It's pay-per-view fight week! With merely five days remaining until UFC 284, official Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer hops in as a guest co-host for the duration of today's episode of UFC Unfiltered and also recently-crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill joins. Bruce dishes his thoughts on Dana White's bombshell announcement that not only is former UFC double champion Conor McGregor set to return as a coach on this upcoming 31st season of The Ultimate Fighter, but that the coach on the opposite side of the Irish superstar will be none other than exciting lightweight contender Michael Chandler. While the guys wait until Jamahal Hill hops on the show, Bruce opens up about how his upbringing in Philadelphia helped foster his early affinity for mixed martial arts as both a practitioner and a consumer. Buffer then talks about his friendship with coach Ray Longo — and as luck would have it, Ray calls Matt during the show, who jokingly accosts Ray for spending too much time with Buffer and not enough time with him. Finally, Jamahal Hill joins the show live from the UFC Performance Institute with an idea of what's in store for his first light heavyweight title defense. And as Jamahal's call ends, the guys briefly recap last Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivac card and look ahead to Saturday's UFC 284 event in Australia.
On today's episode of UFC Unfiltered, longtime friend of the show Phoenix Carnevale returns alongside Matt and Jim as a guest co-host to offer up her takes on some of the latest fight announcements and discuss Saturday night's UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivac card. Joining first as a guest caller is 15th-ranked UFC heavyweight Blagoy Ivanov, who reflects on how his near-death experience from a stabbing that hospitalized him for three months has shaped him into the mentally tough fighter he is today. Ivanov wraps up his interview by previewing his matchup with 10th-ranked heavyweight Marcin Tybura. The crew are then joined by their second heavyweight caller of the day, 12th-ranked Serghei Spivac, who alongside his translator discusses what a win against popular heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis can do for his career. Finally, Matt and Jim cap off the show by bouncing off some upcoming fights with Phoenix, who shares her thoughts on how former featherweight champion Max Holloway would stack up in a rumored matchup against Arnold Allen.
On today's episode of UFC Unfiltered, Matt and Jim are joined by The Schmo as a special guest co-host.The group chats about their favorite fights coming up on the UFC's 2023 calendar, and then the Schmo plays matchmaker for the UFC's biggest stars.As the topic shifts to the UFC's heavyweight division, Matt explains why he feels very strongly about Jon Jones' ability to dominate Ciryl Gane in his heavyweight debut at UFC 285.The guys talk through the welterweight title picture and discuss how so much hinges on whether Khamzat Chimaev decides to go up to middleweight or stay at 170 pounds.Finally, they wrap up the show by looking ahead to Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivac card.
Fitz Nation on UFC Fight PassFitz Nation on YouTubeNEW!!! Fitz Nation merchFitz is back with good friend Laura Sanko to chat about her upcoming gig as part of the UFC commentary team at UFC Vegas 68 with John Gooden and Michael Bisping.Laura has been a part of the UFC broadcast team for years, but primarily serving in the reporting role on UFC Fight Nights and then helping to launch Dana White's Contender Series.What's surprising to many is finding out that Laura did not come up the ranks as a sports TV reporter, but in the MMA world. She fought one professional fight (she won) before becoming pregnant and retiring from competition.But, she has continued to train through the years while growing her broadcasting career. Being an analyst on a UFC broadcast has been a goal of hers for a long time and now she has that chance!Follow Fitz:Instagram TikTok Twitter
On today's episode of UFC Unfiltered, Matt and Jim are joined by lightweight Thiago Moisés and fast-rising women's flyweight contender Erin Blanchfield. Fresh off a second-round submission victory over late-replacement opponent Melquizael Costa, Thiago talks about what it felt like going from five consecutive fights in the crowdless UFC Apex to fighting in front of a passionate crowd of friends and family in his native Brazil on last Saturday's UFC 283 card. Thiago then explains how his kickboxing father helped instill a passion for martial arts that led Moisés to American Top Team in Florida, where he currently lives and trains in an attempt to re-enter the lightweight rankings. As Erin Blanchfield hops on the show, Matt can hardly contain his excitement to talk about the ins and outs of jiu-jitsu with the 23-year-old New Jersey native. After discussing her most recent win over Molly McCann, Erin explains her reaction to the UFC matchmakers' decision to match her up against No. 2 women's flyweight Taila Santos and how it could fast-track her to a title shot against the winner of the upcoming match between women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and 5th-ranked challenger Alexa Grasso. Jim and Matt then wrap up the show by looking ahead to some of the intriguing matchups recently announced as part of a 2023 UFC calendar that's quickly taking shape.
On today's episode of UFC Unfiltered, lightweight contender Michael Chandler returns as a guest co-host alongside Jim and Matt for a recap of the fights from Saturday night's UFC 283 card in Brazil — with a special bonus interview with bantamweight Rob Font. Matt explains why he was particularly impressed with Glover Teixeira's classy post-fight behavior after Jamahal Hill's UFC light heavyweight title win in front of Brazil's fervent MMA fans. As the guys react to Brandon Moreno recapturing the flyweight championship and closing out the UFC's first-ever quadrilogy in impressive fashion, Chandler explains why he thinks Deiveson Figueiredo is well-positioned to succeed in his future as a bantamweight with less weight to cut. After revisiting all five of Jim and Matt's predictions from Saturday night's card and explaining what stood out to them most, the guys welcome bantamweight Rob Font on to the show. With his next fight tentatively scheduled for April against fast-rising bantamweight Adrian Yanez, Font explains why a win over his tough 29-year-old opponent with a perfect 5-0 record in the UFC can provide a big boost for him. Chandler wraps up the show with a sales pitch for why Conor McGregor's highly-anticipated return to the UFC should be a blockbuster fight at welterweight against him this summer.
The one and only Din Thomas returns as a special co-host alongside Jim and Matt on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered featuring lightweight contender Jalin Turner as a guest caller.With Francis Ngannou's departure clearing the way for a Ciryl Gane vs. Jon Jones mega fight for the now-vacant UFC heavyweight title, the guys discuss what to expect from Jones in his first return to the cage in over three years.Then the guys recap the action from last Saturday's UFC Fight Night from the Apex in which Sean Strickland outpointed Nassourdine Imavov as a late replacement opponent filling in for Kelvin Gastelum.With UFC 283 around the corner, Din offers his take on the vacant light heavyweight title fight between Jamahal Hill and Glover Teixeira and the UFC's first ever quadrilogy fight for the flyweight belt between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno in the co-main event.Finally, 10th-ranked lightweight Jalin Turner hops on the show to share an update on his recovery from elbow surgery, touches on his love for spiders, teases details of an upcoming fight against a big-name striker, and much more.
With the first UFC event of the new year upon us, today's episode of UFC Unfiltered features interviews with two intriguing fighters from Saturday's main card in bantamweight Umar Nurmagomedov and headliner Nassourdine Imavov. Set to face Raoni Barcelos in his fourth UFC fight, Umar shares why he thinks the Brazilian veteran is his toughest fight thus far. The unbeaten bantamweight then shares what it means coming from a family ingrained in martial arts before expressing his thoughts on cousin Khabib Nurmagomedov's decision to step aside from his role as a hands-on coach alongside American Kickboxing Academy's own Javier Mendez. With the help of his translator, Nassourdine Imavov shares how he found out about the injury to Kelvin Gastelum which changed his main event opponent to 7th-ranked middleweight and notorious trash-talker Sean Strickland. Born in Dagestan but raised in France, Imavov talks his path from boxing as a child to discovering MMA later in life. Nassourdine opens up about how special it was to decisively beat Joaquin Buckley in front of friends and family in France's first-ever UFC event after talking about what he expects from Strickland on Saturday night. The guys then wrap up the show with some fight picks for Saturday's card taking place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas at 4:00 pm ET.
On today's episode of UFC Unfiltered, Matt and Jim are joined by UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling as a guest co-host.The Serra-Longo product joins the show in his brand-new in-home studio at his Las Vegas residence; which he explains comes in handy for its proximity to the UFC's Performance Institute where he is receiving treatment for his partially torn biceps tendon.Aljo talks about the status of his acting career and what it'd mean for the New York native to be a character in 50 Cent's ‘Power Universe' before issuing a stern warning for former bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo ahead of their rumored fight set to take place sometime soon.As Matt and Jim ask Sterling for his thoughts on Alexander Volkanovski jumping up in weight to fight UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev at UFC 284, Aljo explains why he likes Volkanovski's chances.Sterling then gives his takes on the rest of the bantamweight division, assessing the upcoming fight between Cory Sandhagen and Marlon “Chito” Vera and explaining who he thinks his close friend and training partner Merab Dvalishvili should fight next.
Happy New Year! Jim and Matt are back from the holiday break for UFC Unfiltered's first episode of 2023 alongside guests Sam Tripoli and Forrest Griffin. First, Sam Tripoli talks about how Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, and jiu jitsu formulated the comedian's passion for mixed martial arts. He puts on his tin foil hat for the guys as he lists some of his favorite conspiracy theories that he discusses on his many podcasts. Then, UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin joins the show. The former light heavyweight champion takes a stroll down memory lane while recounting his legendary three-round fight against Stephan Bonnar in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter's first season. While reliving a fight that changed the trajectory of mixed martial arts altogether, Forrest shares his favorite heartfelt stories about his friend Stephan after his untimely passing at the age of 45 just two weeks ago. Forrest then goes on to talk about his transition to his current role as Vice President of Athlete Development at the UFC Performance Institute and Matt asks Forrest how he became a walking Snapple can full of fun facts that are shared on Fridays on Griffin's Instagram account.
Matt and Jim are joined by light heavyweight title challenger Jamahal Hill and bantamweight contender Marlon “Chito” Vera on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered — the last one of 2022!Set to hop back in the cage in exactly a month, Jamahal talks fighting outside of the United States for the first time in his professional career as he passionately defends the UFC's decision to place him in the vacant light heavyweight title fight against Glover Teixeira at UFC 283 in Brazil.Chito joins the show with some breaking news that he has accepted a fight for February against another one of his fellow highly-ranked bantamweight contenders. He and coach Jason Parillo wrap up the interview by talking about the Ecuadorian martial artist's training regimen and plan to hold off on a rematch against Sean O'Malley until it's for the bantamweight title.Finally, Jim and Matt sign off by spreading holiday cheer and wishing all listeners a very Happy New Year!
Megan Olivi joins the guys as a special guest co-host for today's episode of UFC Unfiltered! The trio start off the show with a recap of last Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland card from top to bottom. With the holidays upon us, Megan and the guys talk about their favorite Christmas songs. But in a special Christmas surprise, Serra-Longo trained fighter and UFC bantamweight contender Merab Dvalishvili brings a smile to Matt's face by calling in to the show live from his Jamaican vacation with teammate and bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling. Finally, Megan, Matt and Jim wrap up the show by reviewing the wild year that was — making their picks for UFC upset of the year, fight of the year, knockout of the year, and breakthrough fighter of the year among other awards.
UFC middleweight contender Jared Cannonier and lightweight Drew Dober join Matt Serra and Jim Norton on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered as the guys look ahead to this Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland card.Looking to rebound from his title shot loss to former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, Cannonier talks lessons learned from that loss as he previews his main event fight against Sean Strickland and discusses what he'd do if Sean started talking trash mid-fight.Matt and Jared bond over their passion for teaching mixed martial arts to the next generation, with Cannonier expressing a desire to open up a gym in his hometown to train up-and-coming fighters when he's retired from fighting.Jim and Matt mix in some predictions from the card before Drew Dober hops on the show to assess his main card matchup with Bobby Green. After talking about his loss to Islam Makhachev and how it helped him get back to his current two-fight winning streak, Dober shares his excitement over becoming a first-time father this upcoming June and finally adding “dad strength” to his toolshed.Matt then brings Jim up to speed on his wild story at Universal Studios, with the guys wrapping up the show with more picks for Saturday's card.
Brandon Moreno tiene como invitados a dos guerreros latinos listos para dar su mejor desempeño en el UFC 282. El Argentino Santiago Ponzinibbio nos habla de los desafíos que representa su nuevo oponente y también sobre Messi y Canelo. Además, el mexicano y peleador más joven en la UFC, Raul Rosas Jr. nos habla cómo fue ganar en “Dana White's Contender Series” y estar listo para hacer su debut por todo lo alto.
It's UFC 282 fight week! And while Jim Norton couldn't make it in today, the one and only Din Thomas is back for his second appearance of the week alongside Matt Serra for this stacked episode of UFC Unfiltered.Matt returns to the show for the first time since the video teasing his hilarious interaction with a theme park employee went viral, giving Din and the listeners part of what they came for with the conclusion to his theme park bathroom story for the ages!As for the guests on today's show, Din and Matt get a chance to talk to welterweight Alex Morono, who shares his mindset on filling in for Robbie Lawler as Santiago Ponzinibbio's late-replacement opponent on just five days notice.To wrap things up, our pal, the ever-entertaining Steve-O hops on the show — demonstrating the full breadth of his UFC fandom with opinionated thoughts on the matchups across this Saturday's UFC 282 pay-per-view, with Matt and Din chiming in with predictions of their own for some of the fights leading up to the vacant title fight between light heavyweight contender Magomed Ankalaev and former champion Jan Błachowicz. There is much more than fight talk with Steve-O. Have a listen now to hear all the stories and the amazing conversation.Check out Steve-O's new book, A Hard Kick In The Nuts: What I've Learned From A Lifetime Of Terrible Decisions and The Bucket List Tour coming to a city new you soon. For more information go to www.steveo.com
With Matt Serra out and about in Orlando enjoying a family day at Disney World, Jim Norton is joined by guest co-hosts Din Thomas and Jon Anik on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered!Anik uses his cage-side perspective as the play-by-play announcer of last Saturday's UFC on ESPN: Thompson vs. Holland card to provide an in-depth recap of the action that took place in Orlando from the prelims on up to the main card.As the conversation shifts to Michael Bisping's criticism of the strategy employed by Kevin Holland in his fourth-round corner stoppage TKO loss to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the main event, Din and Jon find themselves on opposite sides of the argument over whether Holland demonstrated bad fight IQ.The guys mix in some UFC 282 talk with an assessment on the landscape of UFC's light heavyweight division, discussing fights from the prelims on up to the re-shuffled main event title fight between light heavyweight contender Magomed Ankalaev and former champion Jan Blachowicz.
On today's episode of UFC Unfiltered, Matt and Jim are joined by UFC heavyweight Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa and women's strawweight Emily Ducote ahead of their fights on Saturday night's UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland event in Orlando. Tuivasa draws laughter from Matt and Jim throughout the interview as the enigmatic Australian explains why his fight against fellow knockout artist Sergei Pavlovich is guaranteed to end with somebody laying on the canvas. As Tuivasa explains why his come-forward style makes him confident hopping in the cage without watching film of any of his opponents, the man known for celebrating exciting wins by chugging beers through shoes talks about getting back in the title picture following his loss to Ciryl Gane. Set to make her second appearance with the UFC this Saturday night, Emily Ducote hops on the show to preview her matchup with veteran Angela Hill as she assesses the landscape of the UFC's stacked strawweight division. Finally, Matt and Jim wrap up the show with predictions for some of the fights on the prelims and main card headlined by welterweights Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Kevin “Trailblazer” Holland.
After taking the week off for Thanksgiving, Matt and Jim return to the show with former two-time UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, who's serving as a guest co-host for today's headline-driven episode of UFC Unfiltered. As the guys open an interesting discussion about how important it is for fighters to market themselves outside of the sport, the topic shifts to where Conor McGregor stands in the sport today. After Dominick gives his thoughts on Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira's rivalry, the guys discuss how Jiří Procházka vacating his UFC light heavyweight title due to a shoulder injury changes the division. Dominick wraps up the show with his thoughts on the bantamweight title picture and what could be next for him as a fighter.
Matt and Jim are joined by UFC welterweights Andre Fialho and Jack Della Maddalena on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered! Set to make his FIFTH appearance in the Octagon this year on Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivac main card, Andre explains why he thinks staying incredibly active is beneficial for him ahead of his fight vs. Muslim Salikhov. The former amateur boxer turned MMA fighter then shares why he holds Luke Rockhold in such high regard as a mentor and friend. Matt breaks out his best Sylvester Stallone impersonation before Jack Della Maddalena hops on the show ahead of his main card fight against welterweight veteran Danny Roberts. While explaining how he overcame two quick losses in his MMA career before ultimately building his current 12-fight win streak, the Australian native shares why he'd find it special to fight on the UFC 284 card in his hometown of Perth, Australia.
Fresh off an exhilarating UFC 281 card featuring a UFC record-tying 11 finishes, Matt and Jim dish out their full reactions to the card on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered with guest co-host and former NFL Pro Bowl defensive end Marcellus Wiley. While discussing what's next for new UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira now that he's dethroned Israel Adesanya, Matt explains why he thinks the Brazilian knockout artist's inexperienced ground game makes a fight against Khamzat Chimaev a stylistic nightmare. After issuing an opinionated take on Michael Chandler's actions against Dustin Poirier from Saturday's Fight of the Night performance, Marcellus gives his thoughts on Frankie Edgar's KO loss and how sports fans should analyze the final days of a retiring legend's career.
Just days away from this Saturday's return to Madison Square Garden for UFC 281, Matt and Jim get three fighters from the card to hop on the show in women's flyweight Molly McCann, lightweight Matt Frevola, and middleweight title challenger Alex Pereira. Coming off back-to-back knockout wins by way of spinning backfist, Molly explains how she has prepared for Erin Blanchfield's ground game ahead of their fight on the prelims. Then, Long Island's own Matt Frevola shares how it feels to see people from his hometown buzzing over his fight in Madison Square Garden. Alex Pereira joins the show ahead of his grudge match against Israel Adesanya to talk about what his longtime kickboxing rival might do differently in a fight with unified mixed martial arts rules. Finally, the guys finish the show with their picks for the main card.
UFC fighter-turned-trainer James Krause fills in for Jim Norton as a special guest co-host alongside Matt Serra for today's episode of UFC Unfiltered! Matt and James kick off the show by interviewing former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar ahead of the final fight of his career on this Saturday's UFC 281 pay-per-view card. After explaining why he feels thankful to be able to go out on his own terms at 41 years old, Frankie talks about where coaching, acting and stand-up comedy fit into his immediate post-retirement plans. After recapping last Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Lemos card, Matt and James take a sneak peek UFC 281 — where they dish out differing opinions on some of the evenly matched fights at the top of this Saturday's pay-per-view card.
Matt and Jim are joined by UFC flyweight Tagir Ulanbekov and actor Jerry Ferrara on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered. With help from a translator, Ulanbekov shares how longtime teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov and his father have shaped him into the fighter he is today ahead of the Dagestani wrestler's fight against fellow wrestler Nate Maness on Saturday's main card of UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Lemos. Matt and Jim follow up the interview by assessing whether Marina Rodriguez or Amanda Lemos has the advantage in their women's strawweight main event bout and take a look at the welterweight co-main event between Neil Magny and Daniel Rodriguez. Next, actor Jerry Ferrara talks about how it makes him feel hearing Entourage and Power fans call him by his “Turtle” and “Joe Proctor” character names instead of his real name on the street. After explaining how his love for sports gambling led him to hosting a podcast about it, Jerry takes a stab at picking UFC 281's middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira and shares why he thinks it's special that the fight is set to take place at Madison Square Garden.
Matt and Jim are joined by UFC welterweight contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered! Thompson begins the show with a story on how his “Wonderboy” nickname sparked a friendship with actor and musician Jack Black before going into depth about his renowned karate style and the benefits it provides to him and other fighters inside the cage. After sharing his thoughts on headlining a UFC Fight Night this December against Kevin Holland, Wonderboy uses his kickboxing expertise to predict the middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira at UFC 281. As Wonderboy explains what to expect from the two middleweights, Matt reiterates why he thinks Adesanya won't be phased by his rival despite failing to beat Pereira in both of their kickboxing fights they had against each other. The guys finish the show talking Halloween costumes and spooky stories before ultimately diving into their favorite shows they're currently watching.
Matt and Jim are joined by UFC middleweight Roman Dolidze, featherweight Chase Hooper, and legendary magician Criss Angel on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered. After previewing his upcoming fight against Phil Hawes on the prelims of this Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Allen card, Roman Dolidze talks about his native Georgia while discussing his friendship with fellow Georgian UFC fighter Merab Dvalishvili. He wraps up his interview by sharing why he likes playing chess in his spare time. Then, Criss Angel joins the show to talk about his friendship with UFC legends Randy Couture and Frank Mir and how the two have been as some of the many guest celebrities on his new show, Criss Angel's Magic With the Stars. Finally, Chase Hooper hops on the show ahead of his fight on Saturday against Steve Garcia. The jiu-jitsu black belt talks about what he's learned in his young UFC career and how training with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson has helped him improve his striking.
Matt and Jim are joined by Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver and UFC superfan Michael Irvin on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered! While recapping last Saturday's UFC 280 pay-per-view card, Irvin and Matt find themselves on opposite sides of the debate over whether Petr Yan or Sean O'Malley deserved to win their bantamweight contender fight. Then, Matt pounds the table for bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and explains why he thinks TJ Dillashaw's injury shouldn't take anything away from Sterling's TKO victory. While discussing Islam Makhachev's division-altering win over former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, the guys dish their thoughts on how Alexander Volkanovski matches up with the new lightweight champion and where Beneil Dariush fits in the title picture after his decisive win over Mateusz Gamrot.
En este episodio Brandon Moreno tiene como invitado a Johnny Muñoz, quien nos cuenta cómo fue crecer en un núcleo familiar practicando Jiu-jitsu, lo que resultó en su llegada a la UFC. También, el dominicano Waldo Cortes-Acosta explica cómo una mala decisión lo llevo al mundo de las MMA hasta ganar un contrato en “Contender Series”.
Matt and Jim are joined by UFC lightweight contender Michael Chandler on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered! Chandler begins the show sharing his honest thoughts on the state of his brewing rivalry with fellow lightweight title contender Dustin Poirier as the countdown to their meeting at UFC 281 is less than a month away. While sharing his thoughts on the UFC's lightweight title picture, Michael draws back on his experience fighting Charles Oliveira to reiterate why he believes oddsmakers are mistaken for making ‘Do Bronx' the underdog against Islam Makhachev in this Saturday's UFC 280 main event. He then explains why he doesn't agree with featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski being next in line for the lightweight title. Finally, Matt dishes out some of his takeaways from Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Araujo card before Michael wraps up the show explaining how fatherhood through his two adopted sons keeps him grounded through training.
Bo is Back! Fresh off a quick 3-0 start in his professional MMA career and his victory at Dana White's Contender Series and after signing a contract to become a member of the UFC roster. Bo sits down with Chad to discuss his mentality, wins, and future! Bo has an awesome outlook on life and his career with the Fight Game and nothing is going to stop him from being the Champ! We are proud to have Bo back on and this won't be the last time! This episode is brought to you by Jack Daniel's, MTN OPS, Banded Brands, KERSHAW Knives, Thorogood Boots, and Sig Sauer!
Matt and Jim are joined by UFC women's flyweight Alexa Grasso, middleweight Jordan Wright, and actor Matt Lauria on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered!Days away from UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Araujo, Alexa Grasso shares her thoughts on headlining her first UFC card and how winning on Saturday can get her closer to her ultimate goal of becoming the first Mexican woman to become a UFC champion.The guys are then joined by CSI: Vegas star Matt Lauria, who shares what he learned from current and former UFC fighters as an actor on the scripted MMA-themed TV series, Kingdom.Finally, Matt Serra gets the chance to share his love for comic books with Jordan Wright, who exchanges anime and superhero TV recommendations with Matt before ultimately sharing the nutritional and training changes he made that make him feel as confident as ever going into Saturday night's fight against Dusko Todorovic.
With just two weeks to go until the absolutely-stacked UFC 280 pay-per-view card, Javier Mendez calls in from Abu Dhabi to join Matt and guest co-host Jens Pulver on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered!Javier peels back the curtain of what training camp with Islam Makhachev has been like, explaining why he believes Makhachev will reveal himself to be the UFC's most well-rounded lightweight ever in his upcoming title shot against Charles Oliveira.He later shares what it is about Khabib Nurmagomedov that's allowed him to make a smooth transition from dominant champion to insightful MMA coach.Matt and Jens wrap up the show with their thoughts on what to expect in the UFC's first-ever quadrilogy when flyweights Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno meet in Brazil at UFC 283.
On today's episode of UFC Unfiltered, Jim and Matt are joined by comedian/podcaster Akaash Singh and UFC lightweight contender Beneil Dariush.Matt and Jim's show-opening banter takes an even bigger comedic turn when Akaash Singh hops on the show. After Akaash explains why Israel Adesanya is his favorite fighter, the guys spark a dialogue on the humor it takes for men like themselves with below average height to lead women away from taller guys.The comic closes out his appearance by sharing how Apu from The Simpsons earned a spot in the title of his comedy special and plugging the final dates of his comedy tour.Finally, just two weeks away from ending a 17-month layoff, Beneil Dariush calls in fresh off a training session to talk about preparing for his UFC 280 fight with Mateusz Gamrot and where he believes he stands in the UFC's lightweight title picture.