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March 30, 2017 02:11 PM PDT

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Topics discussed:

1) Original direction in life playing soccer
2) Life growing up
3) Martial arts experiences as a child
4)Shattering her tailbone and changing lanes from soccer to jiu-jitsu
5) The move to MMA
6) Her amateur record, her first fight, and fight experiences with Ashley Yoder, Emily Kagan, and Ashley Cummins.
7) Going pro and her first pro fight
8) Her fight with Pearl Gonzalez
9) Moving to PXC and her three-fight win streak
10) Her husband as a trainer and friend
11) From flyweight to strawweight
12) The move to UFC, the experience, and her first fight with Joanne Calderwood
13) Support from those around her
13) The fight with Seo Hamm
14) The fights with Cristina Stanciu and Randa Markos
15) Her walkout song
16) The fight and illegal kick fallout with Claudia Gadelha
17) Her future in fighting
18) Where she sees herself in 10 years
19) What she is most proud of

March 09, 2017 01:10 PM PST

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Topics discussed:

1) Her upbringing, playing handball and it leading to training in MMA
2) Being picked on/kids starting fights with her
3) Her mind frame as a fighter, being attacked by a drunk man
4) Her first MMA fight experience
5) Her level of nervousness during fights
6) The fighting scene in Brazil at the time of her first pro bouts
7) Coming to the United States to fight, learning English
8) The significance of her Strikeforce main event, title fight against Gina Carano
9) Meeting Gina again once she had learned to speak English
10) Being booed during the fight with Gina
11) Being criticized by people online
12) Positive drug test held over head in comparison to other fighters, Ronda Rousey using the test result and her platform against her
13) The 145 division in the UFC being created
14) Thoughts in hindsight on making 140 in the UFC
15) Watching the inaugural UFC featherweight title fight as a spectator over a participant
16) Fighting future and desire to start a family
17) What she is most proud of
18) Closing thoughts

March 06, 2017 12:42 PM PST

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Topics discussed:

1) His nickname and challenges growing up
2) First experience with martial arts
3) Wrestling and Combat-Do and how he owes each for his skill base
4) Changing the course of his life through wrestling and college
5) Moving into MMA
6) His first MMA fight and nerves prior to fighting
7) Significance of getting his college degree
8) The reason for having 26 amateur fights before turning pro
9) Fighting multiple times within a week for IMMAF and the grueling nature of tournaments
10) Fondest memories of amateur career
11) Joining and fighting for Titan FC for his first pro fight
12) Nerves during that first pro fight and feeling pressure based on amateur record
13) His Titan FC title defense against Pedro Nombre
14) Decisions vs. finishes
15) Fighting for the interim Titan FC flyweight title before becoming the official flyweight title
16) His road to the UFC and the fight against Farkhad Sharipov to become two-divisional Titan FC champion
17) Life outside of the cage – mentoring kids, his fiancé, future family
18) Training with top competitors/gyms
19) His future in MMA
20) What he is most proud of

February 23, 2017 01:29 PM PST

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Topics discussed:

1) Starting combat sports experience with boxing at the Boys and Girls Club
2) Sports being the center of his life growing up
3) Lack of parents growing up, being adopted by his grandmother, meeting father and siblings for first time later in life
4) Not liking college, veering down the path, then regaining footing and going back to college to play football
5) After college and his start in MMA
6) His early fights in Texas – the pay and environment
7) Working/jobs during his early fights
8) His bout with Yves Edwards and becoming training partners
9) His skill level in his early pro bouts
10) His fight with Cedric Marks, “Bone,” Jason House, Rich Clementi
11) Getting fights and fight availability in the early days
12) His fights against Cruz Chacon, Hector Garza
13) Change in fighter mentality over the years
14) Continuing to transition between jobs while getting fight career off the ground
15) Ronald Juhn, Steve Berger fight
16) Going to the UFC, his fight against Zach Light, the difference between UFC then vs. UFC now
17) His fight against Carlos Newton
18) His fight against Robbie Lawler, people’s perception of it being his “marque fight”
19) Theory for leaving UFC after Lawler fight
20) The fight with Georges St. Pierre
21) Three-fight losing streak, getting a victory, then going back to the UFC to fight Josh Koscheck
22) Opportunity to do TUF 4: The Comeback and the overall experience
23) Contracts after TUF
24) His fights with Marcus Davis and Tamdan McCrory for the UFC
25) His fight in Brazil and the controversial ending
26) His Legacy FC title fight
27) His final fight with Tim Means and retirement
28) Fighting future, training others, his gym
29) The growth of the sport
30) Ali Act and unionizing
31) Family
32) What he is most proud of

February 16, 2017 01:24 PM PST

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Topics discussed:

1) Tough times growing up – being bullied, fighting back, hanging around wrong crowd
2) Training early on
3) His amateur record, his first fight
4) Importance of the Caged Aggression promotion
5) Life when beginning pro career
6) Changing camps, his skill-level early on as a pro
7) His early pro fights, fighting for the Caged Aggression title, going from grappling comfort to thriving more on striking
8) Changing camps/training with Pete Spratt
9) Winning the Caged Aggression title
10) Getting the call for TUF and always believing he’d get to the UFC
11) His fights in the TUF house and his overall experience in the house
12) His close debut UFC decision loss
13) His fighting future
14) Life outside of fighting
15) Development of his nickname
16) What he is most proud of

February 12, 2017 09:38 AM PST

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Topics discussed:

1) Initial interest in boxing
2) Life growing up – family, getting into trouble, being stubborn, learning Spanish
3) Turning point in life – marriage going south, being selfish, before turning his life around and turning to God, giving back, and appreciating and loving life
4) The genesis of his announcing – high school to college, announcing for baseball, basketball
5) The move to boxing to MMA to WEC
6) From not liking MMA at all to loving it
7) Working with Golden Boy and experience with high profile boxing bouts prior to working with the WEC
8) How he developed his announcing style
9) Preparation to announce
10) Heartbreak over the WEC folding
11) Cage Warriors and career direction after WEC
12) The move to Invicta FC
13) Missing shows and bringing up a new crop of announcers
14) “Make some noise, if you are ready!”
15) Getting that first UFC gig and having a work agreement with them
16) Different atmospheres amongst organizations
17) Social media talk and his lack of presence within it
18) People questioning him as a Christian minister who partakes and supports in a violent sport
19) His future in announcing
20) What he is most proud of

February 07, 2017 01:14 PM PST

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Topics discussed:

1) His introduction to MMA, initial thoughts
2) Pausing interest during the “dark ages” only to resume interest later
3) Initial pursuit of sports journalism, his first job, and building a foundation
4) Obtaining and growing his position at the NY Post, as interest in MMA grew
5) Introducing and growing a MMA blog with the NY Post and freelancing with FOX
6) Making the move to MMAFighting.com
7) Finding his niche – covering commissions, rules, regulations
8) Future of states’ adaptation of the revised Unified Rules
9) One of his most memorable moments since covering MMA
10) The growth of MMA in such a short amount of time
11) Ronda Rousey hanging up on him and the aftermath
12) The most challenging aspect of being a MMA journalist
13) Finding balance between MMA/job and living life and not being consumed
14) His future in MMA and beyond
15) From then to now and an overall sense of surrealness
16) What he is most proud of

February 05, 2017 09:49 AM PST

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Topics discussed:

1) Her martial arts beginnings
2) Being a nurse and the challenges and rewards
3) Growing up in a small town, growing out of a rough patch, and the town’s connection to the Twilight series
4) Starting martial arts – muay thai to MMA
5) Her amateur kickboxing bouts
6) Her amateur MMA experience – her first fight, her record, her fights, “resurrecting” herself from a five-fight losing streak
7) Going professional – her first bout (a rematch from amateurs with Cheryl Chan), changing camps and developing as a fighter
8) Her next two wins via submission
9) Her fourth “crazy” pro bout and the split decision loss
10) Her sixth pro bout against Diana Rael
11) The move to Invicta, the fight with Brianna van Buren, and the overall first-time Invicta experience
12) Her fight with Jamie Moyle
13) Winning the Super Fight League strawweight title
14) The Ultimate Fighter Experience
15) The controversial fight with Celine Haga and the aftermath
16) Her immediate career goals
17) Her support system, family, and answering to those who question her choice to do MMA
18) Her time outside of fighting
19) Why she fights
20) What she is most proud of

February 02, 2017 04:08 AM PST

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Topics discussed:

1) Speaking her mind
2) Life growing up, losing a sibling, her sibling’s support, love
3) Introduction to martial arts and initial martial arts path/training
4) Early education/career pursuits, working while fighting
5) The move to MMA, family support of her move to MMA
6) Early amateur kickboxing/MMA experiences
7) Fighting for and the importance of Hook’N’Shoot
8) Her first pro fight experience
9) Fighting the same opponent twice for her 2nd and 3rd pro bouts
10) Fighting in the one-night tournament for Hook’N’Shoot
11) Her fight with Shayna Baszler
12) A fight she is ashamed of and why
13) The atmosphere of the early events in which she competed, attitudes towards female fighters, a “sisterhood” among female fighters
14) Pioneer female fighters being edited out of history
15) Rematches, Amanda Buckner fight
16) The Gina Carano fight – how it came to be, meeting Greg Jackson, being sick prior to the fight, the fight being three-minute rounds
17) More fights, more rematches – fighting Jan Finney a third time
18) The fight with Tonya Evinger
19) Fighting for Jackson’s MMA Series
20) Her fights with Sarah D’Alelio and Kaitlin Young
21) The cancelled reality show
22) The move to Strikeforce
23) Her fight with Alexis Davis
24) Her fight with Miesha Tate and the recognition that came from the fight
25) Fans vs. Trolls
26) Greg Jackson’s coaching
27) The move to the UFC, the fights with Germaine de Randamie and Bethe Correia
28) Lack of being intimidated, relationship with opponents
29) The decision to retire
30) Commentating and matchmaking for Invicta FC and the challenges of each
31) Her current pursuits
32) Her future
33) What she is most proud of

January 22, 2017 09:25 AM PST

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Topics discussed:

1) Starting wrestling and boxing at an early age
2) Growing up being bullied and alone
3) Managing weight from an early age
4) His first MMA fight
5) His MMA record, early pro fights, family’s thoughts on his fighting
6) Fighting at heavyweight, fighting Wesley “Cabbage” Correia
7) Fighting Herb Dean and him not refereeing his fights
8) Fighting for WEC, his fight against Alex Stiebling
9) The move to the UFC
10) The UFC then and now, the growth of MMA
11) Going back and forth between the UFC and WEC
12) Welterweight title shot against Matt Hughes
13) His fight against Nick Diaz and the aftermath
14) Leaving the UFC, reliance on pain killers, going to Strikeforce
15) Losing three in a row and how it impacted his career
16) Fight Master experience
17) Leaving Bellator and going back to the UFC
18) The horrific self-inflicted gun shot wounds and aftermath
19) An eye injury that affected his career worse than the gun accident
20) Coming back to fight Cody McKenzie post-UFC
21) Moving forward
22) What’s most important to him, his family, what he is most proud of

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