Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pat talks about Cro cop, TapouT, Ron Kruck and Ben Henderson join!



It's a jam packed show with tons of guests! Ron Kruck from HDNet stops by and asks Pat about his fight with Cro Cop.  Shortly after, both Punkass and Skrape from TapouT call in and give us some laughs.  Lastly, WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson stops by and talks about his upcoming fights and what he thinks about rematches. All this and more from the latest MMA Scraps Radio!

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The news this week has been Pat Barry and Pat will tell us what it has been like for him.  He's calling live from the Tapout bus on tour so it's sure to be a great time!
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Pat Barry to fight Cro Cop at UFC 115!






Impressed with Pat's willingness to fight Cro Cop on short notice for the Australia card, it now appears that MMA Scraps Radio Co-host, Pat Barry will be fighting Cro Cop at UFC 115 in what will be a main card attraction.  Pat talked about his willingness to fight Cro Cop on our last show and is more than excited for this fight.

No contracts have been signed, but sources say that both sides have been offered the fight.

Fan reaction of the possibility of this fight was largely positive when it was rumored for UFC 110.  With 2 former K-1 Strikers in the Octagon, there will be no shortage of excitement in Vancouver.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

“A Phoenix Rising”




Growing up in Idaho with two brothers and a sister, Jens Pulver faced his first battle to overcome an abusive father. To escape his stressful home life, Pulver needed an outlet and became interested in wrestling at age six. Throughout his high school years he continued to wrestle, but then in college he started to gain an interest in mixed martial arts.


In 1999, Pulver began to fight to “change his name” when he started in the UFC. After four fights and achieving a World Lightweight Championship title in the UFC, he left to fight overseas. After mixed success, he returned to the UFC to coach on Season 5 of the Ultimate Fighter. After his loss to BJ Penn at the finale, he switched over to the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) in 2007. You won’t find Jens in it for the money, he explains “I do it for the fans, and I enjoy every minute of it.”



Coming off of four straight losses, “Little Evil” (22-12-1) describes how the disappointment caused him panic attacks and depression. “I was dying on the inside and I had to face my own mortality.” Through professional intervention and a strong feeling of responsibility for his family, Jens now feels encouraged to journey back to the cage on March 6, 2010 against Javier Vazquez. Pulver thanks his fans for not giving up on him. “They saved me, they brought me back.”



Life has not been easy for Pulver, but he has a fighter’s determination to rise up like a phoenix. Greg Bayne identified this quality and is currently filming a documentary featuring Pulver called “Driven.” Jens talks about the documentary and tell how it highlights “his life, his family, his career, being out in Idaho and how this next fight could be his last.”  This film was entirely funded by Jens fans over a several week period.  Not only did they raise the $25,000 necessary, they raised more. "I didn't think we were going to do it (raise enough money) either..but man, people stepped up and I don't even know how to thank them." Jens wants to give back to everyone who has helped him along the way, stating “it’s my turn to make a difference” for the sport of MMA.

As his aspirations change, Pulver has a more positive attitude which could be just the ingredient he needs to win the March 6th fight. He attributes his past success to Tony Fryklund, who continues to play an essential part in his current training.


Pulver has a new clothing line and training center as part of the Driven Nation. The Driven Training Center is located in Nampa, Idaho and offers several classes for kids and adults. Pulver believes in leading a healthy life and the training facility reflects that with world class instruction and a learning center. For more information on the Driven Training Center please visit http://driveninc.net/ .



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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Staying in the Game"



Andrei Arlovski (15-7-0) has fought in the MMA world for nearly ten years, eight of them with the UFC. In February 2009, Arlovski signed with Golden Boy Promotions Inc to pursue his talents in the boxing ring. After taking some time off since his loss to Brett Rogers in June 2009, Team Pitbull recently announced that Andrei Arlovski will make his boxing debut against Fres Oquendo on February 27, 2010. This exhibition fight is an event organized by Roy and Lea Black called “The Consequences Charity”. All money raised from this event will go directly to the charity, which is dedicated to reducing adolescent criminal behavior by offering community intervention programs.




While training for his four round boxing debut in Miami, he has been working with Mike Garcia several times a week. He also continues to work on his boxing skills with well-known trainer Freddie Roach several times a year. Due to his last loss Arlovski's camp also advised him to train with Greg Jackson to work on his striking and Jiu Jitsu.This training will start shortly after the charity event,in preparation for his upcoming MMA contract. All around, Arlovski is looking to improve and come back stronger than ever.



With all his hard work and dedication to regain his heavyweight champ status, he still finds the time to connect with his supporters. Arlovski is no stranger to social networking as he is on Twitter and also has an extensive website (http://www.arlovski.com/) that is updated regularly. His website is also the host to live video chats with him every three to four weeks. Arlovski explains the importance of this communication by saying “My fans support me, they give me energy and I am more open because of my fans.”



Aside from his ambitious goal to be a champion again, Arlovski just appeared in the movie "Universal Soldier: Regeneration". This has been his biggest movie role by far as he has also been in a few movies in Russia. "We spent six weeks in Bulgaria, we had a lot of fun and the crew was great" explains Arlovski.



Perhaps after a few victories we may see him back in the UFC as he explains that the relationship is good between them. Until then, he is doing everything that he can do to train hard and to fight hard. In the weeks to come, we should hear more on Arlovski's upcoming MMA contract.







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Monday, February 22, 2010

Check out 2 fighters from AMC!

You have heard of Mighty Mouse before if you have been a long time listener of the show since he's been on previously. This past weekend he and his teammate Caros Fodor were on Inside MMA. Demterious Mighty Mouse Johnson went on to get fight highlight of the week, while Fodor's controversial loss was the talk of the Inside MMA crew.

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“An Educated Fighter”



In the past five years Nick “The Goat” Thompson has fought over fifty fights (38-12-1) and is proud of his record. He has been around the block with fight promotions such as; UFC, Bodog, Sengoku, EliteXC and Strikeforce. Nick describes “the UFC and the MGM as something really cool but they don’t need you; with Bodog nobody watches but they treat you like a rock star; and Strikeforce is somewhere in between.”


With a move up in weight class and recent decision to sign with Shine Fight Promotions, Nick will fight in the welterweight division. Shine is signing international fighters from all over the world to bring in more talent. One of the main reasons Nick signed with Shine was the fact that over the next year and a half, he will compete in four to six fights. “Shine will give me a spot in every show if that’s what I want.” Nick explains “I don’t care about big names I just want to fight talented guys”.

His debut Shine fight is scheduled for Mid-May of 2010 against Danillo Villefort (10-3), who trains with American Top Team. Nick currently trains at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy where other fighters such as; Brock Lesnar, Sean Sherk, Logan Clark, Paul Bradley, Jacob Volkmann and Derrick Noble also train. Minnesota Martial Arts Academy offers training in Muay Thai, Shooto, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Aside from an impressive amount of fight experience, Nick recently graduated from Minnesota Law School a year and a half ago and is mostly practicing Criminal Law. Nick is excited that he is in the EA Sports video game that is coming out later this summer. EA Sports Mixed Martial Art is an upcoming video game which will be published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon in 2010 and will be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Nick’s sponsors are Tapout, Gammo, MMA Carnage and MMA Overload.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

UFC 110 wrap up, Andrei Arlovski, Tim Boetsch and Jens Pulver!



If you have never heard MMA Scraps Radio before, this is the show for you!  Andrei Arlovski, Tim Boetsch and Jens Pulver joined Travis and Pat HD Barry for a action packed 90 mins!  Find out what everyone thought of UFC 110 and what all of these amazing fighters have been up to!



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Don't miss today's show!


Don't miss today's show with Pat and Travis as they talk about UFC 110 and welcome several guests to the show!  2pm PST/5pm EST!

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Nick Thompson joins the crew and UFC 110 breakdown




We had a couple of no shows, but Nick Thompson didn't let us down! Nick called in and talked about his Shine contract, fighting in different orgs and more!  Also Pat told us about some people he'd like to fight again and what is new with Pat's UFC Hat! The guys also gave away a 10% coupon to Performance MMA and King of Caffeine.



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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

UFC the Golden Standard





The Ultimate Fighting Championship was founded by Art Davie and Rorion Gracie in 1993 and was purchased in 2001 to be owned and operated by Zuffa LLC. UFC President Dana White and Spike TV have been able to increase the international exposure and popularity of this revolutionary sport through cable television.



Brian Diamond, Senior VP of Sports and Specials at Spike TV has worked diligently for the past five years to exceed the expectations of the UFC. “Our relationship is great, and it’s growing in strength more and more every day.” The success between Spike and the UFC is a direct result of their open communication which started with the making of the Ultimate Fighter in 2005, later evolving into such projects as the UFC Fight Night, Unleashed, Ultimate Fighter and UFC Prime Time.



Spike isn’t worried about their ratings as the UFC airs on Versus on March 21st (Vera v. Jones) because they have a higher distribution than Versus. This will be an opportunity for more UFC exposure and for the sport. Spike’s main focus is to solidify their joint venture with the UFC. Diamond says “even with the saturation of UFC programs there are always new things coming up. That’s the beauty of working with the UFC, if someone gets inspired, they pick up the phone. That’s how the 100 Greatest Fights of all time came about.”



UFC fans anticipate the next season of the Ultimate Fighter which kicks off on March 31st. Spike’s challenge is to surpass what they have already done with Ultimate Fighter. Since day one, Spike has used the same production crew for the making of the Ultimate Fighter Series. Diamond comments “production did a fantastic job with the last Ultimate Fighter which featured Kimbo Slice and UFC Fighters Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson as the coaches. Last season brought amazing ratings, and that will be a tough nut to crack with Season 11 of the Ultimate Fighter.”



Season 11 of the Ultimate Fighter should be interesting with long time rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz who are both passionate about the sport and what they do. “This coming season everyone will dig, because on March 31st there is going to be a big surprise” says Diamond.


Spike plans to air ten preliminary shows this year. Selections for the preliminary fights are based on the last two fights prior to the PPV going live. Diamond explains “this is a great asset to the network and to the UFC. By showing the preliminary fights, it lets people know that this will be a great PPV to watch and also introduces the up and coming fighters.”



Aside from the Ultimate Fighter series and showing the preliminary fights, Spike uses other vehicles to attract and educate fans. Even though UFC All Access has been put on the back burner, the UFC podcast, UFC Countdown and UFC Prime Time have been greatly received by the fans. With the success of the Prime Time featuring BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre, Spike wants to replicate that same high quality production for the upcoming fight between Georges St. Pierre and Dan Hardy. UFC Prime Time gives fans a 360 degree view of UFC and what it is like to be a fighter. Through fresh and innovative coverage, Spike will continue to be the home of the UFC.


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Monday, February 8, 2010

The most guests that can be fit into 1 show! Don't you miss it!


I don't typically like to have so many guests on one show, but I couldn't help myself this time!  2 hours of the most action packed MMA Scraps Radio show ever!  How do you describe it?  Let's see who joined us:

Scott Jorgenson
Yves Edwards
Demico Rogers
Justin Wren
Brian Diamond from Spike TV
Eddie Bravo

Not only did we have a blast with our guests, we talked some UFC 109, what each fighter had coming up next and much more!  And Pat's hat becomes famous!

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UFC 109 Results in :60

Saturday night Mandalay Bay Event Center hosted UFC 109: Relentless headlined by Randy "The Natural" Couture vs. Mark "The Hammer" Coleman.

Main Card (On Pay-Per-View):
-Randy Couture def. Mark Coleman via Submission (RNC) R2 1:09
-Chael Sonnen def. Nate Marquardt via Uni Dec (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Paulo Thiago def. Mike Swick via Submission (D’arce Choke) 1:54 R2 1:54
-Demian Maia def. Dan Miller via Uni Dec(30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Matt Serra def. Frank Trigg via TKO (Strikes) R1 2:23


Preliminary Card (Aired live on Spike TV):
-Mac Danzig def. Justin Buccholz via Uni Dec (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Melvin Guillard def. Ronys Torres via Uni Dec (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Card (Non-Televised):
-Rob Emerson def. Phillipe Nover via Uni Deci
-Phil Davis def. Brian Stann via Uni Dec (aired on PPv)
-Chris Tuchscherer def. Tim Hague via Maj. Dec (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
-Joey Beltran def. Rolles Gracie via TKO (Strikes) R2 1:31 (aired on PPV)

Source MMAWeekly.com

Samantha L. Johnson is a staff writer for MMA Scraps Radio. View more of her writing at www.sxjohnson.net and www.mmagirls.net. Follow her on Twitter @sxjohnson

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Action Packed show!



With more guests than you could possibly count, this Monday special episode is going to be on fire! Brian Diamond from Spike TV, Yves Edwards, Demico Rogers and several other fighters will be joining Pat and Travis for the UFC 109 wrap up! Click the link below for a reminder or to log into the chat once we are started (9pm EST/6pm PST)


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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pat Barry prepares for Gilbert Yvel!


MMA Scraps Radio Co-host Pat Barry gets his next fight at UFC 115.





      “It’s so mental for me; it’s like 24hr PMS”


Confident from his last win against Antoni Hardonk, Pat Barry (5-1) says fighting for him is all mental.  Despite the fact that Pat secludes himself in what he describes as the “Alone Zone” prior to his fights, his game plan is to trap his opponent in his emotional spider web.


On the upcoming UFC 115 card, Barry will have just that opportunity when he squares off against his long time training partner Gilbert Yvel (36-14-1). Barry tells Travis and listeners of MMA Scraps Radio how they used to drill and then start to fight. “People would back up and start to cheer us on; we used to do that all the time.”


While Barry looks to improve his ground game, he gets a style that matches his; Yvel's base is also kickboxing. “He has a lot more ground that’s true, but he’s not gonna look to take it to the ground. He’s gonna be swinging for the fences. I hit stronger and a lot cleaner. I’m like a spider web that you walk into that annoys you until you get frazzled and then the fights over.”


Not only can his kicks and knees intimidate you, but at 6’2 Gilbert Yvel’s appearance is yet another hurdle to get past. “He’s a really big Dutch guy who tattoos the names of everyone he knocks out on his body. He’s a gorilla, he’s insane. This fight will be more mental than physical.”


Pat seems to believe Gilbert's game hasn't really evolved.   “Yvel does the same striking (as he always has)” which is ideal for him because he describes himself as a sniper. “He’s gonna make a move, get annoyed and I’m gonna spear him.” So, in the weeks leading up to the fight, we can expect Barry to become more secluded. Not because he is nervous or uncertain, it’s because he is using his ninja focus, his mind control. Or as Barry puts it “It doesn’t matter who is standing across from me because once I cross the octagon doors I’m punching someone in the brain and they’re gonna fall down”.


Pat Co hosts MMA Scraps Radio every week and is on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hypeordie

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Varner fighting for respect



“Fighting for Respect”

WEC’s Jamie “C-4” Varner learned from an early age growing up in central Phoenix, Arizona to fight for respect. With a 16-3-2 record, Varner is his toughest critic as he fights in the 155lb division; stating “there is a lot of pressure, you have to be 100% and you have to be perfect.” If the pressure of fighting isn’t enough, Varner also gets slammed for his lack of etiquette. Even Ryan Bader said “he’s a good guy, but he rubs the fans the wrong way.” Question is will Jamie continue to embrace the bad guy image?

MMA Scraps Radio host Travis McPherson and co-host Pat Barry got up close and personal with Varner on his unfiltered motivation. Love him or hate him Varner owns up to the fact that he wears his heart on his sleeve. “I don’t have a filter on my mouth which shows my age and I don’t think before I speak. I just let it rip.” Jamie then reflects on his recent title defense against Ben Henderson saying “I felt young and stupid and got impatient; I didn’t feel like a champion. The fight didn’t go the way I wanted it to, definitely didn’t end the way I wanted to. I was at 99% not 100%...hats off to Ben Henderson.”

As the discussion continues, Travis jokes “you’re almost coming across as a really great guy.” Jamie laughs and states he “isn’t as big of a jerk” as he leads you to believe. Pat agrees that sometimes people just make a judgment based on a person’s presentation, swagger or the look on their face. In response to his bad guy image Varner answers “some people don’t like me, I can’t please everyone. At least respect me for what I do. I’m a fighter, I’m a performer and I bring it in every fight.”

Jamie later shares his enthusiasm as a partner for Varner’s Combat Academy. The 5000sq. ft facility in Centereach, NY is devoted to teaching MMA to diverse experience levels from amateur to pro fight teams and also offers classes to over one hundred members.


What’s on the Horizon for Varner? Although he expresses disappointment in not securing upcoming main card events, Varner is looking forward to future fights and feels that he is one of the best lightweight fighters in WEC. Who to fight next? Varner expresses an interest in a fight against Donald Cerrone and possibly a Ben Henderson rematch. Varner simply states “I want to fight someone who puts me in title contention…whoever that may be.” Varner goes on to explain “The most important thing right now is winning fights; I’m just going to be me. I’m not going to focus on the PR, not going to focus on clearing my name. I’m going to let my fighting speak for its self.”

And while trying to gain the respect of fans is on his radar, he feels like he still needs to gain the respect of the WEC as well.  Despite coming off of a world title fight, the WEC only offer for an upcoming card was for an untelevised prelim fight.  Varner feels that this will not only make it hard for him to make money from sponsors, it's a show of a lack of respect by the WEC.

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