Verbal Tap MMA Comedy Podcast

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Two Monday morning cage fighters that love all things MMA. Raf is a freelance MMA writer/Comedian/MMA practitioner located out in sunny LA. Kevin is a Comedian/MMA Practitioner living out in sunny Denver, Co. Together they are analyzing fights, mocking each other, and keeping everyone humorously…

Raf Esparza and Kevin Phillips


    • Jan 1, 1970 LATEST EPISODE
    • infrequent NEW EPISODES
    • 1h 9m AVG DURATION
    • 499 EPISODES


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    Verbal Tap (Ep. 514) UFC 276 & Raf turns 40!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 41:28


    This episode brought to you by DraftKings, enter promo code Verbal Tap to win instantly. We have a special birthday episode and some amazing 90's comedy references, tune in this is a fun episode. There is going to be a lot more fight analysis than your used to, and you are once again encouraged to ignore Kevin's bets. Cheers!If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisiscounseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visithttp://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP(7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visitOPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI//NJ/NY/ PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customers only. Min. $5deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. Seehttp://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 513) UFC Fight Night hangover episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 29:53


    We had a blast talking the UFC Austin event and some jabs at Raf's age. We did our best to make some fun noise out of the few headlines and the Nate Diaz Paul stuff. Cheers!

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 512) Subversiv Recap, Pop Culture & UFC 275

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 52:03


    We had too much recapping the fights, and then also sliding into full pop culture mode. Frankly we blame the weather, it has been too hot. If you disagree, send us AC money. Raf worked, Kevin kinda watched, enjoy a pretty lively episode on the fight world this lazy summer.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 511) Subversiv, MMA Pride Shorts & UFC 275

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 38:01


    The crew breaks in about quite a few topics. First, be on the lookout for SUBVERSIV 7 | June 11th | Commerce, CA. Second, we get into intermittent fasting and our anger about hangry. Third, a discussion on pride shorts and the response to Molina. Fourth, its UFC 275 time! We've got some gambling advice we strongly advise you to tune in for. Cheers.If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NJ/ NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 510) Grappling Recap and Updates!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 37:18


    We did our best to get Kevin awake and doing a show around a Holiday. Raf was paying attention, he has some updates, and we will be back next week talking UFC 275! Cheers all.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 509) MMA Catch Up Week & Holm fight

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 31:11


    Raf and Kevin catch up on some headlines, give some heads up about some reality shows, and try to predict the next Holly Holm fight problem judge wise. We had too much this week making excuses why we were both traveling Saturday, listen in!

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 508) Justice for Uvalde Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 16:15


    There are no words, yet some of the dumbest people in jiu-jitsu found some. In a personal rant dedicated to Gordon Ryan, but truthfully meant for all supporters of child murder, we give our thoughts on Gun violence and solutions to this very predictable tragedy that only happens in the US.How to help? https://www.texastribune.org/2022/05/25/uvalde-shooting-how-to-help/

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 507) UFC Fight Night & Reality Show Summer!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 36:35


    We break down the upcoming tournaments, the ongoing Ultimate Fighter and Grappler, and keep you mostly updated on the fights from the weekend. Too much fun before vacation was had for this show to be on air.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 430) w/ Yoga for Bjj's Sarah Draht

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 39:49


    Sarah is a bad ass and an awesome guest. Listen in as we chat with her about her MMA to Grappling to Yoga journey, and find out she used to work at a crazy bar. We had a blast.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 506) UFC 274 & Another Phoenix Pizza Incident

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 46:22


    Raf tries to console Kevin after his pretty rough night in the octagon.... gambling wise. We digest UFC 274, talk winers, losers, highlights, and all the small plot lines missed. Did we witness another Pizza poisoning of an athlete? Only listening will help us. Cheers all!

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 429) w/ Derrick Garza UFC 253 recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 60:53


    There are a lot of Dana and Conor story lines, we try to address as many as we can on the way to explaining UFC 253. Derrick Garza is a national treasure and you should follow him / listen to him here. Cheers to the Fun of this episode.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 505) UFC 274 - Weight Miss & Loser Retires Fights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 42:35


    We had a blast getting deep into the UFC 274 card. Cerrone takes on Lauzon and this could be the losers last fight after a weird announcement from Dana White. Charles Oliveira missed weight, and we're still excited. Join us as we look at best bets, welcome DraftKings to the podcast, and digest the wild card of UFC 274. Cheers.If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit http://ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).21+ (18+ WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NJ/ NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Min. $5 deposit required. Eligibility restrictions apply. See http://draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 428) UFC 253 w/ Derrick Garza

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 66:34


    Go check out his gym: https://darkclanfightlab.com/ Then, listen to this amazing podcast featuring his brilliance and after that, buy some gear from NoGiBJJgear.com!!! Its grappling season, and we're ready for it. Also, Raf complains about the Lakers, all around heart happy episode.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 504) UFC Lemos vs. Andrade, Gym Crashers & Other News

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 47:41


    We had too much diving into the fights this past weekend as well as Gym Crashers. Raf was on location, Kevin was on his couch watching Fight Night, and the UFC has announced a tournament coming this June. We have a problem with the ESPN headline, but a huge love for the tournament! Join us.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 427) Ben Fowlkes an MMA MEDIA POD!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 42:09


    Writer for The Athletic and from the Co-Main Event Podcast we have Ben Fowlkes on to talk all things MMA media! We love Ben, and you already should too. On the small chance you don't, listen to this podcast and you will.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 503) Bold Predictions, ADCC Trials Winners, & The Batman Franchise

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 52:41


    Ya the title is all over the place and so are we. We spent a lot of time talking movies, the Batman franchise, and why its extremely important to us as people to discuss it. You'll notice an influx of bold predictions, you're welcome. Raf interviewed a ton of ADCC trials winners, actually all of the, go check those out and hear the preview at the top. Cheers, we had fun.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 426) Joe Rogan UNQUALIFIED, UNPROVEN & UNFIT ... to moderate

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 39:03


    Please don't hear us out, comment blindly based only on the title of the episode and tag Tim Kennedy when you do. We had no fun at all talking about how unqualified Joe Rogan is to host a presidential debate, but how qualified he is to continue interviewing celebrities and tech guru's about DMT. Listen in, and stay in your lane America.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 502) UFC 273 Recap w/ Fernando Padilla

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 51:45


    We have all things UFC 273 and the fun it was with Fernando Padilla. Please check his stuff out: https://www.instagram.com/elvalientemma/?hl=enWe talk the implications of the fights and why Burns is ultimately the winner. We talk some decisions we didn't agree with, and some Dern amazingness b/c we love jiu-jitsu most of all. 3 of 12 for finishes. UFC 273.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 425) UFC Overeem vs. Sakai & Fight News

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 55:03


    We had too much fun talking about gender reveal parties, Overeem vs. Sakai, and GSP has hair. GSP stops by to discuss what Tom Brady treatment he is on. Plus, have you wanted a Broken Arrow sequel? Either way, listen in.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 501) Over/Under UFC 273 w/ Fernando Padilla

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 60:49


    We had a blast talking UFC 273 fights with Fernando Padilla. Gilbert Burns, Mickey Gall, Yan, Jung, Sterling, and Chimaev are just a few of the amazing names on this card. Tune in, we cover a little bit of Masters as well.Guest! https://www.instagram.com/elvalientemma/?hl=en

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 500) w. Lachlan Giles & Yes, we talk Will Smith Oscars

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 61:07


    We have Lachlan Giles here to help us celebrate a 500th episode! It has been the thrill of a lifetime to talk MMA and Comedy on here with you all. 500 episodes is a big deal, and we thank you for joining us. Lachlan is amazing, and so are we!

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 499) March Madness & Drew Dober Won!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 31:35


    Anytime Drew Dober wins we celebrate! The podcast is gearing up for episode 500 by giving you some fantastic commentary about this lovely quiet weekend in MMA. Combined with some March Madness and an evil Lorne impression, you don't want to miss this pod.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 498) UFC 272 recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 31:37


    We're back and Kevin might start investing his child's college money in UFC betting (probably not). We break down some UFC 272, check in and see if Raf actually took a vacation (he didn't), and get back to our normal antics. Cheers.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 497) UFC 272 w/ Ben Fowlkes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 58:04


    Find him on all of the social media's because Ben Fowlkes is amazing, and back with a vengeance. He's one of the best in the business of mma journalism, and he's here to conquer Over/Under Kevin UFC 272. Listen in, we had a blast. Oh, and we definitely deep dive into the new Reacher series on Amazon prime, hope you've watched. @benfowlkesMMA

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 496) SENSITIVE VIDEO MATERIAL... UFC, NBA, Jon Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 44:27


    Ya, we're watching Jon Jones arrest video. We all scored it Split Decision with the winner being the hood of the police cruiser. We had too much fun recapping some fights, talking NBA all star weekend, and cruising down the long path of the Jon Jones arrest video. Listen in.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 495) UFC 271 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 44:32


    What a night of fights and we break every one of them down. Enjoy our antics, wine driven conspiracies, and many takes on the UFC 271 card. Oh, and we have the results of Over/Under Kevin UFC 271 with the amazing Andy Varela (@ninja.andyvarela). Listen in.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 494) UFC 271 w/ Andy Varela

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 51:58


    Its a big time preview show with the same great game you have come to love! Over/Under Kevin UFC 271 is live with the amazing Andy Varela (@ninja.andyvarela). Pretty stoked to watch Adesanya fight Whittaker, and Lewis vs. Tuivasa. Join in on the fun and 5 stars!

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 493) Ngannou and 270 w/ Casey Leydon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 43:48


    You absolutely have to follow him: @e_Casey_leydon - unless your not awesome, b/c this has an awesome requirement. We discuss the wild and flawed weekend that was UFC 270. Frances Ngannou is the baddest man on the planet, and his boss is being a jerk. Join us for the stunning conclusion of Over/Under Kevin.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 492) UFC 270 w/ E. Casey Leydon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 31:46


    It's another amazing installment of Over/Under Kevin UFC 270. Tonight's guest E Casey Leydon is an all around renaissance human. He's an artist, fighter, MMA pillar and now coveted guest of Verbal Tap. The fights are Saturday, we'll be back to dissect them, see ya then!

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 491) The one about Dogs & 2022 Fights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 38:24


    The title is Friends' themed and so is the show. Join your favorite MMA Duo for more 2022 coverage of the craziest and cheapest sport in the world. We do a big preview of fights announced for 2022 with a healthy dose of holiday nonsense. You won't want to miss this week's big reveal about what Raf's dog's DNA says they are, and how his first unsanctioned 2022 MMA event went. Cheers!

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 490) The 10th Annual Verbal Tappies Award Show!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 57:03


    Who will win biggest MMA beef? Who won MMA's Leading Man of the Year? Can Kevin get through saying "Leading Man of the Year" on the show with a straight face? Join in and you will get the answers to MMA and Grappling's greatest questions for award show greatness this year. We had too much fun, let us know in the comments your nominations or votes!

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 489) Jake Paul, Chael, CJJ & the UFC!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 58:41


    Jake Paul knocked out Tyron Woodley and we really need to talk about it before 2022 hits and we lose that year to this as well. Chael Sonnen appears to have broken a record for battery citations without an arrest. Keith Krikorian is over there doing things in CJJ, and we recap some UFC! Enjoy, Happy Holidays.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 488) Pena stuns, DC & UFC 269

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 72:44


    We have good friend Dan Tom (@DanTomMMA) back on the show to find out who best whom in UFC 269 picks. The guys go deep on the DC discussion as it highlights a larger commentary discussion. Listen in, because 8 years ago we interviewed now champion Julianna Pena.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 487) UFC 269 w/ Dan Tom MMA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 63:57


    Welcome back @DanTomMMA for some rousing UFC 269 Over/Under Kevin. He's arguably a podcast guest favorite after a few now historic performances on the show. Raf and Kevin are still processing a lot about 2021, and the guest only enabled this. Enjoy, apologize to absolutely no one for us.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 486) Headlines, Ferrell vs. McKay, and Thanksgiving!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 51:41


    We go 1 million miles a minute in this amazing podcast. From comedy headlines to Conor headlines, you will get a nice catch up on a quiet weekend in combat sports. Happy Holidays, we'll see you next week with actual fight reporting (probably). Listen in!

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 485) Lifetime MMA Movies & Thanksgiving Headlines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 54:13


    10 years down and the podcast still goes by like a breeze. The guys pitch their best Lifetime MMA / Grappling Christmas movie, talk fights, Jon Jones, MMA coverage, and some grappling. Listen in, its our best work in 10 years.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 484) Live Watch of Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriquez

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 56:17


    The guys have the absolute most fun live watching Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriquez. If you haven't seen the fight, join us for a live watch. If you have seen it, listen in as we experience the glory with you. If you won't watch it, we feel sorry for you and the greatness you missed. Join us either way, we had fun!

    Verbal Tap {Ep. 483) ADCC & UFV 268 w/ Fatima Kline

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 67:16


    Fatima Kline is back on the show after a bronze finish at the East Coast ADCC trials. She and Raf catch us all up on the most competitive trials yet. Then all focus goes to UFC 268 and we reveal the winner of Over/Under UFC 268. Listen in.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 482) Jena Bishop is back & UFC 267 Results!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 26:30


    We had a blast recapping some fights and talking upcoming ones with Jena Bishop. She's been a longtime member of the jiu-jitsu bad ass club and is now working her way through the MMA world. Listen in as we ask her about the upcoming fight prep, and recap UFC 267. Cheers.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 481) UFC 268 w/ MMA Fighter Fatima Kline

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 71:24


    We had so much fun picking fights last show we thought we would do it again. Enjoy Over/Under UFC 268 with MMA fighter Fatima Kline. We get caught up on all things Fatima before turning our attention to smoothies and UFC picks. Cheers all.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 480) UFC 267 w/ Jena Bishop

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 74:41


    Jena just won her first fight at LFA and for some reason came on the podcast this week! We couldn't be more excited because she is a long time jiu-jitsu bad ass and now MMA fighters worst nightmare. She came in to talk the fight and beat up on Kevin emotionally in some Over/Under UFC 267 picks. Listen in, she's hilarious and this podcast rocks.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 479) Subversiv Teams on Flo, UFC & Bellator

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 41:56


    Raf was on the commentary team this week over at Subversiv the Teams Competition and did some amazing work with legends. He recaps some noteworthy moments, highlights the teams, and gives us some exclusive insight. Kevin did very little, but he is present. Listen in as they kinda cover MMA and all the way cover BJJ.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 478) Polaris 17, No Gi Worlds, Submission Underground & UFC Fight Night

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 43:58


    We do our best to watch as much grappling and fighting as we can, but this was a tough weekend. Listen in as we recap what we did see, and hint at the boxing results as well. Just Raf and Kevin this week, and you won't want to miss the glee of fight watching weekend.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 477) w/ Ryan Aitken Combat Champion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 79:33


    We have Ryan Aitken on to talk Combat Worlds dominance! Ryan has had an interesting journey to this success, join us to get a glimpse into it. Its really difficult to have success at this level, Ryan gives us some insight into how he does it.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 476) Jon Jones Arrested & UFC 266

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 61:15


    We have the very talented creator of MixedMartialArtish.com back on the show to recap what was an insane last 72 hours of the UFC. From Jon Jones Hall of Fame to Jon Jones arrest, and all the UFC 266 action we have you covered. Thanks again to our friend Bobby for coming on. Enjoy.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 475) UFC 266 w/ Mixed Martial Artish

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 82:55


    We're back from a brief pre-recorded break to deliver some much needed humor. We have on MixedMartialArtish.com on the show and we have an absolute blast playing Over/Under Kevin UFC 266. Kevin's still distracted, Raf is on point, and the podcast is funny. Listen in.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 474) w/ Dom Hoskins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 53:20


    Please go be a part of the movement with coach Dom Hoskins. Donate @dominat10n and support him all over the place. We had a blast talking to Dom from the serious to the comical, and he'll be back for sure. Listen in.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 31) UFC 162 Review!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 79:27


    What happened Saturday night when Weidman knocked out Anderson "The Spider" Silva? We're not sure anyone really knows, but we talk all about it this week at Verbal Tap. John Evans stops by to help Raf talk about how amazing Vegas, the UFC Fan Expo, and UFC162 was! Listen in as the guys do a complete review of UFC 162 and pontificate on what the hell happened in the cage on Saturday.

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 30) UFC 162 Preview Time!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 54:50


    Happy 30th episode to all and to all a good UFC 162! Its Christmas in July people- as the guys prepare to send co-host Raf Esparza and occasional field anchor John Evans out to Vegas to celebrate the fan expo and the big fight! Listen in, this one takes some fun turns!

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 29) with Gilbert Jamal Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 58:34


    Verbal Tap 29 opens with the guys talking Kevin's recent competition at US Grappling in Richmond, then moves onto quite a bit of Bellator, before Jamal Smith from The Ultimate Fighter finally shows up to rescue the show. Listen to the podcast that has hundreds of people saying “ya, i've heard of Verbal Tap.”

    Verbal Tap (Ep. 28) James vs. Sonnen and UFC 161

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 49:17


    This week on Verbal Tap Podcast Kevin bothers Raf with some NBA Spurs vs. Heat Fight theories, Raf introduces Chael Sonnen's weird comments about Lebron James, and some live updates of the Bellator Fights last night. Including getting to hear Kevin spoiler alert fight outcomes at the expense of Raf's west coast delay. What else? UFC 161, suggestions for a UFC fan morale booster, and shout outs like crazy. Listen in fight fans!

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