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Welcome to Fan Club, a six-episode exploration of why we love what we love. Every week, host Ross Martin goes down a different rabbit hole of fandom and talks to some of the most interesting people in culture today, including Tom Colicchio, Shepard Fairey, Swizz Beats, Chael Sonnen, and Charlamagne Tha God.
 
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Every Hall of Famer has experienced it. Every MVP has gone through it. Every All-Star has endured it. It is a unifying experience amongst all professional athletes. The perennial superstars and the ones that never were. For some, it is a memory they hold dear and remember with great nostalgia. For others, it was a horror show they would love to forget. But for every single professional athlete, it is the one thing they all have in common...ROOKIE YEAR! The rookie year is the great equalizer ...
 
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In another jam-packed episode, one of the foremost thinkers in all of MMA talks about: Bo Nickal's potential and what he means to the wrestling community (00:42) If Kamaru Usman talking about boxing and competing in other divisions is distracting him ahead his fight with Leon Edwards next week (12:02) Cesar Gracie's thoughts on Khamzat Chimaev vs. …
 
On today's episode, Chael discusses: Jake Paul agreeing to pay the boxers who were slated to fight on the canceled August 6 MSG card (00:43) If Islam Makhachev truly deserves the title shot at UFC 280 (12:13) Why Jorge Masvidal should volunteer to be the backup fighter at UFC 279 (21:11) What's on the line this Saturday between Marlon Vera and Domi…
 
In a wide-ranging episode, Chael discusses: The making of Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler for UFC 281 in New York, and what will be on the line (00:36) Comparisons between Khamzat Chimaev and the early days of Conor McGregor's career (18:07) If Israel Adesanya needs Alex Pereira more than ever (27:22) Tom Aspinall injury updates and how the UFC…
 
With UFC 277 now in the rearview mirror, Chael discusses: If Amanda Nunes should face Valentina Shevchenko or Julianna Pena for her bantamweight title defense (00:35) Why Deiveson Figueiredo should move up to 135 lbs. (12:39) The boxing community's puzzling defense of Hasim Rahman Jr. (21:59) An underwhelming UFC 279 main card (35:27) Presented by:…
 
In this special Sunday UFC 277 reaction show, Chael discusses: Amanda Nunes defeating Julianna Pena in a brutal five-round beatdown (00:42) Brandon Moreno's impressive win over Kai Kara-France and his laughable post-fight interaction with flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo (10:10) Magomed Ankalaev's win over Anthony Smith and what Ankalaev must…
 
Chael discusses the week in MMA story lines and also gives a preview of UFC 277, discussing topics like: Who Paddy Pimblett should fight next (00:49) Charles Oliveira's message to those who doubt him against Islam Makhachev at UFC 280 (14:02) Comments made by Khamzat Chimaev in an interview with Ariel Helwani (25:43) A breakdown of tomorrow's light…
 
After UFC London and just days before UFC 277, Chael discusses: Tom Aspinall's tough injury and where the heavyweight division goes from here (00:48) Why Chael thinks Paddy Pimblett has what it takes to be a UFC champion (14:46) Alexander Volkanovski volunteering to be the backup fighter for Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev at UFC 280 (24:17) R…
 
After a wild weekend and a barrage of MMA news, Chael discusses: The booking of Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev in September for UFC 279 (00:42) What the bantamweight division will look like in the coming months (9:20) Why all of you are wrong about Ortega vs. Rodriguez (18:02) Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight title in …
 
On today's episode, Chael talks about: The hype that's quickly building around Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira (00:42) Kamaru Usman's insistence on fighting at light heavyweight (15:44) What's at stake for tomorrow's ABC main event between Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez (26:08) The UFCs evolution during the Dana White era (38:16) Presented by: Da…
 
On today's episode, Chael discusses: Nate Diaz's gripping interview with Ariel Helwani yesterday (00:42) If Jake Paul vs. Conor McGregor would be bigger than the 2017 boxing fight between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather (7:30) Rafael Fiziev's weekend win over Rafael dos Anjos and consequent callout of Justin Gaethje (17:35) Why the fans are being hyp…
 
On today's show, Chael discusses: The feud between Israel Adesanya and actor Chris Pratt (00:42) Why we should cut Sean Strickland some slack (7:25) Sean O'Malley calling out Henry Cejudo (23:35) Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev in Saturday's UFC main event (29:09) What's a bigger heavyweight fight: Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones, or Jones vs. Sti…
 
After a few days of reflecting on UFC 276, Chael discusses the following on today's podcast: What we really learned about Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira on Saturday night (00:43) Khamzat Chimaev's callout of Pereira and what this means for Chimaev's next fight (9:35) Why time is of the essence for Alexander Volkanovski (18:38) How Sean O'Malley w…
 
Immediately after the end of UFC 276, Chael gives you his instant reaction to a great night of fights. He discusses: Why we should be appreciating Israel Adesanya instead of criticizing him (00:42) Alex Pereira's quick work of Sean Strickland, which now sets the stage for an unprecedented title fight with Adesanya (9:38) Alexander Volkanovski's tex…
 
One day before the culmination of International Fight Week at UFC 276, Chael gets you set for the big event by discussing: Why Chael is such a big fan of the matchup between Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier (00:48) Why Adesanya's head coach, Eugene Bareman, deserves more praise than we give him (8:24) The fight that is flying most under the rada…
 
As we inch closer to a jam-packed UFC 276, Chael discusses: How the middleweight division will look after Saturday night (18:15) Surprising betting odds for Adesanya vs. Cannonier (27:40) If it's possible that both Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway could move up to 155 lbs. following this fight (36:17) Whether Volkanovski's recent activity wil…
 
In an episode filled with stories about some of the sports biggest stars, Chael discusses: Cowboy Cerrone's new UFC 276 opponent, Jim Miller (00:42) If Alexander Volkanovski should move up to 155 lbs. and immediately fight for a title (5:50) A new side of Robert Whittaker (14:32) Kevin Holland's callout of Nate Diaz and whether that fight makes sen…
 
On today's episode, Chael talks about: Kattar vs. Emmett reaction (00:40) The cursed Donald Cerrone - Joe Lauzon fight (6:24) If Israel Adesanya is looking past Jared Cannonier for their upcoming UFC 276 title bout (22:58) Sean O'Malley's career roadmap (30:49) The latest with Jake Paul and Nate Diaz (36:58) And more. Presented by: Factor…
 
On today's episode of the podcast, Chael discusses: If Jiri Prochazka can defend the light heavyweight belt multiple times, and whether it's good or bad for the UFC if he does (00:42) Ali Abdelaziz's comments about Kamaru Usman having the potential to win the light heavyweight belt in the future (10:16) Charles Oliveira's desire to fight Conor McGr…
 
In an episode full of major MMA headlines, Chael discusses the following: Why the next few days are critical for Glover Teixeira (00:43) Rumors that the winner of Sean Strickland vs. Alex Pereira at UFC 276 will get a middleweight title shot (10:39) The official booking of Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards for August at UFC 278 (19:32) Reports that Con…
 
On this special Sunday UFC 275 reaction show, Chael discusses: Jiri Prochazka's unexpected submission victory over Glover Teixeira in the waning seconds of the fight (00:41) Who should get the next light heavyweight title shot? (6:37) Why the judges didn't score in favor of Taila Santos against Valentina Shevchenko (10:17) Joanna Jedrzejczyk's reti…
 
On today's show, Chael talks about: A July heavyweight fight that's flying under the radar (00:50) Whether damage inflicted or control time is more important in scoring (13:20) Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk 2 and why it deserves more hype (24:05) If Taila Santos stands a chance against flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko (30:05) Glover Teixei…
 
Chael returns from the weekend to discuss some of the biggest news in MMA, like: Bo Nickal's IKON FC win and what it means for the wrestling phenom's future (00:48) The newly announced August main event between Marlon Vera and Dominick Cruz (12:03) Mike Tyson's advice to Conor McGregor about how the Irishman should handle his career when he returns…
 
On today's jam-packed episode, Chael discusses: The Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard case that captivated the nation (:43) Jorge Masvidal's path forward (11:20) If Paddy Pimblett is taking the Jordan Leavitt fight seriously (22:30) Why Dustin Poirier is upset about Michael Chandler "forgetting" him (28:50) Henry Cejudo's comments about the keys to beati…
 
On today's wide-ranging episode, Chael begins by discussing this week's Twitter feud between Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal, and if it means we could see them locked in the cage together in the near future. Then, Chael talks about Deiveson Figueiredo's anger over the interim flyweight championship (8:58), Francis Ngannou's silence, and an outrag…
 
Will ANYONE speak up and ask to fight Charles Oliveira? And will anyone call out Dominick Cruz at bantamweight? Chael airs his frustrations. Plus, some discussion around Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold (30:35) and as Kamaru Usman struggles with a hand injury, Chael wonders if Khamzat Chimaev should get a crack at an interim title belt (25:05). Presen…
 
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