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The Hurt Take - Episode XVI

Even during a week without a big-time fight card (at least, not a boxing one...), MMA just keeps on giving us the goods. From Michael Bisping dropping retirement hints to Ronda Rousey's coach Edmond Targareyen giving her a '50-50' return and a tabbing Cris Cyborg as the return fight, there was a lot to talk about. Also, fights! Luke Rockhold made his return, dispatching David Branch, while the UFC travels to the land of PRIDE this weekend.

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The Hurt Take - Episode XXIV

Conor Who? People, Demetrious Johnson is going to make history on Saturday! DJ stands alone as the best in the business. Hoping to move into that category on the women's side, Amanda Nunes faces down Valentina Schevchenko to defend her Bantamweight Strap. Both DJ and Nunes faced the wrath of one Mr. Dana White and now try to make hay headlining a card together. Conspiracy? All that and more on The Hurt Take!

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The Hurt Take - Episode XXII

The fight some thought would never happened has arrived. The boxing great, 'Pretty Boy' Floyd 'Money' Mayweather takes on 'The Notorious' Conor McGregor in a matchup of the two most-hypable fighters in combat sports. This week on The Hurt Take, Rhys is joined by the ubiquitous Mitch Bayliss to talk how we got here, what the hype has dished out, and what we may see come Saturday. Hold on to your butts!

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The Hurt Take - Episode XXI

Two weeks out from the biggest crossover bout of the 21st century (and ever), all the news in the MMA sphere right now is about the Notorious one, Conor McGregor. Whether it's his fresh new rivalry with Paulie Malignaggi, accusations of racism, or folk songs, he's all anyone wants to talk about. So, of course, Rhys talks about him...and other stuff.

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Sound & Groove- "Songs Of The Celestial" Part 1

This here is the 1st official episode of 2017 for the Sound & Groove Podcast but of course it's way overdue. Don't fret though. Another 5 will still follow here in the rest of 2017. This particular edition is the first of a 2-episode theme with songs of the celestial- ie dealing with or alluding to outer space and all the various orbital/flying objects found in it. 

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The Hurt Take - Episode XX

After the fervor of UFC 214, UFC Fight Night: Mexico City wasn't going to look as good. But it tried! Seven first round finishes and a couple of narratives worth paying attention to, from Sergio Pettis making his case as the next contender at 125, Rashad Evans looking more washed than your old pair of Levi's. Subscribe the to show on iTunes!

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The Hurt Take - Episode XIX

The king is back. Jon 'Bones' Jones was stripped of his title nearly two years ago and this weekend at UFC 214, he took it back in the same dominating fashion that he won and defended it. We talk what the future holds for Bones and lament the legcy of DC, which will forever be punctuated by his losses to Jones. Rhys examines about Tyron Woodley v. Damian Maia,  Cris Cyborg, Robbie Lawler, Donald Cerrone - the whole gang!

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The Hurt Take - Episode XVIII

You smell that? That's the smell of victory, a Chris Weidman victory. The former Middleweight found a way to exorcise his demons rallying over Kelvin Gastellum at UFC Fight Night: Long Island. But what's got Rhys fired up is the big one: UFC 214. The grudge match to end all grudge matches. Jon Jones v. Daniel Cormier, Volume II. 

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The Hurt Take - Episode XVI

Two UFC cards in two days had the potential for a glorious weekend. Instead, we get a card-breaking case of sinusustitututs. Ok, we also got Justin Gaethje, destroyer of worlds, and the 40-year-old who most makes you ashamed of your own athleticism, Yoel Romero, squaring off against Bobby The Reaper Knuckles (a.k.a. Robert Whitaker). All in all, an up-and-down weekend in the world of MMA. But that's kind of the way we like it.

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Sound and Groove - "Delivered By The Mail"

This here is the 6th episode of 2016 for the Sound & Groove Podcast but of course it's way overdue. Finally back from sabbatical, S&G is finally bestowing that final one from a year ago on you. This particular edition is a stand-alone theme just for this episode and it's songs that centre on the postal service side of things, i.e. sending off a letter, delivering a message, shipping a package. You catch my drift? 

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The Hurt Take - Episode XIV

It finally happened. The fight that for so long felt like a fantasy is now  coming true...even if it's still a fantasy. Conor McGregor will box Floyd Mayweather on August 26 in Las Vegas and Rhys is fired up about it. Too much to talk about, so you'll have to listen. What else is on the episode? What else matters!? Rhys talks Cyborg getting a crack at the 145 belt, the bizarre from last weekend UFC Fight Night in Singapore, and....ah, who cares? You want McGregor/Mayweather talk. Just listen up.

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The Hurt Take - Episode XIII

On paper, UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Hunt did not have a lot of flash. But boy, did it sure have some bang, from the brutal to the too-tired-to-carry-on (a.k.a. The Dada). Rhys touches on some of the other big topics in the MMA sphere, from Demetrious Johnson's Cold War with Dana White and the UFC to Conor McGregor hitting the Forbes top 25 highest paid athletes list. Never a dull week. 

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The Hurt Take - Episode XII

Rhys forges on alone this week! It's for the best, though. The result of Jose Aldo v. Max Holloway made it difficult for Rhys to be around people. How did the Hawaiian toppled the Brazilian? What does this mean for Aldo's legacy? Also on the UFC 212 card, Claudia Gadehla looked damn good and is poised for another crack at gold. Rhys also takes a moment to chat about Alexander Gustafsson's big win and the upcoming Fight Night: Lewis versus Hunt card.

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The Hurt Take - Episode XI

Finally, Rhys, Mitch, and Taylor are in the same place, at the same time. This week, they review UFC 211, pondering the legacies of Stipe and Joanna, where Frankie Edgar ranks having crushed the hottest featherweight prospect, and what to make of the GSP and Michael Bisping cancellation. 

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The Hurt Take - Episode X

The boys are back in town - literally! After time away, Rhys and Mitch return to the show this time in person for the very first time for the greatest UFC 211 preview show of all time! Heavyweight king Stipe Miocic seeks to tie the record for title defenses in that class at two - yes, two - in a rematch against Junior Dos Santos, who toppled him once before. In the co-headliner, Joanna Champion looks to further establish her legacy as the best female MMA fighter ever against perhaps her toughest challenge to date, Jessica Andrade. Also, Mitch writes a love letter to Frankie Edgar and ponders why Dana White is showing boxing so much love.

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