Fellow comedian Adam Hunter is Jim's co-host for today's episode of UFC Unfiltered! First, Jim and Adam reminisce about touring back in the day and how clueless they could be about travel restrictions. Adam also details a fight he had with his opening act on a military base, and how his college wrestling experience came in handy during the confrontation. Then, Matt calls in from Fight Island, mainly to show off his amazing hotel room. He also shares how Chris Weidman began sparring with coach Ray Longo, and how great the flight to Fight Island was in business class. Matt Brown, co-main event on Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs Kattar, closes the show. He revisits the time someone messed with his 'dip' in The Ultimate Fighter house, shares why he's in the best shape of his life, and explains how to maintain professional relationships with friends. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 10 min
While Matt is living it up with Dana White on Fight Island filming Dana White: Lookin' FWD To A Fight, Jim's pal and fellow stand-up comedian Bobby Kelly joins the show as co-host! After Jim and Bobby reveal the secret to betting on UFC fights (hint: bet against Bobby), Aljamain Sterling joins. He further details the impact having an abusive and neglectful father had on his upbringing as detailed in UFC's mini-documentary, Aljamain Sterling: Not Broken. He also explains why he was skeptical of the reason behind Petr Yan's withdrawal from their scheduled title fight at UFC 256, and the Then, Derek Brunson joins the show to describe what it's like having an opponent that likes to talk as much as Kevin Holland, why he's confident heading into the match, and what it was like growing up with five older sisters. Jim and Bobby close the show sharing some early memories of meeting Jon Jones (note: Bobby predicted he would be UFC Champion), they discuss when they first discovered the UFC, and they have some fun not being able to pronounce the names of many UFC athletes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We have a packed episode of UFC Unfiltered before Matt heads to Fight Island to tape the latest installment of Dana White: Lookin' FWD to a Fight! First, Din Thomas calls in to share what inspired him to bike across Florida for men's mental health awareness, and why the cause is important to him. Then, Michael Chandler closes the show after officially booking his UFC debut against Dan Hooker at UFC 257 on January 23rd. He dives into how Hooker became his first UFC opponent, and the possibility of facing off against Khabib Nurmagomedov. He also breaks the news to Matt that he is, in fact, taller than him. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
UFC Unfiltered starts 2021 with a bang! Calvin Kattar has the honor of being UFC Unfiltered's first guest of 2021. He discusses his mentality heading into his main event fight against Max Holloway on January 16th, what he learned working as a promoter after buying the promotion he used to fight for, how it feels to headline the first ever UFC event airing free on ABC, and how meditation and mindfulness have played a bigger role in his life recently. Then, Jim and Matt discuss fights between Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz, Kevin Holland and Derek Brunson, and many more. Rose Namajunas and Pat Barry close out the show clarifying that Rose does, in fact, want a title shot against current Strawweight Champion Weili Zhang. She also gives a tour of her Winnebago and shares who she's trained with while road tripping across the country. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 4 min
While Jim and Matt are off for the holidays, we have one more episode of UFC's newest podcast for you to check out! Becoming A Fighter is a new show hosted by Megan Olivi that aims to learn why your favorite UFC athletes became fighters. Our second subject is UFC Strawweight Rose Namajunas. This episode details in Rose's own words how she was able to thrive despite the rough conditions of her neighborhood in Milwaukee, and how she overcame her battles with mental health en route to being a UFC Champion. This show asks the simple question: How the hell did she get here? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 30, 2020
It's the final episode of UFC Unfiltered of 2020! Jim and Matt start the show with Marvin Vettori. He shares why he's not worried about facing off against Israel Adesanya in the future, why Darren Till makes sense as his next opponent, and why he'll eventually need to face Kevin Holland in the Octagon. Then, Megan Olivi closes the show to discuss her new podcast, "Becoming a Fighter", which profiles UFC fighters' lives before entering the UFC. She also shares how excited she is about heading back to Fight Island in 2021 and which holiday movies she and husband Joseph Benavidez watch every year. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 28, 2020
Jim and Matt are off the next two Wednesdays for the holidays... but we didn't forget about you! Becoming A Fighter is a new show hosted by Megan Olivi that aims to learn why your favorite UFC athletes became fighters. Our first subject is Ian Heinisch, whose life's journey has more twists and turns than just about anyone. Once a wrestling prodigy in Colorado, Ian found himself in Spanish prison for drug charges, where he began seriously training in MMA. Only a few years later, he's a ranked UFC fighter. This show asks the simple question: How the hell did he get here? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 23, 2020
Jim and Matt are joined by Barstool Sports' Robbie Fox, who hosts the podcast "My Mom's Basement." After briefly torturing Jim with a quick conversation about The Mandalorian, Matt leads a recap of last Saturday's Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal. Is Wonderboy back to contending for the title? How about the resurgence of Jose Aldo? Then, Rob Font joins to discuss his impressive win over Marlon Moraes on Saturday. After a brief tour of his practice gym (complete with bunk beds), Font talks about how he could tell what Moraes gameplan was, how teammate Calvin Kattar looks leading up to his fight against Max Holloway, and his golf game. Then, comedian Adam Hunter joins to discuss, among other things, his new comedy special that will debut on FightPass in the coming days: "Throwing Punches." He and Jim have known each other for a while, and reminisce about some of their favorite nights together. They discuss who the funniest UFC fighters are -- and which ones are the easiest to make fun of. Meanwhile, veteran stand-up comedian Matt Serra asks several questions about the craft. To our Unfiltered listeners: Happy Holidays! The guys will be back on Monday for the last show of the year. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 21, 2020
1 hr 17 min
Ep. 3: Inside UFC Training Camp (Fight Week) w/ Forrest Griffin: Geoff Neal, Belal Muhammad, Khaos Williams
It's Fight Week for Geoff Neal and Khaos Williams as they make final preparations for their bouts this Saturday. For Belal Muhammad, it should have been Fight Week, but a positive test for COVID on Monday changed his plans. He shared his raw emotions with us hours after he posted that his fight with Dhiego Lima was off. Fight fans saw Geoff Neal in his first UFC main event promotions last weekend, which included a particularly pointed threat from Geoff's opponent, Stephen Wonderboy Thompson. Geoff hadn't seen the promos, so Forrest had to tell him what Wonderboy said... on air. Meanwhile, Khaos Williams has been working with a professional boxer as he tunes up for his fight against Michel Pereira, but his main struggles during camp have been trying to keep his family and friends from distracting him. Forrest tells a few memorable stories about what his network expected from him during Fight Week, and how much it used to drive him crazy. Plus, all three fighters tell you what they do in the last hours before a fight. And in a particularly memorable moment, Belal tells us what it's like in the very final moments before a fight: backstage, you run into other fighters, your opponent, other coaches, and so much more. What actually happens back there? Thanks for listening to the first season of Inside Training Camp -- hopefully, we'll be back soon! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 18, 2020
Matt is back from his shoot in Las Vegas and is only a little bit jealous of how well Jim and Forrest got along on Monday's show. Anthony Pettis is the first to join Jim and Matt. He shares how seeing a sports therapist is shaping his outlook on life, why he feels it's important to educate young fighters about their finances, and how it feels to know it has been exactly ten years (to the day!) since his "Showtime kick" against Benson Henderson. Then Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson calls in. He discusses how he fought through broken bones during his last fight against Vicente Luque, what it was like to have Chris Weidman as a training partner (for better or worse), and how he feels heading into his main-event bout against Geoff Neal on Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Neal. "Lucky Gi" owner and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Scott Nelson joins to talk to Jim and Matt about the origins of BJJ in Mixed Martial Arts, his partnership with the UFC on a new line of gis commemorating UFC 1, and how he collaborated with BJ penn to construct the perfect gi. Finally, Jim and Matt make their picks for UFC Fight Night" Thompson vs Neal. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 16, 2020
1 hr 31 min