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LISTEN to Sept. 23 edition of Inside the Cage Radio with Kenny Florian, Ricco Rodriguez, and Joe Riggs

The latest edition of Inside the Cage Radio is now available! Joining Matt Cava and I this week were Kenny Florian, Ricco Rodriguez, and Joe Riggs.


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Here’s a rundown of this must-listen show…

Segment One – EliteXC’s female MMA controversy:

Sam and Matt share their thoughts about the fallout from the Gina Carano vs. Tony Evinger match at last Saturday’s EliteXC “Uprising” from Tonya Evinger’s pre-fight comments, Mauro Ranallo’s in-fight comments, and Gina Carano’s post-fight comments and her weight cutting issues. The show takes a unique turn when Sam’s wife joins the show to give a female fighter’s perspective.

Segment Two – UFC lightweight fighter Kenny “The Finisher” Florian:

Kenny breaks down his victory over Din Thomas from UFN 11 this past Wednesday night and discusses how he scouted Thomas; Florian addresses whether he’d be ready for a hypothetical lightweight title fight in November and indicates when he plans to fight again; he reveals when a match between B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson might take place; he reveals who Roger Huerta’s next opponent could be; Florian also broke down specific fighters in the UFC’s lightweight division and discussed who he considers the top lightweight fighters outside of the UFC (and he had some interesting things to say about Takanori Gomi).

Segment Three – Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez:

Ricco comes out firing right out of the gate. He reveals he not only took a fight with Ben Rothwell at the IFL finals on short notice but that he had just gotten out of rehab shortly before the bout; he addresses the controversy surrounding the match with Rothwell head on and pulls no punches; Ricco clarifies his contract statuses with both the IFL and EliteXC; indicates his plans for what weight class he plans to fight at in the future; discusses his recent decision to sever business ties with MMA superagent Ken Pavia; indicates that he believes politics could be keeping him out of the UFC; addresses his fallout with Tito Ortiz and issues an official challenge; and much more! Ricco was just dropping bombshells left and right. He sounded hungry, healthy, and happy and it looks like the Ricco Rodriguez of old could be back. I think we’re going to be seeing him fighting for the big promotions on a regular basis again soon.

Segment Four – New Strikeforce middleweight fighter Joe “Diesel” Riggs:

Ricco was not an easy act to top but Riggs just might have done it. Joe let everyone know why he asked for his release from the WEC and why he wanted to go to Strikeforce; clarifies on the record once and for all whether he ever wanted to be assigned to the WEC in the first place; addresses rumors as to whether he will fight Cung Le if he beats Eugene Jackson on Sept. 29 at the Playboy Mansion; calls out a surprise opponent; discusses his past pain killer addiction and comments on drug use in MMA; and reveals the true story of the infamous Nick Diaz fight that took place at a Las Vegas hospital following UFC 57; and much more!

Matt and I were really happy with this show and we would love your feedback! Please leave comments here or e-mail me at [email protected] and please spread the word about this week’s show.

  • Jay says:

    Very good show. Kenny and Ricco were very honest, exzellent inteviews! Ricco sounds like he’s gonna kick some ass next year.

  • chris says:

    love the show,keep up the good work.I was wondering if you know any good schools in ct.I’m 26 and boxed a couple years when i was younger,do you think i am to old to start training to become a fighter. Thanks chris.

  • hbdale309 says:

    Wow. Great show – you and your partner did a phenomenal job questioning these guys .

    Diesel sounds like a totally different person, and I can’t get over the change in his personality from past radio interviews he’s done the last couple of years. He seems much happier now that he has refocused/rehabbed and moved to Strikeforce. Great to hear. Joe has the potential to be a champ and now that he’s shed his baggage, damn, watch out. Shamrock vs. Riggs would be a helluva fight.

    I remember when Riggs told that Diaz story on MMAWeekly Radio right after it happened – his story has stayed consistent and it never gets old, haha.

    Ricco was great also; I hope he can stay focused. 205, now this I gotta see – that’d be awesome though.

    Also, people on the UG were saying Gina Carano has breast implants. It was news to me, but if you look closely they kind of look fake. I dunno though. You might want to interview Kit Cope on that one.

  • Sam_Cupitt says:

    Nice show man, i do enjoy these.

    I like it how you tried to deal with the women mma issues with maturity but it seems like Matts the kinda guy that giggles at the word doodle, but having said that it was still fucking hilarious.

    You got three reallly good interviews there mon. I must say, i never really liked Ricco or Joe Riggs but after listening to that, i have more respect for Joe Riggs. That story about Nick was hilarious, even tho im sure nick would see it differently.

    Top notch stuff.


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