Coach and former UFC Welterweight Din Thomas joins Jim and Matt for a special pre-UFC 254 episode of UFC Unfiltered! First, Jared Cannonier joins the show ahead of his co-main event bout against Robert Whittaker. He shares how his military service shaped his views of Mixed Martial Arts, how his spiritual journey has evolved over time, and what new skills he plans to display against Whittaker this Saturday. Then, after Jim, Matt and Din discuss the latest rumor that Jose Aldo will be facing Marlon "Chito" Vera at UFC 255 in November, Tai Tuivasa calls into the show. He shares how his year off has been spent rethinking his approach to fighting, and how happy he'll be to drink from a boot if he wins against Stefan Struve on Saturday. Jim, Matt, and Din close out the show by making their UFC 254 picks, and Jim reveals to Matt and Din what day of the week it is (seriously, this happened)! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 17 min
It's officially fight week for UFC 254, where Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will look to defend his title against challenger Justin Gaethje! Jim and Matt kick off fight week with Khabib's coach, Javier Mendez. He discusses how Khabib has approached this fight camp after the death of his father, why he still considers Conor McGregor to be Khabib's toughest challenge, and how it felt to be treated as a celebrity in Dagestan. Then, after Jim and Matt recap the action from UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs The Korean Zombie, Aljamain Sterling calls in to share how it feels to finally have a title shot booked against Petr Yan at UFC 256 and how he's been keeping active during quarantine. Joaquin Buckley closes out the show by revealing the mistake Impa Kasanganay made that led to his epic flying-kick KO and responding to James Krause calling Buckley a 'sh*tbox' after his win on Saturday. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 14 min
After Jim compares Zoom backgrounds and Matt tells a story about his crazy morning, "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung and coach Eddie Cha join the show! They discuss how Jung persevered through an eye injury for several months leading up to Jung's bout against Frankie Edgar, getting a lot of money to be on a reality show in Korea, and how it feels to fight an opponent he truly dislikes in Brian Ortega this Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie. After Jim and Matt make their fight picks for this weekend, Katlyn Chookagian calls in from Fight Island. She shares why she's indifferent towards aliens, how it felt beating Antonina Shevchenko after losing to her sister Valentina, and her game plan against Jessica Andrade in this weekend's co-main event. Finally, Jim and Matt react to the news of Aljamain Sterling getting a title shot against Petr Yan at UFC 256. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 3 min
It's official: Matt has finally figured out how to use his green screen! Jim and Matt celebrate with friend of the show Uriah Hall, and coach Jason Parillo. Middleweight Uriah Hall calls in first ahead of his bout with Anderson Silva on October 31st. He discusses how he's dealt with the numerous fight cancellations due to COVID-19, why he's confident he'd win against Israel Adesanya, and whether or not he thinks Joaquin Buckley's KO on Saturday is better than his epic spinning heel kick KO from The Ultimate Fighter. Coach Jason Parillo closes out the show recapping his late-night encounter with Matt Serra and Marlon 'Chito' Vera in Las Vegas, how he approaches coaching a new fighter, and sharing how his multiple injuries led him on his coaching journey. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After Matt finally figures out how to work his green screen with Jim, they're joined by the headliner of this Saturday's card: Marlon Moraes! The former Bantamweight title challenger gives his take on why Aljamain Sterling should be the next title challenger, how he's prepared for opponent Cory Sandhagen, who he thinks would win should Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou rematch, and chats about how he and his family survived their experience with Covid-19. Jim and Matt close out the show making their picks for the main card of UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs Sandhagen, Matt sings the world famous Barboza song and Jim hurts Matts feelings when he admits to missing in-studio snacks more than missing being in-studio with Matt. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jim and Matt are here to break down all the action from Saturday's card, including Holly Holm's dominant performance over Irene Aldana. They start the show recapping their favorite moments from UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Aldana, including Carlos Felipe spanking Yorgan De Castro mid-fight, Luigi Vendramini's emotional victory, and Carlos Condit earning his first win in over five years. Then, Dustin Poirier joins the show to address the rumors regarding a potential bout between him and Conor McGregor, what Heavyweight boxing means to him, and why he's hungry for another bout before the end of the year. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Matt's back from Fight Island, and ready to break down some fights with Jim! First, Matt details what really went down during his altercation with Joshua Fabia, Diego Sanchez's coach, on Dana White: Lookin' FWD to a Fight - Return To Fight Island. Then, Carlos Condit calls in from Fight Island to discuss his upcoming bout against Court McGee this Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Aldana, how he maintains a positive attitude after losing a few fights in a row, and which podcasts are his favorite (besides this one). Germaine de Randamie calls afterwards to share her frustration with opponents 'cuddling' her during fights, embracing Jiu Jitsu as a part of her strategy, and which foods she likes to fantasize about when cutting weight. Jim and Matt close out the show making their picks for this weekend's card headlined by the pivotal Women's Bantamweight matchup between former champion Holly Holm and Irene Aldana. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
With Matt traveling back from Fight Island, Jim is joined by Phoenix Carnevale to recap all the action from UFC 253! First, Jim and Phoenix go over Israel Adesanya's dominant performance against Paulo Costa to retain the Middleweight belt. Then, Cory Sandhagen calls in to share why he thinks Ryan Hall is a 'genius', the dangers of watching too much tape on an opponent, and how he's feeling ahead of his first main event bout against Marlon Moraes. After that, Jim and Phoenix break down Jan Blachowicz's epic win against Dominick Reyes, and discuss Matt's altercation between Diego Sanchez's coach, Joshua Fabia, on Dana White: Lookin’ FWD to a Fight. Finally, Walt Harris joins to close out the show. After Jim and Walt commiserate about being Dallas Cowboys fans, Walt shares how he dealt with being diagnosed with COVID-19, what it was like running for city council of his hometown in Alabama, and how he's approaching his upcoming bout against Alexander Volkov at UFC 254 in October. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 8 min
The path to UFC gold goes through UFC Unfiltered as current Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Light Heavyweight Dominick Reyes join Jim and Matt on today's episode! First, Jim and Matt go through their picks for Saturday's stacked main event at UFC 253 on Fight Island. Then, Dominick Reyes calls in ahead of his title fight against Jan Blachowicz for the vacant Light Heavyweight championship. Reyes delves into his thinking about Jon Jones vacating the Light Heavyweight title, why he looks forward to fight week so much, and age being a factor in his fight against Blachowicz. Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya closes out the show to share why he hasn't dyed his hair pink for his fight against Paulo Costa, why he feels so confident going into the bout, who he is fighting for, and what anime he's been watching lately. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Special guest co-host Laura Sanko joins UFC Unfiltered for the first time to recap all the action at UFC Fight Night: Covington vs Woodley! First, Jim, Matt, and Laura discuss Saturday's wild card: Khamzat Chimaev's 17-second KO of Gerald Meerschaert, Mackenzie Dern's first round armbar submission of Randa Markos, and Colby Covington's dominant performance in the main event against Tyron Woodley. Plus, a quick preview of the Adesanya-Costa title fight this weekend. Then, Mackenzie Dern calls in to share how surprised she was when Markos dove into her guard when she tripped, how having a child has changed her perspective on fighting, and who she wants to face next in the Octagon. Johnny Walker closes out the show with a call out for his next opponent and revealing what it's like to now be coached under John Kavanaugh. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 12 min