Matt caught up with undefeated Boxing Champion Heather Hardy at LAW MMA, before a training session with Jennie Nedell. During the Fight Cave 5 they talk about how Heather started fighting, some of her best moments in her career, her upcoming fight for Bellator MMA on June 14, and much more.
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Matt Culley sat down with Andre Harrison at Bellmore Kickboxing MMA for a quick Fight Cave 5. They spoke about Andre's start in fighting, the impact his Head Coach Keith Trimble has on his life, 2 of his best moments in and out of the cage, and his mindset coming off of his first loss and heading into Season 2 of PFL.
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Matt met up with UFC and Bellator vet Phillipe Nover at his home in Brooklyn, NY to catch up on life after fighting. Phillipe talks about his start in Martial Arts, the impact the Ultimate Fighter had on his career, his best moments in and out of the cage, and more during the Fight Cave 5
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Matt recently met up with Rich Byrne at his office in Manhattan. Rich is the President of Benefit Street Partners, as well as Kasai Grappling. They discuss Rich's Martial Arts journey, what led to creating Kasai, and the mentors he's had throughout his years in Martial Arts.
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Matt met up UFC/Bellator vet Nick pace in Staten Island at his school Tiger Schulmann's Tottenville. Nick talks about his start in Martial Arts, some of his best moments as a fighter and teacher, and what's next for him going forward. He's got some great stories and answers to this week's Fight Cave 5.
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Matt heads to LAW MMA to visit one of the best MMA coaches in the biz, Ray Longo, and a fighter making his UFC debut on Jan 14., Matt "Steamrolla" Frevola, and our Evolving Athletes Master, Tony "Fight Shape" Ricci.
First, Matt talks with Tony about Joanna Jędrzejczyk coming out after loss to Rose Namajunas about her terrible weight cut with her team. Tony talks about the logistics of her weight cut (14 pounds in 14 hours), her performance, and the effects.
Tony explains cutting weight, rehydrating, and the whole process for making weight. Matt brings up past guest from Ep 49, Daria Anne Albers, who talked about her brutal weight cuts. Tony gives us an update on her, and touches upon weight cutting for women vs men.
Longo talks about his fighters, Aljamain Sterling & Merab Dvalishvili, and their losses at UFC Fight Night 123.
Longo talks about the Steamrolla's start and his training camp. Frevola gives us an inside look of his combat career, including wrestling, jiu jitsu, and fighting in Thailand. Make sure to watch his UFC debut on Jan 14, 2018!
Matt is joined by 2 of the athletes he manages, Andre Harrison and Randy Brown. Andre is an undefeated Featherweight (17-0), who fights for PFL (Professional Fighters League). Randy is a Welterweight who fights for the UFC. These two guys are great friends and equally great training partners. They comment on each other as a fighter, as well as what they think of themselves. Matt asks about their work ethic, character, goals, training, and everything in between.
Randy and Andre joke back and forth, and give a taste of what a day in the life really is. Andre talks about his mental grit and meditation practices.
They then analyze the fighters to compete this weekend at UFC 218: Holloway VS Aldo. They take their picks and explain why you should look out for some of these fighters.
Matt closes the convo with TFC 5 with some new questions!
Matt and Kyle start the show up with a recap from UFC Sydney, including the prefight drama where not only a punch was thrown, but also a boomerang in Australian fashion! Fight News covers the upcoming bouts for UFC 219 including Cyborg's opponent. He also reports on an arrest of a UFC fighter.
Then Aljamain joins us in studio before his training at Renzo Gracie's. Matt asks him about his current weight cut for his upcoming fight against Marlon Moraes on 12/9/17 at UFC Fight Night 123. Aljamain talks fighting styles, his camp at LAW MMA, and training partners including Merab who was on Ep 55 and will be making his UFC debut on the same card. Aljamain decodes the whole 135 division and what fights may play out, and where he stands in the equation.
Matt asks about Aljamain's other businesses including his clothing line, and he describes his other ventures outside of MMA. Sterling talks about how he got into MMA, his family, coaching high schoolers and fighters. Finally, Aljamain answers The Fight Cave 5!
Matt opens up with Kyle to comment on the fights from UFC Fight Night 120: Dustin Poirier VS Anthony Pettis. They talk about the finishes, the ref, and each of the fights on the main card to the prelims. Then Kyle gives Fight News announcing upcoming fights (Gian Villante, Jose Aldo, etc) and shakeups including the fights of Frankie Edgar and Anderson Silva.
Then Matt calls up Eddie Gordon, recent Best Selling Author from his book, Forever Truckin'. Eddie won The Ultimate Fighter Season 19: Team Edgar VS Team Penn, and talks about his road to MMA. He explains his book, training, being a role model, and the MMA world. They also talk about upcoming fights for Aljamain sterling and Jimmie Rivera, as well as the recent win GSP had over Bisping and where Woodley fits in. Matt also asks Eddie The Fight Cave 5.
Eddie worked as a finance director and then a sales consultant before pursuing MMA.He started training for MMA after running into his old high school friend Chris Weidman, who is the former UFC Middleweight champion.
*Special congrats to Matt on earning his black belt in BJJ!
Matt calls up Kyle for an exciting breakdown of what some are saying is the best UFC card, UFC 217. They talk about #TeamEverlast athlete & TFC Guest, Randy Brown's UD win against Mickey Gall. Kyle and Matt go back and forth on each of the fights, talking about the highlights and what's to come for the fighters.
Then, Merab Dvalishvili comes in to studio with his cornerman, Zuka Mtchedlishvili. They talk about his MMA career, his home country, Georgia, and how ready he is for UFC Fresno!
Dvalishvili (7-2) is a native of the country of Georgia, but he now trains at the Serra BJJ Academy in Huntington, N.Y. He’s been a standout in the Ring of Combat promotion and he brings a six-fight win streak into his UFC debut.
In Dvalishvili’s most recent contest, he needed just 15 seconds to knock out Raufeon Stots with a spinning backfist!
Matt sits down with Jennifer Dugwen to talk about her life in combat sports and her upcoming bout this Saturday 11/11. Matt asks how she got into boxing and more recently into MMA. She talks about fighting in different weight classes due to the slow development of women's divisions.
Jen represented the Federated States of Micronesia in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. She trains out of Brooklyn, New York and won gold in the female lightweight division at the 2015 Pacific Games held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. She also competed in the 2016 Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifier held in Qian'an China, and recently has her first full muay thai fight. She is also a mother and fights Saturday 11/11/17 at Aggressive Combat Championships.
After his recent TKO win at UFC Fight Night 118, Brian “BOOM” Kelleher gets on the phone with Matt Culley. Brian is a Featherweight from NY, and this was his third fight in the UFC. Matt asks about his previous loss against Marlon Vera at UFC Long Island, and Brian describes that feeling after losing in his backyard, and how his training camp went to prepare for Fight Night 118 in Poland. He explains what he likes about floating and how it helped him for this fight. He talks about his next possible fight, plans for the future, and what he thinks of TJ Dillashaw VS Cody Garbrandt. Matt asks him the Fight Cave 5.
Then, it’s time for Fight News with Kyle. Kyle covers what endeavors the UFC is looking to take on next, 5 Round fights, and a winner take all contract. He talks about some big losses including Heather Hardy’s and Donald Cerrone’s. They talk about the likes of Demian Maia VS Colby Covington and former guest, Jared Gordon against Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night: Brunson VS Machida.
Matt has an exclusive, eye opening conversation with UFC fighter, Gregor Gillespie, inside The Fight Cave, taped at the Everlast studio. Gregor talks about his recent win by submission, his beast training partner Andre Harrison, and improved striking thanks to Keith Trimble at Bellmore Kickboxing.
Gregor explains his addictive personality, and dives into his elite wrestling career where he was 130-1 in high school. He shares how he became sober after years of substance abuse while wrestling in high school and college, and what the pivotal moment in his life was. He talks about the lows he endured, how he got to MMA, and how he lives his life now to have the success he is having.
Matt asks Gregor what's in store for the future, and Gregor gives him a 5 year projection before The Fight Cave 5 and some inspiration advice from Gregor.
After the successful Rise Submission Invitational 2 event, champions Jason Rau and Nick Ronan come in to talk about their matches. Both came from training at Renzo Gracie's in Manhattan and have their belts under Matt Serra BJJ. These guys dish all about grappling: the popularity of tournaments, the evolution of heel hooks, Gary Tonon, John Danaher, and their favorite techniques.
Sergio calls in to talk about his match against UFC's #7 Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling, as well as the great production of Rise 2.
Fight News with Kyle covers fight announcements for Aljo and Edson Barboza, recaps Rise 2, and what's next for Gary Tonon.
Matt hosts a roundtable talk about weight cutting with Fight Shape Tony Ricci, NYS Kickboxing Champion & Glory fighter Jennie Nedell, & 3x European Kickboxing Champion Daria Anne Albers. Daria shares what her team was like for 12 years, the horrible condition she has been in before a fight to make weight, and the difference fighting in different divisions. Daria is now a coach, having gone back to school for psychology to learn the connection between her mind and body to understand what she went through. Tony explains the differences of weight cuts for both genders, to which Jennie and Daria speak to as they are currently on Tony's program. Jennie fights on Friday at Combat at the Capitale in NYC. She explains from her perspective weight cut differences for men and women.
Fight News with Kyle talks about Mark Hunter's CTE damage, the results from UFC 216 with D. Johnson & Ferguson, and the newest grappling match to occur at Rise Submission Invitational II with Aljamain Sterling VS Sergio DaSilva.
Matt welcomes Jimmie Rivera back to The Fight Cave to talk about his upcoming fight against Dominick Cruz at UFC 219 on 12/30/17! Jimmie sheds light on this fight and why he makes the most sense to fight Cruz. Matt asks Jimmie about training with Tiger Schulmans, and Jimmie explains his long time ties to the gym and the one he is currently running in Manhattan. He gives a good insight into the business side of MMA and the work that goes into running your own business. He talks about principles and lessons he learned from MMA and Tiger Schulmans, and attributes his success to both. Jimmie will be inducted to the NJ Hall of Fame on 12/1/17! Matt closes with a new set of questions for The Fight Cave 5 including Jimmie's best moment in MMA!
Matt calls up Joe "Diesel" Riggs, an MMA vet, and professional competitor since 2001, Riggs formerly competed for the UFC, WEC, Strikeforce, Bellator, ProElite & King of the Cage.
Riggs will be competing at the Submission Rise 2 event on 10/15 in NY against Pete "Drago" Sell. He talks about his training, his upcoming fight for M1 Global on 10/27. Riggs also opens up about his tough time in the UFC, his consideration of retirement, signing with Bellator, how his parent's divorce helped him find combat sports, and what he's learned about being an MMA fighter for 16 years.
Riggs shares his shortcomings, the tough aspects of being a fighter, and more insight of what it's like being Joe "Diesel" Riggs that you may not expect.
Fight News with Kyle announces Frankie Edgar's next fight, Liam McGeary's new opponent now that King Mo dropped out, Sapo's retirement, the Vegas tragedy, and rumors about Anthony Johnson's potential UFC return.
Matt is joined in studio by former call in guest, Liam McGeary! Last time TFC spoke with McGeary, he was fighting in Ireland. He is now back in NY, and preparing for his upcoming fight at Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
Liam talks about his motivation for this fight against King Mo on October 20. He explains his recent loss against Linton Vassell, and what he's been working on to get the W on 10/20. Matt & Liam discuss their NY buddies' fights including Dave Branch's.
Liam shares his new hobby making swords, how he went from construction to professional MMA fighting, and his frustrations with wrestlers.
Fight News with Kyle covers Bellator ratings, the next Bellator at Penn State, a highlight of the submission wrestling championships' results, and Ferguson VS Kevin Lee.
Matt and UFC Welterweight, Randy Rude Boy Brown AKA TouchNGo, chop it up over his career, MayMac, his AMA on Reddit/r/MMA, and thoughts on UFC Fight Night: Pittsburg.
Randy gives insight to what he's learned from his recent loss against Belal Muhammad, what he thinks of his next opponent Mickey Gall who he fights at UFC 217 on 11/4 at MSG, what he thinks of Conor McGregor, and comments on the results, fight styles, and game plans of UFC Fight Night: Pittsburg.
Fight News with Kyle tells us about DC's reaction regaining the title as Jon Jones was stripped of it, Rory MacDonald's next fight against Douglas Lima, Carlos Condit's return to the UFC, and more!
Matt talks to Kyle Antonelli for Fight News first up. New father Kyle talks about UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburg, PA this Saturday and the 3 NY fighters that are fighting on the main card. He then talks about the latest update with Jon Jones' PED use. Kyle announces Randy Brown's next UFC fight against an up and comer, and comments on this past UFC's ref calls being too late.
Matt calls up Lou Neglia to talk about Ring of Combat 60 that he's putting on Friday in Atlantic City. He explains fighters that had their start in ROC, as well as which fights on the card to look out for.
Zu Anyanwu, guest from Ep 28, fights on the main card of UFC Fight Night 116: Branch VS Rockhold. This is a last minute fight for him, so he talks about that and it being his first UFC fight. He comments on the other fighters on the card that he sees in Pittsburgh now days before the fights.
Matt Culley & Fight Shape Tony Ricci talk about Performance Enhancing Drugs and the latest scandal with Jon Jones. Tony explains how they could affect his performance versus DC, and what his personal opinion is if Jones really did use. Matt brings up facts surrounding the possibility of his innocence.
Then, they talk about McGregor's endurance, what's next for McGregor, and their thoughts on the fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Matt, Sergio, and Producer Kristen talk about Mayweather VS McGregor- the ref, the outcome, the views, and what's next. Then James Gonzalez comes in to talk about his upcoming fight on 9/15/17. The cave asks him about his amateur and pro fights, as well as training at LAW MMA & Serra BJJ Academy. They predict future fight match ups, which leads to The Fight Cave 5, where we get some more insight as James as a lover of combat sports.
James "Speedy" Gonzalez (4-1) is on a 4 win streak and fights at 145lbs under Matt Serra in New York. He is #16 Featherweight in NJ and #36 in the US Northeast Pro Featherweights.
Matt & Sergio start off the show with the latest on #MayMac approving 8 oz gloves, and Sergio gives some inside info on the notorious Malignaggi sparring ordeal with McGregor. They talk MMA news including Georges St. Pierre, the UFC Light Heavyweight belt & Bellator updates.
Adam Kownacki, 16-0, 13KOs, ranked #10 Heavyweight on BoxRec, comes into studio. He gives the boxing perspective on #MayMac and talks about his sparring sessions with MMA fighters like Gian Villante. Adam talks about getting into fight sports, injuries, and the many gyms he's trained at in the tristate area. He tells us about his many training partners including Wladimir Klitschko, Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller, & Cam Awesome form the boxing Netflix documentary: Counter Punch. Matt asks Adam The Fight Cave 5, and Adam gives some good advice to new fighters.
Matt & Sergio recap UFC Fight Night: Mexico City and their summer favorite: Tuesday night Contender Series. Andre "The Bull" Harrison comes into studio to talk about his past win on 7/28 at PFL as the main event and what's next for him. Dre talks about fellow top featherweights, his Bellmore Kickboxing Team, and how he's gotten out of some close calls in fights. They chat about McGregor VS Mayweather, which Dre renames "a charity event".
Fight News with Kyle talks about the Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor fall out. He then discusses the health and possible retirement of Ian McCall.
Matt & Sergio are back in the studio after an exciting weekend of fights! They keep it real with their performance reviews of all the fighters from UFC 214, including Cormer, Jones, Woodley, Maia, Cyborg, Evinger and more!
Then, Matt & Serg welcome guest, New RISE Champion, Jason Rau into the studio!
Jason, a Matt Serra black belt, chats with the guys about all things Jiu Jitsu and MMA, his recent win to become the RISE champion, working with Matt Serra and much more!
Listeners get to know Jason a bit better after he answers Matt's questions for the "Fight Cave Five" segment!
Later, Matt & Sergio take a call from CFCC matachmaker, Arias Garcia, to talk about his card this upcoming weekend, August 5th, for CFFC 66 at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City!