Wrestling Observer | Figure 4 Online
For years, the name ‘Wrestling Observer‘ has meant a ton in the pro wrestling and MMA community, the newsletter that Dave Meltzer started decades ago. He merged his enterprise with Bryan Alvarez’ Figure Four Daily to create a site full of content that reaches the growing pro wrestling/MMA crossover audience and then some.
In March 2011, I joined Bryan to add some new MMA content in the form of bi-weekly audio shows with interviews of interesting figures in today’s scene. They all have great stories to tell and I love hearing them.
The site is subscription-only but some of these are free shows.
Jeremy Botter – Bleacher Report National MMA Writer Jeremy Botter joined us to talk the positives and negatives of UFC on Fuel, UFC Japan, the movie ‘The Hammer’ and more. Free show! (Original airdate: 2/15/12)
Post UFC on Fox 2 Show: Bryan and I talk all the news in MMA including the fallout from UFC on FOX 2, what infuriated me, some ways the broadcast could be improved, what has happened to the press conferences, Jon Jones as my MVP of 2012, UFC 143 this coming weekend and tons more. (Original airdate: 2/2/12)
Josh Barnett: Bryan and I did a long interview with one of our best guests in the Nason FFD era: JOSH BARNETT~! We’ll talk lots of MMA and also pro wrestling, including his New Year’s Eve rasslin’ battle, how he first got into MMA during the dark ages, catch-wrestling, meeting Billy Robinson, the time he stretched Jack Evans, working with Harry Smith, and so much more. (Original airdate: 1/18/12)
MMA Year In Review: Bryan and I ran down the biggest stories in mixed martial arts from 2011. We talked Zuffa’s purchase of Strikeforce, all the injuries, the decline in PPV buyrates, the rise of Jon Jones and so much more. (Original airdate: 12/28/11)
Gilbert Melendez: Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and top-ranked fighter Gilbert Melendez was Josh and Bryan’s guest, days before his title defense against Jorge Masvidal. Melendez discussed the Strikeforce/UFC deal and the latest on whether he’s jumping ship, who else he’s got his eye on at 155 pounds, the brawl in Nashville with the Diaz brothers, how he got into MMA, the Michael Chandler/Eddie Alvarez Fight Of The Year candidate and so much more. (Original airdate: 12/14/11)
Leben’s Drug Suspension, Rashad vs. Davis, News: We’re back with news on Chris Leben’s drug suspension, what’s disturbing about it, Rashad vs. Davis set, UFC on FUEL and the decision to put Ellenberger vs. Sanchez on there, the end of TUF and the UFC vs. Spike TV war, Bellator thoughts from this past week and tons more. (Original airdate: 11/30/11)
Daniel Cormier: One half of the finals in the Strikeforce World Grand Prix tournament, former Olympian Daniel Cormier was our guest, talking his undefeated career, making it to the finals and what he thinks about fighting Josh Barnett, being a huge pro wrestling fan growing up, training at AKA, getting hit in the face for the first time, and so much more. (Original airdate: 11/16/11)
Debate about Velasquez vs. dos Santos on Fox – Bryan and I talk all the news in mixed martial arts, including Dana’s stance that NO MATTER WHAT only one fight is airing on FOX, the decision to remove Carlos Condit from the GSP fight, why Nason loved the Primetime show and thought it was UFC’s best work in a long time, the alarming lack of star power in the next few UFCs, TWITTER~!~!~!, and tons more. (Original airdate: 11/2/11)
Rich Franklin – The former UFC Middleweight Champion joined us for 40 minutes and hit every topic we threw at him. From the prospect of fighting Tito Ortiz to his shoulder surgery to nutrition to the recent controversy about his comments regarding UFC 133 to his favorite fight in his career, Franklin hit it all.
Stephan Bonnar - The American Psycho joined us for 30 minutes of talk about Kyle Kingsbury, whether he thinks he’s a UFC legend, the whole t-shirt fiasco with Josh Koscheck and lots more. Bryan and I also discuss whether the UFC is crazy to do two events on one night in February.
Pat Miletich – After tearing through some UFC 133 leftovers, Bryan and I did a 30+ minute chat with former UFC champion and overall MMA legend Pat Miletich about his career, learning the announcing ropes with Strikeforce, whether he’d actually fight again and tons more.
Matt Mitrione - Years ago, who would have thought that Matt Mitrione would be one of the fastest-rising heavyweights on the UFC scene? Mitrione joined us for a near 30 minute interview, detailing everything about his career, friendship with Pat Barry, training with Randy Couture and tons more. Bryan and I also discussed the movie Warrior and UFC on Fox.
Tim Kennedy - Bryan and I talked with Strikeforce 185-pounder Tim Kennedy on his friendship with Brian Stann, preparing for a battle with Robbie Lawler, blacklisting Michael Bisping and more. We also discussing GSP vs. Diaz which resulted in Bryan yelling a lot.
“King” Mo Lawal – Bryan and I chatted with the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion about him coming justthisclose to signing with WWE, his upcoming fight with Roger Gracie, his loss to Rafael Cavalcante, the UFC/Strikeforce relationship and more.
Jens Pulver - Bryan and I talk news of the day and then conduct an interview with an awesome guest – MMA legend Jens Pulver as he prepared for a headlining fight on Titan Fighting Championships. He talked past, present, future and it was hella fun.
Brendan Schaub - Rising UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub stopped by Figure Four Daily to talk UFC Brazil, coming back from losing to Roy Nelson, DEFENDO, dealing with fame and more.
Just Me - On the night the Boston Bruins (and huge MMA fan Tim Thomas) won the Stanley Cup, Bryan and I talked about the riots in Vancouver and the tie-in to the UFC, the Strikeforce Grand Prix and more.
Anthony Pettis - The final WEC Lightweight Champion is riding high after his highlight reel kick to Ben Henderson and is one of the most popular young fighters in MMA. Who better to kick off the Figure Four Daily MMA series than the newest addition to the UFCs roster?
Bobby Lashley - After some UFC 128 talk, Bryan and Josh are joined by former WWE star Bobby Lashley as he prepares to headline for Titan Fighting Championships. Lashley talks about his wrestling past, his MMA present/future, contract situation with Strikeforce and more.
Joe Warren - One of the most outspoken voices in MMA, Bellator 145-pound champion Joe Warren has a lot of opinions on a lot of issues. He also has one title, wants Olympic gold and wants another title. How is he going to accomplish this all? What was broadcasting in TNA like? He’s friends with Kurt Angle? All this and more in this FFD.
Ben Henderson - It’s been months since Ben Henderson was on the end of one of the most famous kicks in MMA history, but now what? Henderson talked to Bryan and Josh about Anthony Pettis and an eventual rematch, fighting in Canada and tons more.