Episode 2 of UFC 225’s Embedded. Whittaker, Tai, Colby, Yoel, Dos Anjos

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UFC Embedded episode two is out and we are that much closer to UFC 225. This episode features Tai Tuavasa, Robert Whittaker, Colby Covington, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Yoel Romero. These Embedded vids are funny because even though they focus on the fighters, there are always cameos from other fighters and even bigger stars. In this case, Cris Cyborg.

From the UFC YouTube

“On Episode 2 of UFC 225 Embedded, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker keeps things normal with frequent meals and family time.

Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa, in town to fight legend Andrei Arlovski, struggles to understand the still waters of the Lake Michigan beach.

Interim welterweight title contender Colby Covington turns a media trip into father-son bonding time, as opponent Rafael Dos Anjos trains alongside featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.

Middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero does press in New York City.”

Episode 1 of UFC Embedded. Chi Town edition for UFC 225

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UFC 225 will come to us live from Chi Town this weekend. Chicago will host UFC 225 in one of the most stacked cards that we’ve ever seen in the UFC. Embedded begins like it always does, one week before fight night before everyone even comes to town. Everyone except Rober Whittaker who is acclimating to the time change.

Noticeably missing from the Embedded is Whittaker’s opponent, Yoel Romero. Noticeably oversaturating the Embedded, is Colby Covington. Each time he says something where you think he may have dropped his act, he comes right back and shows that he’s still pretending. On the opposite side of the spectrum is Rafael Dos Anjos, who couldn’t be more respectful and a class act.

Check out the competitors as they gear up a week before UFC 225.

UFC 224 Embedded Ep 1. Jacare, Gastelum, Dern, Nunes, Pennington

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The UFC welcomes us on another journey into the lives of fighters prepping for their fight week. Of course, the main and co-main events of UFC 224 are featured, but so is a segment on Mackenzie Dern. I think it’s really telling of the UFC’s attempt at trying to make another star in the women’s division. With the departure of Ronda Rousey; Mackenzie has the look, credentials, and undefeated record that they seem to want to make a star out of.

The main event of UFC 224 is Raquel Pennington vs Amanda Nunes and the co-main is Jacare Souza vs Kelvin Gastelum. The fight that has been most overlooked on the main card will be a legends battle between Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida. Hopefully, those guys make an appearance in episode 2 of Embedded.

From the UFC YouTube Channel:

“On Episode 1 of UFC 224 Embedded, strawweight Mackenzie Dern reflects on a lifetime spent in jiu-jitsu, and middleweight Kelvin Gastelum wraps his camp with a sparring day.

Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes gets a massage at home, then packs alongside her girlfriend, strawweight Nina Ansaroff. Middleweight Jacare Souza readies for his first UFC fight in Rio. Bantamweight title challenger Raquel Pennington spends her Sunday getting ready for the trip with her fiancee, strawweight Tecia Torres.

UFC 224 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 218 on Saturday, May 12th on Pay-Per-View.”

Episode 5 of UFC Embedded. Hi-Def version of Conor unhinged

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While we all appreciate the high definition video showing Conor McGregor acting like an unhinged lunatic, I’m not sure the UFC is sending the best message to their fans. Since the incident, Dana White has claimed that this melee was the worst thing he’s ever seen in the history of the UFC. While it is up for debate, I’m not sure that glorifying it is the right call.

When fans jump on the field during an NFL game, cameras ALWAYS cut away. Usually, you have to go to an outside source to see the extracurriculars that took place during a game. They don’t put together video packages of dirty plays to hype the game.

After all of the mess that Conor and friends caused, the part that strikes me as the most telling is when they are done. Conor runs away laughing and screaming; Clearly proud of what he had just done.

While bringing more attention to this ridiculous act may not be the right call, the video has 2.4 million views in 19 hours. So maybe it is the right call.

I feel like a child whose parents are going through a bitter divorce. I don’t know what to think.

UFC 217 Embedded: Vlog Series – Episode 4 – Things are heating up

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It’s time for UFC 217 Embedded Episode 4 UFC 217 Embedded, kicks off with GSP and Michael Bisping at ESPN doing some media prior to their fight. Bisping says GSP is a ‘good looking guy’ and GSP says that warms his heart. It’s pretty basic back and forth with nothing major being for ESPN. They … Read moreUFC 217 Embedded: Vlog Series – Episode 4 – Things are heating up

UFC 217 Embedded: Vlog Series – Episode 3 – Taking in the sites.

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UFC 217 Embedded Episode 3 is ready for your viewing pleasure!

On Episode 3 of UFC 217 Embedded, UFC champions visit New York City landmarks as strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk ventures to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  It’s an amazingly beautiful church. After she leaves the church, Joanna goes to a Nail Salon to get her nails done for Saturday’s big fight. She says she has to look good out there.

Cody Garbrandt heads to Renzo Gracie Academy to get in some work. He talks about how when he was first starting out, and TJ was the champion, TJ couldn’t hang with Cody in the gym. He says Dominick Cruz made TJ look amateurish and the only grappling TJ is gonna do is when he grapples the referee after he’s been knocked out.

Bantamweight title challenger TJ Dillashaw continues his training camp in California. He’s at home in Laguna Hills and hasn’t yet left for New York. After he is done training he visits “The Man Cave” for a haircut. He’ll be leaving for New York the next day and needs his hair looking right.

We cut back to Joanna and she’s visiting a Polish restaurant. The food looks amazing, but unfortunately for Joanna, she only eats an orange. It’s odd that she’d want to surround herself with all that amazing food, knowing she can’t eat it.

Middleweight champion Michael Bisping is outside of the hotel signing autographs for fans. He asks fans who is going to win and they say Bisping is. One of the fans says, “Don’t let him grapple you.” and Bisping jokingly responds, “I never thought of that.”

Georges St-Pierre gets in some training, grappling and working submissions. He then jumps into a pool and does a weigh-training program in the water saying it’s better for your joints. Finally, GSP heads to CT to so some media.

Welterweight Jorge Masvidal is at MSG a little early this week. On Saturday he’ll be fighting Stephen Thompson but today he’s enjoying a New York Knicks game.

UFC 217 Embedded: Vlog Series – Episode 2 – Time to fly

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It’s time for UFC 217 Embedded Ep 2 – Some fighters arrive in New York.

The episode of UFC 217 Embedded opens with Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt touches down in New York, He does some shopping and relaxes. He says he loves shoes and clothes. When he was younger he got all his clothes from Sears and WalMart so this is something he really enjoys.

TJ Dillashaw is shown picking up his coach Duane Ludwig at the airport. TJ has decided to hold his camp in California and he shows up how important nutrition is to him. He shows how his meals are prepared and laid out for him.  He has special treats as well, like black bean brownies…yikes.

Rose Namajunas is at the gym for her last day of camp. She’s working hard on pads and is wished well by her team as she prepares to fly to New York for the biggest fight of her career. We join her at the barber shop getting her hair cleaned up.

Joanna is also hard at work at the tail-end of training camp. We see Joanna jump on a Delta flight to head to NYC. While on board, Delta announces she is on board, and when she’s fighting. It’s a nice touch.

Middleweight champion Michael Bisping is in the hotel gym running on a treadmill. He says he’d be outside running but it is “Pissing down rain.”  He also says his team is all in their hotel rooms because he doesn’t need cheerleaders to run on a treadmill. Bisping is true to himself at all times. We then see Bisping recording his Podcast, The Believe You Me Podcast in the studio.

Georges St-Pierre packs for the trip to New York City and shows how he likes to fold his MMA gloves. The episode ends as GSP is winding down in his home in a hot tub.

The Lineup for UFC 217 is available here.

UFC 217 Embedded: Vlog Series – Episode 1 – Calm Before the Storm

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UFC 217 Embedded is up and it’s pretty entertaining.

On Episode 1 of UFC 217 Embedded, middleweight champion Michael Bisping shows up to train in a nice Maserati. She does some sparring before the agonizing task of driving a box of donuts home to his kids. He makes fun of St Pierre’s acting abilities a bit.

Former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is in the gym with legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach. Georges is listening to James Brown and enjoying it thoroughly.  You learn something new on all these Embedded episodes.

Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt enjoys a celebratory dinner at Uriah Faber’s home with other members of Team Alpha Male. Andre Fili, Clay Guida, and Sage Northcutt are all on hand. You can tell how close that team is.

TJ Dillashaw also celebrates alongside friends and family before heading to New York to try and take back his belt.

Strawweight Rose Namajunas judges a kids’ costume contest at the gym and seems to be in really good spirits ahead of her contest with Joanna.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk is in the gym getting ready for her title shot. She looks sharp, as always.

UFC 217 card can be seen here.

UFC 216 Embedded Ep. 1 – Calm Before the Storm

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The UFC has rolled out there awesome series Embedded for UFC 216.

This episode opens and we see Tony Ferguson at the ocean, doing some light punching drills. He’s happy to be on the beach, as he’s been at elevation training for this camp and has missed the views. He talks about how he’s training and fighting for his son, his family and so they will have a better life. Tony’s coach says that Lee is talented, but the experience is a motherf*cker, he gonna learn.

Next, we’re taken to the residence of Kevin Lee. He’s at his home getting a haircut. He opens by saying, “Tony can fight, he says he’s been in the mountains running with coyotes. All that means is he’ll take a long ass whopping.  We then are taken to Las Vegas Dream Racing and Lee talks about the Audi A-8 and says that’s next. He just bought a new house, and that car is next. He takes a little shot at Conor McGregor saying, ‘My shit ain’t going to be rented either, I won’t be out in a rented green Lambo.”

After that, we are transported to Ray Borg’s house which appears to be a double wide in Albukerke, NM.  You can definitely see the progression as fighters win bigger fights and start earning more money. Ray’s a young fighter and lives modestly. He talks about how he and his wife are expecting a baby. Ray said he’s ready because he’s helped raise kids, and changed diapers growing up. Borg says he’s excited.

Next, we jump to Kirkland, WA and AMC Pankration gym where Demetrious Johnson trains with Matt Hume.  Matt talks about the fight and says he expects Johnson to stop Borg and set the new all-time record. Johnson is seen driving home and he’s talking about how this fight is super important to him. He says the record is what it’s about but he needs to win all his fights or his paycheck will suffer.

Mayweather vs McGregor Embedded -Vlog Series – Episode 4

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It’s time for Episode 4 of the Mayweather vs. McGregor Embedded Series.

In this episode of Mayweather vs. McGregor Embedded, we see Conor choosing suites and demonstrates how to put a car seat into a Rolls Royce. We see Dana White outside of the arena shaking hands with and posing for pictures with Floyd Mayweather’s crew which includes someone named Ray Jizzy Mack. No, I didn’t make that up.

Floyd Mayweather shows up and greets Dana White before going into the arena for a press conference.  Floyd doubles down on the statement that this will be his last fight.  He also reminds a media member to not say “if” Floyd wins, but rather “when” Floyd wins. We basically see a replay of the Press Conference from a different angle.

Floyd is shown getting his hair trimmed up and then catching a late-night workout.

It’s all leading up to Saturday’s mega-fight and the world will be watching. Episode 3 can be seen here.

Mayweather vs McGregor Embedded: Vlog Series – Episode 3

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We see some training, press conferences and more in Episode 3.

We’re back with Mayweather vs. McGregor Embedded Episode 3. Conor does some light work outs at the UFC Performance Center and then heads home. We see him arrive and leave again shirtless in a green Lamborghini. The next scene we see Conor arrive at the T-Mobile Arena for the official “Arrival” of Conor and Floyd.  The two camps get into a bit of a scuffle and cooler heads eventually prevail.

We see Floyd speaking to the media and says what he’s going to do Saturday night. Conor then speaks to the media before being distracted by Paulie Malignaggi. Those two get into a bit of a heated discussion.  All in all, it’s just another Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Mayweather vs McGregor Embedded: Ep 2. Rollerskating and cast signing.

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This most recent episode of UFC Embedded makes me smile.We get to see both Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor interacting with their fans and it’s heartwarming. Outside of all of the promotion and trash talk, we almost forget that they are real people. When McGregor signs a young man’s cast and Mayweather spends his Sunday rollerskating, we see the big picture.

On Episode 2 of Mayweather vs. McGregor Embedded, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor signs a fan’s cast before enjoying another hard sparring session in the boxing ring. McGregor’s performance draws praise from both coach John Kavanagh and referee Joe Cortez, who was part of the Irishman’s camp.

Twelve-time boxing champion Floyd Mayweather courts his fans at a Mayweather vs. McGregor pop-up shop and reviews some possible high-style mouthpieces for Saturday night.

McGregor brings his baby to work with him at the UFC Performance Institute, where he checks out the made-for-adults nap room. Then Vegas local Mayweather makes his weekly trip to a skating rink to unwind.

Mayweather vs. McGregor Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the blockbuster Mayweather vs. McGregor super welterweight fight taking place Saturday, August 26, live on Pay-Per-View.

Mayweather vs McGregor Embedded: Vlog Series – Episode 1

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It’s fight week, time for #MayMac Embedded!

Once upon a time, Dana White would look into the camera and say, “Fight week, blog week” and we’d be treated some great behind the scenes videos. Now, we have the equally interesting Mayweather vs McGregor Embedded series. It’s time for the first episode for the incredible fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.

In Episode One we see some Conor workout footage from the UFC Performance Institute.  We see Floyd and his entourage attempting to play a little Top Golf, not well I might add. Conor runs into a few fans and whether you like him or not, Conor is genuinely good to his fans. It’s a very positive quality he has.  Conor manages to get some work in on his off day as well, showing he never takes a day off.

The scene changes and Conor and company are at Top Shot Las Vegas for a little-simulated warfare. They use belts that issue you a bit of a jolt when you’re hit. The way Conor reacts, it’s a bit of a shock. It looks like they are having a great time.

The last seen is Floyd and his team at the mall, eating a hamburger. Floyd said he’s gotta get his weight up. He mockingly says, “I’m so scared of Conor McGregor.”  He ends with, “I want to thank Dana White for bringing that b*tch to the table.”

UFC 213 Embedded Vlog Series Episode One – Fight Camps

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It’s time again for the UFC’s vlog series, Embedded!

UFC 213 is three nights away, and the UFC has released their first in a series of UFC 213 Embedded videos, covering the fighter’s week ahead of the event. In episode 1, we start by seeing Robert Whittaker training and discussing his upcoming fight with Yoel Romero. He’s working hard and will compete for the Middleweight Interim Title Saturday night.

Next, we check in on Yoel Romero who talks about how he’s expected to lose to the younger fighter Whittaker. He tells the story of George Foreman fighting Muhammed Ali, and he says we know how that played out. Ali defeated the upstart George Foreman. Yoel looks ready to go and it should be a really exciting fight.

We transition to Valentina Shevchenko working out in a Las Vegas park. She’s running and then hitting pads. She looks really sharp and comments about not having to cut any weight. We then join her in The Range, a gun shop and shooting range in Vegas. She’s dangerous enough without a gun, but it turns out she’s a fantastic shot.  Her target has bullet groupings in the head and chest. Yikes.

We join Amanda Nunes in the UFC Performance Center, and she’s working out with her trainer Din Thomas.  Amanda works out and the episode ends with her drilling with her team.

UFC 211 Embedded: Vlog Series, Episode Three. Travel and Media obligations.

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It’s time for UFC 211 Embedded Ep. 3

The episode opens with Junior Dos Santos spending some time at the beach at night. He says he comes there to think and focus. He goes for a swim and says, “These little moments that you have by yourself, are the best moments.”  He then is seen with his family at a local Coconut Creek restaurant.

We then are transported from the beauty of Florida to the less beautiful Cleveland as Stipe is shown working out in his gym.  We then visit Stipe’s home, where he and his wife are answering fan mail. Stipe is about as funny a guy as there is in the UFC, and he should most definitely have his own show. He’s shown traveling getting ready to depart for some media obligations.

Next, we’re taken to Brazil and the home of Jessica Andrade. She’s packing up her stuff, getting ready to travel to Dallas. Her wife and she are laughing about bringing jackets, everyone seems really relaxed.

We head to Florida again, to catch up with Joanna as she is leaving town as well. She’s headed to Hartford, CT to do some media at ESPN. She poses with an officer for a picture and is on her way.  Joanna and Stipe get in a car and are driven to ESPN headquarters. They say ladies first, and Stipe goes first and gets made fun of for it.  Stipe practices his ultra smooth radio voice and makes everyone laugh.

The last scene, a lady from ESPN comes up and asks if she can touch Stipe’s belt and he says, “Of course.” As she leans in to touch the top of it, he says, “No, not there!” and she panics before he tells her he’s just kidding. Classic Stipe, never change, please.