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Old 01-22-2010, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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10 MMA Podcasts Worth Checking Out (links to the podcasts available on the site)

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As the sport of Mixed Martial Arts continues to grow, so does the number of podcasts covering it.

While that’s undoubtedly a good thing, the fact that pretty much anybody can start one up means that the quality can vary dramatically between them.

To help you sort out the wheat from the chaff I’ve listened to as many MMA podcasts as I could lay my hands on, and whittled them down to 10 that I think are worth a listen.



THE ROUNDTABLE / BEATDOWN AFTER THE BELL

Where Can I Find It: Sherdog Radio Network

When Is It Broadcast: The Roundtable usually airs the night before major events, while Beatdown After The Bell comes on within an hour of an event finishing.

How Long Is It: Aprox 2 hours per show

Description: The Roundtable sees various members of the Sherdog Radio Network gathering on the night before major fight cards such as the UFC, Strikeforce and WEC, to discuss the bouts and make their predictions. Directly after the fights Beatdown After The Bell provide immediate reaction and analysis to the events from both the Sherdog pundits and callers.

Comments: These two shows are a good companion to the major MMA events, with Beatdown After The Bell in particular standing out since it’s one of the few podcasts that airs directly after the fights.

It’s worth noting that the format for ‘The Roundtable’ has altered slightly since the turn of the year, with guests from further afield than just the regular Sherdog staff joining host TJ DeSantis to break down the fights and make their predictions. It may take a few shows before I make up my mind on whether this is a step forward or back for the show.



MMA JUNKIE RADIO

Where Can I Find It: MMA Junkie Website

When Is It Broadcast: Monday – Friday

How Long Is It: 2 hours

Description: A firm favorite with fans, this show goes out five times a week with Gorgeous George, John Morgan and Goze bring a mix of light-hearted discussion, interviews, and the chance to phone in and air your own views.

Comments: MMA Junkie’s show generally revolves around their guests, and being that it’s broadcast from Las Vegas, one of the mecca’s of mixed martial arts, that gives them access to many of the top names in the sport on a regular basis. The relaxed atmosphere in the studio often brings out the best in the guests, and they really excel when they invite a fighter (recent examples being Rashad Evans and Miguel Torres), to hang out for the entire show.

Due to the show airing daily through the week there are times when you feel like they are just filling in time and it’s not always as smooth as it could be, but overall this is certainly one of the best podcasts available at this time.



THE JORDAN BREEN SHOW

Where Can I Find It: Sherdog Radio Network

When Is It Broadcast: Tuesdays And Thursdays

How Long Is It: 2 hours

Description: Twice a week Jordan Breen holds court on the sherdog radio network with a leaning towards the less well publicized fight promotions and unheralded fighters from across the globe, along with interviews and answering listener questions via phone and email.

Comments: If your a hardcore MMA fan then look no further than this show for in-depth insight and analysis on the sport. With an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport that goes far beyond just the familiar names we all know, Breen gives a broader outlook on mixed martial arts than most shows, and can be a good source to learn about up and coming prospects who have the potential to make it to the bigger promotions. He also has a knack for breaking down fights, and the fighters themselves in the kind of detail that puts the vast majority of other podcast pundits to shame.

Overall it’s an excellent show if you want to do more than just scratch the surface of the mixed martial arts scene, though it may be a little overwhelming if you are new to the sport.



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Where Can I Find It: Sportsillustrated.com

When Is It Broadcast: Every Tuesday

How Long Is It: 1/2 – 1 hours.

Description: Sports Illustrated’s Josh Gross provides his own perspective on the sport via his weekly podcast.

Comments: Gross is one of the few regular podcasters who’s opinions can be genuinely insightful and compelling. As one of the sports leading journalists he’s well connected and knows more than most what’s going on behind the scenes at the major promotions. He also provides some interesting guests, such as last year’s exclusive interview with Karo Parisyan just days after he had been controversially released from the UFC.

Really my only complaint about this show would be that it’s usually less than an hour long and could certainly benefit from being extended in the future.



BEATDOWN

Where Can I Find It: Sherdog Radio Network

When Is It Broadcast: Every Monday, Wednesday And Friday

How Long Is It: 2 hours

Description: Beatdown finds TJ, Jack and Lotfi discussing the major talking points in the world of mixed martial arts three times a week along with listener phone calls and, more often than not, an interview in the latter part of the show.

Comments: This show is a decent starting point for the casual listener. Though it does feature interviews, Beatdown primary focus is on discussing and dissecting the headline stories of the week in MMA. While your not going to get the level of insight and analysis provided by the likes of Jordan Breen or Josh Gross (formerly of Sherdog, now found elsewhere on this list) for instance, the show is still a useful way to keep connected to what’s happening in the major promotion.

Overall Beatdown is not without it’s flaws, but it’s still one of the better podcasts currently available.



THE MMA HOUR

Where Can I Find It: mma.fanhouse.com

When Is It Broadcast: Every Wednesday

How Long Is It: 1 hour

Description: Quickly becoming one of the most recognized and respected interviewers in MMA, Ariel Helwani also finds time to host a weekly radio show.

Comments: Helwani is a natural on the mic which immediately sets the show above some of the other MMA podcasts. Essentially the show revolves around him doing what he does best – interviewing the people that matter in the sport. As someone who regularly breaks major stories, his interviewees are often happy to divulge information you wouldn’t hear anywhere else which is a definite plus point.

I’d like to hear the show broaden out a bit with more discussion and analysis on the major talking points in the sport alongside the interviews, but overall this is a podcast that’s well worth subscribing to.



THE SAVAGE DOG SHOW

Where Can I Find It: Sherdog Radio Network

When Is It Broadcast: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

How Long Is It: 2 hours.

Description: Jeff Sherwood (Sherdog founder) and Greg Savage host this regular show that’s based around the world of MMA, but often veers off-course into discussions about their personal lives, and discussing the ins and outs of other sports like baseball.

Comments: As the two hosts have been friends for a number of years there is an easy going chemistry between Sherwood and Savage that feels more natural than most of the other shows on this list. Sherwood in particular has a long and unique history covering the sport and that means they have some interesting stories to share when they are in the mood.

Personally I prefer the show when they focus more on talking MMA, and it can be one of the best podcasts around when they do. That seems to have been the case recently, particularly since the Sherdog site got credentialed again by Zuffa.



MMA NATION

Where Can I Find It: MMA Nation

When Is It Broadcast: Saturday’s (Fornightly)

How Long Is It: Varies

Description: The popular MMA site Bloody Elbow’s editor in chief Luke Thomas holds a bi-weekly MMA show with regular guests on CBS radio station ‘106.7 The Fan’.

Comments: MMA Nation is certainly one of the more professional sounding show’s dedicated to the sport. Thomas does a good job on the mic, which, coupled with him having his finger on the pulse thanks to his role on the Bloody Elbow site, and having some strong opinions on the sport, helps MMA Nation stand out from the crowd. That being said the show is a little restricted by it’s target audience due to it being broadcast on terrestrial radio.

The show has apparently been off-air since the turn of the year which I suspect is due to some internal wranglings, though I’m not privy to the details. Despite that I’d imagine the show will return in some capacity in the near future.



REAR NAKED RADIO

Where Can I Find It: Rear Naked Radio

When Is It Broadcast: Every Friday

How Long Is It: 2 hours

Description: Veteran radio broadcasters Richard Hunter and Pugs Moran join MMA journalist Cory Brady to talk all things MMA.

Comments: Though the show has been running for some time, Rear Naked Radio recently became the official radio show for the Five Ounces Of Pain website, and as a result introduced an additional co-host – 5oz’s chief writer Cory Brady into the broadcasts. The change only happened since the turn of the year so it’ll take a little longer to see how it pans out, but so far it looks like being a good move for the show.

The previous broadcasting experience of Fitz and Brannon helps keep the show running smoother than the more amateur podcast offerings, while Brady should lend a deeper knowledge and understanding of the topics being discussed.



FIGHT NIGHT RADIO

Where Can I Find It: Between The Ropes

When Is It Broadcast: Every Thursday

How Long Is It: Aprox 1 hour

Description: Brian Fritz and Larry Brannon

Comments: As you would expect from a show affiliated with ESPN Radio, Fight Night Radio sounds more professional than your average MMA podcast. The two hosts originate from a long established pro-wrestling show which also began to incorporate MMA. Now they have launched a purely MMA based show, and it’s fairly polished and easy to listen to, without getting too hard-hitting on the analysis front.

At the time of writing this show is only two episodes old so we’ll have to see how it pans out, but so far it seems worth keeping an ear out for.



Closing Thoughts

So there you have it. Bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of every podcast that is currently available on the net. If there’s a podcast you think I should have had on the list then feel free to mention it in the comments section below as I might do a follow-up article at a later stage.

One thing I wanted to add is that a reason a number of other podcasts didn’t make the list was due to basic technical issues. I won’t list them all here but sound quality is a big one.

In all honesty there are a lot of shows in the blogosphere that sound like they were broadcast live from a phone box on the moon, which needless to say doesn’t make for great listening!

Hopefully things will improve as the sport continues to grow and more professional shows start to emerge.
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MMA Junkie is the best one.

The Roundtable and Beatdown after the Bell are pretty good too when they are predicting or breaking down the big events. I'm a fan of Jordan Breen (one of the few, I think) and think his insight into most things MMA is excellent so when he is on the shows they are good to listen to.
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I listen to Breen, Helwani, the Roundtables and Beatdown After the Bell. But none religiously (although I used to listen to every episode of Breen when I was in school and had a ton of time to kill between classes).
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MMA Junkie is the best one.

The Roundtable and Beatdown after the Bell are pretty good too when they are predicting or breaking down the big events. I'm a fan of Jordan Breen (one of the few, I think) and think his insight into most things MMA is excellent so when he is on the shows they are good to listen to.
I agree, The Roundtable / Beatdown After The Bell isn't the same if Breen isn't involved.
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