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For comments, show suggestions and to tell us what a great job we’re doing:
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To learn more about the demographics of our audience and how we can help both MMA and bodybuilding/fitness oriented companies reach their existing  market while expanding their brand to an entirely new base of potential customers, make sure to check out our strategic partnerships in the About PMR section of the website.

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About Us


About Pro MMA Radio
Beyond The Fight™

Go Beyond The Fight with PMR!

PMR prides itself on taking listeners Beyond the Fight. Want to know how the fighters mentally, physically and emotionally prepared for their latest fight? How did they train? What did they eat and what types of supplements did they use to maximize performance? What do they really think about their careers and the major issues in MMA? If you really want to get inside the heads of the fighters and feel like a fly on the wall for their fights and preparation, we’ve got you covered. And, of course, we analyze the major fight cards before and after they happen with expert analysis when industry insiders, top MMA media personalities and world-class fighters join host Larry Pepe to break it all down.

Pro MMA Radio Network
PMR is currently heard on 16 websites throughout the MMA, bodybuilding and fitness communities, a number that grows every month. We developed and launched our trademarked Pro MMA Radio Player in January, 2011, allowing us to syndicate PMR and grow a network of top tier websites that exponentially increases our prominence in the marketplace and, most importantly, our listenership. To learn more about the Network and the Player, feel free to visit www.ProMMARadioNetwork.com.

Strategic Partnershipsbodybuilding
Pro MMA Radio has a number of strategic relationships that result in us having a vast and diverse listenership of new and seasoned MMA fans, as well as people who are interested in health, fitness, training, nutrition and supplementation. These relationships uniquely position PMR as the voice of MMA to the mainstream health and fitness communities and the hard-core bodybuilding industry while providing a fresh perspective and style within the MMA world.

• PMR is the exclusive provider of all MMA audio programming on Bodybuilding.com, which boasts over 8 MILLION UNIQUE VISITORS per month. This places Pro MMA Radio in front of an enormous audience of fans and customers every day. Bodybuilding.com is owned By Liberty Media Group, which also owns successful retail giant, QVC.

• PMR is the exclusive mixed martial arts radio show of MMA Mania, one of the heaviest trafficked and most popular MMA/UFC news outlets and blogs in the entire combat sports community. PMR’s consistent, regular exposure on Mania gives the show a huge audience of hardcore, serious fans of mixed martial arts to complement our presence in the general sports talk, bodybuilding, fitness and health communities.

• PMR is the exclusive MMA content provider for the Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Network. Through this alliance, PMR is broadcast both live and on-demand on over 30 of the most popular health, fitness and bodybuilding websites and message boards on the Internet. These sites include Flexonline.com and MuscleandFitness.com, the online homes of Flex and Muscle & Fitness magazines, as well as GetBig.com and MuscleMayhem.com, the industry‘s two most popular online communities.

The Exclusive Regular Radio Home of Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Suga Rashad Evans
Top UFC Superstar and ESPN MMA Live Analyst Rashad Evans is a regular guest analyst on Pro MMA Radio’s exclusive presentation of “Suga & Pep”, a monthly segment where Rashad and show host Larry Pepe will talk MMA’s “inside information” and break down the biggest issues in the sport with expert opinion and analysis. There is no other radio show in mixed martial arts that has a current, top, pound for pound fighter affiliated with the program.

The Host
PMR is hosted by veteran radio personality and journalist, Larry Pepe, aka “Pep”. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada…the hotbed of MMA and fight capital of the world…Larry has served as an MMA Analyst for Fox News Fight Game, Raw Vegas.TV and MMA Fix and has appeared on The Jim Rome Show, ESPN 1100, MMA 30 and other outlets as an MMA expert. He has also written extensively for FIGHT! Magazine, Flex Magazine, Musclemag International and Bodybuilding.com.

Larry also co—hosted and served as the resident expert for Pro Bodybuilding Weekly, the premiere radio show for the bodybuilding, health and fitness industries and has written hundreds of articles covering MMA, training, nutrition and supplementation for major magazines and websites. He also authored The Precontest Bible, widely chosen by top professional athletes as the best informational bodybuilding book ever written.

Larry brings a unique combination of MMA knowledge, journalistic professionalism, on-air experience and enthusiasm that has listeners making sure to tune in to PMR every week. This dude loves MMA!



Armed Forces Network


Larry Pepe’s Pro MMA Radio Named the Exclusive Mixed Martial Arts Radio Show of the Armed Forces Network
February 2, 2012 – Larry Pepe’s Pro MMA Radio will be broadcast on the Armed Forces Network on its main channel, The Voice, every Saturday at 5PM PST starting on February 11, 2012. The one-hour program will be the exclusive radio show on AFN covering the fastest growing sport in the world, mixed martial arts, complete with fighter interviews, industry news, event previews, recaps, analysis and more.

AFN Director Jef Reilly feels that Pepe’s show is a perfect fit for the network. “AFN is thrilled to have Larry and his Pro MMA Radio on board supplying our heroes overseas weekly information on everything MMA. MMA is wildly popular with our troops and we thank Pro MMA for its support of our valued and respected service-members.” For Pepe, the decision to be a part of AFN’s programming was an easy one. “I know that the servicemen and women of our armed forces are passionate about MMA…that’s something we share. The opportunity to provide a fast-paced, fun, informative MMA show to our heroes stationed in 178 countries around the world is an absolute honor.”

About AFN (www.MyAFN.net)
Since 1942, The American Forces Radio & Television Service (AFN) vision is to provide multi-channel broadcast quality radio and television services to all DoD members and their families stationed overseas, on contingency operations, and onboard Navy ships around the world. Today, AFN provides multiple television and stereo audio services to over 1,000 outlets in more than 178 countries and U.S. territories, and on board 150 U.S. Navy ships.

About Pro MMA Radio (www.ProMMARadio.com)
Created by Larry Pepe in 2008, Pro MMA Radio is a professional, weekly radio show devoted to covering and analyzing the sport of mixed martial arts. A Who’s Who of top fighters and world champions join Pepe on the show along with top industry experts and media members. The show has won several awards along with the recognition and acclaim of major publications, websites and personalities in the world of mixed martial arts.



PMR Network


Internet Syndication Has Made Its Way To MMA

Pro MMA Radio is the first mixed martial arts radio show to be syndicated in the online MMA, bodybuilding and fitness communities. Through our trademarked Pro MMA Radio Player, select websites are able to offer the show to their visitors at no cost to them. Released in January, 2011, there are over 15 websites now airing a full offering of the last 100 episodes of the program, exponentially multiplying our listenership.

To see a demonstration of the trademarked Player, simply click on the Banner below and the it will open within seconds and begin to play the most recent episode of the show.

 

Pro MMA Radio

For more information about the Network, including the benefits of being a Network Member and how to join, please visit ProMMARadioNetwork.com. To see a full list of the websites that comprise the Network, Click Here.



Say What?


We’re consistently humbled by the accolades Pro MMA Radio receives from our peers in the Professional Media, fighters, managers and, of course, our biggest asset…our valued listeners. To be taken to whichever category you’re interested in, just click on the appropriate link below:

Fighters and Managers

“Pro MMA Radio is the best show in the business and has a huge following with the fighters and the fans. My interviews with Pep were always the best I’ve done in the sport so I’m excited to be a part of the show and talk MMA with my boy Pep more often on our “Suga & Pep” segment. I know we’ll positively impact the sport and have fun doing it.”
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “Suga” Rashad Evans

“I listen to Pro MMA Radio with Larry Pepe…the best show in the biz.”
Former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah “The California Kid” Faber

Our company currently manages many mixed martial arts fighters who compete in the UFC, Strikeforce and many other promotions. Over the years I have scheduled our clients for literally hundreds of television, radio and print interviews. In my opinion, Larry is far and away the best interviewer in the sport today. His ability to conduct interesting and relevant interviews is matched by his vast knowledge of the sport. I personally listen to Pro MMA Radio because the content is never dull and Larry is always able to elicit information from the athletes that is interesting and entertaining. Every client I have scheduled on Larry’s show has had nothiing but positive feedback following the interview. We are very selective about the interviews we grant. Larry has always been, and will continue to be, first in line.
Jefferson Meyer
President/CEO, MMA Inc.

“I love coming on the show with Larry because we’re both so passionate about mixed martial arts. I feel like we educate people about the sport every time I come on. The interviews are the best in the game.”
Top UFC Middleweight Contender Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz

Professional Media

“In less than one year, Larry Pepe’s Pro MMA Radio has become the number one radio show in all of mixed martial arts.”
Jon Anik
ESPN

“Pro MMA Radio is the online voice of mixed martial arts. It’s the best radio show in the business.”
Flex Magazine
FlexOnline.com

“Congratulations to Larry Pepe & Everyone at Pro MMA Radio!

You have been chosen as the ‘Podcast of the Year’ for 2008′. We are proud to award you this certificate to show you our appreciation for giving us the opportunity to have your show on our site. You have been selected by industry experts as ‘Podcast of the Year’ for your outstanding contirbutions and quality and for your contributions to the fitness world.”

“We are proud to present the replays of Pro MMA Radio. The show features the biggest names in MMA and is the radio voice of professional mixed martial arts.”
Bodybuilding.com
The World’s Largest and Most Trafficked Bodybuilding and Fitness Website

“This was another epic interview by Pepe.”
Cagewriter.com, Yahoo Sports’ Popular MMA Blog

“Pro MMA Radio host Larry Pepe is the best interviewer in all of mixed martial arts…few people in the world know more about MMA.”
The MMA Truth

“This was an incredible interview. Pepe gets more in-depth with the fighters than probably anyone in the business and asks the tough questions. Very timely as well. He’s great at connecting with the fighters and getting them to open up. I really encourage you to take a listen to the Rashad Evans appearance which in all honesty is the best and most in-depth interview I have ever heard.

Once you hear one of Larry’s interviews and entire radio show episodes you will realize what good MMA radio is all about. In all honesty, this is some of the best MMA radio available anywhere. And that’s coming from someone who has listened to all of them and still listen to quite a few on a regular basis. I love the long in-depth style. I have yet to hear anyone get in there and dig deep into what the fighter is about like Pepe. Excellent stuff.”
Jack Bratcher
ProMMA.info

“Just wanted to drop you guys a quick note to let you know you’re doing a fantastic job with the show. Larry Pepe’s interviews are, without a doubt, the best in the MMA industry today. His interviews with Sean Sherk and Howard Jacobs were great and the interview with Ricardo Almeida was one of the most in-depth, substantive interviews of a fighter I have ever heard. Getting beyond the interview questions typically posed to fighters and speaking to Almeida about his son’s recent autism diagnosis really took the interview to a level rarely reached in this industry. There’s a real shortage of outlets for intelligent commentary in the MMA industry and I would definitely consider your radio show among those working to fill in this gap. Please keep up the good work and send my praises to Larry Pepe for a job well done.”
Lucas Weber
The Fight Journal

“Pro MMA Radio is stellar.”
Jesse Holland, MMA Mania

“Pro MMA Radio has had a ton of early success. They do it all…fighter, manager and trainer interviews, news and notes…all your MMA is available on Pro MMA Radio every Monday night. They are really knocking it down.”
Damon B., Bet US


Our Valued Listeners

“I tried several MMA podcasts and it just wasn’t working. Either the hosts would “Beatdown” on me by opening every show and talking about themselves or anything but MMA for 15 minutes. Or, my favorite, announcers making consistently obscure references to prove how knowledgeable they were while alienating me – the listener. Then my brother turned me on to Larry’s show by introducing him as ‘the best he has found on MMA’. Larry show is great! He starts quick – no messing around. His show is divided into three rounds. He has a perfect balance of timely guests, event breakdowns and sport experts. Best of all, he only has one show a week. In this case, less is more. I can’t keep up with more than one show week and why should I when I get everything I need in one great show? You definitely can ‘submit’ any of your friends in an MMA discussion after listening to Larry’s show. Larry is knowledgeable, has spot-on opinions, is well-respected in the industry, and knows how to get the best out of his guests. I am a big fan. So give it a try for just one week and it will become a great part of your week from then on.”
Craig S.

“Larry, I have followed your show from the start. It is the best MMA show there is. Keep up the fantastic job and best of luck!”.
John B.

“Your podcast is the first one I have found to be informational, interesting, entertaining, funny and I would miss one episode. I’m glad I found you on iTunes!”.
Denise B.

“Personally, I believe you are the best MMA radio host today, but not only that, you’re also the most disciplined, educated, and studied interviewer inpossibly the entire combat sport journalism community. Like always Pep, you do great work. I look forward to this Rashad Evans segment and I look forward to hearing your next show!”
Always respect,
Brenden A.

“I’m a big fan and listen to your podcasts every week.”
Andrew D.

“Just gotta tell ya…Your MMA radio show totally kicks ass. I mean it. As someone who is a die-hard fan of the sport, I really have to tell you how much I appreciate what you do.

With MMA’s popularity and mainstream integration still so much in its infancy, I NEVER expected what I came across in your radio show! You come across on the air as knowledgeable yet humble, while also clearly excited about the subject matter & very clearly a fan. It is a winning combination of qualities. You interview style is very impressive: respectful, direct and well-researched. This made the interviews themselves relevant and entertaining. And I could listen to you and your guests break down every UFC event. Continue to keep up this level of reporting for a long time, and you may just find yourself regarded as MMA’s top journalist!

Sorry if this is long-winded. It’s just that again, as a die-hard, live-and-breathe MMA fan there really has been no place for me to go and get good reporting AND good radio all-in-one…until now. So I just want to sincerely say THANK YOU. I hope you keep at this for a long time because you’re good at it. I’ll definitely be listening.”
Cormac

“I have been following MMA for just over a year. My nephew asked me to watch one UFC event a year ago and I was hooked. I started subscribing to podcasts several months ago and found a few I enjoyed. Eventually I stumbled across ProMMAradio and I couldn’t believe what I heard. Your broadcast brings a professionalism to the sport that I haven’t heard anywhere else in radio or TV. The interviews you do are unlike what anyone else is doing. The interview you did with Rashard Evans where he explained his frustration with the scheduling of the Shogun fight was by far the best interview I have heard in this sport. I went back and listened to every podcast and your interviews make the fighters say things they don’t to anyone else. You ask more intelligent questions and you seem to know how to get them comfortable enough to say the things they don’t say anywhere else.

And finally the interview you did with the New York official trying to keep the sport out of the state was golden. You treated him with respect, asked brilliant questions and allowed him to crucify himself. Keep up the good work.”
Dan N.

“the show is great and I listen every week. Larry always keeps it on track, one topic at a time. I find other MMA shows are all over the place. Keep it up and wish you guys the best!”.
Joshua L.

“I have been listening to your show for a while now, among others, and I must say you do the best interviews hands down. I just wish you show came on more often.”
Chauncey H.
“Larry, you are a true ambassador of MMA and the way you handled the interview with Bob Reilly was expert. Your arguments were well presented with evidence and clarity while he only referenced his own reports and studies with no name from people with no name. As a student, I took a class called the Scientific Method: Debunking Pseudo-Science. Assemblyman Bob Reilly’s arguments are very pseudo scientific. From what I have heard on your program, this Bob Reilly can not be reasoned with, swayed, or intelligently argued with. I applaud your efforts to reason with him. You are seriously a hero to MMA fans and myself. You get extra credit from me for using a scientific approach to argument with Mr. Reilly when he believed that all MMA fans are rabid animals and would rather kill him than reason with him.”
Travis M.

Larry,

“Just wanted to say you did a really good job of having a level headed conversation with Bob Reilly and you where able to do it without being combative and disrespectful. It was good journalism and great for the sport of MMA to have you discuss with him and not have it end sour. Keep up the good work.”

A loyal listener and MMA Fan.
Dan C.

“First off Larry, I want to thank you for Pro MMA Radio. Your impeccable taste in guests and your immense knowledge of MMA is second to none. You come prepared with the best questions and you truly are the voice of the fans. Well, I think it’s time for me to remove my lips from your ass! Thanks for such an awesome show, Pep. Keep up the good work!”.
Pro MMA Radio Fan for Life,
Albert G.

“I stumbled on to Pro MMA Radio through your interview with Brock Lesnar and loved your work. I live in Australia, and it is hard at times to keep up with the news. I look forward to listening to many more shows. Keep up the good work!”.
Andrew H.

“Larry, love the show; my favorite MMA podcast!”.
Robert A.

“I’m a long-time listener to you show them love your ideas of how to change the sport to make it more exciting. Especially, giving out bonuses for the earlier finishes. Keep up the great show!”.
Andrew D., MMA Fan/Martial Artist

“Outstanding show… my first time. Love the in-depth questioning (you really listen). Much much better than the rest. Leben is smart and articulate and I never would have gotten that from other shows. Consider me a fan.”
Dennis L.

“I just want to say that ever since I discovered PMR I’ve been HOOKED and it really gets me through the day of my shady job. I’m a HUGE MMA fan (obviously since I’m listening to your show constantly) and one of my all time favorite fighters (besides Rampage, GSP, Jon Jones, Diego Sanchez, Shane Carwin, etc.) is Rashad Evans. I was listening to an old interview between you and him and couldn’t help to be moved and inspired on how much she’s been the underdog since the beginning of his career and people still don’t believe in him, which floors me after all he’s done.

Keep up the awesome work. I’m on here every day. Love it. The way you and Jesse Holland feed off each other comedically makes me laugh my ass off.”
Wesley C.

“Big Props from Berlin, Germany!
Just wanted to tell you that I love the the show and think you are doing a great job. Being used to more rational news broadcasts in Europe, I have a hard time listening to all the other MMA radio shows. It’s just too much “blah, blah” and self profiling of the hosts for me. What I like about your show is that you keep the sport and the athletes in the foreground, but still present your opinion in an intelligent way. So you know you got some fans here in Germany thanks to the internet!”.
Florian G.



PMR In The News


 

Pro MMA Radio has been featured in numerous outlets, multiple times in many cases and has been the birthplace of some of MMA’s most controversial stories, feuds and issues.

Television
Jim Rome is Burning, ESPN
UFC 117 Countdown Show, Spike TV, MTV, Versus TV
UFC 124 Countdown Show, Spike TV, MTV, Versus TV
MMA Live, ESPN

Radio
Jim Rome Radio Show, Nationally Syndicated
MMA 30, FM 100.5 in Las Vegas
DC and the Sunshine Man, ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas

Major Web Outlets
YAHOO! Sports
ESPN
USA Today
Fox News Fight Game
AOL
Sports Illustrated
Sherdog
MixedMartialArts.com
MMA Mania
SB Nation
MMA Convert
FightLine
MMA Fighting
Raw Vegas TV
MMA Fix
Fight Opinion
Bloody Elbow
Bleacher Report
MMA For Real
Middle Easy
Heavy MMA
And dozens more…

Notable Moments on Pro MMA Radio

Chael Sonnen Says Lance Armstrong “Did Drugs and Gave Himself Cancer
PMR 108 – August 2, 2010

“When you screw up, you have to own it. That stuff really gets under my skin. Take Lance Armstrong. Lance Armstrong did a number of things and he gave himself cancer. He cheated, he did drugs, and he gave himself cancer. Well, instead of saying ‘Hey listen, I cheated and gave myself cancer, don’t be like me.’ He actually made himself the victim and then went out and profited something like $15 million dollars from this ‘Hey, poor me, let’s find a cure for cancer’ campaign instead of just coming clean and saying, ‘Look, here’s what I did, I screwed myself up, and I hope people learn from my mistakes.’ You just watch these guys and can’t help but think, God, what a fraud. You got the whole Michael Phelps being a pothead thing too. I’m just glad I’m in the business I’m in so I can get them in the cage and kick the crap out of them.”

Pepe vs. Reilly: PMR Host Larry Pepe and NY Assemblyman Bob Reilly Debate the Legalization of Mixed Martial Arts in New York
PMR 133 – February 7, 2011

Pepe systematically dissects and destroys each and every one of Reilly’s arguments against the legalization of MMA including the idea that the goal in MMA is harming one’s opponent, that violence begets violence, the MMA is too dangerous to the participants to be licensed and that legalization would cost New York money rather than bring money into the State. In the final minutes of the interview, Pepe confronts Reilly with some troubling political connections and union contributions that raise questions as to why MMA might not be legalized in the State. This is perhaps the most important episode of Pro MMA Radio in the show’s history.

Brock Lesnar Says He Wouldn’t Be Accused of Taking Steroids “If He Was a Black Guy”
PMR 20 – November 3, 2008

“I’ve been accused of using steroids my entire life, probably since the tenth grade in high school… I’ve never failed a drug test. Now if I was a black guy and I looked the way I do would I get asked this question a 100 times? I just happen to be a white guy that has some great genetics, so I guess that puts a bullseye on me… I’m a white dude that’s shredded and you don’t see a lot of it — a guy that’s walking around that looks like me.”

Cerrone vs. Varner:
The Biggest Feud in WEC History is Born on Pro MMA Radio

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone Says He Heard Jamie Varner Quit on His Stool
PMR 18 – October 20, 2008

“I train with Drew Fickett who used to train with Varner and he told me with Varner if you get in his head he just quits and you can grind him out and mentally get him to quit. We were sitting right there when he came back to his corner and he was telling his corner ‘I can’t take him down. I don’t want to go back out. I don’t want to finish, I’m tired.’ Jamie was saying that. He was already mentally beaten. His coaches were like ‘get your ass out there and get it going’.”

Varner Responds to Cerrone’s Allegations: “He’s a Dead Man”
PMR 31 – January 19, 2009

“Drew Fickett is a scumbag. Cowboy thinks he can grind me out and break me? What the hell has that guy ever done? He’s a goddamn kickboxer and jiu-jitsu guy. I wrestled Division 1! One of the hardest things anyone could ever do is go through one wrestling season in college. I went through three of them and broke my tailbone and still wrestled. I fucking boxed also. Not only was I an All-American wrestler I was also a national boxing champion. If he thinks he can break me or take me into deep water and push me over the edge, he’s crazy. If I take him into deep water I’m going to drown him. Drew Fickett is a drunk and a complete fuck-up. He’s just kind of a loser unfortunately and if he’s Cowboy’s mentor, I welcome that. I want to thank Cowboy for taking this fight and pissing me off because now he’s a dead man and I get to hold onto my belt a little longer.”

Cowboy Says He’ll “Submit His Little Ass”
PMR 31 – January 19, 2009

“Whatever man, talk is cheap. Bring it on. This fight’s not gonna go out of the second round, so it doesn’t really matter how much cardio he has. I’m gonna submit his little ass. That’s my prediction. I hope he’s listening too. He said he’s a Division 1 wrestler, so I’m gonna come out and take his little ass down. I’m feel I’m better than him in every part. Usually I’m very respectful, I have a lot of respect the for guy, but for him to come out and say he’s gonna kill me and blah, blah, blah…just keep talking. I don’t care, I’m ready.”

Back to the Future?
Sonnen and Soares, Circa 2008

People Think a Clairvoyant Chael Sonnen is Crazy When He Outlines What He Would Do to Anderson Silva back in 2008, 20 Months Before They Actually Fight
PMR 25 – December 8, 2008

“I don’t look at Anderson with my hat in my hand like the rest of the division. I’m in this specifically to be the champion. If that means Anderson Silva who everybody but me seems to be afraid of then it means Anderson Silva. If I fought Anderson I would walk straight in to where he could reach me. If he wants to hit me, I’ll be standing there. The second Anderson Silva moves a fist in my direction, lifts a foot, moves a knee, clenches an elbow I will change elevation and blast a double so hard that I’ll put him through the fence if it’s not reinforced. Anderson Silva will end up on his back for 25 minutes getting punched in the face or until he gives up. And that’s how that fight would go. I have no illusions of trading punches with Anderson Silva. He has no illusions, and if he does he will be greatly disappointed, of stopping me from taking him down. And I don’t mean one single time in 25 minutes will he stop me. I will put him on his back every time I want to.”

Ed Soares Says GSP Doesn’t Deserve a Fight with Anderson Silva
PMR 7 – July 21, 2008

“That’s sound great, I think GSP is an incredible fighter. But I think GSP needs to prove himself. He still hasn’t had a successful title defense (at 170 lbs.). I don’t really feel that he deserves (a Silva fight) yet. Go defend your title a few times and then we’ll talk.”

Florian vs. Guillard
On the Air, Not in the Cage

Melvin Guillard Says Kenny Florian “Had Several Chances and He’s Blown It”
PMR 129 – January 10, 2011

“Them giving me the Dunham fight was a blessing in disguise, and I also feel that that fight was more deserving to me anyway. I felt I should have been in that spot before Kenny Florian. Kenny Florian had his shot, he had his chance, he had several chances, and he’s blown it. Let some of us other 55’ers have our chance, we work just as hard as those guys, why should those guys always get the title shot?”

Kenny Florian: “If Melvin Thinks He Deserves a Shot Over Me, He Should Fight Me and Beat Me.”
PMR 131 – January 24, 2011

“It doesn’t make sense. There’s a lot of guys working hard. It’s who the best fighter is. If Melvin thinks he deserves a shot over me, he should fight me and beat me. It’s always about who the best fighter is. Who has he beaten? What has he done? That’s great he’s finally considered a top contender. Losing to Joe Stevenson in the first round isn’t gonna get you that shot. You have to be consistent. He has to separate himself from the pack. I would take that fight.”

“Larry Pepe Eviscerates Josh Gross for Proposing Zero Tolerance UFC Drug Policy.”

PMR 115 – September 27, 2010
PMR 117 – October 11, 2010

That was the headline the week after Pepe took on the issue of steroids in MMA and the episode that created controversy throughout the MMA community. Gross argued that 30-70% of fighters are using performance enhancing drugs and that a zero tolerance policy that would mandatorily cut any fighter who failed a drug test should be implemented by the UFC. Citing facts and statistics pertaining to both issues, Pepe strongly made the case that usage in MMA is significantly less than the numbers Gross proposed and that a zero tolerance policy is absolutely ridiculous and unwarranted. In Part 2 in PMR 117, Pepe responds to the critics about his critique of Gross’ arguments and puts the final nail in the arguments’ coffin.



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Armed Forces Network



Larry Pepe’s Pro MMA Radio Named the Exclusive Mixed Martial Arts Radio Show of the Armed Forces Network
February 2, 2012 – Larry Pepe’s Pro MMA Radio will be broadcast on the Armed Forces Network on its main channel, The Voice, every Saturday at 5PM PST starting on February 11, 2012. The one-hour program will be the exclusive radio show on AFN covering the fastest growing sport in the world, mixed martial arts, complete with fighter interviews, industry news, event previews, recaps, analysis and more.

AFN Director Jef Reilly feels that Pepe’s show is a perfect fit for the network. “AFN is thrilled to have Larry and his Pro MMA Radio on board supplying our heroes overseas weekly information on everything MMA. MMA is wildly popular with our troops and we thank Pro MMA for its support of our valued and respected service-members.” For Pepe, the decision to be a part of AFN’s programming was an easy one. “I know that the servicemen and women of our armed forces are passionate about MMA…that’s something we share. The opportunity to provide a fast-paced, fun, informative MMA show to our heroes stationed in 178 countries around the world is an absolute honor.”

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In Defense of Chael Sonnen


The news of Chael Sonnen’s failed drug test spread like a California wildfire throughout the MMA community this past weekend. Like any industry that loves a juicy story, a great number of mixed martial arts fans and media alike couldn’t help but do what UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva couldn’t…hit Sonnen repeatedly with big shot after big shot, early and often. The irony of the very fighter who railed against Lance Armstrong for PED’s on a recent Pro MMA Radio appearance failing a pre-fight drug test was simply too easy for many to pass up.

As the story unfolded, California State Athletic Commission Executive Director George Dodd disclosed that Sonnen failed for having a “testosterone to estrogen level that is well above normal”, although the actual banned substance has not been identified. Most shockingly to me, however, was Dodd’s revelation that Sonnen told him one day before the fight that he was taking something that might provide a positive test result. Huh? Even if Sonnen were mainlining enough steroids to kill a horse, why disclose that to the CSAC on the eve of the biggest fight of his life?

I reached out to both Chael and his representatives several times since the news of his drug test broke and received the following statement:

“Received your voice mail requesting an interview with Chael. Unfortunately, we must decline. It is our policy not to comment on pending actions by the Athletic Commission. Chael is consulting with his legal advisors and physicians and will have a statement in the near future. Chael will file an appeal with the CSAC and looks forward to working with the Commission to resolve this matter.”

Those who question the normally verbose Sonnen’s silence or want to see it as some implicit admission of guilt have probably never had a serious charge levied against them. Unless he completely disregards the screams of his attorneys, don’t expect him to have much to say in any venue until CSAC board members are sitting in the room and listening.

So, again, why would Sonnen make that damning admission 27 hours before stepping in the cage against Anderson Silva for the belt? I just can’t believe that he could be that stupid. And let’s face it, that would be all-time stupid. As the person who did that infamous Armstrong interview with Chael, I’ve had the opportunity to interact him numerous times. He’s a highly intelligent, articulate fighter who can be outrageous at times and may be the best mixed martial artist we’ve ever seen at promoting and building interest in a fight. Sorry, I just don’t buy that Chael is that dumb, clinically insane or has a deep seeded desire to commit career suicide.

That only leaves one answer for me. He had no choice but to disclose it and he didn’t think he was admitting any wrongdoing when he did so. By process of elimination, the only thing that makes sense to me is that Chael has a medical condition and he knew he was bound to disclose whatever medication that had been legitimately prescribed to him to treat that condition because it had the potential to lead to a positive test result. If Sonnen were prescribed testosterone, a quick Google search reveals a multitude of legitimate reasons having nothing to do with performance enhancement ranging from testosterone deficiency to more serious and potentially life threatening diseases involving major organs and muscle wasting.

When I spoke to Dodd by telephone on Tuesday he informed me that California pre-fight medicals are conducted right before the weigh ins on the day before the event. In the case of UFC 117, Chael’s medicals took place at approximately 3:30 PM on August 6th, which would include standard health checks (blood pressure, etc.) and filling out a form that asks for a list of any medication that the fighter is taking. Putting aside the mental clarity of a fighter in the final hour of a massive weight cut, Dodd made it clear that “it is incumbent on the fighter to make the commission aware that you are taking an enhancing drug prior to taking the test as well as the medical reasons for using it.” According to Dodd, Chael verbally informed him of the potential for failing the test at 6:05 PM, ten minutes prior to the drug test being conducted, instead of during the prefight medicals. When asked if he had spoken to the doctor who examined Sonnen at the event to see if the fighter had disclosed the potential failure to that physician he simply responded, “no”. Dodd also stated that Chael did not offer a medical reason explaining why he was taking a banned substance.

Let’s also take a closer look at the statement issued by Sonnen’s representatives. “Chael is consulting with his lawyers and physicians…”. Not sure I’ve ever seen that one before but I’m quite sure that most people consult with their physicians about medical issues. If it said medical experts, I’d buy that they were assessing physiological reasons for the failure but that simply isn’t what those carefully scripted words say.

Lastly, the CSAC’s refusal to identify the drug that Sonnen allegedly failed for leads me to believe that we won’t be hearing about specific or exotic steroids as we did when Phil Baroni failed in California for veterinary drugs Boldenone and Stanozolol or Sean Sherk’s publicized, disputed failure for Nandrolone. It’s more likely to play out similar to when ex-footballer Johnnie Morton got his clock cleaned in 2007 at the Dynamite! USA event and then failed with a high T/E ratio for unspecified steroids. And, again, without knowing the numeric elevated level we should all pump the brakes a bit. According to Healthtree.com and numerous online sources, a normal testosterone/estrogen ratio is 50:1 in healthy males. If Sonnen’s ratio comes back at 60:1 that’s a whole different story than if he came in at 200:1. If he were under a doctor’s care and using a prescribed drug as directed, then that doctor will have to explain why he was prescribed a dosage of the drug that would trigger a high result or why Sonnen wasn’t blood tested more frequently to insure that his levels didn’t get out of whack. 

Call me crazy, but when an intelligent fighter like Sonnen makes a career-threatening disclosure on the eve of the biggest fight of his life there has to be a better reason than a suddenly non-existent I.Q. A legitimate medical condition being treated with a medication that could impact a test makes all the sense in the world while providing perspective as to why a press release mentions consulting with one’s physician. If Chael neglected to inform the commission in writing of any banned substance usage but did so verbally, he didn’t handle the situation optimally but it would seem that heis actions are in line with the spirit of what was required of him. The CSAC shortened both Baroni and Sherk’s suspensions from one-year to six months…Baroni because he tested clean after the fact and Sherk because of alleged testing irregularities. If facts come to light that Chael was legally taking a medication for legitimate medical reasons and that his failure was more one of procedure, not substance, a successful appeal or significant shortening of the suspension is not out of the realm of possibility. And if that happens, neither is the rematch with Anderson Silva that fans were clamoring for nor the possibility that Chael’s inbox will be flooded with apology emails from all those who wanted to prematurely lock up his career and throw away the key.