Over the past few years, podcasting has quickly progressed from a relatively niche pursuit to a flourishing industry.
There are now a wealth of podcasts relating to MMA, but only so many are worth your time. Time is money, after all. Here are seven podcasts you should be listening to if you are a fan of mixed martial arts.
The MMA Beat
This show is essential viewing for any MMA fan. The MMA Beat is a YouTube broadcast that is also available as an audio podcast.
It is a panel show featuring some of the best MMA analysts on MMA Fighting. The famous combat sports journalist Ariel Helwani leads the panel as they discuss current affairs in the world of mixed martial arts.
This is a show for extremely in-depth, objective discussion on the big issues in the sport. It isn't necessarily as lively and fun as the others on this list, but if you want to hear some of the best pundits in the game discuss the finer details, this is the one for you.
Phone Booth Fighting MMA
UFC legend, Frank Mir and his MMA journalist friend, Richard Hunter, discuss combat sports and any other topic that takes their fancy. Both men are very articulate and often get into some very in-depth and fascinating discussion.
It is great to hear Mir's opinion on things, as he has a really high fight IQ and is a an interesting person to listen to. Mir is also somewhat of a role model for a lot of people, so it's good to hear his philosophies on various topics.
A recent episode was recorded in front of a live studio audience and featured Demetrious Johnson, the UFC flyweight champion. That was a really great listen.
The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani
The MMA Hour is Ariel Helwani's live call-in show. Helwani broadcasts phone-in interviews with the biggest names in combat sports.
This includes fighters, coaches and promoters. Being such an astute journalist, Helwani knows exactly what to ask in order to get the exclusives from his guests. Ariel consistently breaks news with his craftiness and extensive connections.
He's also an entertaining broadcaster, so the lengthy runtime really flies by. You can watch the show live on YouTube or listen to the audio in podcast form.
UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra
This is a really funny and lively podcast hosted by two big stars in their respective fields. Jim Norton is a well-known comedian and radio presenter, if you are a comedy nerd you will be aware of him and his characters. Matt Serra is, of course, a legend in the sport and a former UFC welterweight champion.
The pair's dynamic comes from their genuine friendship and results in a lot of hilarious moments. The podcast features interviews with the biggest stars in the sport.
While the show is featured on UFC Fight Pass, this does not give it a corporate air in the slightest. Norton and Serra give their honest opinions and say whatever they want. Furthermore, Serra is not afraid to ask the tough questions, resulting in a lot of exclusive information. For example, he recently managed to get Dana White to open up on what is next for Conor McGregor.
You're Welcome! With Chael Sonnen
As one of the best talkers in mixed martial arts history, it is only logical that Chael Sonnen would jump on the podcast trend. Sonnen's enthusiastic and entertaining voice brings discussion and opinion on MMA twice a week.
He interviews guests from the world of MMA, but there is also a good portion that is Sonnen talking directly to the audience. The iconic middleweight's charismatic style makes it impossible not to hang on his every word.
The Joe Rogan Experience
The iconic UFC commentator's podcast does not cover MMA all of the time, but when it does, it is some of the best conversation you can hear on the sport. The podcast has seen some enthralling interviews in its long tenure, from MMA stars to entrepreneurs, and everything in between.
For an MMA fan though, the most interesting listens are the Fight Companion episodes. In these episodes, Rogan and friends provide an alternative commentary track for UFC events that he is not calling. Regular guests include Brendan Schaub, Eddie Bravo and Bryan Callen.
Joey Diaz and Joe Rogan reacting to Eddie Alvarez's lightweight championship win was a recent highlight. It is fun as an MMA fan to hang out with theses big personalities in the industry as they watch the fights.
The Fighter & The Kid
Former UFC heavyweight, Brendan Schaub and stand-up comedian, Bryan Callen have created a breakout hit in The Fighter & The Kid. It is not only a successful podcast but now an expanding brand. They have a clothing line, live show and even an online TV show.
Schaub has a very unique point of view on MMA, as he is someone who has had his grievances with UFC in the past, such as clashing over the Reebok deal. Due to the fact that he now no longer fights for them, he is free to fully speak his mind.
This brand can only continue to grow, as Brendan is a very intelligent business man and the duo continue to deliver content that people just eat up. Schaub and Callen have great comedic chemistry, even if 'The Kid' does get pushed around a bit.