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Punch Drunk Radio: UFC’s Marcus Brimage, Julie Kedzie

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Tonight’s episode of Punch Drunk Radio has hosts Amy Barton (Twitter: @amesbelle) and Alex Donno (Twitter: @AlexDonno) welcoming Julie Kedzie (Twitter: @julesk_fighter) and Marcus Brimage (Twitter: @Brim205) to the show.

Kedzie, a pioneer in women’s MMA, is making her UFC debut at UFC on FOX 8 on July 27 at Seattle’s Key Arena against Germaine de Randamie.  Kedzie also handles the commentating duties alongside Muhammed Lawal and Mauro Ranallo for Invicta FC, as well as working closely with MMA coach Greg Jackson at Jackson’s MMA.

Brimage is coming off a loss to Conor MacGregor, and healing up from surgery on his achilles tendon.  We’ll see how rehab is coming along and when we can expect to see the “TUF 14” contestant back in the Octagon.

Tune in to Punch Drunk Radio every other Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET for exclusive fighter interviews, special guests, breaking news, contests, event recaps and much more – only on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. If you can’t be here live, catch the archive on demand right HERE following the broadcast – or on iTunes!

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In Their Own Words: The Week’s Noteworthy MMA Quotes

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. (Photo courtesy of

“I wasn’t close to tapping out at all. I was ready to face the music and get it broken if I had to get it broken. I proved a lot to myself tonight and I’m grateful for it. I haven’t gotten x-rays, so I’m not going to sit here and feed into a little pain. But I’ll definitely live on to fight another day. Every time I extended my right hand or tried to use an elbow on my right side, I felt it. I felt as if I really didn’t have any power in my right side at all but it’s a long ways from my heart.”
- UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones talked about his gutsy performance at UFC 152 during the UFC 152 post-fight press conference.

“I’ve always had great respect for Jon Jones and know he is a great champion. When I felt his arm snap, I decreased the pressure, and he got out. Simple as that. During the bout, he managed to work his elbows well (from the top), but I was never afraid. But he was very good in the fight.”
- Vitor Belfort told Brazil’s Globo TV that he couldn’t commit to breaking Jones’ arm in the UFC 152 main event.

“Let me tell you what: If you didn’t like that flyweight fight, please, I’m begging you, don’t ever buy another UFC pay-per-view again”
- UFC president Dana White let it be known at the UFC 152 post-fight press conference that if you don’t appreciate the UFC 125-pound weight class, your money is not welcome here .

“You have to be in a constant grove where you’re always fighting high-level guys.  My last few fights have been against No. 1 guys in the world.  McCall was ranked the No. 1 fighter in the world at 125 pounds and he was the TPF champ.  Now, I’m taking on the uncrowned champ at 125 (pounds) in the world, Benavidez, for the UFC title.  My career has not easy or handed to me by any means.  I’ve worked my butt off to get here.”
- UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson talked to MMA DieHards about facing upper echelon opponents throughout the last half of his career.

“I don’t talk much about Bellator.  But what they do is one of the dirtiest things you can do in the business. It’s dirty, it’s grimy, and it’s just despicable.  I have the right to match, but once I cut a guy and let him go and somebody else tries to sign him, I don’t come back say ‘Oh you’re breaking the contract, I have a contract.’  When you make a decision to cut him, you cut him.  That’s one of the dirtiest scummiest things you can do in the fight business.”
- White talked in this media scrum about Bellator’s antics regarding Tyson Nam.

­“I really don’t know, I don’t know if it would have made much of a difference if they had told me. But they didn’t tell me that they were going to cancel the fight.”
- Jones said at the UFC 152 pre-fight press conference that he had no inclination UFC 151 would be cancelled if he refused to fight.

“I’m glad he said some things. I don’t think he would have said that if I was there. It was false that he didn’t know that UFC 151 would be canceled if he didn’t take the fight. I told him it would. I think he’s acting like he’s taking it all very lightly. I don’t know if he’s embarrassed. There was a lot of collateral damage from the fallout. He needs to take it seriously. There’s been a lot of fans turn on him.”
- White disputed Jones’ claim of being unaware UFC 151 would be cancelled had he not fight, via FUEL TV.

“Fighters, when they get to certain levels, it’s difficult to train for a big fight when you’re in a gym where there are 15 other guys training for a big fight. Sometimes you can get lost in there, and there’s not enough individual attention on what you need to accomplish technically in order to prepare for your fight.”
- Brian Stann explained on, his reason for moving his UFC 152 training camp from New Mexico to Atlanta.

“I would consider dropping to 185, but the problem is, I’m kind of heavy right now. I might have to do a practice cut to get down there before I make any commitment to fight at 185. I’ve never cut weight like that, not since college. And, I always told myself, I said, ‘If I compete again, there’s no way that I’ll turn myself into what I did in college, as far as living just to cut weight and stuff like that.’ If the offer is interesting enough, I’ll drop down. But, if not, I’ll stay at 205. It makes no sense for me to drop down to 185 to be right in the same position I’m in now at 205.”
- UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans admitted on MMA Uncensored that he would consider a drop to middleweight if the match was intriguing to him.

“Everything has it’s time. He’ll have his opportunity to fight for the belt. Maybe I fight next before he gets the shot, I lose and he fights someone else. We don’t know. I can fight Bonnar, lose and say: ‘you know what, I don’t want it anymore’. Or maybe I win and say ‘I don’t want this anymore’. Or maybe drop to welterweight or move up to heavyweight. Anything can happen. Every UFC fighter will have their chance. You have to work and wait for your opportunity.”
- UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva told Guilherme Cruz of Tatame that fellow 185-pounder Chris Weidman needs to be patient and wait for his title shot.

“I was thinking about it; if I win this fight, how am I ever going to top that?. It’s been hard enough trying to top the (first) Forrest fight all these years. Then if I freaking beat Anderson Silva, talk about a perfect storybook ending to a career.”
- Stephen Bonnar told, his thoughts on fighting A. Silva in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 153.

“It seems like people sometimes take unfair shots at us and our gym. All it does is piss us off. It seems like all the talking that’s done takes place outside the gym. When we’re here we just train. I’ve been here over three years and he’s (Jackson) never ever told me to cruise it. He’s never said to try and last. It’s always been about finishing fights, train harder and push it. He’s never said to play it safe. This is a guy, that when I was in the WEC, I broke my hand a week before the fight, and he asked ‘do you want to fight?’ When I said ‘yeah’, he said ‘alright, let’s do it. (He) didn’t try to talk me out of it. He supported me 100 percent. He told me that if I didn’t throw that broken hand right away that he would be pissed at me; that he wanted me to go after the guy right away. He didn’t want me going in there fighting dumb, scared and injured. That’s the kind of guy he is; so for people to say he’s the type of person to say play it safe, is bull. He’s a fight coach, and when it comes down to it, he wants us to fight. He wants us to finish.”
- Cub Swanson talked to Full Contact Fighter about the reputation Jackson MMA fighters have for not finishing fights.

“After a fight, it is on and popping.   I get white girl wasted. I do things that make people want to punch me in the face. Someone needs to be on Marcus Brimage duty when I celebrate.”
- Marcus Brimage detailed his post-fight party to MMA DieHards.

“You win a fight and you’re boring, the promoters don’t love you.   They say if you lose an exciting fight they’ll bring you back.  Well, I tried my hardest to make that fight exciting.  I was trying to punch him; I was screaming at him, I did everything I could have done.

“They said they were happy with the way I tried to fight, knowing the circumstances of him trying to hold on.  But, I didn’t get rewarded, I got my walking papers.

“In hindsight, I should’ve just fought to win.  I should’ve just jabbed and moved, jabbed and moved.  I would’ve killed him with my jab and never got taken down if I decided to make it a boring, slow fight.  But, I decided no, I want to give the crowd an all-out war if I can.  It’s frustrating.”
- John Alessio talked to MMA DieHards Radio about his recent release from the UFC.

UFC 152 preliminary recap: Magalhaes successful in return, Baczynski, Noke, Gagnon finish, Dunham-Grant have blood bath

Seth-Baczynski (R) vs. Matt Brown (L)

The UFC 152 preliminary card exhibited four decisions and four finishes, but it was full of excitement.

Vinny Magalhaes made his return to the UFC an impressive one when he met Igor Pokrajac.

The two-time gold medalist in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship was quick to get Pokrajac to the ground.  From there, Magalhaes transitioned to side guard, then transferred to an armbar.  Pokrajac appeared to be in trouble, but defended well and landed in the Brazilian’s guard.  They grappled until Magalhaes let Pokrajac up, then the two combatants traded strikes until the end of the round.

Magalhaes clinched up with Pokrajac immediately in round two.  He took the Croatian to the mat and strapped on a triangle-choke.  Magalhaes switched to an armbar, allowed Pokrajac to attempt to roll out and executed the technique.  Pokrajac tapped in agony, which gave Magalhaes a victory in his return to the Octagon.

T.J. Grant busted, battered and beat Evan Dunham in a three round war.

Grant got the better of Dunham in the striking department off the hop.  Dunham came out of an exchange on the feet with a bloodied eyebrow and taunted Grant briefly, insinuating he wasn’t hurt.  Grant continued to win the battle of blows, until Dunham achieved a double-leg takedown near the end of Round 1.

The second round had Grant smash a knee into Dunham’s forehead, causing a large gash to open.  Dunham shook it off and smiled, and for that, the Canadian gave him another knee in the forehead, causing another cut.  Though, the fight wasn’t stopped for the doctor to take a look, Dunham’s face was smeared with blood.

It was Dunham who was the aggressor in the third round, but Grant did not back down.  They continued to fire punches back and forth, yet Grant was becoming fatigued and attempting takedowns.  Dunham stuffed all of Grant’s takedown attempts, and he even accomplished one of his own as the match came to an end.

Grant walked away with a unanimous decision victory, remaining undefeated at lightweight.

Sean Pierson came close to not winning in his hometown of Toronto, however, he was able to best Lance Benoist.

Pierson blasted Benoist with a hefty amount punches early in the match.  After dizzying Benoist, Pierson sent his opponent to the mat with a combination of strikes and followed up with an abundance of punches.  Benoist tied Pierson up for a moment, but the Ontarian escaped with little effort.  Pierson rattled Benoist one more time with a left hook before the round ended.

In the second and third frames each competitor let off series punches and kicks, yet Pierson was still coming out on top.  But, late in the last round, Benoist connected on Pierson’s jaw, causing him to collapse to the canvas.  Benoist pounced on Pierson, and switched from ground and pound to prowling for a submission.  Pierson got back to his feet in the dying seconds, but he was awfully wobbly as time ran out.

The match went a full 15 minutes and it was Pierson the judges gave the nod to, crediting him with two rounds to one.

Marcus Brimage accomplished staying out of Jim Hettes’ grasp and grab the victory.

Brimage tagged Hettes three times in the first 45 seconds of the fight, not to mention dropping the Pennsylvania native with the initial left hook.  Hettes continued to take damage from Brimage, and the two-time Keystone State Games Judo gold medalist’s takedowns were ineffective.  Brimage successfully out-punched Hettes with significant strikes in the first round, but “The Kid” made it to the second round.

Round 2 was a little more competitive.  Hettes showed better boxing and hit Brimage with a jumping knee that led to a takedown.  Brimage managed to get back to his feet, but Hettes dragged him back to the canvas almost immediately.  Hettes stayed on Brimage, working ground and pound and looking for a submission.  The bout returned to standing as time ran out.

The final fame of the bout had both combatants fighting under the impression they each had a round in the win column.  While it was Hettes pushing the pace, it was Brimage landing a considerably larger number of strikes.

The match went to the judges’ scorecards and Brimage was awarded the victory, 29-28 from all parties.

At the beginning of the evening, Facebook aired three UFC 152 preliminary bouts.  All three matches lasted a total duration of six minutes and four seconds.

After coming up short in his Octagon debut, Mitch Gagnon returned with a bang.

Walel Watson, a long-limbed, technical striker, was finding his range against the shorter Gagnon from the opening horn.  When the “Gazelle” felt confident he fired off a superman-punch at Gagnon, but came in with his chin up and the Canadian fighter made Watson pay the price.  Gagnon caught Watson with a powerful overhand left punch when the “Gazelle’s” feet were still off the ground and dropped him to the mat.

Gagnon swarmed Watson with a flurry of shots, but decided to take his opponent’s back.  It took a few seconds for Gagnon to sink his arm under Watson’s chin, but he eventually did and completed a rear-naked choke victory at 1:09 into the first round.

In a classic grappler vs. striker match, it was the kickboxer that came out on top.

Kyle Noke began the fight throwing punches with intent to harm and eventually hit Charlie Brenneman with a stepping jab.  Brenneman stumbled back, but kept his wits about him.  Brenneman came forward once again and was hit with a straight right from Noke that buckled the knees of the “Spaniard.”

Referee Dan Miragliotta was quick to jump in between the two combatants before Noke landed too many unnecessary punches.  Following the bout, Brenneman contested the ref’s decision to stop the fight, saying he wasn’t out, however, the stoppage appeared to be justifiable.

Seth Baczynski and Simeon Thoresen didn’t manage to end their fight in the quick fashion of Gagnon and Noke, nonetheless, it was over before the end of the Round 1.

Neither mixed martial artist showed any desire to take the match to the ground.  As they exchanged punches, Thoresen suffered a busted lip from the punches Baczynski continuously landed in the same place.  Thoresen answered with leg kicks that sounded similar to a baseball bat slamming into a cow carcass.  However, “The Polish Pistola” slipped a right hand thrown by Thoresen, and clipped the Norwegian with a left hook.

Thoresen crumpled to the canvas and was completely unconscious, deeming the fight over just past the four minute mark of the opening frame.

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UFC 152: Marcus Brimage talks back flips, boozing and brawling

UFC featherweight fighter Marcus "Brim" Brimage (Photo courtesy of

The first thing Marcus Brimage will do Saturday night should he emerge victorious at UFC 152 is open a bar tab.

Few things interest the 5-1 UFC featherweight as much as a night on the town following a big win. “Brim” (Twitter: @Brim205) said he knows 10-0 Jimy “The Kid” Hettes presents a tough challenge this weekend, but his potential success has him already envisioning wild celebration. That’s just the way Brimage likes life – loud and proud.

“After a fight, it is on and popping,” Brimage confessed to MMADiehards’ Punch Drunk Radio on Tuesday, Aug. 7. “I get white girl wasted. I do things that make people want to punch me in the face. Someone needs to be on Marcus Brimage duty when I celebrate.”

Ironically, Brimage wasn’t in the mood for revelry after his last UFC win. Meeting Venezuela’s 8-4-1 Maximo “The Max Murderer” Blanco in April at UFC 145, Brimage said he’s still displeased with his split decision win.

“I was pissed off after that fight,” Brimage said of his standoff with the ex-Sengoku fighter. “Going in to that all I heard was, ‘Blanco is going to rape Brimage,’ or ‘Blanco is going to run through Brimage like finish line tape.’ He wasn’t aggressive at all. He ran like a little bitch.”

The competition was so close, Brimage continued, that it didn’t end with the final bell. Blanco famously back flips after wins, and busting one out post-fight, Brimage couldn’t let him have the last laugh. The pair traded acrobatics before “Brim” emerged victorious on the judges’ scorecards.

“When it was over, Blanco started back flipping like he won and I was like, ‘no bitch, you haven’t won sh*t,” Blanco said. “I did one too. It escalated from there.”

Brimage said he’s taking Saturday’s bout with Hettes much more seriously. A takedown titan, Hettes was last seen hurling Nam Phan around at UFC 141 in December. Such brutal grappling skills, Brimage said, definitely have his attention.

“He’s got pretty sh*tty shots but his judo is something serious,” Brimage said of Hettes’ style. “In his last fight against Phan he just kept sweeping him and taking him to the ground. I’m not going to front. It was beautiful.”

“Brim” said he’ll conquer Hettes Saturday night with superior striking. He thus plans on knocking “The Kid” unconscious well before any takedowns or submissions spoil his night.

“I’m going to have my hands full staying on my feet,” Brimage said. “I’m trying to knock him out and he’s trying to submit me. I’m hoping to score the Knockout of the Night bonus and up my surroundings. Right now I’m deep in the hood.”

“Brim” said heading into his third UFC fight he feels like his star’s on the rise. The ex-”Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller” contestant said he’s found his groove at featherweight.

“I think I’m going to stay at 145 lbs. for awhile,” Brimage said of his current weight class. “I think it’s a perfect fit for me, just like a glove.”

Brimage said that should featherweight conquests start piling high, he’ll know what he’s ordering from the bartender.

“I don’t like beer,” “Brim” confessed. “I like Smirnoff Ices and Mike’s Hard Lemonades. I drink gay girl drinks. I’m a total fight starter.”

Mark Hensch is an avid MMA fan who became interested in the sport through wrestling and karate. When not covering the hurt business, he serves as a digital editor for the Washington Times’ in Washington D.C.

UFC 152 in Toronto adds Jimy Hettes vs. Marcus Brimage

UFC 145 prelim recap: Decision after decision before Browne submits Griggs

Travis Browne flexes during the UFC 145 weigh-ins. (Photo courtesy of

The much-hyped UFC 145 event began with a stacked undercard of preliminary matches in Atlanta.

Venezuela’s Maximo Blanco fought Marcus Brimage in a featherweight match that opened the fight card. A tentative match, it saw each struggle to find their range before Blanco landed a knee in the second round and slowed the pace. By fight’s end, both men drew boos from the crowd and taunted one another only for Brimage to win a split decision.

Next was Chris Clements vs. Keith Wisniewski to finish the Facebook bouts. The two had a great round where Wisniewski scored an early takedown and manhandled Clements on the mat only for the referee to stand the pair up inexplicably. From there, Clements caught Wiesniewski with a back kick to the liver and rocked him, only for the round to end before he could capitalize. In round two, Wisniewski shrugged off Clements’ striking before taking him down and seeking a rear naked choke. Clements threw mean elbows to survive the round, and the final period saw him rally with a knee that downed Wiesniewski even though he couldn’t finish his foe. Such killer instinct clinched Clements the split decision victory.

The FX prelims opened with Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero. The two fought a furious first round, with Escudero hunting for a heel hook only for Danzig to spin out and frustrate Escudero with some grappling. Round two was more tentative, with both fighters struggling for cage control and Escudero attempting a takedown that went nowhere as the horn buzzed. Danzig utilized the same strategy in the final tilt, smothering Escudero against the fence before claiming a unanimous decision win.

John Makdessi and Anthony Njokuani were next, starting their fight with a slow-boil of wary strikes before slowly ramping things up with more energy. Round two nearly mirrored one, the sole exception occurring when Njokuani caught a kick from Makdessi and briefly sent him stumbling. It was all static after that, Njokuani edging out Makdessi by utilizing his superior reach for a unanimous decision victory.

After this, Matt Brown clashed with Stephen Thompson by aggressively taking down the karate phenom as often as possible for ground and pound attempts. Thompson survived the onslaught, only to face more frantic takedowns in the next round. He returned the favor with clean, angled strikes, and by the time the second round closed both fighters were gassed. Brown relentlessly dogged Thompson after that, taking him to the ground and catching him in a crucifix hold to rain down elbows as the horn sounded. He thus won by unanimous decision and handed Thompson his first MMA loss.

Travis Browne and Chad Griggs close the prelims down, Browne immediately pulverizing Griggs with knees in the clinch before a takedown and locking in an arm triangle choke for the submission in round one. It was the only finish of the prelims, and a convincing one at that.

MMA Beatdown radio: Marcus Brimage, Don Frye


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UFC 145′s Marcus Brimage and MMA veteran-turned-commentator Don Frye join Mike, Amy, and 790 The Ticket’s Alex Donno on tonight’s MMA Beatdown.

Brimage (twitter: @brim205), TUF 14 cast member turned contracted UFC fighter, faces off against UFC newcomer Maximo Blanco at UFC 145, April 21 in Atlanta, GA. Marcus, still relatively young in the sport (five professional fights to his credit), discusses his upcoming fight, his reality TV stints, why he moved from Bama to Florida, the opponent he faces in Blanco, and more.

Don Frye, Don Frye, Don Frye.  What can you say about Don Frye, really?  MMA Beatdown welcomes back the most colorful of commentators, fresh off his newest gig.  Don talks WMMA Sports, Dana White, the “ruin of the UFC”, the possibility of fighting once again, and his upcoming autobiography (you heard it here first!).

The show streams live here at at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, 5:30 on the West Coast, which we’ve been told is the Best Coast – though that’s up for debate. Face buried in a pizza? Picking up The Wife’s clothes at the dry cleaners? On a mandatory Tuesday Date Night? Look, we get it. Shiznit happens. You’ve got a life to live outside of little ol’ us at Beatdown Radio – even though we managed to get an entire extra day added onto the calendar for you. So we’ll do ya another favor. We’ll make the show available on demand RIGHT HERE after the completion of the broadcast or as a download at iTunes for the low-low, low-low cost of FREE. (But you’re way, way cooler if you’re here with us live.)

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