On today's episode of UFC Unfiltered, Jim and Matt are joined by both main event fighters for this Saturday's event, UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Chikadze! First, Calvin Kattar joins the show. He tries to convince Matt to come golfing with him and fellow UFC fighter Rob Font, shares how he bounced back from his loss to Max Holloway last year, and shares why despite being a fan, it's now hard to root for Tom Brady. Then, after Matt tries to convince Jim to watch 'The Book of Boba Fett,' Giga Chikadze calls in to UFC Unfiltered. He shares how he gravitated towards kickboxing and found success in the sport after his father thought he was too small for wrestling, discusses what Dana White told him about a potential title shot after running into him at the UFC Performance Institute, and explains why he feels he has a read on Calvin Kattar's game plan heading into Saturday night. Jim and Matt close the show by discussing the newest episode of 'Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight' and the new headlining bout of UFC 272: Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jim and Matt are starting off this week strong with American Top Team boxing coach Dyah Davis and comedian Brian Simpson! Coach Dyah Davis calls in first to discuss the latest developments on a potential matchup between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz, how his Olympic gold medalist father, Howard Davis Jr., taught him how to box and coach, and shares his prediction on the UFC Heavyweight title fight between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane. Then, comedian Brian Simpson joins the show. He offers his thoughts on Max Holloway withdrawing from a trilogy match with Alexander Volkanovski for the Featherweight belt at UFC 272, shares how his service in the Marines altered his outlook on exercise, and trades stories with Jim about his early stand-up comedy career, long before he appeared on the Netflix series, The Standups. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Not even the coronavirus can stop Jim and Matt on today's episode of UFC Unfiltered! After Jim breaks the news to Matt that he has COVID (and feels okay), actor and star of 9-1-1: Lone Star, Ronen Rubinstein, makes his UFC Unfiltered debut. After he and Jim trade stories about commuting to and from auditions to Staten Island, he shares why he believes Ciryl Gane will defeat Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC 270, why Dustin Poirier would be able to handle Nate Diaz if they were to face off in the Octagon, and shows Matt he's repping his favorite UFC fighter of all-time: Georges St-Pierre. Then, UFC Light Heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira calls in. He discusses how it felt to get a hero's welcome when he returned home to Connecticut after winning the belt, gives updates on when and where his first title defense will happen, and asks Matt for advice on how to handle the kids at his MMA academy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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It's the first episode of 2022 -- and Jim and Matt are starting off with a bang! First, Carla Esparza makes her UFC Unfiltered debut. She discusses Dana White's recent announcement that she will be the next UFC Strawweight to face Rose Namajunas for the belt, her reaction to a match-ending cut on her face that occurred during her grappling exhibition match against Danielle Kelly last week at Fury Grappling 3, and the latest in Dana's public spat with YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul. Then, after Matt advises listeners to watch the UFC Fight Pass show 'Year of the Fighter' profiling his season of The Ultimate Fighter and bout against Georges St-Pierre to win the UFC Welterweight championship, Katlyn Chookagian calls in ahead of her fight against Jennifer Maia at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Chikadze on January 15th. Besides trying to get to the root of Jim's dating woes, Katlyn opens up about why she's feeling confident heading into her rematch with Maia after defeating her in 2019 and why she doesn't feel sorry for people on 90 Day Fiancé. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 1 min
Here's part two of Jim and Matt's final show of 2021, where they invited pals of the show to pick their favorite moments of UFC action from the past year. Brendan Fitzgerald kicks off the show to make his pick for 'UFC Knockout of the Year.' He also discusses Derrick Lewis setting the record for most knockouts in the UFC, what it's like to be a commentator during complicated technical matchups, and how he plans on taking a break from watching fights for the holidays before working the first UFC event in 2022. Then, Din Thomas closes out the show, and the year, and makes his pick for 'UFC Fight of the Year.' He also explains the lavish outfit he wore while working at his last UFC event, shares what it was like to make a video impersonating Stephen A. Smith for the MMA Awards, and teases Matt with knowledge of what he should be looking forward to on the next season of Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 22, 2021
1 hr 2 min
Jim and Matt are inviting pals of the show for the final two episodes of 2021 as they make their picks for their favorite moments of UFC action from the past year. Comedian Adam Ray kicks off the show to make his pick for 'UFC Moment of the Year.' He also reveals why he's such a big fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, does some great impressions of Chuck Liddell and Jay Leno, and discusses how much of an advantage it is for fighters to weigh more than their opponents. Then, Megan Olivi joins the show to make her pick for 'UFC Fighter of the Year.' She also recaps her weekend working on the sidelines for a football game in Detroit, reveals what Cub Swanson said about the future of his career after his first-round TKO win against Darren Elkins, and details why Belal Muhammad is a problem for top-ranked Welterweights after his win against Stephen Thompson on Saturday. Don't forget to listen to part two of the UFC Unfiltered 2021 recap show this Wednesday with special guests Brendan Fitzgerald and Din Thomas! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 20, 2021
Jim and Matt are joined by two fighters on the last card of the year: UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Daukaus! First, Sijara Eubanks makes her UFC Unfiltered debut ahead of her bout against Melissa Gatto on Saturday night. After her and Jim question why they're both obsessed with 90 Day Fiancé, she breaks down how training with the likes of Frankie Edgar and coach Mark Henry is so beneficial to her game, and what her hometown friends thought of her deciding to pursue a career in mixed martial arts. Then, after Jim and Matt make their pick for the main event on Saturday between Heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus, Gerald Meerschaert calls in ahead of his bout against Dustin Stoltzfus. Besides him and Matt discussing the different implementations of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu during self-defense scenarios, he details how he plans to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at his new martial arts academy and explains why Stoltzfus' two-fight losing skid makes him a more dangerous opponent. Jim and Matt close the show with more fight picks for UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Daukaus. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 15, 2021
Jim and Matt call on UFC analyst and former UFC Middleweight champ Michael Bisping to help them break down all the action from this weekend's action-packed Pay-Per-View Card. Plus, the Sklar Brothers appear to tease a new project exclusively for UFC Fight Pass! First, after Matt tells Jim about the not-so-great time he had taping UFC Watch Party at Ray Longo's house on Saturday, the Sklar Brothers make their UFC Unfiltered debut. They discuss the premise of their new show for UFC Fight Pass, explain what impressed them the most about Julianna Peña's stunning upset victory against Amanda Nunes, and break down the evolution of one of their stand-up bits from initial conception to how they perform it on-stage. Then, Michael Bisping calls in ready to talk all things UFC 269. He breaks down how fatigue was the main factor that resulted in Peña's win over Nunes, which matchup he's looking forward to next for the reigning UFC Lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, and what Cody Garbrandt's career moves are after his TKO loss to Kai Kara-France. Plus, he recaps his infamous run-in with a rowdy stranger on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and the aftermath of that incident. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 13, 2021
1 hr 12 min
Jim Norton and Matt Serra are back with another episode of Unfiltered where they talk about the upcoming UFC 269 pay-per-view event headlined by the lightweight title fight between defending champion Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier. Kai Kara-France joins first and talks about his upcoming fight against former Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt. Then, he discusses why so many fighters out of New Zealand choose to train with City Kickboxing. Finally, Kai talks about his love for sneakers and his sneaker collection. After, Jim and Matt go through the UFC 269 Main Card and discuss their picks. The defending Women’s Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion, Amanda Nunes, stops by and talks about what she’s been up to recently with her family, who also make a guest appearance. Amanda also discusses her life back in Brazil and growing up on a farm. Finally, she talks about how she keeps herself motivated after defending her belt for so many years. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 8, 2021
Matt Serra returns from his vacation and is back at it again with his Jimmy Bird to break down all the action from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Aldo. First, Jamahal Hill stops by after his 48 second knockout win against Jimmy Crute. Hill discusses his fight preparation against Paul Craig compared to his fight preparation against Jimmy Crute and then he talks about potential future match ups in the Light Heavyweight division. To wrap things up, Matt, fresh off his trip to Florida, gives Jamahal some travel tips for Disneyworld and Universal Studios. Up next, Vince Morales makes his UFC Unfiltered debut. The guys chat about his knockout win against Louis Smolka this past Saturday night, and about growing up in a family of fighters. Morales, Jim and Matt wrap things up with a discussion on their favorite scary movies and anime shows. Finally, Jim and Matt close out the show discussing the main event between Jose Aldo and Rob Font. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 6, 2021
1 hr 1 min