MMA Fight Radio Thurs Aug 25

Guests: Anthony Pettis, Ryan Bader, Roxanne Modafferi, Nick Barnes and Damian Gonzalez

MMA Fight Radio airs live Thurs nights 6-8 pm Here in Phoenix / East Coast 9-11 pm / Pacific Time 6-8 pm

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MMA FIGHT RADIO Arizona’s original expert source for MMA, our host “Big Jay Bowski” Jay Pagliaro, co-hosts: UFC Fighter Joe Gigliotti, Shawn “Dallas” Hall an MMA Judge and Ricky Neel with recurring guest co-host MMA Fighter Efrain Escudero and Estevan Payan. Airing on NBC Sports Radio Phoenix 1060AM

Produced by Penny Buffington. Sponsored by the Arizona Event Center.

Joshua Boyd: Las Vegas Correspondent
Paal Eide: East Coast Correspondent w/ wife Yadlynd as photographer

Southeast Coast Correspondent Scott Lewis

MMA Fight Radio Main Photographers include Bill Merritt, Eddie Buffington, Penny Buffington

News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA: including the UFC, Bellator, WSOF, Titan FC. Invicata FC, RFA, Duel for Domination, Bounded Fist Muay Thai and more.

Connecting listeners to MMA events and fighters with contests, prizes, ticket giveaways and more!

Anthony Pettis – UFC exclusive:

 UFC on Fox 21

AUGUST 27, 2016 / ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Anthony Pettis 18 – 5 – 0 vs Charles Oliveira 21 – 5 – 0

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INVICTA FC 19 SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 / KANSAS CITY SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Roxanne Modafferi 19 – 12 – 0 vs Jennifer Maia 13 – 4 – 1

Invicta FC 13

 UFC Fight Night 93 SEPTEMBER 03, 2016 / BARCLAYCARD ARENA, HAMBURG, GERMANY

  Ryan Bader 20 – 5 – 0 vs Ilir Latifi 12 – 4 – 0

UFC Fight Night Sept 3 2016

Damian Gonzalez – Nate Diaz conditioning coach

Nathan Diaz, Damian Gonzalez and David Phillips
Nathan Diaz, Damian Gonzalez and David Phillips

Nick “The Phoenix” Barnes – RFA 43 Broomfield, Co.

Nick Barnes 11 – 1 – 0 vs Brian Camozzi 6 – 2 – 0

RFA 43

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Watch here Live Weigh-In UFC 202: Diaz vs McGregor 2

 UFC 202 Diaz vs McGregor 2

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Featherweight champ Conor McGregor (168) vs. Nate Diaz (170.5) – non-title welterweight bout
  • Anthony Johnson (205.5) vs. Glover Teixeira (205.5)
  • Donald Cerrone (170) vs. Rick Story (171)
  • Hyun Gyu Lim (171) vs. Mike Perry (169)
  • Sabah Homasi (170.5) vs. Tim Means (171)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Cody Garbrandt (136) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (136)
  • Raquel Pennington (135.5) vs. Elizabeth Phillips (134)
  • Chris Avila (146) vs. Artem Lobov (144.5)
  • Cortney Casey (116) vs. Randa Markos (116)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Lorenz Larkin (170.75) vs. Neil Magny (171)
  • Colby Covington (171) vs. Max Griffin (170.5)
  • Alberto Uda (185.5) vs. Marvin Vettori (185.5)

Quotes from ALL UFC 202 Fighters

WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF UFC® 202?

 

Las Vegas – As fight night approaches, here is what the stars of UFC® 202: DIAZ vs. McGREGOR 2 had to say leading up to their Saturday night matchups:

Nate Diaz: “I have to keep it real. I have to stay true to myself and if he comes in with his whole team, well I have a whole gang here ready to ride. I’ve been training like normal for this, not taking this differently than any other fight. I’ve been working with Richard Perez, Cesar Gracie, Randy, Gilbert, Jake, Nick. I did bring in some pro boxers and some kickboxers to work with this time but that’s all. I expect all kinds of surprises from Conor so I’m making sure that I’m ready for whatever he brings. I’m not making any predictions. I’m just going in there to win.”

Conor McGregor: “It’s a big fight, it always was. We’re ready to fight, so let’s go. This invincible feeling Nate has that he can’t get knocked out, he’s going to get knocked out on Saturday. My legacy was set in stone when I knocked Jose Aldo in 13 seconds. This is a straight fight, I came for a straight fight.”

Anthony Johnson: “I’m going to get the win because I’m going to try to whoop him. He’s going to try to whoop me and I’m going to try to whoop him. Glover is a warrior, I respect him, his camp is great and that’s what it’s all about, respect. Glover has tremendous knockout power. Am I worried about it? No, but I’m not going to ignore it. Something crazy is going to happen. It’s going to be a fight, that’s what Glover and I are going to give you.”

Glover Teixeira: “I’m really excited for this fight. This is my time to be aggressive. I’m looking forward to this fight and I feel that I’m ready to go. With Anthony, I want to make sure that I stay away from the cage and don’t give him any opportunities. I definitely have the advantage on the ground. He’s a great boxer but I feel that I am ready to do whatever it takes to win.”

Rick Story: “I feel really confident and I’m excited for the opportunity to face a guy like ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. It’s been a long road to get here. I came into this sport just fighting to make ends meet and trying to learn as much as possible. It’s been a little different lately, I’ve started training with the Blackzilians and they’re a really cohesive unit with a bunch of high level talent. So, the cool thing is that I was learning stuff from every single person in the room – not just coaches. I would go in there and anytime I got beat in sparring or grappling, the person would school me up on it and you can really grow your bag of tricks that way. I think I’m going to be the spoiler in this fight. I never go into a fight unprepared and I think I’m going to get the win.”

Donald Cerrone: “The UFC is a multi-billion dollar company, they need to keep it strong. Why wouldn’t people want the money fights that come with that? I’m okay with it. I live every day to its fullest, I enjoy life. A lot of these guys are probably sitting in their rooms all week thinking about the fight, but that’s not me. I’m fortunate to have a job that lets me have fun while I make money. If that means taking the money fight instead of the title fight, that’s what it means.”

Hyun Gyu Lim: “I feel very good coming into this bout. I was originally supposed to face someone else but Mike Perry stepped in on two weeks’ notice so I have been studying him and I think this will be a great fight. I anticipate it will be a striking battle and I plan to come out on top.”

Mike Perry: “Making my debut on a big card like this feels like a true blessing, an opportunity to seize the day. People who aren’t familiar with me can expect a lot of aggression, drive and relentlessness.”

Tim Means: “I’m very happy to be back. I went around and checked out some of the smaller promotions with my teammates and there’s not another promotion out there like the UFC. No one else treats their athletes the way the UFC treats us, from the rooms they put us up in to the equipment they provide for us, there’s no one that does it better. This is a great company to be part of. My opponent is making his debut, there will be a lot of pressure on him to live up to expectations and being a part of a card like this. No one batted an eye when I made my debut, I was just a skinny, scrawny guy from the sticks – it won’t be that way for him.”

Sabah Homasi: “I’m taking the fight on short notice so my preparation was short, but I’m ready. I’m in shape because I just fought a couple weeks ago and I’m just glad to be getting back in there. Stylistically, Tim is a perfect matchup for me. He likes to strike and so do I so I’m ready to get in there and mix things up. I feel great, I’m really excited to go out there and do my thing. I expect a victory. I don’t want to call the shot because Means is a tough guy but I’m going out there to win and I’m going to shine bright!”

Cody Garbrandt: “Takeya is a very tough guy and a very durable competitor. He’s known for going in there and taking people’s best shots, but I don’t think he can take mine. I feel amazing coming into the fight. Some people may look at our records and think that he has an advantage just from the amount of fights he’s had but I know I’m the better fighter. I’m going to get a first-round knockout and then I’m coming for Dominick Cruz and I’m taking that title.”

Takeya Mizugaki: “Cody’s a good striker with heavy hands, so I have to be careful of that. But I’m also an experienced striker, so I’m looking to beat him at his own game. I checked out the odds this morning. I knew he would be considered the favorite, but the odds are really too close. Before the previous fight, I was on a two fight losing streak. So I got back in the win column, so I’m looking to get a two fight winning streak going and fight against top-ranked guys.”

Raquel Pennington: “I proved to myself that I’m a better fighter in my last fight. I got to a point where I was giving my opponents too much credit and I was taking it away from myself. To go out and win fights, there’s no better confidence booster than that. Elizabeth hasn’t fought in a while, so I’m sure she’s going to come out with a lot of aggression, it’ll be my job to counter that and get the win.”

Elizabeth Phillips: “I’ve been preparing for months for this fight. We work hard, five or six hours a day just drilling and drilling. I’ve been working on my standup a lot and I feel more in shape for this fight than any to come before it. Raquel is really experienced. She’s a pretty basic fighter. She’s got a good 1-2, strong jab, doesn’t move around a lot. I know that she’ll be really strong. I’m a big underdog here but I think I’m going to surprise a lot of people with my improvements. My cardio is a lot better and I’m going to come in and put the pressure on her. I’m going to dominate and come out of there with a submission or a TKO.”

Artem Lobov: “There’s always a lot of pressure to fight in the UFC, but I’m training with Conor McGregor and it feels really, really good to be in that position. In my fight, I’m going to break him in the first and finish him in the second. In Conor’s fight, I see Conor finishing him in the third. Nate’s toughness will carry him that far, but it won’t be enough.”

Chris Avila: “It was cool that Nate would push for me to be on this card. My goal was to get into the UFC and here I am. It feels like something is brewing between our team and the SBG guys. We definitely don’t like them. I’m not letting that play into the fight though, it’s another fight for me and I’m going to go in there and beat Artem’s butt. I’m staying focused on going in and winning this fight. I’m going to go in and do my best.”

Randa Markos: “I’m a big fan of both Nate Diaz and Conor, so it really motivates me. I’m really excited to be on a card with them and be a part of a card of this magnitude. I just want to be better than I was last time. I don’t care who I’m fighting or who I’m going to face. You have to be ready for everybody.”

Cortney Casey: “Randa is well-rounded and I’m expecting a good war. She doesn’t want to lose that top-15 spot. I think most of the pressure is on her. I’m coming in to put on a show and let everyone know I’m a top competitor. It’s going to be a good fight. There’s a lot of good fights on the card, but we definitely have a chance of getting Fight of the Night. As long as I put on a show, I’ll be just fine.”

Neil Magny: “When I found out that Jon Jones was out of the Cormier fight, I called Joe Silva and asked for it. I figured, I’m in Las Vegas, I’m 190-pounds and this is a great opportunity – UFC 200 and fighting a champion, why wouldn’t I do that? Now, I’m here fighting on another one of the biggest cards of the year and I’m just as excited. This fight will be just like my other ones, I’m going to dominate my opponent and go out and get the win.”

Lorenz Larkin: “I guess I feel like the underdog in this fight. It’s one of those things where with last minute fights you’re always considered the underdog. Nobody knows what you’re doing before the fight – if you’re injured, how you’re feeling, or if you’re just off the couch. I don’t care whatsoever about being an underdog. I would hope that he (Magny) wouldn’t underestimate me and that he’s been training hard. I want the 110-percent Neil in that fight. I don’t want the 50-percent or anything like that. I’m fully ready and fully prepared and you’re going to see that on Saturday.”

Colby Covington: “Fighting on a huge card like this is surreal, this is what I’ve been dreaming of since I was a little kid. He’s not going to last all three rounds, he’s going to be finished before then, I know that.”

Max Griffin: “I’m excited to be here, I just got signed and I like my opponent. It’s a good matchup. He’s an up-and-comer, and I’m going to take him out. I’m knocking him out. Probably in the first-round, he can’t take my punches. He’s going to be surprised. He’s talking a lot of trash and he underestimates me. I can’t wait to put him on his face, or put him on his back, whichever way he decides to fall.”

Alberto Uda: “Everything is going well, my schedule is awesome. I’m very well prepared and I am ready for the fight.”

Marvin Vettori: “To get here was just the first step. Now I have to show everyone I belong in the UFC. Every fight put in front of me, I have to win. To keep winning means everything. I think I’m a better fighter all-around. I have better jiu jitsu, better stand-up and better wrestling. That’s what I think and I’m going to show everyone on Saturday. I think I will finish the fight in the first or second round, but for sure I will finish the fight.”

 

 

UFC® 202: DIAZ vs. McGREGOR 2 will be available live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, August 20 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Vubiquity, and in Canada on BellTV, Rogers, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Canal Indigo for a suggested retail price of $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/CAN for High-Definition.

About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Singapore, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 29 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

MMA Fight Radio Thurs Aug 18

Guests: Glover Teixeira, Saad Awad, Cody Bollinger, Damian Gonzalez and Brittany Wonder

MMA Fight Radio airs live Thurs nights 6-8 pm Here in Phoenix / East Coast 9-11 pm / Pacific Time 6-8 pm

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MMA-Fight-Radio

 

MMA FIGHT RADIO Arizona’s original expert source for MMA, our host “Big Jay Bowski” Jay Pagliaro, co-hosts: UFC Fighter Joe Gigliotti, Shawn “Dallas” Hall an MMA Judge and Ricky Neel with recurring guest co-host MMA Fighter Efrain Escudero and Estevan Payan. Airing on NBC Sports Radio Phoenix 1060AM

Produced by Penny Buffington. Sponsored by the Arizona Event Center.

Joshua Boyd: Las Vegas Correspondent
Paal Eide: East Coast Correspondent w/ wife Yadlynd as photographer

Southeast Coast Correspondent Scott Lewis

MMA Fight Radio Main Photographers include Bill Merritt, Eddie Buffington, Penny Buffington

News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA: including the UFC, Bellator, WSOF, Titan FC. Invicata FC, RFA, Duel for Domination, Bounded Fist Muay Thai and more.

Connecting listeners to MMA events and fighters with contests, prizes, ticket giveaways and more!

 

Damian Gonzalez – Nate Diaz conditioning coach

Nathan Diaz, Damian Gonzalez and David Phillips
Nathan Diaz, Damian Gonzalez and David Phillips

 UFC exclusive prerecord with Scott Lewis – UFC 202 AUGUST 20, 2016 / T-MOBILE ARENA, LAS VEGAS, NV.

Glover Teixeira 25 – 4 – 0 Anthony Johnson 21 – 5 – 0

UFC Fight Night Johnson vs Teixeira

BELLATOR 160 AUGUST 26, 2016 / HONDA CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CA.

Saad Awad  19 – 7 – 0 vs Derek Anderson 13 – 2 – 0

Bellator MMA Awad vs Anderson

Cody Bollinger – 4 days notice replacing “Taco”  RFA 42 AUGUST 19, 2016 / VISALIA CONVENTION CENTER, VISALIA, CA.

Cody Bollinger 17-5-0  vs Anthony Avila 12 – 4 – 0

Cody Bollinger

RFA 42

Brittany Wonder vs Sage Sin PHX WRESTLING – Pro Wrestling – Fri August 19 the Arizona Event Center Mesa, AZ http://azeventcenter.com/

Brittany Wonder
Brittany Wonder

PHXLRG



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MMA Fight Radio Thurs Aug 11

Guests: Raquel Pennington, Jessica Eye, Henry Corrales,  Ray Elizalde and Greg DeMarco

MMA Fight Radio airs live Thurs nights 6-8 pm Here in Phoenix / East Coast 9-11 pm / Pacific Time 6-8 pm

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MMA-Fight-Radio

 

MMA FIGHT RADIO Arizona’s original expert source for MMA, our host “Big Jay Bowski” Jay Pagliaro,  co-hosts: UFC Fighter Joe GigliottiShawn “Dallas” Hall an MMA Judge and Ricky Neel with recurring guest co-host MMA Fighter Efrain Escudero.   Airing on NBC Sports Radio Phoenix 1060AM

Produced by Penny Buffington. Sponsored by the Arizona Event Center.

Joshua Boyd: Las Vegas Correspondent
Paal Eide: East Coast Correspondent w/ wife Yadlynd as photographer

Southeast Coast Correspondent Scott Lewis

MMA Fight Radio Main Photographers include Bill Merritt, Eddie Buffington, Penny Buffington

News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA: including the UFC, Bellator, WSOF, Titan FC. Invicata FC, RFA,  Duel for Domination, Bounded Fist Muay Thai and more.

Connecting listeners to MMA events and fighters with contests, prizes, ticket giveaways and more!

 

 

 UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 AUGUST 20, 2016 / T-MOBILE ARENA, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA Ranked #8 Bantamweight –  Raquel Pennington “Rocky” 7-6-0  vs Elizabeth Phillips 5-3-0

Pennington vs Phillips

 

 UFC 203 SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 / QUICKEN LOANS ARENA, CLEVELAND, OHIO

Jessica Eye 11 – 5 – 0 vs Bethe Correia 9 – 2 – 0

Jessica Eye
Jessica “Evil” Eye

 

RFA 42 – August 19, 2016 / Visalia Convention Center, Visalia, Ca.

Ray Elizalde 10 – 0 – 0  vs Alex Perez 13 – 4 – 0

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Bellator 160 AUGUST 26, 2016 / HONDA CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CA

Henry Corrales 12 – 3 – 0 vs A.J. McKee 4 – 0 – 0

Mckee vs Corrales Bellator MMA

   In studio Greg DeMarco – PHX WRESTLING – Pro Wrestling – Fri  August 19 the Arizona Event Center Mesa, AZ http://azeventcenter.com/

PHXLRG



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MMA Fight Radio Thurs Aug 4

Guests: Tim Means, Raquel Pennington,  Jeff Aronson and Andrew Whitney

MMA Fight Radio airs live Thurs nights 6-8 pm Here in Phoenix / East Coast 9-11 pm / Pacific Time 6-8 pm

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MMA-Fight-Radio

 

MMA FIGHT RADIO Arizona’s original expert source for MMA, our host “Broadway” Jay Pagliaro,  co-hosts: UFC Fighter Joe GigliottiShawn “Dallas” Hall an MMA Judge and Ricky Neel with recurring guest co-host MMA Fighter Efrain Escudero.   Airing on NBC Sports Radio Phoenix 1060AM

Produced by Penny Buffington. Sponsored by the Arizona Event Center.

Joshua Boyd: Las Vegas Correspondent
Paal Eide: East Coast Correspondent w/ wife Yadlynd as photographer

Southeast Coast Correspondent Scott Lewis

MMA Fight Radio Main Photographers include Bill Merritt, Eddie Buffington, Penny Buffington

News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA: including the UFC, Bellator, WSOF, Titan FC. Invicata FC, RFA,  Duel for Domination, Bounded Fist Muay Thai and more.

Connecting listeners to MMA events and fighters with contests, prizes, ticket giveaways and more!

 

Jeff Aronson – Titan FC CEO

Jeff Aronson

Raquel Pennington – UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 AUGUST 20, 2016 / T-MOBILE ARENA, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA Ranked #8 Bantamweight –  Raquel Pennington “Rocky” 7-6-0  vs Elizabeth Phillips 5-3-0

Pennington vs Phillips

Alex Caceras UFC exclusive with Scott Lewis (our Southeast Coast Correspondent)

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 92 AUGUST 06, 2016 / VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Alex Caceres 12 – 8 – 0 vs  Yair Rodriguez 8 – 1 – 0

UFC-Fight-Night-95-Rodriguez-vs-Caceres-750

 

UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2

AUGUST 20, 2016 / T-MOBILE ARENA, LAS VEGAS

Tim Means 25 – 7 – 1 vs Sean Strickland 18 – 1 – 0

 

Tim Means

Titan FC 40 Fri Aug 5- fighting Anderson Dos Santos in the semifinals of the BW Tournament on UFC Fight Pass

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MMA Fight Radio Thurs July 28

Guests: Court McGee, Sean Sherk, Stefan Struve,  Jim Ross and Manual Martinez

 

MMA Fight Radio airs live Thurs nights 6-8 pm Here in Phoenix / East Coast 9-11 pm / Pacific Time 6-8 pm

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MMA-Fight-Radio

 

MMA FIGHT RADIO Arizona’s original expert source for MMA, our host “Broadway” Jay Pagliaro,  co-hosts: UFC Fighter Joe GigliottiShawn “Dallas” Hall an MMA Judge and Ricky Neel with recurring guest co-host MMA Fighter Efrain Escudero.   Airing on NBC Sports Radio Phoenix 1060AM

Produced by Penny Buffington. Sponsored by the Arizona Event Center.

Joshua Boyd: Las Vegas Correspondent
Paal Eide: East Coast Correspondent w/ wife Yadlynd as photographer

Southeast Coast Correspondent Scott Lewis

MMA Fight Radio Main Photographers include Bill Merritt, Eddie Buffington, Penny Buffington

News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA: including the UFC, Bellator, WSOF, Titan FC. Invicata FC, RFA,  Duel for Domination, Bounded Fist Muay Thai and more.

Connecting listeners to MMA events and fighters with contests, prizes, ticket giveaways and more!

 

 

 Stefan Struve – Struve is a huge part of what Titan is doing. He’s in the trenches working to help these guys. We do this because 22 veterans kill themselves a day, we’re trying to stop that, Stefan, a Dutch fighter gives a shit and wants to be involved.  I need the story told because I need people to understand the crisis that has claimed 90,000 veterans since 9/11.  During that same period 7,000 US troops have been killed in combat.  The fact that a major MMA promotion and a top 15 UFC heavyweights have teamed up to fight this battle makes it newsworthy.

Stefan Struve
Stefan Struve

 

Sean Sherk – 36- 4- 1 – recovering from hip surgery gearing up for his return

Sean-Sherk

 

 UFC Fight Night 92

AUGUST 06, 2016 / VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Court McGee 17 – 5 – 0 vs Dominique Steele 14 – 7 – 0

Court McGee

 

Jim Ross – (J.R.) – at FITE TV, the all combat sports streaming tv application.  He is the spokesperson for the network as well as an investor.

J.R. is known to sports entertainment fans around the world as the “Voice of Professional Wrestling”.  He also has supplied play-by-play commentary for boxing and mixed martial arts events.  J.R. is also a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. As EVP of Talent at WWE, J.R. recruited some of the organization’s top talent including The Rock, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, John Cena, Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar. Working for WWE, WCW and Mid-South Wrestling, he has traveled the world and had a ringside seat for some of the most amazing moments in fighting sports. He currently calls boxing matches for NBC SN and has his own sports podcast with over 1 million subscribers.

Jim Ross
Jim Ross

Manuel Martinez- Chucky 

DUELO DE DOMINACION this Sat 7/29

and  8/26, 9/30, 10/28.

The Arizona Event Center Mesa, AZ

D4D

Chucky
Manuel Martinez


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The Journey of The MMA Lab

Written by MMA Fight Radio Host Jay Pagliaro

Photo’s by Bill Merritt MMA Fight Radio Photographer

Since opening their doors in 2007, The MMA Lab’s journey has taken them from upstart gym in Glendale, Arizona to one of the top teams in the sport and home of one of Mixed Martial Arts’ top fighters.

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Coach John Crouch The MMA Lab

Behind every great team is a great coach, and for the MMA Lab, their Vince Lombardi is John Crouch. The first degree black belt under MMA pioneer Royce Gracie joined The Lab upon its opening in 2007 to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. The fit proved to be a perfect one, as Crouch has used his expertise to grow the team into one of the sport’s best.

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One fighter who has seen results of Couch’s expertise is mutli-promotion bantamweight champion Braden Goodwin. After cutting his teeth with Universal MMA in Mesa, Goodwin (6-5) recently joined The Lab where he quickly noticed the positive effects of Crouch’s coaching.

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“There are many things that make him (Crouch) an elite coach,” Goodwin said. “He has such knowledge of the game. He’s a smart man who has been doing this a long time and has a black belt under the Gracies. He’s been able to coach many fighters to the UFC and to championships.”

Benson Henderson
Benson Henderson

While winning is obviously of importance to Crouch, he states the secret to his success is building family based mentality which gives his fighters the opportunity to maximize their fullest potential.

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“We just try to have a family. That’s important to me.” Crouch said. “(Seattle Seahawks head coach) Pete Carroll talks about not winning but giving people opportunities to excel. Obviously we go into every fight wanting to win. However if the fighter is given these opportunities, we won’t have to talk about our amount of wins; we will be able to show with our efforts regardless.”

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Goodwin also stated that the atmosphere of the Lab and Crouch’s genuine caring nature truly stands out to him and drives him more.

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“What really stands out is, I can tell John really cares about me and the other fighters here, Goodwin said “I can tell that he genuinely wants to see us all succeed. It makes me want to fight that much harder.”

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What makes The Lab also stand out is their openness and willingness to treat everyone like an extended member of the family, regardless of whether they are a high level fighter, amateur, novice or someone just looking to reach their peak fitness potential. According to Crouch, making people feel wanted is a key element to their success along with the success of the other gyms.

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“If you can make people feel good about themselves and welcomed, that will get people not only joining the gym but remaining part of it,” Crouch said. “People universally like to feel good and accommodated too. We try to do so for all our members.”

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With their success and standing solidified in Glendale, the team decided to plant roots in the East Valley; recently opening a branch of The Lab in Scottsdale, with long time coach Shane Dalton overseeing operations.

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“Shane Dalton has been involved with us since day 1,” Crouch said he has seen this from the inside out. He’s really excited to do this.”

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Crouch states that while the gym may not be fight team oriented per say, Dalton’s impact in the growth of The Lab and putting the best interests of those who train with him ahead of himself will lead to the same virtues at the Glendale location imposed in Scottsdale.

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“You will get great training, friendly and family based atmosphere and have great time,” Crouch said. “Shane is all about building a great student base, while helping people get in shape and better their lives.”

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Crouch also was quick to dismiss putting a branch of The Lab in the East Valley, which is home of another two of MMA’s top gyms, Power MMA and Fight Ready, adds additional competition.

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“Arizona has been a MMA hot bed from the get go,” Crouch said. “Don Frye, Mark Kerr, Drew Fickett: We have had some real pioneers in this state.  It is an amazing community and was one before I got here. I feel like while there are several great gym owners all with similar plans in mind, we are not rivals. We have 17 million people in Phoenix. If we can get a large number of them in, we have all done our job. We want to win but are all working for the same thing.”

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For more information about the MMA Lab, including class schedules, visit their website at http://www.mmalab.com/