Episode 19 – Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo

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On the latest episode of Majority Draw Radio, hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta discuss Jon Jones’ Instagram incident, three UFC fight cards in one week, and how the UFC may enliven the North American market.

Ray Sefo discusses Jake Shields joining WSOF and how he’ll need a fight before challenging for their welterweight crown, Brad Tavares middleweight title potential in the UFC, and Sefo’s desire to make WSOF the top MMA promotion in the world.

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Episode 18 – Tim Kennedy & Michael Bisping

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On the latest Majority Draw Radio, hosts Ryan McKinnnell and Danny Acosta discuss Jake Shields’ release from the UFC, Nate Diaz’s outspoken stance on contract negotiations and Holly Holm’s UFC trajectory.

Headlining “TUF Nations” Middleweights Tim Kennedy and Michael Bisping join the show.

Kennedy discusses the origins of wanting to fight Michael Bisping, begrudgingly respecting “The Count” as a fighter but disliking him as a person, and how this bout can solidify him as a contender.

Bisping he is the main eventer and the whole show and Kennedy will be sent back to obscurity in defeat. The tenured Brit tells his side of their rivalry, including how he believes Kennedy and company’s spoof videos are disrespectful and counter to martial arts’ true spirit.

 

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Episode 17 – John “Doomsday” Howard

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On this week’s episode of Majority Draw Radio, hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta can’t resist talking Wrestlemania, delve into Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson talk, and approve of Johny Hendricks’ pursuit of a clear no. 1 contender for his first UFC welterweight title defense.

Boston’s John “Doomsday” Howard joins the show to discuss searching for a three-fight UFC win streak in Abu Dhabi against Ryan LaFlare. The welterweight shares he worked construction after being cut from the UFC, nearly retired, and adopted a son, before returning to the Octagon on short notice to live his dream of fighting in what he calls the Boston Garden.

 

 

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Episode 16 – Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall

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On the latest Majority Draw Radio, hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta discuss UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s injury’s and how the UFC can deal with star champs catching the injury bug, Dan Henderson’s comeback win against “Shogun” Rua, and the 205-pound title picture.

Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall joins the show and talks lack of sponsorship, accepting a day job, responsibilities of a single father, hardships in MMA, and how he expects to get back on track toward a title shot against rival Demetrious Johnson for the 125-pound belt.

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Episode 15 – Mark “Fight Shark” Miller

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On the latest Majority Draw Radio, hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta discuss Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler’s five-round slugfest for the UFC’s vacant welterweight title at UFC 171, Pat Curran’s dramatic comeback rear-naked choke on Daniel Straus for Bellator’s featherweight belt, and the need for immediate rematches after epic clashes.

Acosta has an extended talk with Mark “Fight Shark” Miller, a K-1, Glory and MMA veteran, about his two decades in the fight game and his ongoing health struggles as he faces a kidney transplant in the next few months.

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Episode 14 – Tyron Woodley, Jake Shields & Daniel Straus

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On the latest Majority Draw Radio, hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta explore UFC light heavyweight champion’s dismissive comments of contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier, and feast on the welterweight frenzy that is UFC 171.

Tyron Woodley shares his excitement to fight Carlos Condit in UFC 171′s co-main event and asserts why he believes he is ready to become the next person to challenge for the belt.

Jake Shields asserts the Cesar Gracie team knows their worth, reflects on wanting to fight Carlos Condit, and acknowledges the importance of facing Hector Lombard in what he’s calling one last title run.

Bellator featherweight champion Daniel Straus wonders why he’s slow to get respect, comments on Bellator promoting Pat Curran heavily despite no longer wearing the belt, and how American Top Team has shaped his elite 145-pound status.

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Episode 13 – Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez

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Hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta talk Ronda Ronda-Gina Carano rumors, Chris Weidman defending his belt against Lyoto Machida instead of Vitor Belfort thanks to the recent TRT ban, “Stun Gun” cutting down John Hathaway in China, and ponder what they would name their pro wrestling tag team.

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez stops by the show to discuss a slew of topics. The current UFC no. 1 contender talks choosing the UFC as his fighting home over Bellator, challenging Anthony Pettis for the lightweight crown and coaching on The Ultimate Fighter season 20 against him.

“You better believe the Gracie Fighter boys will be there making appearances,” Melendez said of bringing teammates Jake Shields and brothers Nick and Nate Diaz to coach 115-pound female UFC hopefuls.

The stakes for Melendez are higher than they’ve ever been because he believes his fight with Pettis to establish the true king at 155-pounds.

“You better believe he’ll be my enemy when we fight,” he said. “And he’ll be my enemy when it comes to the show. It’s the way I perform, and it’s the way I deliver. I gotta definitely learn to grow that animosity towards him. Will I be able to cage the beast on the TV show; I think so, I think so. But, yeah, when it’s fight time, you better believe I’ll have as much animosity towards him as anyone else I’ve fought before.”

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Episode 12 – “King Mo” Lawal

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On this week’s episode, hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta share their impressions of UFC 170′s Ronda Rousey fallout, Gilbert Melendez staying in the octagon and challenging Anthony Pettis for the lightweight title, and WWE Network vs. UFC Fight Pass among other topics. 

Bellator’s “King Mo” Lawal stops by to discuss boxing, pro wrestling, his tournament prospects this year, fighting “Rampage” Jackson, his indifference to haters, and why fighters should get paid handsomely for their services.

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Episode 11 – Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier, Pat Cummins

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On this week’s episode, hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta break down the stories leading into UFC 170′s pay-per-view and catch up with three out of four main/co-main event fighters: UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier and Pat Cummins.

Rousey responds to thoughts on her good girl-bad girl persona and Sara McMann’s pedigree as an opponent.

Cormier discusses losing Rashad Evans as an opponent and the reality Pat Cummins brings to the table as a late replacement.

Cummins demonstrates confidence for the fight he didn’t know about 10 days ago and a willingness to not let this life-changing opportunity go without a serious fight.

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Episode 10 – Travis Browne, Kenny Florian, Nick Hogan

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Hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta talk George Zimmerman "celebrity" boxing, UFC altering their award bonus system, Thiago Silva's run in with Johnny Law, Ronda Rousey, UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil, and hip-hop shows. The tenth installment of MDR brings red carpet interviews with Travis Browne, Kenny Florian and Nick Hogan. Browne wonders why no one's caught on to how funny he is, how he'll never be satisfied with his fighting performances, and why he welcomes the no. 1 contender heavyweight match versus Fabricio Werdum. Kenny Florian shares his excitement for Jose Aldo-Anthony Pettis, Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, and reflects on being an inaugural The Ultimate Fighter alumni. Son of pro wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, Nick Hogan says he likes MMA and plays coy on his father returning to the WWE.

 

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Episode 9 – Bas Rutten

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Episode nine brings UFC 169 post-fight discussion and an interview with "El Guapo" Bas Rutten.

Hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta discuss Renan Barao and Jose Aldo's undefeated runs at bantamweight and featherweight respectively, what's next for Urijah "The California Kid" Faber, the state of stardom in the UFC, and why Alistair Overeem called out Brock Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion who can't stop making MMA headlines despite spending the last year in pro wrestling and the last two away from the octagon.

"El Guapo" Bas Rutten stops by to reflect on his legendary time as a pioneer in no holds barred and mixed martial arts. The former UFC heavyweight champion and King of Pancrase shares his thoughts on what it takes to be a star in and out of the cage and his career in Hollywood. Rutten also comments on Anderson Silva's injury and who he wishes he could have fought if the time periods aligned.

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Episode 8 – Urijah Faber, Al Iaquinta, Tom Watson & Danny Martinez

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On this week's episode, UFC 169 bantamweight title challenger Urijah Faber steps in to discuss fighting former foe and current 135-pound kingpin Renan Barao on three week's notice. "The California Kid" explains the task ahead in detail, how much it'd mean to him to become a two-divison champion in the sport, and how it feels like there's plenty left to accomplish in the UFC at 34-years-old.

Former TUF Live finalist Al Iaquinta shares what's in the water at the Serra-Longo gym that's causing their success, representing "Strong Island" New York in the lightweight division and what arc he expects his young career to take on in 2014.

British middleweight Tom Watson reveals how he got started in bare-knuckle fights as a younger, reflects on his time in the English fighting circles, and what adjustments he made in order to compete on the UFC circuit.

Alliance MMA's flyweight standout Danny Martinez rounds out the show with an incredible journey of waiting six years to get called up into the UFC. From living in the gym and teaching kids all day to training with champions like Dominick Cruz and Michael Chandler, Martinez admits he is an emotional fighter with a lot at stake at 125-pounds, where he plans to leave a serious mark in the years to come.

 

Hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta discuss Renan Barao and Jose Aldo's undefeated runs at bantamweight and featherweight respectively, what's next for Urijah "The California Kid" Faber, the state of stardom in the UFC, and why Alistair Overeem called out Brock Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion who can't stop making MMA headlines despite spending the last year in pro wrestling and the last two away from the octagon.

"El Guapo" Bas Rutten stops by to reflect on his legendary time as a pioneer in no holds barred and mixed martial arts. The former UFC heavyweight champion and King of Pancrase shares his thoughts on what it takes to be a star in and out of the cage and his career in Hollywood. Rutten also comments on Anderson Silva's injury and who he wishes he could have fought if the time periods aligned.

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Episode 7 – Josh “The Punk” Thomson

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Episode seven features UFC on FOX 10 headliner Josh "The Punk" Thomson at length. The former Strikeforce lightweight champion reflects on his decade-plus career, from the UFC's first foray at promoting 155-pound fighters, to his time building a hometown promotion in San Jose, up to his successful return to the octagon versus Nate Diaz.

After being granted a UFC title shot against Anthony Pettis, Pettis' subsequent injury left Thomson with an opponent, making way for his main event bout with former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson this Saturday at the United Center in Chicago. Thomson doesn't pull any punches on why he's willing to risk great rewards like no. 1 contender status to fight the best the UFC has to offer. 

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Episode 6 – “Cowboy” Cerrone & Jeremy Stephens

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On this week's episode, hosts Ryan McKinnell (Yahoo! Sports and MMAWeekly.com) and Danny Acosta (Maxim, Sherdog.com) recap Luke Rockhold's first round liver kick main event win against Costas Philippou at UFC Fight Night 35. After talking the AKA middleweight's challenges to Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping, they touch on T.J. Dillashaw's strong performance at bantamweight and John Moraga's bounce back from losing his chance at the flyweight title.

Lightweight staple Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone reveals to McKinnell and Acosta he's fighting because he's broke. The WEC veteran also shares he's reinvigorated by the idea of a title run, delves into his fighting psychology, and admits he doesn't know much about UFC on FOX 10 main card opponent Adriano Martins, but it doesn't matter because he has to "whoop his ass" anyway.

Emerging featherweight contender Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens stops by to break down his main card scrap with Darren Elkins, how his game is evolving and coming together at 145-pounds, and what a potential three-fight win streak means to his veteran career. 

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Episode 5 – Luke Rockhold

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On episode five, hosts Ryan McKinnell (Yahoo! Sports and MMAWeekly.com) and Danny Acosta (Maxim, Sherdog.com) discuss 2014's opening news stories including UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock taking up security for rapper and Vitamin Water guru 50 Cent, UFC Fight Pass vs. WWE Network, and Dominick Cruz's injury making way for Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao for the bantamweight title Super Bowl Saturday.

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold joins the show and touches on headlining opposite Costas Philippou for UFC Fight Night 35 on FOX Sports 1 Wed. Jan 15 (7/4 EST/PST). The American Kickboxing Academy fighter opens up about getting knocked out in his UFC debut against Vitor Belfort, his aspirations to establish himself as a main event contender, and the scope of the 185-pound division now that Chris Weidman holds the UFC belt rather than Anderson Silva. 

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Episode 4 – Duane “Bang” Ludwig

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Hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta discuss their 2013 favorites. Duane "Bang" Ludwig, Team Alpha Male's head coach, stops by to discuss the success he had this year coaching Sacramento's finest mixed martial artists, in addition to reflecting on his kickboxing and MMA careers, and why he's fine with putting the idea of a comeback away.

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Episode 3 – Matt Serra and Jake Ellenberger

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Hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta break down the once-in-a-lifetime ending of UFC 168's shocking shin snap that sent Anderson Silva home injured and UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman still undefeated.

McKinnell catches up with Weidman's trainer Matt Serra on location in Las Vegas after UFC 168 regarding the incident, going through the camp with Weidman and what it takes to earn sustained respect after shocking the world--something the former UFC welterweight champion knows something about.

Jake Ellenberger also shares his reaction to the horrifying, unlikely outcome of UFC 168's main event, how a fighter's psychology blocks out such possibilities, and the notion that such a loss is the worst of all because it's a loss of health.

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Episode 2 – Anderson Silva, Rousey & Tate

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Hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta are on location in Las Vegas and Los Angeles respectively to bring conversations with Anderson Silva, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, who comprise three of four top billings for UFC 168's pay-per-view.

Tate shares her belief Rousey is skillful at faking nice, calls the champ's emotional stability into question, and details how she expects to emerge with the UFC title belt.

Rousey discusses her hopes female MMA will have a long, healthy and star-studded life, why the rematch with Tate comes at the only time it will make sense, and compares enjoyable experiences filming The Expendables with boxer Victor Ortiz to a detestable time with Tate on The Ultimate Fighter reality TV show.

Silva reflects on why people need to respect the man that dethroned him, new UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman, his legendary legacy, and the possibility "The Spider" will be in Bruce Lee-style action flicks.  

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Episode 1 – Urijah Faber & Jake Shields

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On the debut episode, hosts Ryan McKinnell (Yahoo! Sports and MMAWeekly.com) and Danny Acosta (Maxim, USA Today Sports) talk the origin story of their veteran experiences covering mixed martial arts and are joined by UFC stars and former champs Urijah Faber and Jake Shields.

Faber reflects on a four-fight win streak in 2013, Team Alpha Male's calendar year, including how he anticipates teammate Joseph Benavidez will rebound from suffering a second title loss to flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, and who he anticipates he'll face in 2014 from the winner of Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao's Super Bowl Saturday bantamweight title showdown.

Shields also discussed a successful bounce back year in which he earned split decisions against contenders Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia. The former Strikreforce middleweight champ talks finding solid footing in the UFC's welterweight division after a rough start in the octagon, including the upcoming contender challenge of former Bellator champ Hector Lombard at UFC 171 in March. 

 

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