Below the Belt 120: The Future of Bare Knuckle Fighting Ryan looks like an 1800s bare knuckle fighter and a smiley version of the guy from God of War. Defending the Alamo with night vision goggles. Bare knuckle fighting impressions. UFC 225.
Below the Belt 79: Game of Thrones v. History Game of Thrones v. History. Was trial by combat a real thing? In this episode we determine which aspects of fighting in Game of Thrones have historical equivalents and which are entirely fictional.
Below the Belt: Episode 77 Greasing, bribing, eye-gouging, glove-padding, and many other forms of cheating in fight sports go back to ancient times. We discuss this and whether or not we’d switch lives with American legend Joey Chestnut.
Below the Belt: Episode 72 Gorillas v. the World. Ever wonder who win in a fight between a gorilla and a bear? Well that’s never happened, but Brad has collected every recorded instance of a gorilla fighting other large animals.
Below the Belt: Episode 64 Python v. human. They guys look at incidents of humans fighting pythons, including the time a python and a Seventh-Day Adventist fought in a ring of fire. Also discussed: weight cutting and Brad’s appearance on national television.
Below the Belt: Episode 59 Brad’s gender reassignment surgery went horribly, horribly wrong, so Ryan’s girlfriend fills in. Expect discussion of scrapbooking, salads, princesses, books featuring two guys who want to marry the female protagonist, and whatever else it is that girls like to talk about.
Below the Belt: Episode 54 (Conquistador Fight Night) CONQUISTADOR FIGHT NIGHT!!! In this episode we take the most famous conquistadors from history and face them off against one another to determine which of them would win in a cage fight.
Below the Belt: Episode 53 A recent viewing of David Blaine’s Netflix special inspired Brad to look into the history of athletes using hypnosis and the power of suggestion as a performance enhancer. The two then discuss the viability of suggestive thinking in fight sports.
Below the Belt: Ultimate Wrestling Deathmatch Is wrestling still real to you dammit? Do you want to thank wrestlers for what they’ve done to their bodies? Then join Brad and Ryan as they look at the most hardcore (but still fake) wrestling league in the United States.
Below the Belt: Madison Square Garden Talk Why isn't the UFC as exciting as it used to be? Why don't we adopt a ten letter, computer generated language? What were the best fights in Madison Square Garden history?
Below the Belt: Teddy Roosevelt v. Manatee In this episode of Below the Belt, we give a detailed look at the fighting career of Teddy Roosevelt, America’s most badass president. We then determine which would be the easiest and toughest marine mammal to beat in a cage fight.
Below the Belt: Bigfoot v. Bear In this episode we look at the best man v. bear showdowns in pop culture history. We also talk UFC 203 and the positives of life without internet. Brad does nothing to dispel the perception that he is a bum.
Below the Belt: Mario v. Sonic (w/ Cray Trey) In this episode Brad welcomes Trey (Cray Trey) Mitchell of the Super Gamescast 64 podcast to talk who-would-win video game match ups. They also discuss Harambe’s afterlife and Brad’s idea for a youtube channel. Ryan’s not on the episode because he hates the fans.
Below the Belt: Random Talk (w/ TC Fleming) In this episode we have a random, often incoherent conversation with TC Fleming. Topics include submarines, Overwatch, Throwball, Schrodinger’s Cat, lakes, and the possibility that Ryan is nothing more than a manifestation of Brad’s subconscious.
Below the Belt: Cupping Want to hear two guys with little understanding of the human body give inflammatory opinions about holistic medicine? Do you like your research culled almost exclusively from wikipedia? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you'll want to listen to this episode wherein we talk about the "cupping" seen at the Olympics and discuss nine other holistic methods of muscle recovery and pain relief.
Below the Belt: Ancient Olympic Fight Sports Episode 28 of Below the Belt looks at combat sports in the ancient Olympics as well as the prospect of adding MMA to the modern Olympics. Also discussed is Brad’s fascination with video game Easter eggs.
Below the Belt: Bloodsport In episode 27 of Below the Belt, Brad shares his general disinterest in Alamo history, thereby confirming that he is, in fact, nothing more than a commie pinko who hates freedom. The guys then ask questions about the 1988 classic Bloodsport. Was the movie really based on a true story? Who would have won if the fighters really faced off in real life? Why is it so hard to tell if women in the 80s were attractive? Why did that guy bite that tooth? Why am I still writing these questions?
Below the Belt: Presidential Assassin Fight Night Idiocracy Alert!!! In episode 26 of Below the Belt, we look at thirteen real-life assassins and would-be assassins and try to figure out which one would emerge victorious in a cage fight tournament.
Below the Belt: Episode 25 This episode is for everyone who is sick and tired of Pokémon talk. Just kidding, we spend the first ten minutes filling your ear holes with unsolicited Poké-opinions before moving on to talk about hypotheticals and farm sims. Minutes 30 to 55 or so look at recent UFC developments, so feel free to skip ahead non-MMA fans. We end the podcast by asking, “are there any athletes or entertainers besides Brock Lesnar who could compete in the UFC?”
Below the Belt: Episode 24 In this episode, Brad and Ryan discuss the recent shooting in Dallas. In preparation for UFC 200, they then look at ten pre-UFC matches where one fighting style faced off against another, including an 1899 Savate v. Boxer fight and a 1974 Kung Fu v. kickboxing matchup.
Below the Belt: Episode 23 In a sequel to our most successful, humiliating segment, Brad tries to guess the winner of thirteen historical face-offs featured in the defunct Spike show, Deadliest Warrior. Although some of the hypotheticals are interesting (Roman centurion v. Rajput warrior), most are epic failures. As this episode makes clear, so is Brad’s guesswork.
Below the Belt: Episode-22 In this episode, we jump the shark by comparing bench press numbers. We also answer listener email, determine who would win in a fight between John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, and discuss how age affects relationships.
Below the Belt: Episode 20 In this episode we talk recent developments in the fighting world, including the deaths of Muhammad Ali and Kimbo Slice, Michael Bisping's win, and the return of Brock Lesnar. Who wants some soup?
Below the Belt: Episode 21 (w/ Michael Gruber) In this episode, we talk to former Ticket board op, current Dallas Stars sound guy, Michael Gruber (Grubes!). After looking into Brad and Grubes sordid history together, we discuss how sound and crowd noise can affect an athlete’s performance. Grubes also lets us in on his favorite songs to play at Stars games and tells the story of the time he trolled the AAC with Nickelback songs.
Below the Belt: Episode 19 In this episode we look at the history of Mandingo fighting in the United States. We also talk about Tom Molineaux, the American slave who fought his way to freedom, rose through the ranks of British bare-knuckle boxing, and challenged a champion. This paragraph is going to seem very trite and ridiculous after the last one. We also talk Arby’s, Ryan’s world Overwatch ranking, and erectile dysfunction pill awareness campaigns. Shea misses cigarettes.
Below The Belt: Episode 7 After explaining the recent Miesha Tate and Connor McGregor upsets, Ryan argues with Brad over the sexual implications of MMA's dude-on-dude action. The two then look at Two Ton Tony, the heavyweight boxer who drank like a fish, fought a kangaroos and an octopus, ate 52 hot dogs before a fight, and once went toe to toe with the great Joe Louis.
Below The Belt: Episode 8 PRESIDENT FIGHT NIGHT!!! Have you ever wondered which United States president would kick the most ass in a cage fight? If not, dosvedanya comrade. It's time to tell your commie overlords in Moscow that your attempt to understand American culture has failed. If so, congratulate yourself on being a true American and then listen as we use physical characteristics, medical history, and combat and sports experience to rank the chief executives according to their fighting ability.
Below The Belt: Episode 10 In 1907, a buffalo from the American plains took on one of Mexico's premier fighting bulls in a Juarez bullring. We tell this story (25:00) and discuss recent developments in the MMA world (52:30).
Below The Belt: Episode 11 In this episode, we look at fighting games from early twentieth century penny arcade boxing machines to recent releases like Mortal Kombat X. We also talk fighting game e-sports and list our favorite and least favorite fighting games. That merman from Nintendo's 1986 Pro Wrestling game is a being of unspeakable horror who will not rest until he has coated the earth with the blood of his enemies and robbed mankind of its capacity for hope. He cannot be stopped.
Below The Belt: Episode 12 COULD A MAN DEFEAT A GORILLA IN UNARMED COMBAT? Everyone has thought about this question but no one has had the courage to answer it... until now. After formulating the best plan for surviving a cage fight with a silverback (24:00), Brad and Ryan look at 10 incidents of primate v. human combat from history (49:00).
Below The Belt: Episode 13 In a very MMA-centric episode, we talk Conor McGregor's recent "retirement" and debate when's the right time for a fighter to hang up their gloves. After that, we look at what some popular athletes do to stave off the effects of aging and determine that it's steroids. Just steroids. Also asked: Do people who pretend they're horses for sexual purposes really exist?
Below The Belt: Episode 14 In this episode, we discuss the controversial time travel story line in the latest season of Game of Thrones. After that Ryan uses the questionable conclusions of the show Deadliest Warrior to quiz Brad on who would win in fights between a viking and a samurai, a pirate and a knight, and a... wtf... a... ugh... seriously Deadliest Warrior?... an IRA guy and a member of the Taliban. Nothing happens after that because the podcast comes to an end. If you have additional podcasts downloaded to your mobile device, it may play those podcasts, but it will not be our content. Unless the next podcast in your queue happens to be a previous episode of our podcast or you have set your mobile device to loop podcasts. Then it will be our content. Why would you loop podcasts? Why do anything, really? ... I once met a guy with a hole in the middle of one of his incisors. You could see right through it. He wanted me to give him money for his poetry. I think I ended up giving him money just to leave me alone.
Below the Belt: Episode 15 This episode sucks. You should check out the latest episode of TC's Movie Podcast instead. Jake's on it, so it's kind of like a bonus episode of It's Just Banter. They discuss the movie Heat, which should not be confused with The Heat. The former stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The latter, Melissa McCarthy and Sandra de OConnor. Bulworth? Bullock? Yeah Bullock, the girl in Speed. I kinda enjoyed both these movies and would rank them a 7 out of 10, but my ranking belies the inherent flaw with ranking systems in general. Heat is a well thought out movie with important and thought provoking themes that will make you ponder life's many questions but it's not that much fun to watch. You will never think of the movie The Heat again after you're done watching it but it's fun while it lasts. Good movies make you think and are enjoyable. Bad movies do neither. Both Heat and The Heat (and the Lebron-less Miami Heat for that matter) are just things in the periphery. Taco Casa Tacos. Fergie. Most stuff. If you do want to listen to this episode, we talk Ryan's trip to a gay bar, fist fights in the United States Congress, and "should you have sex before an MMA fight?"
Below the Belt: Episode 16 In 1949, a gorilla and a panther fought to the death in a Spokane zoo. In this episode, we talk this incident and nine other real-life zoo mishaps that led to interspecies cage fights. These fights include kangaroo v. lion, kangaroo v. buffalo, bear v. tiger, rhino v. dog, lion v. stork, and leopard v. wolf. The episode, however, begins with a discussion of the mental stability of porn website commenters. Brad and Ryan then display their horrible taste in music by looking at fight walk out music. This leads Ryan to make a stunning confession about one of his favorite bands. 18-5-13-5-13-2-5-18 20-15 4-18-9-14-11 25-15-21-18 15-22-1-12-20-9-14-5.
Below the Belt: Episode 17 In this episode, we look at the best and worst sports fights in non-combat sports history. That aren’t hockey. Not boxing or MMA either, but I’m hoping I made that clear with the “non-combat sports” portion of the first sentence. So fights in sports like baseball, basketball, and football. That’s what we’re talking about. We didn’t include much from hockey because it’s almost a combat sport because there are so many fights. We didn’t include many sports fights from Europe because this is America damn it, and we don’t need any of your commie BS. Also included, that time the guy from Duck Dynasty insulted Brad’s wife, discussion of the Odor-Bautista punch, and a murder hypothetical. If you’re stilling reading now, you’re the only one. No one gets to this point. The new Doom is pretty, pretty good. We don’t talk about it in this episode. I just wanted to give you heads up. You know, in case you were on the fence about buying it. Consider it my way of thanking you for clicking on the info button. I’ve heard the new Uncharted is good, but I can’t personally endorse it.
Below the Belt: Episode 18 DICTATOR FIGHT NIGHT!!! In this episode we take fifteen of history’s worst dictators, toss them in a cage, and see who comes out on top. We also listen to theme song submissions from Gustav of the Can You Hear Me Podcast, discuss the state of Overwatch porn, and see how Ryan’s farm is doing. In the hopes of increasing traffic to the podcast, I’m going to write words and phrases that I think the average person googles on a daily basis. None of these topics are discussed in this episode. Here goes: “Game of Thrones,” “Where can I find pornographic photographs on the world wide web?,” “fun,” “how to lose weight fast,” “lobster cannon,” “how to work from home,” “freeblon,” “why did uncle Terry leave?,” “Kate Upton,” “recipe,” “how to get blood stains out of underwear,” “fill in a pop star who’s cool these days,” “juicy buns,” “I like how you look in those Zubaz Pants,” “barn talk.”