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Jimmy Smith is former MMA fighter, the current voice of WWE RAW, and the host of Unlocking the Cage on SiriusXM Fight Nation. Join Jimmy Smith as he guides you through the crazy world of combat sports, talks to some of the biggest names in the sport, and breaks down all the biggest stories happening inside and outside of the cage. Hear the full show weekdays from 2-5pm Eastern on SiriusXM Fight Nation Channel 156 or anytime you want on the SXM App.

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    • Oct 4, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Latest episodes from Unlocking The Cage with Jimmy Smith

    Anthony & RJ / Jimmy & Ryan | Rashad Evans & Cormier's WWE Debut

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 36:56


    RJ Clifford & Anthony Smith speak to UFC hall of famer, Rashad Evans, to recap UFC Vegas 61 potentially coaching Anthony for his next fight on MMA Today (0:34). Plus on Unlocking The Cage, Jimmy Smith and Ryan McKinnell discuss Daniel Cormier's introduction to WWE last night on RAW for his guest referee appearance for Riddle vs Seth 'Freakin' Rollins this weekend at Extreme Rules (18:26).

    Din Thomas | Dustin Jacoby Joins The Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 28:35


    Din Thomas catches up with UFC Light-heavyweight, Dustin Jacoby to discuss his upcoming fight with Khalil Rountree on October 25th(0:21). Plus, Din discusses an amazing moment of Jon Anik keeping it real during the UFC Vegas 61 broadcast (19:45).

    Jimmy Smith | Bo Nickal Joins The Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 30:48


    Jimmy Smith is joined by the UFC's newest signee, Bo Nickal, to discuss his wins on Dana White's Contender Series, earning a UFC contract and his place in the middleweight division, PLUS, Jimmy discusses the concussion controversy surrounding Miami Dolphins QB, Tua Tagovailoa, and whether or not MMA fans have become desensitized to major injury.

    PFL FW Finalists, Bubba Jenkins & Brendan Loughnane

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 26:35


    A pair of PFL featherweight finalists join the podcast today, as Jimmy Smith catches up with Bubba Jenkins on Unlocking the Cage (:025) and RJ Clifford and Din Thomas speak to his opponent Brendan Loughnane on MMA Today to discuss their title matchup at the PFL World Championships and a million dollar purse on November 25th (14:51)

    Bo Nickal Dominates PLUS PFL's Stevie Ray

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 28:49


    Jimmy Smith examines what the ceiling could be for Bo Nickal after dominating on DWCS again and getting his UFC contract (0:26). Plus, Jimmy speaks to PFL lightweight finalist, Stevie Ray, about his upcoming championship fight against Olivier Aubin-Mercier in the first ever PFL pay per view card on November 25th (15:16).

    Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 28:31


    Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson joins RJ Clifford & Anthony Smith on today's episode to discuss the delay in fight news, why a Kevin Holland matchup interests him & the latest on Chris Weidman, PLUS, RJ & Anthony discuss who has the best jiu-jitsu in the UFC. 

    The Big Payback & Mikey Musumeci

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 37:49


    Jimmy Smith and the Unlocking the Cage staff run through stories of getting revenge on an ex to decide which person was in the wrong (0:27). Plus, Jimmy speaks to top grappler, Mikey Musumeci, to discuss his upcoming matchup with Cleber Sousa in the first ever Flyweight Submission Grappling World Championship match in ONE history during ONE on Prime Video 2 (22:14).

    Merab Dvalishvili & Raul Rosas Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 31:44


    On MMA Today, RJ Clifford and Din Thomas speak to top UFC bantamweight, Merab Davashvailli, to discuss Jose Aldo's retirement, the upcoming title fight in the division, and Cory Sandhagen's callout (0:27), and Jimmy Smith speaks to the newest addition to the UFC bantamweight division, Raul Rosas Jr., to talk about becoming the youngest fighter ever signed to the UFC on Unlocking the Cage (16:13).

    Cris Cyborg & Damon Jackson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 36:15


    Jimmy Smith catches up with multiple promotion champion, Cris Cyborg, to talk about her professional boxing debut on FITE this weekend and her future in MMA on Unlocking the Cage (0:31). And on MMA Today, Ryan McKinnell & Anthony Smith speak to UFC featherweight, Damon Jackson, to discuss his  emotional win at UFC Vegas 60 just days after the passing of his brother (16:53).

    Cory Sandhagen & Kenny Florian

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 35:15


    Jimmy Smith catches up with victorious UFC bantamweight Cory Sandhagen, to discuss his win over Song Yadong at UFC Vegas 60 on Unlocking the cage (0:24). Plus RJ Clifford and Angela Hill speak to PFL commentator, Kenny Florian about the retirement of Jose Aldo, PFL Championship matchups, and Gordon Ryan's domination at ADCC on MMA Today (17:44)

    Jose Aldo Retires PLUS Urijah Faber!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 31:38


    Ryan McKinnell and Din Thomas discuss the legacy of Jose Aldo after the former UFC featherweight champ  announced his retirement over the weekend (0:24), Plus they sit down with MMA legend and former Aldo opponent, 'The California Kid' Urijah Faber to discuss  the career of Jose Aldo and the main event of UFC Vegas 60 (15:22).

    UFC HW Champion: Francis Ngannou

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 38:07


    Jimmy Smith sits down with UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, to discuss his injury recovery, return to the Octagon, and how his talks with the UFC are going on Unlocking The Cage (0:27). He also gets a  preview of Canelo vs Triple G III and talks the latest boxing news with Showtime Boxing analyst, Steve Farhood (19:26).

    Robert Whittaker & Benson Henderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 34:12


    RJ Clifford and Din Thomas speak to top UFC Middleweight, Robert Whittaker, about his win over Marvin Vettori, Adesanya vs Pereira, and Khamzat Chimaev on MMA Today (0:28). Plus, Jimmy Smith catches up with  former UFC Lightweight champ, Benson Henderson, about his upcoming fight with Peter Queally at Bellator 285 in Dublin and the future of his career on Unlocking the Cage (19:41).

    Chris Barnett & Eddie Hearn!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 36:28


    Ryan McKinnell & Angela Hill are joined by UFC Heavyweight Chris Barnett to talk his big win at UFC 279, how his eye played a role in the fight, and his weight miss, PLUS, Matchroom Boxing President Eddie Hearn joins the crew to talk the Canelo-GGG trilogy going down this weekend and Jake Paul's impact on boxing.

    Nate Diaz: Biggest FA in MMA History?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 32:30


    RJ Clifford and Anthony Smith talk what may be next for Nate Diaz after he finished his UFC contract with a submission win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 279... is he the biggest free agent in MMA history? PLUS, the crew talks Khamzat Chimaev's impressive win over Kevin Holland and what matchups make sense for him at both 170lbs and 185lbs.

    Nate Diaz Gets Last Laugh At UFC 279

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 31:02


    After a wild fight week, Ryan McKinnell and Din Thomas discuss the perfect ending for the UFC chapter of Nate Diaz's career with his victory over Tony Ferguson in the UFC 279 main event (0:26) and whether Khamzat Chimaev has made himself into a heel after a dominant victory over Kevin Holland, despite failing to make weight for the main event (14:22).

    Curtis Blaydes & Josh Neer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 27:12


    Jimmy Smith speaks to UFC Heavyweight, Curtis Blaydes, about Ciryl Gane's surprisingly honest admission about not wanting to risk his position in the division by fighting him on Unlocking the Cage (0:27). Plus, RJ Clifford and Din Thomas speak to MMA vet and Nate Diaz teammate, Josh Neer, to discuss the UFC 279 main event (11:36). 

    Jake Shields & UFC 279 Betting Tips f/Dan Tom

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 33:56


    Jimmy Smith speaks to Nate Diaz teammate, Jake Shields, about Nate's upcoming main event fight with Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 and the altercation between Chimaev and Paulo Costa on Unlocking the Cage (0:27). Plus, Ryan McKinnell & Anthony Smith get some betting advice on UFC 279 courtesy of MMAJunkie's Dan Tom on MMA Today (14:57). 

    Post-UFC Paris Questions Answered

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 31:47


    Following an eventful UFC Paris where Ciryl Gane knocked out Tai Tuivasa, Jimmy Smith evaluates the UFC's heavyweight title picture and who should be involved if they decide to make an interim belt. RJ Clifford and Anthony Smith talk about Robert Whittaker's place in the middleweight division after a win over Marvin Vettori, PLUS, BKFC's Tai Emery joins them to discuss flashing the crowd following her knockout victory at BKFC Thailand 3.

    PFL FW Finalist Bubba Jenkins

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 17:31


    Din Thomas chats with PFL featherweight, Bubba Jenkins to discuss his upcoming finals appearance against Brendan Loughnane  in the PFL championships for the 2022 season and the chance to claim the million dollar prize.

    Eric Nicksick, John Dodson, & Riddle-Rollins WWE Promo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 45:34


    Ryan McKinnell  and Din Thomas speak to Xtreme Couture Coach, Eric Nicksick, for an update on Francis Ngannou and the latest MMA news on MMA Today (0:30), Jimmy Smith speaks to former UFC flyweight title challenger, John Dodson, to discuss his victory in his BKFC debut on Unlocking the Cage (18:57), and both shows react the WWE paying homage to the infamous DC and Jon Jones hot mic incident with Seth 'Freakin' Rollins and Riddle on RAW (34:27). 

    Danny Sabatello & Raufeon Stots

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 28:10


    The Bellator 289 main event will be an interim bantamweight title fight and Grand Prix semifinal grudge match. Both of the headlining fighters are on today's podcast as Danny Sabatello sits down with RJ Clifford on MMA Today (0:26) and Jimmy Smith speaks to the interim bantamweight champion, Raufeon Stots on Unlocking the Cage, to talk about their upcoming Bellator 289 main event matchup (11:27). 

    AJ McKee & Corey Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 31:30


    Ryan McKinnell and Din Thomas are joined by former Bellator featherweight champ, AJ McKee, to talk about his move to lightweight in the co-main event of BELLATOR 286 (0:29) and speak to Corey Anderson about his upcoming rematch with Vadim Nemkov to crown the Bellator World Light Heavyweight Grand Prix champion and a chance to claim a million dollar prize in the main event of Bellator 288 (13:26)

    MayMac 5 Year Anniversary PLUS Rashad Evans

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 30:48


    It's the 5 year anniversary of Mayweather vs McGregor and Jimmy Smith looks back on the crossover super fight and the effects in had on Conor McGregor's career (0:33). Plus, Jimmy sits down with former UFC light-heavyweight champ, Rashad Evans to discuss weight cutting in MMA, UFC 278, and so much more (14:15)!

    Din Thomas "Won't Apologize" For UFC 278 Commentary

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 22:45


    RJ Clifford and Din Thomas dive back into the UFC 278 main event between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards, more specifically, the criticism Din received after calling Leon 'broken' ahead of his upset win in the fifth round (:37), PLUS, newly crowned TUF 30 Champion Juliana Miller joins the show to talk her big win, her backstory and what's next for her (10:13).

    Eddie Hearn & Jared Gordon

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 39:42


    Matchroom Boxing President, Eddie Hearn joins Jimmy Smith on Unlocking the Cage to discuss Canelo vs Triple G III, the future of Anthony Joshua, and the latest boxing news(0:35). Plus, UFC Lightweight, Jared Gordon sits down with Ryan McKinnell and Angela Hill on MMA Today to discuss his win at UFC 278 and his candid fight week comments about MMA's effect on his life and the reason behind his Paddy Pimblett Callout (19:31).

    Edwards Head Kick: Fluke or By Design?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 16:01


    RJ Clifford and Anthony Smith talk Leon Edwards' huge title victory over Kamaru Usman at UFC 278 and Anthony breaks down the Edwards head kick KO step-by-step and discusses whether or not it was a fluke win (:34), PLUS, as fathers, RJ and Anthony tell you why you should allow your children to attend your fights live (10:40).

    Leon Edwards Shocks The World At UFC 278!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 26:46


    Ryan McKinnell and Angela Hill recap a historic night in MMA and react Leon Edwards's stunning, come from behind, head kick KO of Kamaru Usman to win the welterweight title in the last round of their UFC 278 main event (0:30) and where the moment ranks on the all time most shocking finishes in MMA history (11:25).

    More MMA content from SiriusXM Fight Nation

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 1:28


    MMA on SiriusXM is bringing you the best of both worlds in one podcast feed!  Unlocking the Cage hosted by voice of WWE RAW and veteran announcer, Jimmy Smith, and MMA Today's panel of experts and fighters like RJ Clifford, Anthony Smith, Angela Hill, and Din Thomas are combining forces to provide the hardest-hitting coverage of combat sports courtesy of SiriusXM Fight Nation. Not only can you hear the best segments and interviews from both shows on the podcast, but you can listen to MMA Today from 12-2pm Tuesday-Thursday and Unlocking the Cage airing weekdays from 2-5pm Eastern on SiriusXM Fight Nation Channel 156 or anytime you want on the SXM App. 

    PPV Eve w/Yves Edwards PLUS BKFC President David Feldman

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 29:50


    We're just 24 hours way from UFC 278 and Jimmy Smith breaks down the X's & O's of the main card with MMA analyst, Yves Edwards, on PPV Eve (0:28). Jimmy also sits down with BKFC president, David Feldman to discuss BKFC London, Perry vs Page, and the future of Bare Knuckle fighting (14:02).

    UFC 278 Storylines: Luke Rockhold Pulls No Punches

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 30:41


    Jimmy Smith reacts to Luke Rockhold's explosive media day interview, criticizing the UFC's fighter pay practices, ahead of his co-main fight against Paulo Costa at UFC 278 (0:27) and breaks down the biggest storylines heading into the card with MMAJunkie.com's Mike Bohn (13:42).

    Evolution of Flyweight Division & Top WWE Factions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 30:37


    Jimmy Smith discusses the evolution of the flyweight division--developing from a division that once almost closed to a division that now excites us (0:24). PLUS, he breaks down the top factions of all time in pro wrestling (15:34).

    Legacy of Rory MacDonald & Shane Burgos to PFL

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 35:27


    Jimmy Smith discusses the legacy of Rory MacDonald after he announced his retirement following his loss at PFL 8 (0:27) and reacts to Shane Burgos leaving UFC to sign with PFL (21:08).

    Vera Knocks Out Cruz PLUS Angela Hill!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 36:06


    Ryan McKinnell and Din Thomas break down Marlon 'Chito' Vera's highlight reel KO win over Dominick Cruz in the main event of UFC San Diego and what the outcome could mean for both of their careers (0:28) and Angela 'Over Kill' Hill joins the show to discuss the judges finally giving her the nod in her unanimous decision victory over Loop Godinez on Saturday (13:57).

    Commentary Clash: Cruz vs. DC

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 31:46


    Jimmy Smith discusses Dominick Cruz's latest comments about Daniel Cormier on commentary, whether or not they were professional, and what may happen if the UFC is forced to choose between the two men, PLUS, MMA Underground Editor in Chief John Morgan joins the show to talk UFC San Diego and all of the latest storylines in the fight game!

    Aljamain 'Funkmaster' Sterling!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 17:00


    Jimmy Smith is joined by the UFC bantamweight champion, Aljamain 'Funkmaster' Sterling to discuss his upcoming title defense with TJ Dillashaw at UFC 280, the best all-time bantamweight, and the upcoming slate of blockbuster fights coming up between the division's best contenders.

    Brandon Moreno, Laura Sanko, & Mailbag

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 45:28


    Jimmy Smith catches up with the newly crowned interim flyweight champion, Brandon Moreno about his win over Kai Kara-France at UFC 277 and upcoming rematch with Deiveson Figueiredo, answers listener questions from the UTC Midweek Mailbag, and recaps Bo Nickal's dominant performance and more from Dana White's Contender Series with Laura Sanko.

    Best TUF Winners PLUS Stevie Ray

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 38:35


    With a new season of TUF winners crowned, Jimmy looks back and discusses the most accomplished winners and best moments from 'The Ultimate Fighter' reality show and catches up with lightweight, Stevie Ray, after he punched his way to the PFL finals with a win over Anthony Pettis at PFL 7.

    Jamahal Hill & Geoff Neal

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 27:00


    Ryan McKinnell and Din Thomas talk to two of the biggest winners from UFC Vegas 59 with light-heavyweight, Jamahal Hill joining them to talk about main event win over Thiago Santos and welterweight Geoff Neal to discuss his win in the co-main event.

    The Big Payback & Marc Montoya

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 40:20


    Jimmy Smith examines stories of breakups and judges with his staff whether they were justified on the Big Payback and gets a technical breakdown of UFC Vegas 59 and the first round of the PFL playoffs this weekend from Factory-X head coach Marc Montoya.

    Molly McCann & Under The Gunz: GoodFellas Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 32:49


    Jimmy Smith catches up with surging women's flyweight and major fan favorite, Meatball Molly McCann, to talk about her winning streak and what could be next for her and tests his staff on the GoodFellas movie knowedge in another edtion of Under the Gunz.

    Andy Foster & Laura Sanko

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 37:38


    Jimmy Smith discusses some the new rule changes voted on in the last Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports conference last week with Executive Director of the California State Athletic Commission, Andy Foster and gets a recap of last night's Dana White's Contender Series and UFC 277 with Laura Sanko.

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