearty round of Would You Rather, getting us one step closer to understanding how Monica's mind works. 

    Ep.155: Porch Podcast w/Matt Bessette

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2018 80:33

    I had UFC Featherweight, Mount Rushmore podcast guest, and good friend Matt Bessette over the house to record a little conversation on my front porch. We got mic stands knocked over by dogs, we stopped in the middle to take a picture, there were winds and cars and slamming doors in the background. It was perfect. Matt fights on Friday, July 6th as part of the TUF 27 Finale card. Make sure you tune in for that and all the other great fights that weekend. Enjoy!!

    Ep.154: Robbie Fox & Outside The Bubble w/Monica

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2018 75:41

    We kick things off with a brand new Outside The Bubble. Nick and Monica make their World Cup picks and discuss the Official 2018 World Cup song featuring Will Smith. We're then rejoined by Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports. We discuss everything from CM Punk and Greg Hardy to Conor McGregor and Nick Newell. Plus, as always, the inner workings of Barstool HQ. Finally, I did some commentary on the Chris Curtis fight for Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender. Watch along and hear my live reaction to his highlight reel knockout. DON'T RETIRE CHRIS!! Enjoy!!

    Ep.153: Jose "Shorty" Torres & Cortney Casey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2018 77:36

    We caught up with Jose "Shorty" Torres after his UFC debut in Utica. We talked about his fight week experience, his crazy weight-cut on nine days notice, and the wild finish that led to his first victory inside the Octagon. Mount Rushmore guest Cortney Casey rejoined the show to talk about the latest in her career and all the crazy headlines in the world of MMA. We break down the UFC 225 main card, fight-by-fight, and dive into the big strawweight matchup between Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza this weekend. Finally - if you're a masochist - you can listen to my live reaction from the quick Jimmie Rivera knockout. Needless to say, as a long time friend of the show, I was disappointed in the result. Enjoy!! 

    Ep.152: Jimmie Rivera (Memorial Day Mini Episode)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2018 24:30

    It's a short week, so we've got a short episode for you. But don't, worry... it's still star-studded with one half of the main event from this weekend's UFC Utica. Be sure to catch Jimmie Rivera as he fights for a #1 contender spot. Tons of beef in this one, should be fun. Enjoy!! 

    Ep.151: A Conversation w/Andreas Georgiou

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2018 49:43

    I sat down with longtime friend of the podcast Andreas Georgiou to discuss UFC Liverpool and Bellator 200 in London. Andreas is one of the best talents in the world of MMA journalism and certainly a qualified source to cover a couple massive UK MMA cards. I apologize for the brief hiatus and we'll be back with some more great episodes soon.  Enjoy!!

    Ep.150: A Conversation w/Bryan Lacey

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2018 67:46

    Didn't realize until I was typing the title but we just hit a milestone. 150 episodes. Crazy. I love this show and I love all the people I've got to know through it. Bryan Lacey is absolutely one of those people. Enjoy this fun conversation between a couple of friends who love MMA and podcasting. I had a blast recording it.

    Ep.149: A Conversation w/Shaun Al-Shatti

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2018 49:43

    Shaun Al-Shatti ( returns to the show to discuss some headlines, recap the fight week experience at UFC Glendale, and preview this weekend's card in Atlantic City, NJ. Enjoy!!

    Ep.148: James Lynch (Live from Brooklyn, NY)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2018 55:12

    Took a little road trip to Brooklyn to meet up with long-time podcast guest and good friend/colleague James Lynch. It was great to finally record a live one with him and there was plenty to talk about after a wild UFC 223 fight week.  Enjoy!!

    Ep.147: Justin Sumter & Coast To Coast w/Kevin

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2018 81:46

    Justin Sumter makes his first solo appearance. Give this man a fight! Plus Kevin Quinn rejoins the podcast for a brand new Coast To Coast. We get into the McGregor incident, the chaos surrounding the UFC 223 main event, and some gambling talk.  Enjoy!!

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