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.

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

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
USA Today
Fox News Fight Game
Sports Illustrated
MMA Mania
SB Nation
MMA Convert
MMA Fighting
Raw Vegas TV
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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