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VERBAL TAP (Episode 28): UFC 161 Review

Raf's Recollection | Hard to believe, but it's been three months since the podcast has just been a conversation piece between me and Kevin (three months to the day if you want to be precise).

Granted, over the course of the past few months, we've had the good fortune of guest stars dropping in and out of the podcast (not that we're complaining).

And before you ask, no, we are not short on guests.  We have some interviews planned over the next few weeks—with maybe a surprise or two thrown in for good measure—and we'll be announcing some big stuff very soon.

On this occasion, however, Kev and I made the decision to take the show back to its roots: him and I yelling belligerently at one another.  At the end of the day, this show lives and breathes off the conversation of two idiots who love the shit out of MMA, so we hope you enjoy this throwback episode.

In this installment, we talk about UFC 161 and explain why you didn't see the worst card of the year... but also why you were miles away from the best card the UFC had to offer this year.

Kevin also tries to force his love for the NBA into a PODCAST ABOUT MMA!!!  So we find a way to justify it with a ridiculous story (and dramatization) of Chael Sonnen's encounter with King James that has to be heard to be believed.

IMAG1422And now if I can take a moment to be so selfish...

Although I got the opportunity to shout out the good folks at Valley Martial Arts Center and Dream BJJ on podcast, I just wanted to take a second to congratulate the good folks at VMAC and Dream BJJ for coming together to put on a superb tournament experience.

Dream BJJ organizer, Sean Maghami, puts together a mean tournament and, as my first BJJ tournament experience (well, second if you count Metamoris), I was thoroughly impressed by his attention-to-detail and the relative ease displayed as tournament director when any problem came up.  His organization seems truly committed to giving a great BJJ experience for all and I think he helped to bring a great positive energy to the training facility that we call home.  It truly felt good to see so many people in the building competing and having a good time.  It's what the sport should be like and I was glad to provide whatever help I could there.

And to the good folks at VMAC: Way to represent the dojo, both on-and-off the mats.  Up front, I had the pleasure of interacting with a lot of competitors from other schools who nothing but compliments about VMAC, our staff, and the caliber of our competitors.  Watching you all compete was a thrill, my hat's off to the entire team, and I'm pretty proud of the entire gang.

That'll do it for my recap this week.  Don't forget to check out my jokes about Fight Master and this week's Bellator fights, as we are definitely talking about that and much, much more next week!