“El Cucuy” Tony Ferguson makes his first appearance on the show and talks to Jim and Matt about returning to the Octagon less than six months after knee surgery to fight Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in the co-main event of UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor, how he dealt mentally with rehabbing his injury, the aura of fight week, and much more. First, heavy metal guitarist Nita Strauss joins the guys in studio and discusses her debut album Controlled Chaos, getting into UFC watching TUF 6, Khabib vs. Conor, and more. Plus, the guys make their UFC 229 picks.
UFC President Dana White joins the show to talk about a huge fight week heading into UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor, Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega at UFC 231, the date for a potential Jon Jones Octagon return, the possibility of Cormier vs. Jones 3, Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier, Greg Hardy…
MMA legend and UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten joins Jim and Matt in-studio to talk about a variety of subjects including fighting in Pancrase, the early days in the UFC, Karate Combat, and much more. Then, #3 UFC Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier calls in and talks about fighting Nate Diaz at UFC 230, the possibility of a 165lbs. division, Khabib vs. Conor, mental warfare, Eddie Alvarez, and a lot more.
One of MMA’s best striking coaches, Jason Parillo, joins Jim and Matt in-studio for the full show and talks about his early days as a boxer himself, working with the likes of BJ Penn, Cris Cyborg, and Michael Bisping, training Jake Ellenberger for his UFC Lincoln bout with Bryan Barberena, and much more. Plus, UFC Lincoln’s main event fighters, Justin Gaethje and James Vick, both call in and talk to the guys about their headlining fight, the bad blood in the build up to it, Khabib vs. Conor, and a lot more.
“The Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman joins the show and talks about serving as an alternate for UFC 228’s Welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Darren Till, getting some physical therapy done at the UFC Performance Institute, Colby Covington’s interim title, and more. Then, #6 UFC Light Heavyweight contender Corey Anderson calls in and talks about getting a flat tire on his way to the UFC Unfiltered studio, a possible matchup with Daniel Cormier, being ready to fight anyone in the division, working with his hands, and more. Plus, Jim and Matt answer fan questions at the end of the show.
Rising UFC Light Heavyweight contender Anthony “Lionheart” Smith calls in and talks to Jim and Matt about his upcoming UFC Moncton bout against Volkan Oezdemir, his devastating finish of Shogun Rua in Hamburg, Germany, his willingness to fight anyone at 205, and much more. Then, comic Luis J. Gomez joins the guys in-studio and talks about his first ever MMA fight at EllisMania 15 on August 25, training hard for the last three months in preparation, Rockhold vs. Bisping 2, and a lot more.
UFC Women’s Flyweight champion Nicco Montaño joins the show and discusses her long-awaited return to the Octagon against Valentina Shevchenko on September 8 at UFC 228, coming into the fight as a big betting underdog, getting a new apartment after winning TUF and becoming the inaugural champion, recovering from health issues over the last year or so, and more. Plus, Jim and Matt talk about their first day recording at a new studio, and discuss Justin Bucholz’s comments about Cody Gardbrandt’s UFC 227 performance, Tony Ferguson announcing he’s medically cleared to return to fighting, Kamaru Usman preparing to step in for Tyron Woodley or Darren Till if he’s needed, and more.
UFC Welterweight, and friend of the show, Mickey Gall joins the show and talks to the guys about fighting George Sullivan on August 25 at UFC Lincoln, learning from his loss to Randy Brown at UFC 217, working on his striking with Joe Schilling, living with Yves Edwards in Los Angeles, and more. Plus, comic Big Jay Oakerson joins in-studio and talks about how he got into MMA, Khabib vs. Conor, his new special “The Crowd Work Sessions 2”, and more. Then, Jim and Matt discuss some MMA gossip and recently announced fights.
“Killer” Cub Swanson calls in ahead of his UFC 227 bout with rising contender Renato Moicano and talks to Matt and guest cohost Phoenix Carnevale about how the fight with Renato came to be, how they match up stylistically, training with TJ Dillashaw at The Treigning Lab, expecting twin boys in the coming weeks, and more. Later, the great Din Thomas calls in for an impromptu phoner and helps break down the main and co-main events of UFC 227, and gives an update on a possible Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg fight. Plus, Matt, Phoenix, and Chris the Producer make their UFC 227 picks, discuss some MMA gossip, and Phoenix her own Movie Minute featuring “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”.
Former UFC Bantamweight champion Cody “No Love” Garbrandt joins the show and talks to Jim and Matt about his UFC 227 championship rematch with TJ Dillashaw, having the best training camp of his life preparing for this fight, life as a new father, and much more, including answering some fan questions. Plus, the guys recap all the action from Calgary and discuss Renzo Gracie’s submission win over Yuki Kondo, Conor McGregor’s plea deal, and Khabib’s comments on how a possible matchup with Conor would go.
Former UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy calls in and talks about his new Discovery Channel show “Hard to Kill”, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in its purest form, and the workout he was doing right before joining the show, amongst other things. Plus, Jim and Matt break down Anthony Smith’s dominant win over Shogun Rua and the rest of the action from Hamburg, Germany over the weekend, DC’s open letter to Alexander Gustafsson, Anderson Silva’s one-year USADA suspension for a tainted supplement, and Jim debuts his new segment, “Jimmy’s Cinema Jam” featuring the movie Skyscraper.