Wow. 100 episodes. Over 140 hours of content over the past three years. This thing has come a long way since its humble beginnings and the guests in this episode are the people to thank.
(00:04:46) Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson made his podcast debut back in episode 28. This appearance was his tenth, officially making him the first to hit double digits. If there was an MMA Mad MVP, it’d be hard to argue against Wonderboy. The guy is a legend.
(00:18:33) If it wasn’t for David St. Martin’s inclusion of the MMA Mad Podcast on the MMA Fighting Morning Report, we may not be doing this right now. That was the single biggest boost we received both in traffic and notoriety. Who would’ve thought that DSM would make for such a great guest as well. The lovable grouch.
(00:51:47) Cortney Casey was the first female fighter we ever had on the podcast, but she’s become way more than a crucial milestone. One of the most entertaining and frequently requested guest in our arsenal, Cortney is always honest and always entertaining, as a result. Truly one of the best guests we have.
(01:05:02) Barstool Sports finally has an designated MMA contributor and the guy is brilliant. Insightful blogs, hilarious videos, a well-rounded set of technical production skills, Robbie Fox is going to be a star at Barstool and Barstool has long been my biggest inspiration to chase my dreams. Thrilled to have him as a part of this episode.
(01:22:10) Nick Newell is one of my favorite people on the planet. There’s the amazing career and the inspirational backstory, sure. But above all, he’s one of the most kind and genuine people you’ll ever come across in this business. He was my first ever one-on-one interview, as well. He’ll always have a place in the history of this show.
(01:34:01) Matt Bessette and Jeff Haddad are my best friends in MMA. Far beyond a simple interviewer – interviewee relationship, these guys are always a ton of fun to be around. Jeff is one of the most driven and motivational people I know and Matt is the embodiment of martial arts culture. Respect, honor and discipline. GET MATT TO THE UFC!!! Shout out to Ashley and Michelle.
(1:47:32) Chuck Mindenhall is, for my money, the best writer in sports media. His ability to captivate with his storytelling while pouring his own personality and voice into his work is unparalleled. I’ve looked up to him on so many different levels, so to have him as a contact and guide through this crazy buiness has been an honor. Truly.
(02:03:25) Outside The Bubble was the first recurring segment we ever featured on this podcast and with it, a star was born. In all seriousness, Monica has meant a great deal to this show both on the mic and behind the scenes. She’s been unbelievably supportive through an endless stream of skype conversations and marathon editing sessions. And she’s electric content every time you put a mic in her hand. Can’t thank her enough.
And I can’t thank all of you enough either. This show has been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Many more to come.