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Guess what time it is, kids? Yeah. You know it. MMA Beatdown Radio is back again, and we’re about to be like Emeril on steroids and take this week’s show up to notches unknown to mankind. BAM. (OK, maybe it’s a bad time to joke about ‘roids, what with the whole Overeem testosterone thing. But whatevs.)

 

This week, Mike, Alex and Amy have a pair of guests who had a harder time than most kids learning how to spell their own names. Zack Makovsky and Keith Wisniewski join the gang to talk about their upcoming fights, and maybe even shed some light on what it’s like to be in the -Ski/-Sky Name Club.

 

Makovsky is just three days away from the first defense of his Bellator bantamweight title. He’ll put his strap on the line Friday at Bellator 65 in Atlantic City, N.J., just an hour down the road from his training home in Philadelphia. Makovsky meets Season 5 tourney winner Eduardo Dantas after a pair of stoppage wins in non-title fights last year. He’ll talk about how he matches up with Dantas, the rather long wait to defend his title since winning the belt 18 months ago, where his “Fun Size” nickname comes from and why he’s bringing MotownPhilly back again on the MMA scene.

 

Wisniewski is one of the most veteran fighters in the UFC with more than 40 career fights. His two stints in the promotion came six years apart, so you might not know much about him. And we’re here to change that. Wisniewski came out on the short end of a doctor’s stoppage in a bloody two-round war with Josh Neer in October, but he’ll get one more chance at his first UFC win next week against Chris Clements in Atlanta. Wisniewski will clue us in on that fight, regale us with stories from his long career (which includes wins over Jorge Santiago, Carlo Prater, Chris Wilson and oh yeah – that time Shinya Aoki nearly ripped his arm off) and fill us in on what might be the best MMA camp you’ve never heard of – Duneland Vale Tudo, which features him, UFC fighters Eddie Wineland and Darren Elkins, and Bellator fighter Josh Shockley.

 

Tonight’s show streams live at MMADiehards.com at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, 5:30 Pacific. Seriously. It’s a “Dancing With the Stars” results show night, we know. But trust us: Melissa Gilbert is gonna get the boot. DVR that shiznit and hang out with us at Beatdown Radio. But if you absolutely, positively MUST miss us live (sniff, sniff …), the show is available on demand RIGHT HERE after the completion of the broadcast or as a download at iTunes. Just sayin’.

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