GPB – Johny Hendricks and Joe Warren

Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and current Bellator bantamweight champion Joe Warren joined Gross Point Blank. Hendricks is a couple weeks removed from his walk-in-the-park win over Matt Brown at UFC 185. He discussed the aftermath, where it leaves him in the UFC welterweight picture, his thoughts on Lawler-MacDonald, plus various topics in the fight game. Warren, meanwhile, is a couple days away from a title defense against Brazilian Marcos Galvao, whom he defeated in 2011. Warren joined the show from Thackerville, Okla., where he’ll headline Bellator 135 on Friday night. http://www.grosspointblank.net/wp-content/uploads/user_uploads/jgross/gpb_ep19_3_25_15.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

GPB – Bobby Razak in studio and “Dawg Fight” Director Billy Corben

For documentarians the fight world has long been ripe with stories. The prolific Bobby Razak hung in studio to chat about his numerous combat sports projects, including several in the works with yours truly. Razak stuck around to converse with acclaimed filmmaker Billy Corben, who discussed “Dawg Fight,” the director’s latest sub culture-focused documentary on the street fighting business in Miami. GPB producer TJ De Santis also chimed in regarding two new UFC champions following this weekend’s card in Dallas. http://www.grosspointblank.net/wp-content/uploads/user_uploads/jgross/gpb_ep18_3_18_15.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

GPB – Liam McGeary and Dr. AnnMaria DeMars

Following an important weekend in the world of women’s mixed martial arts, Gross Point Blank focuses on a future that delivers Ronda Rousey vs Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. Rousey’s mother, Dr. AnnMaria DeMars, joined the show to discuss her daughter’s 14-second, record-setting victory over Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184. As always, DeMars held nothing back. Kicking off the show, unbeaten Brit and new Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary talked about his victory over the game Emanuel Newton on Friday night. http://www.grosspointblank.net/wp-content/uploads/user_uploads/jgross/gpb_ep17_3_4_15.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

GPB – Loretta Hunt and Shannon Knapp talk Women in MMA

Women rule the mixed martial arts world this weekend in Los Angeles. UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defends her title Saturday night against Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC’s return to the Staples Center. Meanwhile, highly touted 135-pound prospect Holly Holm meets Raquel Pennington in the co-main. The night before, Invicta FC hosts a card at the Shrine Auditorium featuring frightening featherweight Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino against Canada’s Charmaine Tweet. With the dream fight between Rousey and Cyborg appearing more likely than ever before, many questions should be answered over the weekend. Invicta FC promoter Shannon Knapp joined GPB to discuss Friday’s event, the state of women’s MMA now that Invicta is tied to the UFC, and the allure of Rousey-Cyborg. Also, SI.com contributor, journalist and author Loretta Hunt recounted her experience in MMA. http://www.grosspointblank.net/wp-content/uploads/user_uploads/jgross/gpb_ep16_2_25_15.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

GPB – UFC Goes All In on PED Testing

Gross Point Blank returned on Wednesday with reaction to UFC’s plans that would considerably beef up its drug testing standards. The announcement came earlier in the day when Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White and UFC general counsel Ike Lawrence Epstein addressed media during a press conference in Las Vegas. Dr. Margaret Goodman of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association shared thoughts on the news, which she called positive. Questions remain unanswered, however, and Goodman expressed her concerns. Young Max Holloway, 23, discussed his victory over Cole Miller, and the announcement of his next contest in April against Cub Swanson. The Hawaiian featherweight also discussed what the UFC’s move on Wednesday could mean for fighters. http://www.grosspointblank.net/wp-content/uploads/user_uploads/jgross/gpb_ep15_2_18_15.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

GPB – Clarence Thatch, Daniel Weichel and Marcelo Alonso

Gross Point Blank returns with a look ahead at a busy week in MMA. Respected martial artist and fighter Clarence Thatch speaks about his son Brandon’s UFC main event fight outside their hometown of Denver this Saturday. The four-time Sabaki Challenge winner recounts his fighting days, and discusses why combat sports is a family affair. Featherweight Daniel Weichel vies for top contender status in the Bellator featherweight division against Pat Curran Friday night in Fresno, Calif. The German veteran discusses his career, and what he’ll need to do to defeat Curran. And longtime fight journalist Marcelo Alonso joins the show from Brazil, where news of Anderson Silva’s positive drug test continues to receive major media attention. Alonso said Silva is the second biggest sports start in the country behind footballer Neymar. http://www.grosspointblank.net/wp-content/uploads/user_uploads/jgross/gpb_ep14_2_11_15.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

Covering the Anderson Silva news for The Guardian

I hadn’t planned on writing much in the wake of the news that Anderson Silva tested positive for two types of anabolic steroids. Perhaps I was sated by a short rant on Twitter. I also figured I could roll with my thoughts on Gross Point Blank, which I did on Wednesday. Then an old editor of mine from SI.com came calling. Bryan Graham, who now works for the much respected Guardian, asked if I was open to reporting on Silva and the out-of-competition collection administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Jan. 9, the result of which wasn’t reported until after the fight on Feb. 3. My answer, of course, was yes. The piece was published early Thursday morning, please give it a read. One thing: reporters don’t write headlines, and while I think the headline on this piece rings true, I’m not sure it captures the larger essence of the state of things. This piece — and the episode itself — is bigger than the UFC. We’re talking state regulators in Nevada — the so-called “gold standard” of commissions in the United States, whom UFC president Dana White has constantly said should be the group in charge of policing PEDs — propagating two flagrant drug-related screw ups in the same month. We’re also talking MMA’s pervasive drug culture, which, to be fair, I’ve pinned predominately on the inaction and mixed messaging of Zuffa officials. That said, there’s no question monitoring fighters, both on the regulator and UFC side, ramped up dramatically since the early 2000s, when Zuffa replaced SEG as the owner of the UFC. Fighters have been caught. So why does it feel...

GPB – Reaction to Anderson Silva’s PED News

Long reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva defeated Nick Diaz Saturday night in Las Vegas. The consensus was he looked relatively good in his comeback. Fans and media debated where he ranked among a growing crop of dangerous 185-pound fighters. Then news broke Tuesday that Silva tested positive for two types of steroids after a pre-fight test administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission. We react to the news, speak with callers, get TJ De Santis’s thoughts on the stunning turn of events for a fighter many labeled as mixed martial arts’ greatest of all time, and remember the Open Letter Josh Gross wrote to Dana White in 2007 regarding MMA’s PED problem. http://www.grosspointblank.net/wp-content/uploads/user_uploads/jgross/gpb_ep13_2_4_15.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

GPB – Previewing UFC 183: Silva-Diaz

Saturday night in Las Vegas, an immense month of mixed martial arts comes to a close with UFC 183. Headlined by the Octagon returns of Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz, the UFC’s traditional Super Bowl weekend card puts forth a deep offering. Joining GPB this week: Justin Bua discussed Anderson Silva’s artistry in the cage, and Dave Doyle helped breakdown UFC 183. http://www.grosspointblank.net/wp-content/uploads/user_uploads/jgross/gpb_ep12_1_28_15.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

GPB – Ken Shamrock

From UFC 1 on, Ken Shamrock resides among the most recognizable fighters in mixed martial arts. After a four year hiatus prompted by a bad string of fights precipitated by what he claims was a lingering, recently discovered, as-yet-undisclosed health issue, Shamrock has announced his return to fighting. Two months after his 51st birthday. admittedly for the money, Shamrock will take part in a bare knuckle boxing bout. That’s right. Bare. Knuckle. Boxing. Sometime in April, somewhere in the U.K., against someone named James Quinn, the supposed 45-year-old unbeaten legend of bare fisted boxing. Shamrock has agreed to return to where he’s operated most of his life, where he feels fulfilled, and where he can’t say goodbye to yet. Combat. Not until he gets one more fight, this time in a new, visually evocative way. http://www.grosspointblank.net/wp-content/uploads/user_uploads/jgross/gpb_ep11_1_21_15.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...

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