MMA Fight Radio 9/28/17 program review

  Host Jay “Big Jay Bowski” Pagliaro and Shawn “Dallas” Hall are joined in-studio by ringcard girl and fitness competitor Deseree Flores.     UFC 216 PRESS CONFERENCE   The trio discussed how Tony Ferguson almost came to blows with Fabricio Werdum. Among other things, Ferguson asked Werdum how it felt to be on his (Tony’s) undercard and the former Brazilian fighter had a lot to say – all in Portuguese – to the UFC 216 headliner. There is talk swirling that rather than seeing McGregor/Diaz 3, the winner of the Ferguson/Kevin Lee headliner may get the next shot at Connor McGregor. Desire and Dallas felt McGregor will face Diaz again. However, Dallas felt a match against Diaz makes the interim belt that Ferguson and Lee are fighting for worthless if that happens. Everybody agrees the other two fights were great and the trilogy is where the money is.   The discussion also turned to the fact that of the trilogy happens, the rankings – as they are currently calculated and valued – are also worthless. This may already be in effect as we recently saw Dan Henderson (not a top-ranked opponent) face Michael Bisping for the middleweight title. Desire mentioned that the “business side” has taken over and eventually it may be like watching wrestling.   Dallas said “Right now there’s a path (to becoming a champion). If you lose that ranking system…how do even become a star? Just mumble what Conner says?”. Jay brought up how Bellator MMA fighter Benson Henderson said the talkers are getting places and “the casual fans are going to leave when McGregor does”.   Dallas feels McGregor’s camp “campaigns” for who they want to fight next and currently they are campaigning for Diaz. It also represents the easiest match-up for McGregor with fighters like Ferguson, Lee and Khabib Nurmagamedov waiting in line for a title shot.     LFA 24 COMPETITOR CURTIS MILLENDER Curtis “Curtious” Millender headlines LFA 24 on October 13th in Phoenix and called into the show. Jay described his opponent list as a “murderer’s row” that included Bellator MMA veteran Brennan Ward and was supposed to include Michael “Venom” Page. Now he’ll face local fighter Matthew Frincu (11-2). Curtis feels he can “shut down Matthew’s striking”. Desire brought up the fact that most of Millender’s wins have been by decision while Frincu finishes most of his opponents and Curtis said “I’m always looking for a finish and sometimes it just doesn’t come out that way…I’m fighting killers.” Dallas asked what does he need to do to get to the next level and he said “knock him out. I need to finish him. I need to win decisively. Once I get this win, there will be no more overlooking me”. He fought Ward in Connecticut – a place where Ward has a “cult following” – so he’s prepared to face Frincu in Phoenix. “I’ve been shocking people my whole life so I’m not worried about it at all” he said. He trains with former SHOOTO Champion Eric Paulson and Ben Jones at CSW and he isn’t afraid of Frincu’s striking given the strength of his team.   STOCK RISE AND FALL The crew talked about upcoming fights with Francis Ngannou (taking on Alistair Overeem), Dominic Cruz (taking on Jimmie Rivera, and possibly moving down to 125 lbs to face Demetrious Johnson with a win) and Stipe Miocic’s contract issues. They also talked about Chuck Liddell possibly facing Chael Sonnen in Bellator MMA as a lead into the stock rise and fall. Dallas felt Aaron Pico’s stock rose with a KO win over Justin Linn at Bellator MMA 183 ang Gokhan Saki with a KO win over Henrique da Silva. Desire felt Roy Nelson’s stock rose with his decision win over Javy Ayala and Patricky Pitbull with a win over Benson Henderson on the same Bellator fight card. Jay felt Jessica Andrade made the biggest splash over the weekend with her unanimous decision win over Claudia Gadelha at UFC Fight Night and Paul Daley with a KO win over Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 183. As far as dropping stock, Dallas felt Yushin Okami and Claudia Gadelha lost ground. Desire felt Justin Linn’s stock dropped while Jay felt former PRIDE FC champion Takanori Gomi took a huge step back. Gomi was once considered top 5 in the world and he has now lost 5 in a row with a 4-9 overall record in the UFC.   EFRAIN ESCUDERO AND BETHE CORREIA Brazilian fighter and former title contender Bethe Correia is in Texas bettering her wrestling skills and recovering from injuries. She isn’t planning on fighting again in 2017. The UFC wanted her to fight in November but she broke her jaw and it is her decision to wait until January of February to get back in the cage. Dallas asked how a rematch with Ronda Rousey now would go and she felt the fight would go much differently due to her experience with her (Bethe) capturing the title. She also believes she is learning a lot more now and in reality, despite her experience, she is still very young in the sport. She also doesn’t care who she fights now that her focus is on herself. SABINA MAZO   Sabina Mazo, known as “The Columbian Queen”, called into the show to discuss her head kick KO of Lindsey Williams at LFA 23 last weekend. It was virtually identical to the head kick KO of Jamie Thorton at LFA 9 and these impressive performances have here nominated for KO of the Year. Even with the back-to-back KO’s and a 4-0 record, she feels there’s still work to be done in the LFA before heading to the UFC. “Maybe after 2 more fights…I want to be an excellent fighter before I step in the UFC” she said. She feels she needs to train more and gain experience in preparation for that opportunity. “I have more things I want to show in my game” stated, when asked if the next fight would end in a head kick KO as well. She trains at Kings MMA with IVC veteran and former Chute Boxe fighter Master Rafael Cordeiro and UFC 216 competitor Fabricio Werdum in Huntington Beach, California. When questioned about her level of maturity at just 20-years-old, she said it was the discipline of MMA and that she “isn’t in it for the money”. “I do this from my heart. I put all my love into it.”   MARCO BELTRAN AND EFRAIN ESCUDERO TUF Mexico fighter Marco Beltran (8-5) called in to talk about his training with Efrain Escudero and Beltran’s fight at UFC 216 against Max Schnell (9-4). Both fighters are coming off a loss. This time Beltran will not only have a full camp and be fighting closer to home, he had to deal with the loss of his mother just 2 days before his last fight. Efrain talked about the opening of his new gym since leaving The Lab and how he expects to be able to develop a lot of new talent in McAllen, Texas. He also mentioned that his entire team – and ring card girl Desire Flores – will be making the trip to Las Vegas for UFC 216. He also said he’s taking Ferguson over Kevin Lee (who Escudero lost to by decision) and he will be fighting in Brazil in November. The gym opens next week after Beltran’s fight. Efrain’s working with the promoters of the Lux fight league in Mexico to build a minor league promotion to bring opportunity to young fighters. The show closed with some good back-and-forth banter between Dallas and Efrain. As a coach, he believes he can relate to all fighters, having lost close decisions and knowing the struggle of the common MMA athlete. He felt he was done fighting until his kids set him straight with a kick to the stomach and pep talk. As for Beltran’s fight, Escudero he believes he has evolved as a fighter and everyone can see how he’s progressed on the UFC Fight Pass.   Until next time,   James Hirth            

MMA Fight Radio Thurs Sept 28

Guests Efrain Escudero, Marco Beltran, Bethe Correia, Sabina Mazo and Curtis Millender MMA Fight Radio airs live Thurs Nights here in Phoenix 6-8 pm / Pacific Time 6-8pm / Eastern Time 9-11pm To listen via Google Play App To listen via IPhone App Via computer MMA FIGHT RADIO Arizona’s original expert source for MMA, with our host “Big Jaybowski” Jay Pagliaro along with co-host, Shawn “Dallas” Hall a MMA Judge . Special Guest Co Host Deseree Flores Produced by Penny Buffington and Sponsored by the Nationwide Warranties. Joshua Boyd – Las Vegas Correspondent James Hirth – Midwest Correspondent Paal Eide – East Coast Correspondent w/  Yadlynd Eide as photographer MMA Fight Radio Main Photographers include Eddie Buffington, Penny Buffington News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA: including the UFC, Bellator, LFA, and more. Connecting listeners to MMA events and fighters with contests, prizes, ticket giveaways and more! MMA AT IT’S FINEST   Efrain Escudero and student Marco Beltran – Efrains first time as a full time coach.  UFC 216  OCTOBER 07, 2017 / T-MOBILE ARENA, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA Marco Beltran 8 – 5 – 0 vs Matt Schnell 9 – 4 – 0 Embed from Getty Images   Sabina Mazo –   @SabinaMazo   “COLOMBIAN QUEEN” to discuss her: 2 nominee’s for KO of the Year. 2 Identical head kicks that straight up melted her opponents. LFA 24 Main Event – LFA 24 OCTOBER 13, 2017 / COMERICA THEATRE, PHOENIX, AZ Curtis Millender 12 – 3 – 0 vs  Matthew Frincu 11 – 2 – 0   UFC fighter Bethe Correia  “PITBULL” – Campina Grande, Paraiba Brazil Height 5’4″ Weight 135 lbs Association: Pitbull Brothers Class: Bantamweight According to Sherdog: Wins 10 – KO/TKO (20%) 0 SUBMISSIONS (0%) 8 DECISIONS (80%) Losses 3 2 KO/TKO (67%) 0 SUBMISSIONS (0%)   Embed from Getty Images DIERKS BENTLEY AND BON IVER’S S. CAREY TEAM UP FOR “HOLD THE LIGHT” FROM UPCOMING FILM ONLY THE BRAVE     SONG AVAILABLE NOW AT     The CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee Writes and Records Song for Film Based on Home State of Arizona’s Granite Mountain Hotshots     Columbia Pictures and Black Label Media’s Only The Brave in Theaters Nationwide October 20     CULVER CITY, Calif. – September 22, 2017 – The distinctive vocals of multiplatinum singer/songwriter and Arizona native Dierks Bentley resonate throughout “Hold The Light,” his first-ever song written and recorded for a motion picture. Also featuring Bon Iver’s S. Carey, “Hold the Light” is featured in Columbia Pictures and Black Label Media’s Only The Brave, in theaters nationwide October 20.  The song was written by Bentley, Carey, Joe Trapanese and Jon Randall.   Bentley first took action in 2013 when he organized and hosted the Country Cares Concert in Arizona, which raised more than half a million dollars for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The new song honors and embodies the spirit of the true heroism depicted in the film and is available now at all digital retailers and streaming partners, at   In composing the song, Bentley and Carey worked closely with Only the Brave composer Joe Trapanese.  In the collaboration, the songwriters worked Trapanese’s film theme into the music of the song, providing a seamless transition between song and score and resulting in a song that is integral to the film itself.   Bentley said, “This is at the top, if not the most meaningful experience I’ve ever been a part of,” said Bentley. “It hits me harder than any other song I’ve had a chance to be a part of. Over the last couple years I’ve met and gotten to know Brendan, the sole survivor, and my mom has met with some of the guys’ families, and it’s still unfathomable to put yourself in any of their shoes. But, our goal was to create a message of hope and love. I’m honored to have been a part of it.”   Joseph Kosinski, the director of the film, added, “This story resonated deeply with Dierks from the beginning – he was one of the first to raise money to support the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and his commitment has been unwavering since then. The theme comes from the score and the lyrics come from the heart, so it was a natural fit for the film.”   Carey said, “Working on this song with Joe, Dierks, and the whole crew was a true honor. My brother-in-law has been a wildlands fire fighter for the last several years so I had a somewhat personal starting point for the creative process. I’m extremely thankful to be able to honor these men, these true heroes, in the form of a song in a beautiful, powerful film.”   To learn more about Only the Brave, see a testimonial video in which Bentley, Carey and survivor Brendan McDonough describe honoring the sacrifice of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and find out how you can support the wildland firefighter communities through The Granite Mountain Fund, go to   It’s not what stands in front of you – it’s who stands beside you. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire. The film stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, with Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly. Directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer, based upon the GQ Article “No Exit” by Sean Flynn, the film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Menchel, Erik Howsam, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Dawn Ostroff, and Jeremy Steckler.   ABOUT DIERKS BENTLEY Current CMA “Male Vocalist of the Year” nominee Dierks Bentley has a “reputation as one of the hardest-working entertainers in country music” (Music Row) as “he sells out enormous tours, is a perennial favorite of format radio stations, and earns critical acclaim without compromising his artistic vision,” (Entertainment Weekly). With 17 No. One hits and more than one billion digital streams he “continues to take risks that pay off,” (USA Today) as his eighth studio album BLACK, has been hailed the “most fully-formed LP of his career,” (TIME). After making its debut at the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, BLACK has garnered nominations from the ACM, CMA, GRAMMY and Billboard Music Awards while earning three consecutive No. Ones; the gold-certified title track and the PLATINUM certified hits “Somewhere On A Beach” and “Different For Girls.” “The bluegrass picker, the love  song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and has illustrated his depth and diversity as an artist with “ferocious live performances” (Fresno Bee) throughout his 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR, which claimed the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Tours selling over 750 million tickets. For more information visit     About Sony Pictures Entertainment Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group includes film labels Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Classics.  For additional information, visit