Please check out Matteo Urella’s PRO FILES feature of Dr. AnnMaria De Mars at Medium.com. You can also listen to Matteo’s appearance on the MMA Mad Podcast, below. A great writer doing great profiles on great people.
Written by @NickRiznerMMA
Matteo Urella is a talented writer and combat sports journalist based out of Boston, MA.
In June of 2015, he published the first installment of his “PRO FILES” series spotlighting undefeated bantamweight prospect Jeff Emil Haddad. Since then, he has gone on to interview and feature a number of athletes, musicians, cultural figures, and groundbreaking innovators in fields that range from MMA to hip hop and more.
He was recently published on Sports Illustrated’s The Cauldron for his PRO FILES piece on retired lightweight contender, Nick Newell, and has done some amazing work with skateboarding legend Andy MacDonald and Bellator veteran Matt Bessette, among others. The idea is simple, yet underutilized in the media. Matteo simply listens and reports. He doesn’t add his own story lines or journalistic angles. He just provides a medium for the subjects of his interviews to tell their story… in their words.
I try to be a big proponent of honesty. A lot of people have a lot of things to say, and I just wanted to be a conduit. I didn’t want to use that format or that series for anything about me. I don’t have anything to do with it in terms of recognition or verbalizing anything. I just try to put the subjects on the forefront. Like a Matt Bessette; that guy is a legend and he has a lot to say. I wanted to give him the platform to say it, and I don’t have anything to add to that.
I’ll use other outlets for my own stuff. For the PRO FILES, I just wanted to highlight people like fighters and some skaters and different people that either I admire, or that I’m connected to, or that I hope to be connected to and just give them a platform.
On November 23rd, 2015, Matteo published his biggest interview yet; a sit down with Dr. AnnMaria De Mars. In addition to being a Judo gold medalist, an author, a professor, and a successful entrepreneur, Dr AnnMaria is also the mother of former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. Unquestionably one of the most fascinating figures in all of combat sports, Dr. AnnMaria has a wealth of knowledge in all things MMA and beyond. Matteo Urella’s interview format provides the perfect platform to showcase her vast insight, making this PRO FILES piece a must read. The format stems from his ability to facilitate a natural, free-flowing conversation.
That goes back to Boston. I spent so much time walking the streets and meeting so many people from all different walks of life. From what would be considered important people to what would be considered cast-offs, and I’d just converse with all of them. That’s an ability I try to highlight. It’s just having a straight-up, organic conversation with people; very stream-of-consciousness and very in-the-moment.
And what shows – which is kind of the intention of the project – is that when people are being themselves, they have some really profound things to say.
In this case, the statement couldn’t ring truer.
Please check out Matteo Urella’s PRO FILES feature of Dr. AnnMaria De Mars at Medium.com. You can also listen to Matteo’s appearance on the MMA Mad Podcast, below. A great writer doing great profiles on great people.Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports.