<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/martialarts.png”>Mixed Martial Arts (or MMA) is considered by many to be the fastest growing sport on the planet. There are MMA gyms springing up in every city and town around the world. Many traditional martial arts gyms are switching over to MMA, and bringing in coaches from the various disciplines to teach.
As with anything that gets big, podcasts will come out of the woodwork to cover it. There are so many mixed martial arts podcasts out there that it is tough to know which ones are actually worth listening to. Fortunately, I am here to save the day, and let you know exactly which MMA podcasts do the best job of covering the sport, and have the most knowledgeable hosts.
This is my number one go-to MMA podcast. Hosts Gorgeous George, The Goze and John Morgan bring years of knowledge and experience to the table. They offer in-depth fight breakdowns, a massive amount of interviews with athletes and personalities that are relevant to the sport, and they have a lot of regular callers who really bring the show up to a higher level. Of course, as is the case with any radio show, some of the callers can be a little annoying, but that just adds to the entertainment, because the hosts are not afraid to poke fun at them.
The best thing about MMA Junkie Radio is that they broadcast live daily from noon to 2pm (Eastern time), and upload their podcast archives right after the show ends. Depending on how much time you have to listen to podcasts, Junkie Radio, at two hours a day, may be all you need to satisfy your MMA needs. They also offer live video of the show, and if you live in certain areas of the country they also have a TV deal with Fight Now TV to broadcast their show live (podcast RSS).
In terms of raw MMA knowledge, no one can hold a candle to Jordan Breen. He is one of the few people in the world who has seen more MMA than me. His show relies heavily on listener interaction through email, Twitter and phone calls. People generally call in to ask Jordan about facts and opinions because he has such an incredible wealth of knowledge. He is also an entertaining guy, and is one of the few radio hosts who requires little interaction from his co host/ producer. If for some reason there are not a lot of calls or emails Jordan can talk for the entire show, seemingly without taking a breath, and never become boring.
Beatdown is on the Sherdog Radio Network and broadcasts 3 days a week, available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Typically their podcasts do not come out as fast as MMA Junkie, so most likely the podcasts will come out late in the evening or the next day if you don’t catch it live. They are a little more sarcastic and snide than MMA Junkie, so it really depends on your preference. They offer a good amount of interviews, though not as many as MMA Junkie.
Since they record over the Internet, and not in a studio, none of their guests are face to face. The callers are a lot less of the focus than some of the other shows, but the callers they do let in generally add to the show and keep it interesting. Hosts TJ DeSantis and Jon Luther are both very knowledgeable and good at what they do.
The thing Beatdown offers that no other show does are their “Beatdown After the Bell” specials. These are live radio shows that start immediately after all major MMA events, and are usually posted the following day in podcast form (podcast RSS).
The MMA Hour is a great radio show available from MMAfighting. Ariel is one of the most connected people in the MMA media so the level of guests he is able to get is higher than most other shows. The problem is that the show is only on once a week, so there is not nearly as much overall content available. Still the show is incredibly well produced in both audio and video format.
If you love MMA these podcasts should get you through your week and then some. Between these 4 mixed martial arts podcasts alone there is around 22 hours of weekly content. If you love MMA, listen to these podcasts and impress your friends with your extensive knowledge of all things Mixed Martial Arts.
What podcasts do you enjoy for Mixed Martial Arts? Let us know in the comments.