38. The Boogeyman Cometh: Rakim Cleveland Interview

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On June 6, Rakim “The Boogeyman” Cleveland will enter the cage and fight in the PFL light heavyweight tournament. His intentions are focused on winning the tournament and cashing the elusive million dollar check.

Currently training out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek Fl, Mr. Cleveland, a former college football standout, took some time out of his training camp to bless us with this interview.

In this episode of the podcast, The Boogeyman talks about transitioning from football to MMA, training at American Top Team, and the mindset it takes to be on top.

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Music: The Alchemist

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30. Undefeated Jordan Young Interview

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Jordan Young is the archetypal MMA prospect. He’s articulate, ambitious, and undefeated with a 10-0 record. The Bellator fighter is a submission machine with some solid striking. Training out of American Top Team headquarters in Coconut Creek Florida, Young has all the tools to rule the light heavyweight division.

On this episode, Jordan Young talks about the fight game, training at ATT, fighting for Bellator, and much more.

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Music: Take Over; by Jay-Z

 

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28. Grappling With Thomas Keenan

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Thomas Keenan is an elite Brazilian jiu jitsu player. In 2017, when he was a brown belt,  Keenan won the world famous ADCC tournament in Abu Dhabi.

Now as a black belt, TK is set on achieving more glory on the mats,  in the cage, and through the growing list of students that he is coaching.

No stones are left unturned in this episode of the Catching Wreck podcast.  TK and I talk grappling, MMA, mental warfare and much more.

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Music: Freaky Styley, by Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

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19. World Class Wrecking Kru: Nestor Marte On The Art Of 8 Limbs And Combat Sports

 

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Kru Nestor Marte is a pioneer in bringing Muay Thai to U.S. shores and is the first and only American to be certified by three top camps in Bangkok: Saktaywan, Luk Bahn Yai, and Sor Sil Kune. Training at these three distinctively different sister camps, Kru Nestor has had the privilege to learn from some of the greatest Muay Thai Fighters in the world. Nestor has aquired the knowledge, the skill, and the language of Muay Thai and Thai culture which enables him to give his students at the Ultimate Gym the authentic teachings and fighting spirit of Muay Thai in the U.S.

Kru Nestor Marte is a considered a leading expert in the art of stand up fighting. When MMA fighters such as Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida, Ryan Gracie, Anderson Silva, and Israel Gomes needed to train their stand up, they sought out Kru Nestor Marte to brush up on their technique.

No longer a competitive fighter, Kru Nestor still makes bi-yearly training trips to Bangkok to keep on top of Muay Thai’s latest techniques, regulations, training strategies and conditioning methods.

Over the past few years, Kru Nestor has been studying and developing his ground fighting skills, training with Teimoc Johnston-Ono (former Olympic great Judo Master), Sensei Edson Carvalho (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), and Israel Gomes (Vale-Tudo Champion).

Kru Nestor is also a personal student of the legendary Brazilian Vale-Tudo and Luta Livre fighter Master Eugenio Tadeu. Kru Nestor has continued his training with Alexander “Pequeno” Nogiera and is currently a Luta Livre black belt and the only US representative for Team Pequeno.

In this episode of the podcast, Nestor and I talk all things martial arts. Click the arrow to hear the audio.

Music: New York State of Mind, by Nas

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17. Triple OG Shonie Carter

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Shonie Carter is a United States Marine Corps veteran and an American mixed martial artist who has competed in the Welterweight, Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions. He is a former WEC Welterweight Champion, a UFC veteran, and a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. He has also competed in Pancrase, King of the Cage, M-1 Global, KSW and Bellator. Shonie Carter is known for his flashy outfits, and outgoing personality.

Carter was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began his martial arts training in Greco-Roman wrestling which led him to judo, jujutsu, sanshou, kickboxing, and Shidōkan Karate. He is also an accomplished personal trainer who enjoys drawing and music.

In today’s podcast, Shonie Carter talks about his illustrious career, training law enforcement, street fighting, and much more. Click the arrow below and enjoy.

 

Music by: PJ Pressure

 

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