Rear Naked Choke Radio

Longtime host Joe Rizzo has gone into retirement, but that’s not stopping him from coming back now and again to bring you RNC Radio.  Joe and Jeremy Fullerton of The TOPPS Trading Card Company (and sometimes Matt Leung) go in depth weekly in one of the longest-running shows in MMA, breaking down everything from the fighters to the betting lines.  You will learn something new and be entertained in the process. The guests range from Cain Velasquez to Kenda Perez, Gina Carano to Randy Couture, and Frankie Edgar to N.O.R.E.

Rear Naked Choke Radio returns: 12 Angry Women (Fighters)

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Rear Naked Choke Radio has never done anything small.  On this epic special episode, Joe Rizzo and Matt Leung bring you 12 of the most lethal women in the world.  Yes, a dozen guests in 90 minutes — all professional female fighters.

Since I (Joe Rizzo) went into “retirement” in December, I had no idea if the show would come back.

At least for one day, we’re back.  Watch or listen to the show right here.  The live stream airs from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J.

Women in MMA have never had the spotlight more than they do now.  The cause will not go further until you get to know some of the fighters better.  Decide who you love and who you hate after you hear their voices right here.

GUEST LIST (Twitter): Roxanne Modafferi (RoxyFighter), Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa), Sarah D’Alelio (@SarahDalelio), Michele Gutierrez (@MGutierrezLV), Rosi Sexton (@RosiSexton), Shayna Baszler (@QoSBaszler), Zoila Frausto Gurgel (@ZoilaGurgel), Michelle Ould (MichelleOuld), Elaina Maxwell (@ElainaMaxwell), Alexis Davis (@AlexisDavisMMA), Sara McMann (@Sara_McMann), Jessica Eye (@JessicaEviEye).

*Note – Jessica Eye could not make the show but is being counted because 12 sounds better than 11.

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Rear Naked Choke Radio: Bruce Hoyer’s amazing travels to the TUF 15 tryouts, Jason Kelly of MMADH talks GSP, UFC 140

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Rear Naked Choke Radio comes at you live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. as Joe Rizzo (Twitter: @RearNakedChoke) and Matt Leung (@LeungMMADH) get you up to date on the latest and greatest in MMA.

Bruce Hoyer (@NextEdgeAcademy) reveals the harrowing behind-the-scenes details of his trip with three hopefuls for the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter.  His story is a must-hear for TUF fans and for anyone who has struggled in an effort to fulfill their dreams.  His fighters that competed in the tryouts are Jordan Larson, Kuchlong Kuchlong and David Michaud.

Bruce, a former no gi grappling world champ, is the co-host emeritus of Not A Women’s MMA Show With Shanyna Baszler, and BJJ Connect.

Jason Kelly (@JayKayMMA) of MMADieHards.com breaks down the impact of the severe injury that will keep UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre out of action for at least nine months and takes a look at UFC 140, which takes place Saturday in his backyard in Toronto.

Jason also joins Joe and Matt for the UFC 140 picks against the odds.  He did not pick every Canadian, either.

Rear Naked Choke Radio streams live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. on MMADieHards.com Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. ET (unless otherwise noted) and is part of the MMA DieHards Radio Network. If you cannot catch the live stream, it is available on demand RIGHT HERE shortly after completion of the broadcast. We’re also available on iTunes and TalkShoe.

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Rear Naked Choke Radio: Ton Jones, Jimmy Smith, Georgi Karakhanyan, Joe Martinez, UFC Moment of Truth

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Rear Naked Choke Radio comes at you live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. as Joe Rizzo and Jeremy Fullerton are back together to usher in December on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.

Who/What You Get: Ton Jones, Jimmy Smith, Georgi Karakhanyan, Joe Martinez, a video preview of the UFC Moment of Truth series from Topps Cards

If you watch Spike TV, you surely will recognize Ton Jones, one of the co-stars of the hit series “Auction Hunters.”  Ton happens to be a huge fan of MMA, Rear Naked Choke Radio and MMADieHards.com, and will join us once again on the air.  We’ll get some background into the show and hit up Ton for his pick on the TUF 14 Finale headlining match between coaches Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

The fifth season of Bellator just finished, and the promotion’s awesome color commentator, Jimmy Smith (Twitter: @JimmySmithMMA), joins Joe and Jeremy to put a bow on it and give us a taste of what lies ahead in Season 6.

Georgi Karakhanyan (@GeorgiMMA), once a Bellator featherweight tournament semifinalist, will jump into the fray with another turn on RNC Radio ahead of his 145-pound Tachi Palace Fights title match on Friday against Isaac DeJesus.  The card is being streamed live by our friends at Sherdog.com.

Announcing Georgi into the cage that night will be Joe Martinez (@JoeAMartinez), who takes a minute out of his packed schedule to bestow his sublime voice upon our airwaves.  Joe will also talk about returning to a Zuffa cage for the first time since his final appearance in the WEC, as he will emcee the Strikeforce card on Dec. 17.

Jeremy brings along his personal stash of the brand-new UFC Moment of Truth series, so tune into the video live stream as he and Joe give you an exclusive preview in the throes of the Christmas rush.  For more on the set, which for the first time includes Strikeforce, check out Jason Kelly’s story on MMADieHards.

Rear Naked Choke Radio streams live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. on MMADieHards.com Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. ET (unless otherwise noted) and is part of the MMA DieHards Radio Network. If you cannot catch the live stream, it is available on demand RIGHT HERE shortly after completion of the broadcast. We’re also available on iTunes and TalkShoe.

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Rear Naked Choke Radio LIVE at Bellator 59: Bjorn Rebney, Zach Makovsky, Ben Askren, Mike Straka, Ricardo Almeida

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Rear Naked Choke Radio streams live on MMADieHards.com from Cesars Atlantic City in N.J. before Bellator 59, as Joe Rizzo and Matt Leung are on location.

The guest list is packed.  Sitting in the hot seat are Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney (Twitter: @BjornRebney), bantanweight champion Zach Makovsky (@ZachFunSize), welterweight title holder Ben Askren (@BenAskren), Mike Straka (@MikeStraka), and Ricardo Almeida (@AlmeidaBJJ).

The last time at Cesars we broke the news about Kurt Pellegrino’s signing with Bellator, then had him on the show. He fights Patricky “Pitbull” Freire at Bellator 59.  Rebney also gave us a bit of news this time, as well.

Rear Naked Choke Radio streams live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. on MMADieHards.com Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. ET (unless otherwise noted) and is part of the MMA DieHards Radio Network. If you cannot catch the live stream, it is available on demand RIGHT HERE shortly after completion of the broadcast. We’re also available on iTunes and TalkShoe.

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Rear Naked Choke Radio: Miesha Tate, Mike Constantino, help Dan Miller Jr

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This episode is dedicated to helping the son of UFC fighter Dan Miller: CLICK HERE TO HELP AND FIND OUT MORE

Give thanks a day early, as Rear Naked Choke Radio speeds the schedule, with Joe Rizzo and Jeremy Fullerton getting Turkey Day under way streaming live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J.

The guests are Strikeforce 135-pound champion Miesha Tate and AMA Fight Club head honcho Mike Constantino.

Miesha’s name has been thrown around the last week as Ronda Rousey called her out after winning another match at 145 pounds. Find out Miesha’s strongly opinionated perspective on Rousey and unscheduled No. 1 contender Sarah Kaufman.  What is the importance of looks in female fighting?  Tate gives her take, as well her thoughts on how the rest of the 135-pound contenders should stack up vs. what will happen.

Constantino will help with some background about the family plight of one of his long-time fighters, Dan Miller.   Dan’s son is facing a life-altering surgery and needs your help.  Mike gives all the details why you need to help and explains the ways you can be a part of a true Christmas miracle.

Mike also gives an update about the stable of fighters training with AMA and those under MVC Management.  Tune in for his special insight into rising Strikeforce star Adlan Amagov.

Rear Naked Choke Radio streams live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. on MMADieHards.com Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. ET (unless otherwise noted) and is part of the MMA DieHards Radio Network. If you cannot catch the live stream, it is available on demand RIGHT HERE shortly after completion of the broadcast. We’re also available on iTunes and TalkShoe.

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TUF Life Radio: Louis Gaudinot, TJ Dillashaw, and Dustin Pague

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TUF Life Radio on MMADieHards.com and the MMADieHards Radio Network airs on MMADieHards.com as Matt Leung and TUF 14 contestant Louis Gaudinot talk about the latest episode with Dustin Pague and TJ Dillashaw.

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Rear Naked Choke Radio: UFC 139′s Jason Brilz, Strikeforce Challengers’ Julia Budd

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Rear Naked Choke Radio comes at you live as Joe Rizzo and Matt Leung get you up to speed on the best in MMA.

Jason Brilz, who takes on Ryan Bader on Saturday at UFC 139, joins the show, as does Julia Budd, who meets Ronda Rousey on Friday at Strikeforce Challengers 20.

Joe and Matt also break down the action for UFC 139, Strikeforce Challengers 20 and Bellator 58, plus give their picks in the Against the Odds segment.

Rear Naked Choke Radio streams live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. on MMADieHards.com Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. ET (unless otherwise noted) and is part of the MMA DieHards Radio Network. If you cannot catch the live stream, it is available on demand RIGHT HERE shortly after completion of the broadcast. We’re also available on iTunes and TalkShoe.

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UFC 139: Fueled by the haters, Nick Pace gets a shot at Miguel Torres

Nick Pace (Hector Castro/MMADieHards.com photo)

Haters beware: Nick Pace is a lover and a fighter who knows how to play the game.

Getting ready to make his third appearance in the Octagon, Pace (Twitter: @NickPaceMMA) – a member of the Tiger Schulmann’s Fight Team – is ready to prove he belongs in the stable.

Pace began his fight career in 2008, starting with five straight wins that led him to becoming the Ring of Combat bantamweight champion in 2010.

Competition quickly stepped up for the New Yorker as Demetrious Johnson welcomed Pace into the WEC with the first loss of his career.  Pace then joined the UFC and quickly made a name for himself by introducing a signature move, the Pace Choke.

This may have rubbed some the wrong way as Pace received recognition and praise so early in his career.  But having haters is just part of the motivational fuel to keep the fire burning.

“I love haters, it is motivation for me.” Pace told Joe Rizzo and Jeremy Fullerton while sitting in on Rear Naked Choke Radio on the MMADieHards Radio Network.  “People talk (smack), people try to hate on you, and people are jealous or little scared so they start hating and talking crap about you.

“Whatever, bring it on.”

At UFC 139 on Saturday at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., Pace will be stepping up to face his most challenging opponent to date, Miguel Torres.  Not being one to talk a lot of smack, Pace chooses to be wise and listen while all the “smart” people talk.

Keeping his ears to the ground, Pace has heard that he doesn’t belong in the cage with a fighter such as Torres.

“Miguel Torres, he’s a great fighter and he’s been in the organization for so long he’s made a huge name for himself,” said Pace.  “I heard on a website that he was actually insulted that he is going to have to get in the cage with me.  You know what man, he’s a hater and he can think what he wants.  I know that I’ve been training really hard for this fight, I got that spark, I want it and I want it bad.  We’ll see what happens.”

With both Pace and Torres losing their last venture to the Octagon, a win for Pace would boost him up the divisional ladder, while a win for Torres will at least hold his parking space in the rankings.

Pace suffered a close decision loss to Ivan Menjivar in his last outing at UFC 133 in August.  With only two defeats on his record, Pace has never been finished.

“There are no excuses to any kind of loss,” Pace admitted.  “I fight hard and from every loss you learn more than from a win, so I’m going to take it as something very good came out of that fight.  I have a lot of things that I’m going to fix up – a lot I already did – and just move on from it.  You can’t dwell on all that old, bad stuff.  You just got to move on and get better.”

Many fighters have mastered the techniques of weight-cutting, some to the point of experimentation in different weight classes.  With the new 125-pound division soon to be introduced to the UFC, many bantamweights are considering a drop.

“Hell no,” said Pace when asked.  “I would never be able to drop down to 125 pounds, no way.  One-thirty-five is a good weight for me, I feel good and I feel strong there, so I’ll be staying at 135.”

The bantamweight division has a maturing addition with Pace looking to keep his home under the shelter of the UFC banner.  Using that maturity to keep his head in the game, Pace does not play around when it comes to out-of-the-cage animosity.

“I don’t think that it is necessary at all,” Pace said.  “But if it happens, it happens.  I not looking for any kind of problems, I don’t have beef with the kid, so it’s just a fight.  I’m sure when it’s done we’re going to hug and it’s going to be all right.  I’m not going to pursue problems, we’re professional.”

Come Saturday, Pace will face all his haters once more.  Time to see once again how he plays the game.

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Rear Naked Choke Radio: Newsday’s Mark LaMonica, UFC Encyclopedia author Tom Gerbasi

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Rear Naked Choke Radio comes atcha live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. as Joe Rizzo and Jeremy Fullerton get you ready for UFC on Fox and a pair of Bellator Season 5 tournament finals.

Newsday’s Mark La Monica (Twitter: @LaMonicaMMA) joins the guys to talk about the impact of the UFC’s first move to network television and also the recent purchase of a majority stake in Bellator by Viacom.  Tom Gerbasi, editorial director for Zuffa, comes on to discuss his new book, the UFC Encyclopedia, and the other goings on around the company.  Tom also gives a career retrospective of the late Joe Frazier.

Joe and Jeremy will picks the weekend fights against the odds, including the UFC heavyweight title match between champion Cain Velasquez (minus-165) and Junior Dos Santos (plus-135), and the tournament title matches at Bellator 57.

Rear Naked Choke Radio streams live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. on MMADieHards.com Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. ET (unless otherwise noted) and is part of the MMA DieHards Radio Network. If you cannot catch the live stream, it is available on demand RIGHT HERE shortly after completion of the broadcast. We’re also available on iTunes and TalkShoe.

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Rear Naked Choke Radio: TOPPS box break with Nick Pace in studio, Bart Palasewski

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Rear Naked Choke Radio comes atcha live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. as Joe Rizzo and Jeremy Fullerton bring you something very special.

UFC bantamweight Nick Pace joins the guys in studio for a box break of the brand-new Topps UFC Finest, and UFC 137 knockout of the night winner Bart Palaszewski talks about his great win over Tyson Griffin.

If you’re a collector or just interested in some of the coolest UFC products around, check out the box break. Nick, Jeremy and Joe open the box and packets to give you a close-up view of what is inside, so make sure you watch the video stream!

Pace (Twitter: @NickPaceMMA) is in the final portion of his camp ahead of his fight Nov. 19 in San Jose, Calif., against former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres at UFC 139.  He also invented the Pace Choke.  Watch how Nick reacts in the box break when a card of his opponent is revealed.

Palaszewski (Twitter: @Bartimus7) knocked out Griffin at 2:45 of the first round in what not only was his debut in the UFC, but also as a featherweight.  In addition to taking home the $75,000 knockout of the night bonus, Bartimus also grabbed another $8,500 (25 percent) of his opponent’s show money since Griffin was over the featherweight limit at weigh-ins.  With that extra cash, he is forced to buy his daughter something.  Listen to find out!

Joe and Jeremy also take a look at UFC 138 against the odds and make their picks.

Rear Naked Choke Radio streams live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. on MMADieHards.com Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. ET (unless otherwise noted) and is part of the MMADieHards Radio Network.  If you cannot catch the live stream, it is available on demand RIGHT HERE shortly after completion of the broadcast.  We’re also available on iTunes and TalkShoe.

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