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E103: Bas Rutten – Fight for Yourself


Bas Rutten aka ‘El Guapo’ is one of the most well respected fighters and personalities in mixed martial arts history. He is a former King of Pancrase, UFC heavyweight champion and transitioned into a career as a color analyst and co-host of HDNet’s Inside MMA. Rutten had an astounding fighting career spanning more than 14 years of active competition. Before transitioning into an MMA career, the Dutchman competed in high-level muay thai kickboxing in the Netherlands. Winning 16 fights fights in total — 14 by KO. In 30 fights in Pancrase, Rutten finished with a 25-4-1 record. FightMextrix wrote this upon his induction to the UFC Hall Of Fame:

“FightMetric, the official statistics provider for the UFC, ran the numbers on Rutten’s career. They back up the Dutchman’s inclusion into the UFC Hall of Fame and then some. In the 4-hours, 27-minutes and 8-seconds he spent as a pro fighter, Rutten scored 13 knockdowns without getting dropped himself, his significant strike accuracy was 70.6%, the highest FightMetric has ever recorded, attempted a record 53 submissions and successfully swept his opponents a record 46 times.”

Catch his podcast Rutten & Ranallo on all things MMA:
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Follow Bas on social media…
Facebook: @BasRutten
Twitter: @BasRuttenMMA

E102: Matt Burke – On the Ascent, Defensive Coordinator for the Miami Dolphins

Matt Burke - On the Ascent, Defensive Coordinator Miami Dolphins


Matt Burke is the Defensive Coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, and was also linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals where he was my coach while I was there. Previously an admin assistant with the Tennessee Titans. He played safety at Dartmouth and was part of an undefeated Ivy League championship team in 1996. In our talk Matt offers up a lot of insight about how the coaches spend their week in preparation of games along with how they handle assessment of players.

E101: Ryen Russillo – Host of Russillo & Kanell on the Culture of the Media


Since 2009, Ryen Russillo has been a host or co-host of the afternoon show on ESPN Radio. The program is currently known as Russillo & Kanell, and Ryen’s co-host is ESPN college football analyst Danny Kanell. Ryen and Danny bring their own flavor to the sports talk game, mixing some pop culture in with the latest happenings in sports. Previously Ryen co-hosted with Scott Van Pelt on what was originally titled The Scott Van Pelt Show and later became SVP & Russillo also known as The Russillo Show just before Kanell joined. The show airs from 1pm-3pm Monday through Friday.

Catch the Russillo & Kanell Show here: Follow Ryen on Twitter @ryenarussillo

E100: Chris Long – Patriots Super Bowl 51 Comeback

Chris Long - Patriots Super Bowl 51 Comeback


Chris Long is a defensive end for the New England Patriots. He played college football at Virginia, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams second overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. Chris is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long. In this episode Chris shares some of the many emotions taking place during the Patriots history making comeback during Super Bowl 51 along with how he came to join the team for their legendary season.

Follow him on Twitter @JOEL9ONE
Learn about his charity at

E99: Mike Golic Jr – Notre Dame Legacies and ESPN Radio


Mike Golic Jr is a broadcaster with ESPN Radio and a retired offensive guard. He played college football at Notre Dame and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 and New Orleans Saints in 2014. Today he co-hosts the ESPN Radio show “First and Last with Lundberg and Golic Jr”

Catch the podcast “First and Last”
Follow Mike on Twitter @MGolicJR57 or Instagram

E98: Adam Carr & Raychad Vannatta – Warriors Saving Warriors


From the Save a Warrior website –

Save A Warrior believes in challenging conventional thinking. The way we challenge the idea of suicide is so novel and so inspiring, it connects the lives of all who are transformed from sharing in this experience. Since 2012, those who complete Save A Warrior exclaim how our “unique approach to ordinary”… saved their life. We are grateful for your generosity which made the difference; perhaps a lifesaving difference.

Save A Warrior is an original, Warrior-led, well-grounded and timeless journey for active duty military, returning veterans and first responders who feel desperately alone. Give us a week and you will change the way you see – and live – your life.

Please read the bios of Adam Carr and Raychad Vannatta along with the rest of their Warrior Team here:
They are on Twitter: @saveawarrior
Instagram: @save_a_warrior_saw and Facebook: @SaveAWarrior
If you or anyone you know can benefit from what they’re doing please reach out today at

E97: Ariel Helwani – The Art of Interviewing MMA’s Best



Ariel Helwani has been covering mixed martial arts professionally since 2006. He is the reigning five-time World MMA Award Journalist of the Year winner. He works for (SB Nation). He formerly served as an “MMA Insider” for Fox Sports 1’s weekly UFC Tonight show and other pre- and post-event programming. He is the former co-host of the Sirius XM radio show “Fight Club”, and is currently the host of The MMA Hour podcast and the MMA Beat show on YouTube. Helwani is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. A Canadian native, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two kids.

Follow Ariel on Twitter @arielhelwani

E96: Jake Ballard – Giants Super Bowl Champ Turned Patriot

Jake Ballard


Jake Ballard played tight end for the New York Giants, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Ohio State and was signed by the Giants in 2010 where he won Super Bowl XLVI with them against the Patriots. Then an awkward transition occurred in 2012 landing him on the Patriots team who they had just faced that year in the Super Bowl. This is his story…

Follow Jake on Twitter @TheJakeBallard


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