MMA Cypher

MMA Cypher is MMA DieHards’ Monday night radio show with Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHardsand Corey Charron (Twitter: @charronkotd).  It’s an MMA radio show welcoming all the hottest names in the sport, but with a hip hop twist as we are joined weekly by rappers and entertainers from the culture.

MMA Cypher: Kajan Johnson, Alex Gasson, Brad DaSilva

DROID-FRIENDLY AUDIO ARCHIVE HERE: 

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

APPLE-FRIENDLY audio available for download on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio

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.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

MMA Cypher Radio: John Makdessi

DROID-FRIENDLY AUDIO ARCHIVE HERE: 

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

APPLE-FRIENDLY audio available for download on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio

MMA Cypher is back at it again.

Host Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) welcomes John Makdessi to the show.

Makdessi (@JohnMakdessiMMA) competes on Feb. 1 at UFC 169 against Alan Patrick.  The UFC lightweight is currently on a three-fight win streak, most recently coming off a KO victory over Renee Forte at UFC 165 in September.

Makdessi discussed proper training, both mentally and physically.  His home gym of Tristar, which houses every fighter on”TUF: Nations: Canada vs. Australia.” As well as marketing and exposure, and what has to be done to compete outside his native Canada.

Kelly provides a recap of “UFC on Fox 10,” and a preview of UFC 169, along with a brief run through of the top stories in MMA.

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

MMA Cypher Radio: Mark Pavelich, Anthony Birchak, Michael Stets

DROID-FRIENDLY AUDIO ARCHIVE HERE: 

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

APPLE-FRIENDLY audio available for download on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio

MMA Cypher Radio is back, baby!

Hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Corey Charron (@charronkotd) welcome MFC president Mark Pavelich, MFC bantamweight champ Anthony Birchak and MMAmania’s Michael Stets to the show.

Pavelich (@MarkPavelich) is coming off a successful show at MFC 39, which took place Friday in Edmonton, Alberta, and he is already set for MFC 40.  Aside from gearing up for his 15th year in the sport, the MFC president recently made comments that 2014 is a do-or-die year.  With Toronto and Las Vegas in Pavelich’s sights this year, the Canadian promoter has announced that he will walk away from the sport if he does not conquer certain goals before the year’s end.

Birchak (@abirchakmma) is everything a budding MMA superstar should be.  Along with holding the MFC bantamweight belt and putting on two outstanding performances in the MFC cage, Birchak is ever improving and proven company man.  The Arizonian will defend his title at MFC 40, but as Birchak often shares on MMA Cypher, we will surely hear about his family bout that is ongoing with his brother, who happens to be a standout NCAA wrestler.

Darce Side Radio’s Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets) joins us as well to discuss MMA and his duties at MMAmania.com.

We will also preview and review the latest in the MMA world, as well as talk about “KOTD: Blackout 4,” which is a rap battle tournament MMA Cypher’s own Charron will compete in on Jan. 24-25 at the Opera House in Toronto, Ontario.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

UFC 168: Jim Miller’s Garden State of mind

UFC lightweight Jim Miller. (MMADiehards.com)

Jim Miller is spending this holiday season over 2,500 miles away from family and friends.

The UFC lightweight fights three nights from now at UFC 168 in Vegas. But Nevada isn’t where Miller (Twitter: @JimMiller_155) calls home; that honor’s reserved for New Jersey. Given he’s cross-country this year, Miller’s thus grappling with two challenges before Saturday’s battle – defeating his next opponent and isolation from his loved ones.

“I’ve fought around New Year’s in Las Vegas before and it’s quite the atmosphere,” the 22-4 (1) MMA veteran said on MMADiehards’ Dec. 9 MMA Cypher Radio. “It’s always crowded. It’s crazy even before Christmas and New Year’s Day.”

Such endless neon lights and tireless nightlife couldn’t differ more from Miller’s current residence in Whippany, N.J. The pro athlete lives and trains there, honing his skills at AMA Fight Club before coming home to his wife of over five years and their two daughters. Jersey isn’t just a line on Miller’s income tax forms, however – it’s the springboard which launched him into the Octagon.

“I feel that one of the reasons I am where I am and can succeed at the highest level is from fighting in New Jersey,” said Miller, a native of Sparta Township, N.J. “Coming up under the athletic commission here, my fights made sense and were against guys at an equal level. It really helped me.”

Miller entered professional MMA at Reality Fighting 10 in November 2005. Facing Eddie Fyvie in Atlantic City, he won his debut via unanimous decision. Repeatedly ranked among MMA’s top ten lightweights since, Miller’s success is a testament to New Jersey’s vibrant fight game. In addition to Miller and his older brother Dan, the state has helped toughen such MMA standouts as former UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar and current middleweight kingpin Chris Weidman.

“You see guys coming in with padded records and they don’t do so well when they get to the highest levels,” Miller said of elite MMA. “You need to build experience and comfort in big fights.”

“Our athletic commission here always had fights pushing me to evolve to that next level,” he continued. “You had the right path. You were nurtured when you needed to be nurtured and pushed when you needed to be pushed.”

Garden State combat sports forged Miller into the well-rounded threat he presents today. Come Saturday, he’ll need every weapon in his arsenal against Fabricio “Morangò” Camões. The 14-7-1 Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist is feared for his craftiness and airtight submission holds.

“I’m always looking for the toughest opponent and Camões is a very tough opponent,” Miller admitted. “He’s very experienced and has been around for awhile.”

Chief among Camões’ attacks are suffocating, vice-like chokes. They’re a daunting obstacle for Miller, who’s fallen to similar holds in two of his last three fights. Though one of those – an April tilt at UFC 159 where Pat “Bam Bam” Healy won the bout, but then lost a post-fight drug test – was later ruled a no contest, Miller’s eager to prove submissions aren’t a weakness.

“A few guys have submitted me recently and they earned it,” Miller confessed. “I game-plan a little bit but I try not to focus on anything too specifically for any of my opponents. My main goal is to show up physically prepared and ready for a hard fight.”

New Jersey is already celebrating Miller’s performance regardless of Saturday’s outcome. Its Martial Arts Hall of Fame selected him as one of its 2013 inductees. One of 2012′s inaugural members – Mike Constantino – also trains Miller at AMA Fight Club.

“It’s a great honor and pretty cool,” Miller said of his award. “I just got notice in the mail a few months ago that I’m this year’s male MMA Fighter of the Year.”

It’s an honor he isn’t taking lightly. Much like the warriors of old, mixed martial artists defend their kingdoms every time they battle. Miller’s no different, and the Jersey native hopes he’ll do right by his birthplace Saturday night. For now, he’s feeling dangerous before showtime in Vegas, nearly a continent away from home.

“My time off recently was to try and fix some of the health problems I’ve been having,” Miller said of a nagging shoulder injury. “It’s given me time to heal up and it actually worked. I feel better than I have in a year.”

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

MMA Cypher’s Charron freestyles with Rashad Evans

(L) UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans (R) MMA Cypher's Charron

 

 

MMA Cypher’s Charron, a top ranked battle rapper and exceptional MC, had the privilege of meeting fellow Fear the Fighter  teammate Rashad Evans.  When Evans asked Charron to spit, the Ontarian used his hip hop talents and MMA knowledge to impress the UFC light heavyweight.

Interview conducted by Chis Olech with Evans, plus Charron freestyle below.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

MMA Cypher Radio: Josh Hill, Tom DeBlass, Joe Rizzo, Alex Gasson, Trevor Airdrie

DROID-FRIENDLY AUDIO ARCHIVE HERE: 

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

APPLE-FRIENDLY audio available for download on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio

As we come to end of 2013, MMA Cypher is broadcasting their last live show of the year.

Hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Corey Charron (@charronkotd) will discuss the year’s highlights in MMA, and be joined by a panel of stellar guests to close out the year.

MMA Cypher wraps up 2013 with the company of Pecker’d Promotions owner Alex Gasson (@Pecker17), Josh Hill (@gentlemanjhill), Bellator’s Tom DeBlass (@TomDeBlass), MMA DieHards Radio co-host Joe Rizzo (@rearnakedchoke), Trevor Airdrie (@MnATrevor) and more as the show goes on

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

MMA Cypher Radio: Jim Miller, Alex Gasson

DROID-FRIENDLY AUDIO ARCHIVE HERE: 

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

APPLE-FRIENDLY audio available for download on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio

At 7 p.m. ET, tonight, MMA Cypher Radio hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Corey Charron (@charronkotd) welcome UFC lightweight Jim Miller and Pecker’d Promotions owner Alex Gasson.

Miller (@JimMiller_155) is coming off a No Contest bout against Pat Healy, following his three-round brutalization of Joe Lauzon.  Miller meets Fabrício Camões at UFC 168 on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas.  We’ll chat with the AMA Fight Club member about his upcoming bout and climb back up the UFC ladder to a championship match.

Gasson (@Pecker17) is a Team Tompkins member who abandoned competition for promoting.  After orchestrating various Grapplers Quest events in Ontario, Gasson has started his own amateur fight promotion, AMMA, and is approaching the organization’s championship event on Saturday in Burlington, Ontario.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

MMA Cypher Radio: Cormega, Jared Rosholt, David Makdessi

DROID-FRIENDLY AUDIO ARCHIVE HERE: 

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

APPLE-FRIENDLY audio available for download on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio

On tonight’s episode a trio of guests will bless us with their presence and truly blend MMA and hip hop in the MMA Cypher.

This week on MMA Cypher Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network, hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMA DieHards) and Corey Charron (@charronkotd) welcome back the lyrical monster known as Cormega and UFC heavyweight Jared Rosholt.

Cormega (@realcormega) is on the brink of releasing “Mega Philosophy,” an album he paired up with Large Professor for, and recently released the street teaser “Honorable,” which features Wu Tang’s own Raekwon.  We will also discuss Cormega’s trip to Africa last month, upcoming tour and some hip hop in general.

Rosholt (@JaredRosholt) made his UFC debut Saturday at “The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale,” where he defeated Walter Harris via unanimous decision.  The Oklahoma State University standout wrestler made his Octagon debut and we will see if it was everything Rosholt expected.

Makdessi (@DavidMakdessi) has made his mark in MMA, sponsoring  dozens of UFC combatants.  He’s branched out in lacrosse and hockey with the brand, and is currently breaking into the hip hop scene by working with MMA Cypher’s own Charron.

MMA Cypher Radio can be heard on MMADiehards.com every Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

MMA Cypher: Sam Stout, Mitch Gagnon, Chad Elliot, Kyle Post, Chris Lee Byrne

DROID-FRIENDLY AUDIO ARCHIVE HERE: 

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

APPLE-FRIENDLY audio available for download on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio

MMA Cypher welcomes a panel of guests that can lend a hand and throw one too.

Hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Corey Charron (@charronkotd) are joined by Chad Elliot (@ftftrainingacademy), Kyle Post (@_postman), Chris Lee Byrne (@ChrisLeeByrne), UFC bantamweight Mitch Gagnon (@MitchGagnonUFC) and UFC veteran Sam Stout (@SammyJstout).

Elliot, Post and Lee Bryne organized a fundraiser on Nov. 23 that helped a member of the Fear the Fighter training academy in Kitchener, Ontario, and brought the martial arts community of S. Ontario closer together.  Kelly was there to take in the entire event, so we’ll recap the day’s events from a first-hand perspective.

Stout, a 16-fight UFC veteran, returns to the Octagon on Dec. 14 at UFC on Fox 9 and faces Cody McKenzie.

Gagnon is on a two-fight win streak in the Octagon, and looks to extend that run when he meets Alex Caraces on Dec. 6 at UFN 33.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

MMA Cypher Radio: Joey Beltran

DROID-FRIENDLY AUDIO ARCHIVE HERE: 

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

 

APPLE-FRIENDLY audio available for download on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio

At 7 p.m. ET, MMA Cypher Radio hosts Jason Kelly and Corey Charron welcome Bellator light heavyweight Joey Beltran (Twitter: @Mexicutioner760).

Tags: , , , ,
Page 1 of 3123