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MMA DieHards Radio: The Beatdown’s Uncle Fester


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On this episode of MMA DieHards Radio we may just get shut down.

Hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Joe Rizzo (@rearnakedchoke) welcome one of the hosts from The Beatdown, “Uncle Fester.”

Fester (@unclfestr), along with “The Brain,” host the always entertaining online podcast known as The Beatdown, formerly MMA Beatdown.  To paraphrase a line from hip hop star Eminem, Fester gives you things you joke about with your friends inside your living room, but the only difference is he’s got the balls to say it.  While some people may take his views on MMA and other worldly topics as an offensive attack, what Fester actually does is project an honesty that is seldom heard from a person that has a platform to speak in a public forum.

Without a doubt this episode will go down as one of the most entertaining we’ve ever aired, but it will also include a glimpse of what exactly keeps Fester broadcasting shows each week and giving reality checks to those that no know better.

Join Alex Gasson on Feb. 14, help save Ontario MMA and get a kiss

As a diehard MMA fan – no pun intended- you’d rather contribute to MMA instead of having a romantic lunch on Valentine’s Day, so go see Alex Gasson for a kiss and to keep fighting in the ring.

Gasson (Twitter: @Pecker17), owner of Pecker’d Promotions, is an advocate of Ontario martial arts.  Along with creating combat sports events of his own, the Team Tompkins product does everything in his power to better the amateur martial arts scene in the province.

Gasson has been encouraging fans to sign the “Fix Bill S209 amendment of Section 83 of the Criminal Code” petition, but is now taking it to the street.  At 11 a.m. ET on Friday Feb. 14 at 777 Bay St. in Toronto, Ontario, Gasson is inviting everyone to come down and bring attention to an issue that is attempting to prevent amateur martial arts from taking place.

“We’re asking everyone to have a heart,” Gasson told Jason Kelly and Trevor Airdrie on MMA Cypher Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.  “We’re asking everyone to look at the petition, sign the petition if you can.  And if you can’t, we’ve filed for a notice of demonstration at the Ministry building in downtown Toronto.  We’re asking for people to come down, hard copy sign the petition if they can, I have a bunch of chocolates and I’ll hook people up with a kiss for helping us out.”

Though, Gasson is leading the way on this cause, a team of people with him have a similar interest in the topic.  This opportunity can only unite the martial arts population and help eliminate the possibility of losing the chance to compete in martial arts, as well as provide the chance to get a smooch from Gasson.

“There are so many people out here that are putting their heart and soul into the progression.  I know with my group and with the teachings that Shawn (Tompkins) passed on to me, which  I’ve been able to do that as well, passing on a positive influence in society and direction.  This is what combative sports really does (that).

“We’re asking people to have a heart.  We’re asking everybody to come, come. If you can make it, awesome.  I’m going to be there trying to shake hands and smiling.  I’m not hiding.  I’m want to be out there and I want to put this out there.  We want to be able to continue doing our sport, we want to be able to communicate with the community and heck, you’ll even get a chocolate kiss out of it.”

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MMA Cypher: Kajan Johnson, Alex Gasson, Brad DaSilva


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MMA Cypher Radio on MMA DieHards Radio Network delved into just about all areas of MMA with this one, ladies and gentlemen.

Host Jason Kelly (@JayMMADieHards) and guest co-host Trevor Airdrie (@MnATrevor) welcome TUF Nations welterweight Kajan Johnson, Pecker’d Promotions owner and Ontario MMA  ambassador Alex Gasson, as well as Ringside Management owner Brad DaSilva  to the show.

16:30 – Johnson (@IamRagin) stepped up, took the first bout of this season’s UFC reality television series and secured the victory for Canada.  As a veteran of MMA, Johnson was expected by people familiar with the welterweight to succeed once it was announced that he would be part of the cast.  “Ragin” shed a bit of light on the series so far, as well as the distasteful Instagram post made by one of his Australian counterparts, Tyler Manawaroa.  We also got into Johnson’s 29-fight career and how Tristar was the “missing piece of the puzzle,” as he put it.  What Johnson really gave fans on this episode was a glimpse into who he is and where he came from, touching on his past citing some of his interests outside of MMA.  Conveniently, one of his hobbies is hip hop.

60:30 – Gasson (@Pecker17) is back to join us for the first time in 2014.  A regular on the show, the Team Tompkins original always brings a vast knowledge of MMA topics and is responsible for some of the greatest stories we’ve heard on the broadcast.  Gasson provided some keen insight on S209 amendment of Section 83, and what we as fans of the sport can do to help fix the problem preventing amateur combat sports from taking place in Ontario.  And, of course, we discussed AMMACS 3, which takes place at Adrenaline MMA and Fitness Training Centre on Feb. 22 and 23 in London, Ontario.

94:00 – DaSilva (@ringside_bd), likewise to Gasson, has a strong interest in bettering combat sports opportunities for martial artists stemming from Ontario, and even Canada-wide.  Along with assisting combatants in the management realm, DaSilva teamed up with Gasson to conquer the issues surrounding S209 amendment of Section 83.

Kelly and Airdrie also talk some of MMA’s hot topics currently in the news, such as Thiago Silva’s alleged gun slinging incident, Jessica Eye’s positive test for cannabinoids and Juiliana Pena’s crucial injury.

Yeah, this episode, you don’t want to miss it.

Listen to MMA Cypher Radio live every Monday at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.  Subscribe to all shows on the MMA DieHards Raio Network on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio.  Catch past episodes here, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @MMACypher and @MMADIEHARDS.

MFC 40: Anthony Birchak to defend bantamweight title against Kevin Croom

MFC bantamweight champion Anthony Birchak. (Photo courtesy of

One of the hottest fighters in the world today will get his shot at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s bantamweight title at MFC 40: Crowned Kings.

“The Hard-Hitting Hillbilly” Kevin Croom (14-4) has signed a multi-fight deal with the MFC and will challenge reigning bantamweight champion Anthony Birchak (11-1) in a co-headliner of three title fights at MFC 40 on Friday, May 9 live on AXS TV Fights from the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Croom (Twitter: @hhhillbillyKC) is on an outstanding tear of late, winning an astounding eight fights in 2013 highlighted by seven first-round finishes. Those efforts have vaulted the Columbia, Missouri, native to #37 in the Fight Matrix world rankings. Meanwhile, Birchak (Twitter: @abirchakMMA), who is ranked #55 in the world by Fight Matrix, will mark his first title defense riding a five-fight winning streak.

“I’m just a guy from a lower-middle class family from Missouri so being the MFC champion would mean the world to me. It would be the coolest thing to ever happen in my life,” said Croom, who expressed no reservation about jumping into MFC fray to face the champ.

“I feel unbreakable. The biggest thing is I know is that I won’t beat myself. At this level in this sport, everyone is a gifted athlete so it really becomes more of a mental game. Right now, I have my mental game plan at 100%.”

Croom’s run of success in 2013 included fights in Mexico and Kazakhstan, and will certainly go down as one of the most remarkable achievement in mixed martial arts history. The 26-year-old, who now fights out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, chalked up the incredible streak to finally establishing what works best for him.

“I’ve been fighting for seven years and it took me five and a half years to find the right formula. I’ve found the correct frequency to operate on,” said Croom.

“I try not to focus on my opponent. I let my coaches worry about that. I just focus on myself. My coaches tell me how to train and what I have to do to beat an opponent and then that’s what I go out and do.”

Croom’s title shot is subject to him having a successful outcome in a schedule bout outside the MFC on Feb. 28.

The Birchak-Croom bantamweight title fight joins two other MFC title bouts set for May 9. In a rematch for the MFC lightweight crown, Tom “Da Tank” Gallicchio meets Kurt “The Hurt” Southern, and reigning MFC middleweight champion “Smilen” Sam Alvey will defend his belt with his opponent to be named soon.

UFC 169 recap

Renan Barao defeating Urijah Faber at UFC 169 Photo courtesy of MMAjunkie

UFC 169 took place Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and the champions remained.

The UFC 169 main event pitted bantamweight champion Renan Barao taking on perennial No. 1 contender Urijah Faber.

The two combatants have met before and Barao appeared to be a step ahead of Faber, which awarded him a decision victory.  Well, this time Barao looked to be about 10 steps ahead of the “California Kid.”

Mind you, Faber had less than a month to prepare for this match, although, it didn’t look like any amount of training would ready him for Barao.

Barao dropped Faber with a straight-right punch early in the first round.  The former WEC featherweight champ recovered, but it wasn’t long before he was on the mat again.

Barao planted another fist on Faber’s head that forced the American to fall flat on his face.  Barao jumped on him and released hammer fists on Faber’s head.  Faber wasn’t doing much to improve his position and referee Herb Dean stepped in to halt the bout.

Faber contested that he was fit to continue, and UFC president Dana White concurred at the post-fight press conference that the match was stopped early, but the inevitable was in the mail.  It was only a matter of time before Faber laid unconscious, therefore, the slightly earl stoppage was not a terribly bad one.

Barao remained the UFC bantamweight champion and has won an astonishing 32 consecutive fights.  Faber is back to climbing the proverbial ladder to another title shot, which is something he claims is at the top of his agenda.

In the co-main event of the show, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo retained his belt with a series of traumatizing leg kicks against Ricardo Lamas.

Aldo landed punches and kicks at will through the first four rounds.  Lamas’ left leg had moments of giving out, but the American toughed it out and continued to battle back against the champ.

Aldo was clearly up four rounds to zero on the judges’ scorecards heading into the fifth stanza, which is where the champ has shown signs f weakness in past fights.  This match was no different.

Aside from the short amount of time Aldo spent on top, Lamas controlled Round 5, and threw everything he had left in him to finish the Brazilian.

Nonetheless, Aldo walked away the victor.  He has not lost since 2005, is on a 17-fight win streak and is now being called upon for a superfight with UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.  Lamas, however, had an end put to his four consecutive wins.

In the night’s only heavyweight bout, Alistair Overeem had his best UFC performance to date against Frank Mir.

Overeem paced himself, even when seeing Mir was on close to being finished, which allowed the “Demolition Man” to continue putting inflicting damage.

The match was closest to being stopped in Round 1, when Mir was on his back against the cage and absorbing a multitude of punches and elbows for Overeem.  Somehow, someway Mir lasted through the punishment.

The following two rounds were similar to the opening frame.  Overeem battered Mir on the feet or the ground, while keeping a steady pace to ensure his large muscles would not fatigue.

Overeem bloodied Mir’s face and bruised his body en route to securing a unanimous decision victory.  Though, the triumph put Overeem back in the win column, White criticized the Dutchman’s victory and called it a “crappy performance.”

Mir is now on a four-fight losing skid and retirement may be something the former UFC heavyweight champion should be considering.

If anything was learned in Ali Bagautinov’s bout against John Lineker, it’s that the Russian is not susceptible to leg locks.

Bagautinov had to grind down Lineker and employ his Sambo background.  Lineker wasn’t totally outclassed, but it was evident Bagautinov was the superior grappler.

Bagautinov was placed in compromising positions more than once, especially getting caught up in leg locks, but he showed little concern.  The biggest display of Bagautinov’s lack of acknowledgement that Lineker could hurt him by manipulating his knee or ankle came near the end of the fight when 2X World Combat Sambo Champion taunted his opponent while being held in a submission attempt.

Bagautinov received the judges’ nod and extended his win streak to 11.  Meanwhile, Lineker had his four-fight win streak snapped, which could mean the Russian is next in line to meet UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

Following a preliminary card that saw seven consecutive decisions, Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner had seen enough.

Varner was surprising, hurting the always violent Trujillo and capitalizing on his wounded opponent, but Trujillo hung in there.  The former WEC lightweight champion was on the brink of finishing Trujillo, but the North Carolina native rallied back for a remarkable come-from-behind victory.

As Varner stalked Trujillo in an effort to stop the fight, the Blackzilian stood his ground and fired back.  Trujillo threw a punch with the worst of intentions while his opponent was coming towards him and put Varner to sleep before he hit the canvas.

It was a burner of a match that energized the decision-filled UFC 169 card.  The victory also put Trujillo on a two-fight win streak and netted him $125k for “Fight of the Night” and “Knockout of the Night” bonuses.

Click here to see full results for UFC 169.

UFC 169 post-fight press conference

UFC 169 post-fight press conference, featuring UFC president Dana White and competitors from the event.

UFC 169 took place Saturday at the prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

UFC 169 results

UFC 169 weigh-ins results

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