Josh Thomson is a retired American mixed martial artist, podcaster, and analyst currently signed to Bellator MMA.
Joe sits down with former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and current Bellator commentator Josh Thomson.
In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin catch up with friend and MMA fighter Josh Thomson. Josh is busy these days doing fight commentary, running a gym and starring in movies. He also has a podcast, Sammy & the Punk that will be airing an interview with Mind Pump soon. What makes a successful MMA studio? (3:05) How does he deal with the psyche of teaching kids? (7:30) How to do what makes sense. How he got the nickname “The Punk.” (10:30) Did he always have a knack working with kids? (13:02) How MMA has evolved and how to tell what kids will be successful. (14:50) What is the goal with his new podcast and media studio? (19:07) How does a trade in MMA work? The guys discuss the recent trade between Demetrious Johnson and Ben Askren.  (22:04) Are we getting the best fighters or entertainers? (25:00) Why does the UFC have precedent over the other promotions? (26:44) What types of fights does he want to see? (28:34) Is there any shit taking that goes on behind the scenes between Bellator and the UFC? (34:25) Can he tell if someone is a badass? (36:50) How often does someone surprise him in the fight game? (39:45) What does he do to recover from a fight? Does he feel the pain from a clean shot? (42:40) How there is a skill to getting hit. (45:11) What are the most physical attributes needed for fighting? (50:50) Will we start to see leg locks transfer over to MMA? (56:40) How does he manage his time? (1:00:07) Are there any other podcasts/announcers that he is paying attention to? (1:01:22) Does he plan on having guests on that have nothing to do with fighting? (1:04:00) Has he gotten any heat for his opinions? The importance of listening to both sides. (1:06:50) The attitude of taking care of yourself through the discipline of hard training. (1:15:12) The importance of education. (1:17:56) Featured Guest/People Mentioned: Josh Thomson (@therealpunk)  Instagram Sammy And The Punk - YouTube Ben Askren (@benaskren)  Instagram Daniel "DC" Cormier (@dc_mma)  Instagram Demetrious Johnson (@mightymouse125)  Instagram Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma)  Instagram Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc)  Instagram Tony Ferguson (@tonyfergusonxt)  Instagram Cain Velasquez (@officialcainvelasquez)  Instagram Brendan Schaub (@brendanschaub)  Instagram Joe Rogan (@joerogan)  Instagram Links/Products Mentioned: November Promotion – MAPS Anywhere ½ off! MAPS Fitness Products Making sense of the Demetrious Johnson-Ben Askren trade 'Everybody wins' in Bellator deal with DAZN to stream live events Tony Ferguson vs Josh Thomson UFC 209 Free Fight - YouTube fightTIPS - YouTube UFC's Josh Thomson issues statement on gay tweets, blames MMA media for taking comments out of context North Idaho STEM Charter Academy
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Sep 21st, 1978
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4 hours, 31 minutes