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The Dumpster Fire of Centrist Message Boards, Leftist Gaming (Hobbies & Interest Spaces), and Anarchism Online w/ Eivind Dahl

July 19th, 2019

47:48

Sam chats with Eivind Dahl of the Leftist Gaming Club and Red Plateaus YouTube channel to discuss online communities, content moderation, gaming …

The Practical Guide to Fitness w/ Chris Bathke

July 16th, 2019

1:03:04

We speak with trainer, fitness writer, and gym owner Chris Bathke to go over three different training scenarios: a young athlete looking to improve their athleticism, a middle-aged person looking to lose weight and get …

Racism, Imperialism, Colorism, Mental Health, Sexual Politics, Asian Pacific Representation, and Interethnic Solidarity w/ Nadia Y. Kim

July 10th, 2019

1:55:47

We sit down with author and sociologist Nadia Y. Kim to discuss Asian Pacific American history, Asian Pacific representation in mainstream media …

Fight Study: UFC 239 or How MMA Is Another Thing the IDW Doesn't Understand

July 8th, 2019

51:40

This is fight study, where we use professional fights to study the science and art of fighting. We go layers deep, not just to go inside baseball for the superfans, but also to give rich insight for those who want to …

Fight Study: Francis Ngannou vs. Junior dos Santos

June 30th, 2019

15:03

This is fight study, where we use professional fights to study the science and art of fighting. We go layers deep, not just to go inside baseball for the superfans, but also to give rich insight for those who want to …

Going Viral, Good Mental Health, and Dealing With Grief w/ Amy Morin

June 28th, 2019

50:25

Today we talk to mental health expert and internationally best-selling author Amy Morin about how the Internet made her famous (in a good way), how …

Fight Study: Combat Sports Hunger Games

June 23rd, 2019

33:39

This is fight study, where we use professional fights to study the science and art of fighting. We go layers deep, not just to go inside baseball for the superfans, but also to give rich insight for those who want to …

Anti-Capitalism, Nostalgia Traps, Swoletariats, Psychedelics, Team Sports, and MMA w/ David Parsons

June 18th, 2019

1:50:57

Today we sit down with historian, author, and podcaster David Parsons of the Nostalgia Trap podcast to cover a variety of topics that are rarely discussed in-depth: from the nostalgia trap of Ken Burns documentaries, …

Fight Study: MacDonald-Gracie, Machida-Sonnen, Fury-Schwarz, and WTF Aaron Pico

June 16th, 2019

49:39

This is fight study, where we use professional fights to study the science and art of fighting. We go layers deep, not just to go inside baseball for the superfans, but also to give rich insight for those who want to …

The Politics of Avengers and Other Comic Book Movies w/ Matthew Rozsa

June 12th, 2019

53:03

Comic book movies are inherently political. When it's about a global catastrophe, that's political. When you world-build, that's political. When you …

Fight Study: UFC 238

June 10th, 2019

32:36

This is fight study, where we use professional fights to study the science and art of fighting. We go layers deep, not just to go inside baseball for the superfans, but also to give rich insight for those who want to …

Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr: A True Underdog Story

June 3rd, 2019

12:28

Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. was real life Rocky. Just as Apollo Creed gave an unknown Rocky Balboa a title shot when he had no one left to …

Fight Study: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith

June 2nd, 2019

29:51

This is fight study, where we use professional fights to study the science and art of fighting. We go layers deep, not just to go inside baseball for the superfans, but also to give rich insight for those who want to …

Anderson Silva's Coach on Optimal Training for Combat Sports w/ Dr. Jason Park

May 28th, 2019

1:48:19

Dr. Jason Park is a one man MMA coaching staff. He's not only a coach to Anderson Silva, but he's also a doctor of physical therapy, a strength and conditioning coach, as well as the head of the US Muaythai Federation …

Fight Study: Dos Anjos vs. Lee & Wilder v Breazeale

May 19th, 2019

15:05

This is fight study, where we use professional fights to study the science and art of fighting. We go layers deep, not just to go inside baseball for the superfans, but also to give rich insight for those who want to …

Fighting with Autism w/ Justin Osborn

May 14th, 2019

1:11:33

Sam interviews Justin Osborn on his interesting journey, from autism diagnosis to professional MMA fighter.

You can find Justin on Instagram @justin_themachinemma, on Twitter @themmachinemma, on

UFC 237 Fight Study: Namajunas vs. Andrade

May 13th, 2019

1:12:55

This is fight study, where we use professional fights to breakdown the science and art of fighting. We go layers deep, not just to go inside baseball for the superfans, but also to give rich insight for those who want …

Fight Study: Canelo vs. Jacobs, Iaquinta vs. Cerrone w/ Justin Osborn

May 6th, 2019

59:35

On this episode Sam and Paul study Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Daniel "Miracle Man" Jacobs. Then Paul has to leave for a BTS concert, and MMA fighter …

Bolelli and Southpaw Explain Everything PLUS American Plains Tribes w/ Daniele Bolelli

May 2nd, 2019

2:03:51

We initially met up with historian and philosopher Daniele Bolelli to discuss the Lakota people and other Plains tribes, but naturally our …

FU! Vince McMahon w/ Leslie Lee III

April 25th, 2019

1:30:01

We brought on writer, podcaster, and pro-wrestling superfan Leslie Lee III to discuss pro-wrestling, indie wrestling, Japanese pro-wrestling, AEW, …

The Jack Allison Experience w/ Jack Allison

April 21st, 2019

1:17:55

Like many of you, we at Southpaw have wondered, how would someone like Jack Allison react to Joe Rogan Experience questions? Joe Rogan is famous for …

Fight Study UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier II w/ Alex Fernandez (A-Side)

April 15th, 2019

40:13

We sit down with Alex Fernandez to discuss Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier, Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya, and Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Eryk …

A 50-Year Perspective on the Martial Arts w/ Tom Callos

April 8th, 2019

1:19:38

Tom Callos has been involved with the old guard of martial arts, the new vanguard of modern martial arts—and what he's learned through his 50-year …

Latin America, American Suburbs, and How We Got to Now w/ David Hollingsworth

April 4th, 2019

1:51:31

How we got to now, in under two hours, with writer, activist, and martial artist David Hollingsworth.

You can find David on Facebook @david.aka.karma

Fight Study: Barboza vs. Gaethje Plus Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez in One

April 1st, 2019

29:56

We study the chaos that was Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje (a style matchup that mostly benefited Justin Gaethje), plus some observations about the One debuts of Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez. This is MMA …

Project Spearhead, Employment Status, MMA Unions, Gig Economy, and Andrew Yang w/ Leslie Smith

March 26th, 2019

30:13

On this episode, we talk to MMA fighter and organizer Leslie Smith to discuss a topic near and dear to us—the rights of fighters. And what you will find is, discussing the rights of MMA fighters is really discussing the …

Fight Study: UFC Fight Night – Thompson vs. Pettis

March 24th, 2019

27:10

For this fight study, we're focusing all of our MMA brainpower onto one fight: Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson vs. Anthony "Showtime" Pettis.

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Bonus Preview: A People's History of the United States (Pt. 3 of 3)

March 21st, 2019

2:33

How would history read if it wasn't from the grand narrative of those in power, but just as it happened? Including all the warts. And since there are …

Moisturize All Normies w/ Kim Bertrand

March 21st, 2019

1:42:45

Sam and Paul dive deep into the deep dank web with humorist, satirist, comedian, and shitposter Kim Betrand to look at the crap underneath the crap …

Fight Study: UFC Fight Night – Till vs. Masvidal w/ Justen Hamilton

March 18th, 2019

1:11:10

We brought back MMA coach Justen Hamilton to dissect Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal, Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson, and Volkan Oezdemir vs. Dominick …

Bonus Preview: A People's History of the United States (Pt. 2 of 3)

March 15th, 2019

3:05

How would history read if it wasn't from the grand narrative of those in power, but just as it happened? Including all the warts. And since there are …

Boxing and Existentialism w/ Gordon Marino

March 13th, 2019

48:11

We chat with Professor/ Coach Gordon Marino about his new book "The Existentialist's Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age," the benefits of existential philosophy, the coach/ athlete …

Fight Study: UFC Fight Night 146 – Derrick Lewis vs. Junior dos Santos

March 10th, 2019

25:04

We study Derrick Lewis vs. Junior dos Santos—what went right, what went wrong, and what can we learn about MMA tactics. Then we discuss a fantasy …

Bonus Preview: A People's History of the United States (Pt. 1 of 3)

March 9th, 2019

7:48

How would history read if it wasn't from the grand narrative of those in power, but just as it happened? Including all the warts. And since there are …

Fight Study UFC 235: Jones, Smith, Woodley, Usman, Askren, Lawler

March 4th, 2019

34:44

For fans of the tactical aspect of MMA, we study Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith, Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman, Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler, and Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz. This is MMA intellectualism.

If you like …

Multidisciplinary Thinking w/ Rosi Sexton

February 20th, 2019

1:29:41

We sit down with retired professional fighter, former academic, classical musician, and now sports doctor Rosi Sexton to discuss multidisciplinary …

Content Warning: The Best Fighting Animes and Mangas w/ Emon Rashid (Vloshry)

February 13th, 2019

1:29:51

The following program is rated mature, it contains strong language, listener discretion is advised 😉

We brought in extreme martial artist, memer, …

UFC 234 Fight Study: Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva

February 11th, 2019

35:42

For those of you who are nerds of the game, and like to understand the intricacies of MMA prizefighting, allow Sam and Paul to break down every …

The Fighter and the Coach w/ Savannah Em & Justen Hamilton

February 3rd, 2019

1:35:59

In this episode, we sit down with One Championship fighter Savannah Em and her coach Justen Hamilton to discuss women's MMA, MMA tactics & …

We Look at Crap Underneath the Crap of Comedy w/ Robbie Goodwin

January 27th, 2019

1:09:38

We look at the crap underneath the crap of comedy, Internet culture, podcasting, combat sports, and politics w/ Robbie Goodwin

If you like the stuff …

Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw Fight Commentary Breakdowns w/ Jerry Liu

January 22nd, 2019

1:30:18

On this episode, we have Jerry Liu from Fight Commentary Breakdowns. It's a fun one as we dive deep into the world of YouTube, Facebook, data …

The BJJ Millennial Burnout Generation w/ Christian Fagan

January 20th, 2019

1:44:09

We covered so much in this informative episode, we're just going to explain it via bullet points:

  • Being a D1 wrestler, BJJ'er, and an academic during …

Modern Martial Arts: Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw w/ David Christian

January 15th, 2019

1:08:38

Cejudo vs. Dillashaw, Mayweather vs. Nasukawa, Mighty Mouse, Hajime no Ippo, Dragon Ball, and MMA Internet Intellectualism with David Christian of The Modern Martial Artist. This is not your grandfather's MMA podcast.

If …

Not Man vs. Nature but Man WITH Nature w/ Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte

January 10th, 2019

1:25:55

This episode is jam-packed and might be worth listening to more than once, and definitely worth sharing with your friends.

We cover environmentalism, …

Jon Jones & USADA: Making an Unfair Playing Field

January 7th, 2019

37:55

Have you been confused by the whole Jon Jones steroids controversy and the UFC changing venue for him? So were we. And in trying to get to the bottom …

Is the UFC Killing Fighters like Chris Weidman?

January 3rd, 2019

50:56

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Breaking down the career of Chris Weidman, and answering: Was he hype, a has-been, or a victim of the system? And really, it's all three.

He came in at the right …

The WOKEst UFC Postshow Eva! w/ Elias Cepeda

December 31st, 2018

1:43:39

UFC 232, Slavoj Žižek, Noam Chomsky, Richard D. Wolff, & Ralph Nader—you know, just a typical UFC postshow

Today we sat down with MMA writer Elias …

Sex Trafficking in India, Broken Education, and Martial Arts Life Skills w/ Mary Stevens

December 27th, 2018

1:01:59

This is probably our most serious and important episode as we discuss Fair Fight with martial arts instructor Mary Stevens. Fair Fight is an …

The Final UFC on Fox Poststructuralist Show

December 17th, 2018

1:00:58

Dan Hooker vs Edson Barboza: What the hell was Dan Hooker doing, calling out Edson Barboza. It seemed like bad style match-up on paper, but we were curious if Hooker was seeing something we weren't. Nope. It was a bad …

Journalism, Financial Crisis, and Trump w/ Tom Petruno

December 13th, 2018

1:37:03

Everyone has political opinions these days, but after you listen to this episode, you'll actually know what you're talking about.

Sam and Paul grill …

UFC 231 Poststructuralist Show

December 10th, 2018

1:21:49

Man... if you love MMA striking, or if you're an up-and-coming MMA fighter, this is the episode for you. We saw one just brutal and fun opening fight with Thiago Santos (who is in Sam's opinion, the most exciting …

People Who Think Bad and Other Stuff, Too

December 9th, 2018

54:57

Sit back, relax, as we educate your ears with many of the reasons why people can't think good, and other stuff, too. (Who needs college when you got …

Martial Art Tactics and Philosophy (Plus Fury vs. Wilder) w/ The Modern Martial Artist

December 6th, 2018

1:40:37

In this episode, we're joined by David Christian of The Modern Martial Artist YouTube channel. We have a long and winding discussion into his background, how he makes such scientific combat sport breakdowns, what MMA …

Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz III Poststructuralist Show

December 4th, 2018

31:33

So it seems obvious why Tito Ortiz beat Chuck Liddell, right? That's the obvious crap. But we look at the crap beneath the crap. Why did Tito this time look so much taller than Chuck? Can Chuck's style hang in modern …

Early MMA vs. Teaching High School w/ Albert Rios

December 1st, 2018

1:34:18

We sit down with former MMA fighter (Bellator & Affliction) Albert Rios and discuss the early days of MMA (before it was legal). We discuss how the original pioneers went into it with no promises of a future or a …

Gen Z Hustle Struggles w/ Rachel Fox

November 29th, 2018

2:22:35

We go deep down the rabbit hole to discuss Gen Z, Libertarian, Hollywood, AP econ, hustle-porn struggles with actress, speaker, and teen financial …

Sussertown w/ Evan Susser

November 26th, 2018

1:38:44

In this episode, we're joined by writer, producer, and professional podcast guest Evan Susser. His most recent work is Fist Fight, starring Charlie Day and Ice Cube. He's also attached to Wedding Crashers 2, Sonic the …

Marvel Movies vs. DC w/ Jonathan Cooke

November 14th, 2018

1:26:36

Our very first guest! Jonathan Cooke from the Screen Verdict podcast. We break down what makes Marvel movies good, what makes DC movies bad, and we also dig into all the subsets of the Marvel and DC cinematic universes. …

UFC 25th Anniversary Poststructuralist Show

November 12th, 2018

27:29

What happens when you put two fighters who are all offense and no defense? An epic fight. And that's what happened with Korean Zombie in the main event against Yair Rodriguez. And also Donald Cerrone fought Mike Perry, …

Politicians and Their MMA Doppelgangers

November 9th, 2018

43:54

On this episode, Paul takes the lead as he gives us his dissertation on how certain politicians are very similar to MMA fighters, or maybe it's the …

UFC 230 Poststructuralist Show

November 5th, 2018

51:54

Daniel Cormier becomes the first double UFC champion to have defended both belts; Derrick Lewis has knock knees which makes him easy to takedown; Jacare has a bit more gas than Chris Weidman who tends to look great in …

What If MMA: No Gloves PLUS Headbutts Pt. 2

October 31st, 2018

33:14

What would modern MMA look like if we took away the gloves and brought back the headbutts?

We make a great case why the headbutt becomes the great …

What If MMA: No Gloves Pt. 1

October 28th, 2018

36:54

Sam and Paul break down every detail of what modern MMA would look like if we took away the gloves. And you might be surprised at some of our …

How to Think about Politics

October 23rd, 2018

1:08:39

The Southpaw Guide to Thinking about Politics:

  • As a martial artist, as a principled person, as an honorable person, how should I think about politics?

Political Debate Fight Camp

October 16th, 2018

51:22

Topics Discussed

  • What the point of political debates are: what it can and can't do
  • Bringing back PWNAGE
  • How WWE predicted everything
  • Golden handcuffs: …

WTF Happened to Renan Barao

October 12th, 2018

21:13

A metametastudy of the career and fighting style of Renan Barao, and while we're at it, we talk TJ Dillashaw, Anthony Pettis, and Jose Aldo. Plus jokes!

UFC 229 Poststructualist Show

October 10th, 2018

1:03:07

There's some legitimately serious breakdowns in here, with some insights you won't find anywhere else. And mixed-martial-artsed in are some not-so-serious commentary, analogies to video games, pro wrestling, and anime. …

They Live, We Sleep, Love Naps, Stay Woke

October 7th, 2018

49:29

S & P go meta again, as they discuss this iconic fight scene from They Live, and how it's an allegory for the allegory of the cave. And if that wasn't enough, how pro-wrestling predicted everything, how fake fights …

Exit Night, Enter Light

October 4th, 2018

39:40

On the very first episode of Southpaw, Sam & Paul go quickly from small talk, to medium talk, to deep talk, to post-talk. Elevating podcasting …

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