Max Holloway & Tim Simpson in studio, Patricio Pitbull, Mike Malott, Regis Prograis, and more
Patricio Pitbull around (3:58) discusses his bantamweight title shot against champ Sergio Pettis at Bellator 297, the weight cut down to 135 pounds, why he’s attempting this feat, Daniel Wanderley’s help in the camp, his case for being the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighting in the world, why he’s not the main event, and more.
MMA manager Tim Simpson around (15:44) discusses Israel Adesanya’s upcoming documentary, how he first connected with Adesanya, starting the Chosen Advisory Group, why he decided to leave Paradigm, why he was prepared to walk away from MMA, how he amassed his client list, why it’s “embarrassingly easy” to start an MMA management firm, whether he considered working for the UFC, Leon Edwards playing at Soccer Aid 2023, working with Max Holloway, the UFC’s booking of Dricus Du Plessis, the “intense” fight week for Adesanya’s last win, why Edwards vs. Covington makes sense now, Jiri Prochazka’s recovery, and more.
Max Holloway around (1:05:12) discusses his relationship with Alexander Volkanovski’s coach Eugene Bareman, visiting New York and Japan, anime, life after fighting, why he doesn’t watch MMA, life in Waianae, how he met his wife, growing up without much of a father figure, his mom getting clean, wanting to be a baseball player as a kid, how he became an MMA fighter, getting into trouble as a kid, how Israel Adesanya’s documentary opened his eyes, his son getting into MMA, if Korean Zombie is next, lightweight, Charles Oliveira, and more.
Mike Malott around (2:09:25) discusses his UFC 289 win over Adam Fugitt, the aftermath of the madness, praise he’s received from the combat sports community, Canada’s perfect night, the pressure of being the final Canadian to fight on the card, the arena railing almost falling and hitting him, the butterfly effect of UFC 289 moving forward, Georges St-Pierre, what’s next, and more.
Regis Prograis around (2:36:33) discusses talks his WBC light welterweight title defense against Danielito Zorrilla this Saturday, why he joined up with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, working as his own manager, Teofimo Lopez’s win over Josh Taylor, whether he believes Lopez’s retirement, wanting Lopez next, why he regrets traveling to England to fight Josh Taylor, the state of boxing, whether influencer boxing is hurting the sport, sparring Nate Diaz, Diaz’s fight with Jake Paul, meeting Allen Iverson, and more.
Ariel Helwani on the latest edition of On The Nose around (3:03:07) discusses Amanda Nunes’ legacy, Julianna Peña’s heat with the fan base, whether Conor McGregor’s return in going to happen in 2023, booking for UFC 300, Robbie Lawler’s upcoming retirement, Dustin Poirier vs. Colby Covington, Daniel Cormier’s comments about Jim Miller and the UFC Hall of Fame, the lack of a true MMA Hall of Fame, Eric Bischoff’s criticism of AEW, middleweight matchmaking in the UFC, Patricio Pitbull’s three-division attempt, how Demetrious Johnson would’ve fared at UFC 1, regrets from childhood, and more.
The Parlay Pals around (3:58:57) make their best bets for the busy combat sports weekend.
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