Chael Sonnen in Israel & the Return of an Old Friend
With Ariel experiencing separation anxiety from his partner-in-crime, he welcomes on Chael Sonnen from Israel to talk about Bellator's popularity in the country, his impressions of Ariel's interview with Nick Diaz and if he thinks Diaz will return in 2020 to fight Jorge Masvidal. Plus, they talk about hummus. Then, old friend NewYorkRic breaks his silence on his new gig before discussing who UFC champions Stipe Miocic and Israel Adesanya should fight next, who Rose Namajunas could target in her return, whether Corey Anderson or Dominick Reyes could take down Jon Jones in a title fight and much more (30:46). Plus, the debut of TST's Minimalist Tip of the Week (1:01:42)!
The Rock, Nick Diaz, Namajunas, Miocic, Woodley, More
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson makes his debut on the show by first discussing his unforgettable experience at UFC 244, what he told Jorge Masvidal after the fight and the biggest differences between MMA and pro wrestling. And on a personal note, he opens up about his battles with anxiety and depression and how he manages to stay upbeat during tough times. Next, UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou talks about his comments on Alexander Volkov and possibly fighting Jon Jones next (31:50). Then, in her first interview since Jessica Andrade knocked her out at UFC 237, former strawweight champion "Thug" Rose Namajunas gets emotional talking about that loss and how it drove her to some dark places (48:31). She explains how winning the belt in November 2017 changed her for the worse after discussing why she's in a better place now and if she plans to fight in the UFC again (48:31). After that, a wide-ranging conversation with Nick Diaz about what he's been up to in his five-year suspension from the UFC, why he feels he's the true owner of the BMF belt, some bones to pick with Masvidal, if he believes he'll return to the Octagon in 2020 and much more (1:13:35). Then, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic discusses the belt and if it feels any different having it the second time around, his physical health and the guy he hopes to fight next - and it's not who you may think (2:03:36). Next, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley tells Ariel who he wants to fight next and why, with some shots taken at Colby Covington in the process (2:22:16). And then, 42-year-old Demien Maia talks about his win over Ben Askren a few weeks ago, if he regrets never winning a belt and how he's managed to perform at a high level for so long (2:35:51). The show's final guest, Katlyn "Blonde Fighter" Chookagian takes some jabs at Ariel before staking her claim for a title shot versus Valentina Shevchenko (2:54:25).
Ken Shamrock In Studio
"The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock joins Ariel in studio for an in-depth conversation on a multitude of topics: his return to pro wrestling at 55 years old, the current state of MMA, his relationship with his brother Frank, what really happened the night he pulled out of the Kimbo Slice fight, his greatest regret and much more.
Adesanya In Studio, Masvidal, Till, Lee, Lewis, Perry, More
Ariel begins the show by sharing his thoughts on a jam-packed UFC 244. The show's first guest, Darren Till, talks to Ariel about his decision defeat of Kelvin Gastelum in his middleweight debut (4:18). Then, BMF champion Jorge Masvidal discusses his victory over Nate Diaz, his next big challenge and why he's interested in a boxing match against Canelo Alvarez (24:10). Kevin Lee then joins Ariel to shed light on his knockout of Gregor Gillespie and where he'll go from here (49:00). After that, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson gives Ariel insight on his win over Vicente Luque (1:02:45) and "The Black Beast" Derrick Lewis explains why Blagoy Ivanov was one the toughest guys he's ever fought (1:11:55). While dealing with car trouble, welterweight Mike Perry talks with Ariel about his upcoming matchup with Geoff Neal at UFC 245 (1:27:20) and Walt Harris shares the latest on his missing daughter before explaining how the MMA community can help find her by emailing email@example.com with any information (1:46:35). The new face of the UFC himself, Israel Adesanya, joins Ariel in studio to weigh in on Darren Till's performance, the BMF fight, his next opponent, when he'll fight Jon Jones and how he plans on staying grounded while experiencing this newfound fame (2:05:26). And finally, Audie Attar of Paradigm Sports Management and MMA manager Tim Simpson talk with Ariel about what it's like representing Adesanya and Leon Edwards (1:46:35). Plus, they weigh in on the latest with McGregor's next fight, his relationship with the UFC and McGregor's eagerness to overcome the legal and moral challenges he'll face in 2020
All Things Nathan Diaz v. Jorge Masvidal
With the highly-anticipated battle for the BMF title just days away, Jorge Masvidal's manager Abraham Kawa joins Ariel to discuss the resurrection of the man they call "Gamebred" (36:01). Masvidal himself even makes an unannounced cameo! Plus, Kawa reveals what really happened between he and fellow manager Ali Abdelaziz in Las Vegas earlier this month. But before all that, ESPN's Marc Raimondi talks with Ariel about the crazy 35-50 hours last week that threw the MMA world into a frenzy, the relationship between the UFC and USADA, Masvidal's mainstream stardom and why this fight is so inspiring.