[buzzsprout episode='209031' player='true'] Raf's Recollection | Justin Rader [30:00] has been on our... podcast's radar for some time (see what I did there?).

Kev and I have been HUGE fans of Justin's jiu-jitsu game for ages.  It's fast, it's aggressive, and it's destructive--a fascinating hybrid that combines the best of jiu-jitsu and wrestling (which has made for some truly impressive highlight-reel matches).

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting Justin in person and was truly impressed by his character.  From the many instructionals and interviews we've seen from the guy, we know he's truly passionate about the sport (and isn't afraid to voice a controversial opinion about it every once in awhile).

Sure he's got an intensity to him, but it's never impolite or combative.  In fact, off the mats, he's about as nice as they come.

He's one of the few guys I know who actually says the word "gosh."  Yes, actually says the word "gosh" when he gets asked a good question.  And it just works, cuz that's just the kinda guy Rader is.

Which is why it was awesome to find that the guy who was so relentless in the cage (or on the mats) can have a great laugh with us and crack a few goofy jokes with us in between serious conversations about the current state of jiu-jitsu, his MMA career, and what the future holds in store for him.

We get a cool look at his mindset going into the fight, what made his fight camp so great, and how it felt like to be on the same card with his mentor/training partner, Rafael Lovato Jr.

It's a great time and I wouldn't be surprised if you hear Rader back on the podcast sometime very soon.

Travis Conley: All Around Badass

IMAG0243Travis Conley's passport must be tired as hell.  The dude literally just got back from an awesome overseas trip where he got to conduct some awesome BJJ seminars, only to come back home and lead our friend LC Davis to an impressive win at Bellator 124.

But that's not all.  Travis also got invited to compete on the US Men's Sambo team.

So it seems like Conley may need to bust out that passport again for this unexpected and amazing opportunity.  We wanna help Travis achieve his goal and represent America accordingly, so we're asking for our fans here to help out and donate a few bucks if they can to the cause.

For more info about his trip, head on over to And on the podcast, we make some compelling arguments as to why you should help the guy out.

Especially if they mean beating Kevin up.


But wait, there's more!

We also have our pal Steven Briggs back on the podcast to find out if he beat Kevin in this week's installment of Over/Under Kevin.

I don't want to spoil anything, but he stands a good chance of beating Kevin's picks.

We also review all things that took place at UFC 178.

So listen in and let us know what you think!

And be sure to add us and check out our social media.

Facebook: /VerbalTapCast

Twitter: @VerbalTapCast

Instagram: @VerbalTapCast

Vine: @VerbalTapCast

All I got for now, later on party people.