UFC welterweights “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Matt “The Immortal” Brown will main event tomorrow night’s UFC on FOX “Fight Night” card in what many are predicting could be a fight of the year candidate. The winner will earn shot at Johny Hendricks’ welterweight title, and I talked with Robbie about his expectations for the fight. I’ll be cage side in San Jose tomorrow for the fight, so follow me on Twitter for real time updates from the scene!
OK…I didn’t campaign for this last year & I came in 3rd. Now I feel like I need to at least defend the bronze. Voting ends TONIGHT for Reno News & Review’s Best Of 2014 poll. Vote for me for best comedian, and since you need to fill in a minimum of 10 categories, find 9 places to write in The Bunny Ranch for my buddy Dennis Hof. I will love you unconditionally for the next 364 days.
Hear my interview for 105.3 The Fan in Dallas with tomorrow’s UFC Fight Night Dublin headliner “The Notorious” Conor McGregor.
I’m super excited to introduce a new video podcast series I’m doing with world renowned jiu jitsu ace and coach to the UFC stars, Ricky Lundell. It’s called “Rolling With Ricky Lundell”, and we’re shooting the entire thing in my car with a GoPro camera as we patrol the streets of Las Vegas. Each episode we’ll feature a special guest, and this week’s guest was UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier! Watch this first episode here, and subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you don’t miss an episode. Ricky’s a very funny guy with a wealth of knowledge, and this is going to be a really fun project. We’d be honored to have you along for the ride! If you like it, please fell free to tell a friend and help spread the word : ) -Richard
Listen to UFC flyweight contender Joe Benavidez on The Richard Hunter Show, discussing his fight this weekend with Tim Elliot at UFC 172.
Tonight, the latest season of The UFC’s “Ultimate Fighter” reality drama premieres on FOX Sports 1 immediately following UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou. This season will feature an international twist, with a team of Canadian fighters coached by Canadian UFC veteran fighter Patrick Cote taking on an Australian team led by former Ultimate Fighter contestant Kyle Noke.
Demetrious Johnson is the only flyweight champion in UFC history, and Saturday night he looks to keep it that way. The 125 pounder will take on Joe Benavidez in a rematch of their split decision contest at UFC 152 that saw Johnson crowned as the division’s inaugural champion.
Listen to Richard Hunter talk to Demetrious Johnson about what improvements he expects to see from Joe Benavidez in their rematch.
A former winner of The UFC’s “Ultimate Fighter” Arizona State wrestling stand out Ryan Bader has faced an impressive list of names in a relatively short amount of time since joining the promotion’s light heavyweight division. He’s defeated most of them, and when he has lost it’s been to a current champion (Jon Jones), a former champion (Lyoto Machida), a hall of famer (Tito Ortiz), or a current title challenger (Glover Teixeira).
Also on the main card will be perennial fan favorite Pat “HD” Barry, a heavy handed knock out specialist who kill or be killed approach to three round fights as seen him go the distance only once in a dozen UFC appearances.
Listen to my interviews with Ryan Bader and Pat Barry discussing their respective fights tonight in Australia.
It’s been a groundbreaking season for The UFC’s “Ultimate Fighter” reality show franchise, and Saturday night will feature a li finale in Las Vegas that will see the first ever female fighter crowned as the winner of a six figure contract with the mixed martial arts promotion.
After that happens, however, the lightweight division will gain some clarity as two contenders face off in the main event for what will be the third installment in their fight trilogy.
Listen to Richard talk to Gray Maynard about his headlining fight tonight with Nate Diaz in Las Vegas.