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Here is part 2 of my interview with Billy Quarantillo! UFC featherweight Billy Quarantillo is coming off his fight vs. Gabriel Benitez in which he not only won, but also scored a Fight of the Night bonus at UFC Fight Night on July 17. Quarantillo is an all-action fighter who has also delivered wins over Spike Carlyle and Kyle Nelson and he's also f…
 
Here is part 1 of my interview with Billy Quarantillo! UFC featherweight Billy Quarantillo is coming off his fight vs. Gabriel Benitez in which he not only won, but also scored a Fight of the Night bonus at UFC Fight Night on July 17. Quarantillo is an all-action fighter who has also delivered wins over Spike Carlyle and Kyle Nelson and he's also f…
 
This is part 2 of Andre Fili's interview on Fitz Nation. Check out the previous episode for part 1. 📺 Check out FITZ NATION on YouTube 👉🏻 FOLLOW ANDRE FILI: Twitter: @touchyfili Instagram: @touchyfili 👉🏻 CONNECT WITH FITZ: Twitter: @BrendanFitzTV Instagram: @brendanfitztvBy Brendan Fitzgerald / Andre Fili
 
UFC featherweight veteran Andre Fili joins Brendan Fitzgerald on the newest episode of Fitz Nation. Fili is coming off a disappoining 'no contest' result in his last fight, where he was showing arguably the best form of his career before an eye poke. He has been in the UFC a long time and really has come a long way since coming from a broken home i…
 
Hello again fight fans of Fitz Nation! Here is part 2 of the Best of 2021 (so far). In this episode: Drew Dober on what clicked to lead him to contention Gerald Meerschaert on what everyone needs to know to succeed Michael Chiesa on the value of losing Gilbert Burns recalling watching Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington Chris Daukaus on being the only…
 
Hey folks! Decided to pull together a few memorable clips from the first half of this year. I believe the show has found a groove and I'm proud to have a solid foundation of what I want the style of these interviews to be. I hope that together, we can learn from the great athletes, coaches and people connected to the UFC in what has helped them ach…
 
Santiago Ponzinibbio is a welterweight in the UFC and one of the sport's most aggressive fighters. He recently returned to the win column after a lengthy absence due to injury which included an infection that threatened his entire career. From Argentina, Ponzinibbio's story is a wild ride that started with a 30-hour bus trip to Brazil, where he liv…
 
Julian Erosa is a featherweight in the UFC and coming off back-to-back stoppage wins. It's been quite a road back to the UFC for Erosa. At one point, he was a castmate on The Ultimate Fighter. After an initial stint in the UFC, going 1-1, he was released. He returned to fight on Dana White's Contender Series in 2018. Despite a highlight reel win, h…
 
Dustin Jacoby is a light heavyweight in the UFC. He is unbeaten in his second UFC stint, which started in 2020. Before that, he was a GLORY kickboxer and also fought in the UFC 10 years ago. He talks about his athletic journey, from being a highly touted football and basketball player only to see a knee injury derail his career, turning him toward …
 
Frank Camacho has fought at both lightweight and welterweight in the UFC. No matter where or when he fights, it's proven to be exciting as evidenced by his 3 straight Fight of the Night bonuses to start his UFC career. A native of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, he talks about his island upbringing, why he became a fighter instead of a golfe…
 
Marlon "Chito" Vera is a UFC bantamweight contender and proudly represents his native Ecuador. In this episode, he talks about what life was like growing up in Ecuador, discovering mixed martial arts, and ultimately chasing it as a career. He also talks about going all in, taking risks and appreciating what you have... things that everyone can take…
 
Alan Jouban just recently retired after being a UFC welterweight contender for the last 10 years. Just fighting in the UFC was quite an accomplishment, as he had no training or experience in martial arts until well into his 20s. Alan talks about his upbringing in Lafayette, Louisiana, trying to find a passion and then discovering martial arts. Figh…
 
Dominick Cruz is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the greatest, bantamweight fighters in MMA history. He won and defended the WEC championship before becoming the inaugural UFC bantamweight champion. The injuries he has had to deal with over the course of his career makes his journey even more impressive, as do his humble beginnings. In t…
 
Gerald Meerschaert is a veteran UFC middleweight and always delivers on fight night! His most recent win over Bartosz Fabinski in April came by submission in the first round, making him the all-time leader in UFC middleweight submission victories. Quite a story considering he grew up on a horse farm, found his way to music school and had plans to b…
 
What can you say about Michael Bisping? Many things... from his journey from humble beginnings to becoming a UFC Champion... to his one-of-a-kind personality as a fan favorite since his days on The Ultimate Fighter... to becoming more than just a fighter, but a big part of the UFC broadcast team over the years and a fight game figure that so many f…
 
Megan Olivi is one of the most experienced and prominent members of the UFC broadcast team, starting to cover the UFC and MMA about 10 years ago. She has done major interviews over the years with UFC president Dana White, as well as some of the biggest stars like Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and many more. She is also married to UFC t…
 
Eric Nicksick is the head coach of UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and was named co-coach of the year by MMA Junkie in 2020 (along with Tyson Chartier). A standout high school football player, he thought his athletic future was in college football and eventually the pros. But after that didn't pan out, he found MMA and hasn't looked back. …
 
Adrian Yanez is a UFC bantamweight prospect after winning a contract on Dana White's Contender Series. He became a name to watch with a blistering knockout win on the Contender Series, and has followed it up with two more KO wins in the Octagon. His relationship with his late father Andres and promise to make it to the UFC has been a storyline fans…
 
Belal Muhammad is a UFC welterweight who is coming off his first main event in the UFC. It ended with a sour taste after Belal was poked in the eye by Leon Edwards, leading to a No Contest. But Belal is undeterred by the misfortune and ready to keep climbing as a UFC contender to watch! A devout Muslim, proud of his Palestinian heritage, a comedic …
 
Grant Dawson is a UFC lightweight contender who has yet to lose during his time in the UFC. After growing up on a farm, being home-schooled until junior high school, and then wrestling in a small Nebraska town of under 2,000 people, Grant set his sights on UFC greatness. Grant talks about his small town upbringing, finding mixed martial arts, and t…
 
Chris Daukaus is the new UFC heavyweight contender on the block. He sits at #10 after his recent KO win over Aleksei Oleinik. He is also a Philadelphia police officer and has been for the last ten years, but that's about the change. The goal from the beginning was to be a full-time fighter, and once he hits 10 years in just a few months, he will ma…
 
Drew Dober is a UFC lightweight contender and always delivers a fun performance to watch. Originally from Nebraska, Dober opens up and talks about the change he made in his life to move toward positivity and chasing his dream of being a UFC fighter. He has won 6 of his last 7 fights as he readies for a big fight at UFC 259! 📺 Check out FITZ NATION …
 
Brad Tavares is a top-15 middleweight contender and UFC veteran. He returned to action at UFC 257 on Fight Island after a lengthy layoff due to a knee injury. Fully healthy and with much more to accomplish in fighting, he's excited to see regular action going forward as he looks to climb back up the rankings. Fitz and Brad chat about growing up in …
 
Julian Marquez is a UFC middleweight fresh off a big win at UFC 258 on February 13, '21. The return to the Octagon marked his first fight since July of 2018 after suffering a major shoulder injury. A proud Cuban-American, Julian talks about his upbringing in Kansas City and the support his family provided for Cuban immigrants. We also discuss why h…
 
James Krause is a UFC welterweight, MMA coach, entrepreneur, real estate mogul and stock trader. His hustle is undeniable in both his fighting style inside the Octagon, and business pursuits outside of it. Krause has been on a tear recently, winning 7 of his last 8 fights in the UFC, with the lone loss when he made headlines by stepping up to fight…
 
Michael Chiesa is a UFC welterweight contender. His recent main event win over Neil Magny has made him the 6th-ranked contender as he mounts a run for a UFC championship. Chiesa has been a mainstay on the UFC roster and a popular fighter with fans after he won season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter. In this episode, Fitz and Chiesa take a detailed look …
 
Heidi Androl is a UFC reporter, interviewing fighters, coaches and UFC president Dana White on UFC broadcasts. While she has enjoyed a successful career in broadcasting there's a lot more to the story of how she became a sports reporter! Originally from rural Michigan, Heidi found her way to California, lived on a boat, sold helicopter parts for bi…
 
Gilbert Burns is a UFC welterweight contender who will headline UFC in February. "Durinho" was in the lightweight division of the UFC for a handful of years, but has given himself a title shot after moving up to welterweight and reeling off four straight wins. A decorated jiu jitsu blackbelt, the former world BJJ champion talks about his humble beg…
 
Kevin Holland is a UFC middleweight contender coming off a big year in 2020. "Trailblazer" went 5-0 from May to December, putting himself in the top 10 and setting him up for his first UFC main event vs. Derek Brunson. Always a trash-talker, Holland discusses his upbringing and unique relationship with his parents, finding martial arts and why he n…
 
Calvin Kattar is a top-10 featherweight contender in the UFC and fights Max Holloway in the main event on January 16th on Fight Island, Abu Dhabi to help the UFC kick off 2021! After two big wins in 2020, Kattar is positioned for a run at the title in '21. For Calvin's previous appearance on the show, go here. For New England Cartel merchandise, go…
 
As promised, here are the 2020 Fitzy Awards. A couple years ago at the end of 2018, I reflected on my new job of traveling the globe and calling fights. As the MMA world started giving out their year-end superlatives, I thought about my unique experience in relation to calling the fights and also experiencing many different places and cultures I wo…
 
Adam Hunter is a stand-up comedian who is well known by UFC fans. He also was a decorated prep school wrestler and then wrestled very briefly in college. After his college experience and wrestling career didn't go according to plan, he found comedy and here he is all these years later still making it happen. Follow Adam below and look for his comed…
 
Anthony Smith is a UFC Light Heavyweight contender who fought for a world title vs. Jon Jones in 2019. "Lionheart" is as tough as they come, and is now up to 50 pro fights! After being a middleweight for the first part of his UFC career, he has blossomed after moving up to 205-pounds. It started with 1st round knockouts of Rashad Evans and Shogun R…
 
Brandon Moreno is ready to challenge for the UFC Flyweight title! He has earned his stripes as a contender in the UFC after fun fights and some great wins since he appeared on The Ultimate Fighter. Proudly representing Mexico, he looks to be the first Mexican born, raised and trained in Mexico to win a UFC title. Check out FITZ NATION on YouTube! B…
 
Paul Felder is a top 10 contender in the UFC lightweight division who also works as part of our UFC broadcast team as an analyst. Felder's career really started to take off in 2017. He notched three wins that year, all by TKO, earning a Performance of the Night bonus in two of them. That's also the year he started commentating on Dana White's Conte…
 
Laura Sanko is a UFC broadcaster who works as the backstage reporter for UFC broadcasts and has served as the reporter for every episode of Dana White's Contender Series through the first four seasons. While many reporters in the sideline role come from a broadcasting background, Laura was in the world of MMA long before considering TV work as a po…
 
Max Griffin is a UFC veteran of 10 fights coming off his biggest win, a TKO victory over Ramiz Brahimaj that produced a gruesome ear injury that went viral. While he's been getting attention because of that, there is, of course, a lot more to his story. He was into martial arts as a kid before suddenly giving it up at the age of 13. Years later, he…
 
Casey Kenney is a UFC bantamweight is having quite a year in 2020, winning his last 3 in a row, including two fights in less than a month on Fight Island in October. Always an athlete, combat sports drew his interest like no other. He was a judo national champion as a kid and started wrestling at a young age, but after he was bit by the MMA bug, he…
 
Angela Hill is a UFC strawweight contender and has established herself as one of the sport's busiest fighters and friendliest personalities. It might be surprising to hear she grew up shy and not into sports, but after taking up Muay Thai with her husband Adam in their 20s, she immediately was drawn to combat. She was a contestant on The Ultimate F…
 
Alex Perez is a UFC flyweight contender and will next fight for the 125-pound title at UFC 255 in November. At first, he was a boxing fan, but after his older brother experienced success wrestling, it became the family sport. After his high school career ended, he still wanted to compete and found mixed martial arts. He was busy on the regional cir…
 
Robbie Fox is a blogger at Barstool Sports and the host of the podcast "My Mom's Basement." He wanted nothing more than to work for Barstool Sports as a young teenager and he made it happen right out of high school. He frequently interviews Dana White and has interacted with Conor McGregor after he appeared outside the courthouse in support of McGr…
 
Brandon Royval is the UFC's newest contender in the flyweight division. He burst onto the scene in May with a submission win over Tim Elliott, followed by another submission win over Kai Kara-France at UFC 253. He won a Fight of the Night bonus in each of his first two fights! We talk about the whirlwind ride over the last four months and his journ…
 
Check out the show on YouTube! John Morgan is the lead UFC reporter for MMAJunkie.com. He was awarded the MMA Journalist of the Year award back in 2009 and is nominated basically every year. Fans know him for seemingly always asking the first question to Dana White at UFC press conferences, and for his noticeable blue polo shirt on press row next t…
 
Check out the show on YouTube! The show is back! I just could not stay away from the podcast game. I've been doing a lot of thinking recently about why I wanted to start a podcast originally and what I get out of it. I truly missed the long form interviews with fighters, coaches and others in this UFC world. What started as Fitz & A Fighter then tu…
 
Hey folks... just wanted to upload a quick thank you and goodbye (in this format). The most valuable resource we all have is time. Time makes us decide what to do with it... and right now, I have other things more important. As a veteran broadcaster, I love working on high quality productions, and while I'm proud I gave this a go as a solo project,…
 
Check out the show on YouTube! Follow Fitz Twitter: @BrendanFitzTV Instagram: @brendanfitztv I'm back after another UFC broadcast to recap the night that saw plenty of great fights and Derrick Lewis become the UFC's all-time leader in knockouts by a heavyweight. Shoutouts to other great finishes by Andrew Sanchez, Gavin Tucker, Kevin Holland and Be…
 
Check out the show on YouTube! Follow Fitz Twitter: @BrendanFitzTV Instagram: @brendanfitztv After the UFC returned home to Las Vegas and a Fight Night at the Apex, I pull back the curtain with some behind the scenes stories of how the broadcast went, including the wild last minute cancellation of the Trevin Giles - Kevin Holland fight. I also talk…
 
Check out the show on YouTube! Follow Fitz Twitter: @BrendanFitzTV Instagram: @brendanfitztv In this episode, I start with the challenges of being a broadcaster (or journalist) and walking the line of opinion vs. information. The two roles are at odds, so finding that balance can be tricky, especially given the climate on social media (and throw in…
 
Check out the show on YouTube! Follow Fitz Twitter: @BrendanFitzTV Instagram: @brendanfitztv In this episode, I start by paying tribute to Joe Benavidez. It looks like his goal of winning a UFC title will go unfulfilled, but he will be remembered as a great fighter and better person. I also have to give props where it's due to our new UFC Flyweight…
 
Check out the show on YouTube! Follow Fitz Twitter: @BrendanFitzTV Instagram: @brendanfitztv On this episode, I recap UFC 251 on Fight Island and explain why it reminded me of New Year's Eve. I also give a shoutout to our UFC make-up artist Suzy Friton who is fighting cancer and tell just one story of why she is so special and why we miss having he…
 
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