Rutten & Ranallo

PRIDE FC broadcast brothers Bas Rutten & Mauro Ranallo reunite in this weekly podcast covering combat sports, pop culture & life!
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Sep 16, 2016

Mauro Ranallo is back in-studio with Bas Rutten to talk WWE Cruiserweight Classic, WWE Backlash on PPV, and Glory Kickboxing! What's Up, Bas gets detailed and controversial.

#Hashtag includes Hillary vs Trump, Colin Powell emails, Suicide Squad, Henry Winkler honoring Garry Mashall, Kid Cudi, Hispanic Heritage Month, UFC 203, CM Punk, Triple G vs Brook, Rico Verhoeven, AGT winner Grace’s Vanderwaal and more!

Comedy Film Nerds hosts Graham Elwood & Chris Mancini join Bas to talk podcasting on a podcast! Graham & Chris are comedians, filmmakers, authors, and two of the founders of the Los Angeles Podcast Festival, now in it’s 5th year, happening Sept 23-25 in Beverly Hills! They're also the creators of EarBuds: The Podcasting Documentary, a Kickstarter funded film about podcast listeners around the world, available this November!

Start your weekend right with the Feel Good Five and some Maurovation!

Sep 9, 2016

Bas Rutten calls up Mauro Ranallo, who’s on the road again! He's in New Jersey for Glory, then off to Virginia for WWE Backlash, then Florida for CWC… MAMMA MIA!

What’s Up, Bas shares a powerful message after a tragedy.

#Hashtag covers UFC 203, Josh Barnett, Stipe Miocic, Alistair Overeem, CM Punk, Glory 33, Rico Verhoeven, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Badr Hari, Chi Lewis-Parry, Dutch Kickboxing, Boxing, Golovkin vs. Brook, WWE Backlash, CWC, NFL, drone delivery, Apple, Drake, Narcos, Bruce Springsteen and the Roast of Rob Lowe!  

Vicky Pezza asks Bas & Mauro your questions, and The Feel Good 5 goes to the dogs!

Thanks to all the listeners who submitted questions!

Sep 2, 2016

Welcome Back! Bas Rutten & Mauro Ranallo talk summer and September, including Bas’ visit to Maui and Alaska, and Mauro hosting CWC with Daniel Bryan.

#Hashtag covers UFC, Glory Kickboxing, WWE, Stranger Things and the best Summer songs & movies.

Our guest is Strikeforce, DREAM & K-1 Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem joins Mauro to discuss his quest for yet another belt at UFC 203! Alistair & Mauro share how they met, and other memories, in the return of PRIDE FC Flashback!

And it wouldn't be The Podcast of Positivity without The Feel Good Five! GOOGLE IT!

Jul 15, 2016

Bas Rutten hosts solo this week, taking us on an underwater adventure before going full-on Cape Fear. Bas talks about all things UFC, from the sale to Fight Week and UFC 200, with a hint of Bellator.

Dan Severn is our guest, and life is good! The UFC Hall of Famer and former WWF Superstar is the author of the new book The Realest Guy in the Room. Dan talks about his philosophies, his family, growing up on a 120 acre farm, fighting 127 matches and the evolution of his career. Follow Dan @DanBeastSevern and find his book on

All this and The Feel Good Five!

Jul 8, 2016

Happy Days are here again on R&R 26, when our guest is a man who needs no introduction, (but Mauro still gives him a great one anyway) - HENRY WINKLER!

Henry and Bas discuss working together on Here Comes The Boom, and Mauro has tons of questions for The Fonz! We discuss acting and Hollywood, overcoming Dyslexia and writing 31 novels, his 38 year marriage and family, and his love of fishing. Henry shares hilarious stories, gives audition advice, talks some wrestling, and explains how he jumped the shark twice!

Better Late Than Never premieres August 23 on NBC, Henry’s Here’s Hank books are available in stores and on Amazon, and follow him on Twitter @HWinkler4Real!

Jun 24, 2016

Bas takes the wheel and kicks off this ep with a Rutten Rant tackling everything from chicken wings & spare ribs to proper bathroom, movies & supermarket etiquette. #Hashtag covers the latest UFC news and a flammable baby powder warning.

Josh Barnett is our guest! The War Master joins Bas to discuss his childhood, including his decision to become a fighter after watching UFC 2 as a sophomore in high school, and emailing Bas as a teenager. Josh shares tons of great stories from throughout his career, and he and Bas discuss their first knock-outs being bullies, favorite fighters, and being in someone’s corner vs fighting themselves. Enjoy this funny, insightful conversation, and follow Josh @JoshLBarnett!

Jun 17, 2016

(Please note: This episode was pre-recorded at the time of Muhammad Ali’s passing)

Mauro Ranallo introduces this very special Bas-driven episode with guest Duane “Bang” Ludwig!

The two friends met when, as a teenager, Duane competed in the Bas Rutten Invitational in Colorado. Duane is an MMA coach and teacher, retired kickboxer and mixed martial artist who holds the fastest knockout record in the UFC! Duane discusses the journey from being a kid who knew from the beginning he was destined for a future in MMA, to Bang Muay Thai!

Bas and Duane discuss fighting in Japan vs the US, mindset and demeanor, the rewards of being a full-time martial arts instructor, philosophies, habits, relationships, and drawing the line in life.

Conversation, knowledge, laughs and fist-bumps! Follow Duane @DuaneBangCom

Jun 10, 2016

Bas Rutten & Mauro Ranallo pay tribute to two great men the MMA world recently lost in this special episode.

Mike Imber, lifelong friend and career manager of Kimbo Slice, joins us to honor the man he considers his brother. We remember Kevin Ferguson - the husband, the father, the best friend. We discuss Kimbo’s career as an MMA fighter, from backyards brawls to the UFC, and hear memories about the man that Mike managed, Bas trained, and Mauro called fights.

Steve Farhood returns to discuss the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Steve tells the story of an American protagonist who gained the admiration, respect and sympathy of the entire world. We remember Ali, the flawed human being who ultimately came to represent religious tolerance, love and peace.

Jun 3, 2016

June has arrived, and Accordions, Roses and Bathroom Readers are in the air. A Bas Rutten Rant rampage has Mauro Ranallo sorry he asked What’s Up, Bas?

This Just In breaks some Ronda Rousey news. #Hashtag covers Cody Garbrandt, Dominick Cruz, Rockhold vs Bisping, Rothwell vs Werdum, Arlovski vs Barnett, Bob Meyrowitz, John Cena vs AJ Styles, Goldberg in WWE 2K17, Hamilton, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Chelsea on Netflix, Superfly Jimmy Snuka murder trial, Boxing Pros in the Olympics, Star Trek Bikinis, Ron Wood’s a Dad again, and Laura Bretan brings the house down on America’s Got Talent!

Max Holloway is our guest! Hawaii’s own joins us to discuss his upcoming UFC 199 fight vs Ricardo Lamas! Max talks about his family life and childhood, his interest in kickboxing, living in Hawaii and hoping to get UFC there in the future. Bas asks him the keys to victory, and Mauro asks him to put on his analyst’s hat. 8 ISN’T ENOUGH! Follow Max at @BlessedMMA!

The Feel Good 5 and even more This Just in closes out R&R 22, as we continue to rock...steady…

May 27, 2016

WE’LL DO IT LIVE! Mauro Ranallo talks about SmackDown going live, and Bas Rutten gets lessons from a kid.

#Hashtag covers McGregor vs Mayweather, Miocic & Overeem, Almeida vs Garbrandt, Jeremy Stephens vs Barao, Trump vs Bernie - wait, what?! Sports Twins, Indy 500, Tito Ortiz, Halloween, The Weeknd, and Bond. Jane Bond. Epic tales of being fired are shared!

Big E of The New Day is our guest! Big E discusses WWE and the history of The New Day! Big E talks about everything from being a shy kid playing football, to wrestling, tag teams, titles, fighting, performing, crowds, competition, championship - even MMA. It's a New Day, yes it is! Enjoy the Power of Positivity and Follow Big E @WWEBigE!

Come Sail Away on a very Clooney Feel Good Five and close out Mental Health Month with a Clinton quote. Follow us @rutten_ranallo!

May 20, 2016

What’s up Bas takes us to Thousand Oaks High, and Mauro said knock you out! 

#Hashtag covers UFC, Glory Kickboxing, WWE, and a new Boxing segment, The Final Round with Steve Farhood! From Bisping, Cyborg, McGregor & Mayweather, to Dancing with the Stars, shrooms, McEnroe, and...a penis transplant? Oh, and it only gets more amazing from here… 

Steve Maraboli - life-changing speaker, author, behavioral scientist, R&R listener AND guest! Steve enlightens, entertains, and absolutely brings the house down in this must-hear interview! Laugh, learn and enjoy as The Most Quoted Man Alive shares stories about his childhood, military service, his road to authoring 4 international best-sellers, AND training in MMA? MAMMA MIA! It's The Feel Good 40! Follow @SteveMaraboli!

May 13, 2016

The podcast of positivity dropping on Friday the 13th?! What’s up, Bas?

#Hashtag covers everything from Showtime Boxing and UFC, to Ronda Rousey’s book and David Lynch’s...Archie?! Tons more sports, entertainment news and tales of a sleeping Mauro. MMA Junkie’s John Morgan even pops in from Brazil to talk UFC 198!

This Just In! News breaks right before a bee-utiful Feel Good Five.

Austin Trout is our guest! We discuss his upcoming Showtime Boxing match on May 21 in Las Vegas vs Jermall Charlo. Austin talks about his family and being a father, his childhood growing up in New Mexico, the politics of Boxing, scoring and judges, and so much more. We ask his recipe for success as a parent and fighter in these current times. Follow Austin @NoDoubtTrout!

All this and a Mental Health Month quote before our Rap Up. You want it? You got it!

May 6, 2016

What’s up is, less than 24 hours after surgery, Bas Rutten is back in-studio! Mauro Ranallo announces May is Mental Health Month.

#Hashtag is jam-packed, with UFC in Holland, on FOX 20 and 201! We talk Bellator 154, and the recent tragic death of fighter Jordan Parsons. NHL, el Chapo, Brother vs Brother...the list goes on!

Including special appearances by Kenny Rice (@KennyRiceSports), Brian Campbell ( @BCampbellESPN), AND Michael Stets (@Michael_Stets)!

Chi Lewis Parry - kickboxer and noted Ranallo rap rival - is our guest! We discuss Glory, kickboxing, an encounter with Jon Jones, trying out for the Lakers, his thoughts on upcoming fights, when to be the villain and when to be the hero. Bas shares his theory on Glory, and Mauro spits hot fire! Follow Chi Lewis Parry @RealChopperChi!

PRIDE FC Flashback, Feel Good Five, and Vicky Pezza asks you to We're off to the races! Music: “Intervention” (Remix) - Ryan Spills ft. James P.

Apr 29, 2016

Live from New York, it's Bas Rutten! What's up Bas covers the Catholic Retreat he’s attending. #Hashtag covers Cormier vs Jones in UFC 200, Johnson vs Cejudo, Pettis vs Barboza, Henderson to Bellator, WWE Payback, Ronda Rousey, Twin Peaks, Virtual Reality and more! Paul Logan joins Bas to discuss The Horde, the new horror/action film he wrote, directed and stars in! Meanwhile, Hall of Fame Boxing Analyst Al Bernstein joins Mauro to discuss this Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing, and shares his experience attending Garry Shandling’s Memorial Service. Follow them @AlBernstein & @RealPaulLogan!

Patrick Cummins joins Bas & Mauro in-studio, and we kick it off with his notorious “coffee shop story” on how he started in the UFC! Patrick discusses his degree in fine art, how he got “tricked into fighting,” what you learn in fight camps and in losses, wrestling at Penn State, traveling to fight, and a youthful prank turned crime - follow Patrick @OfficialDurkin, and watch his fight vs Nogueira at UFC 198 in Brazil on May 14!

PRIDE FC Flashback features Nogueira vs Yokoi, and of course, the Feel Good Five! Music: Kimbro - Million Dollar Man 

Apr 22, 2016

It's R&R Sweet 16 - we retire! Mauro Ranallo makes his Raw debut, and we remember the icon Chyna, Joanie Laurer. What’s Up, Bas Rutten turns into a powerful painkiller PSA.

#Hashtag begins with This Just In when the sad and shocking news of Prince’s passing hits the studio. We share Prince memories and remember Doris Roberts. Next we dive into Conor McGregor’s retirement and UFC 200! We cover OSP, Bellator, Boxing, Glory, WWE Payback, Michael Strahan, Three’s Company, Game of Thrones, Axel Rose and more, including a Jungle Book music misstep! #ZipADeeDooNAH

Frank Shamrock is our guest! He shares his unique perspective on the Conor McGregor vs UFC controversy. Frank describes Bas as his first friend in fighting, and they share stories from Japan! Frank discusses his difficult childhood as a ward of the state and talks about the charity organization he’s launching, the Shamrock Boys Ranch! The Ranch will offer assistance to 12-17 year old boys, who may be one crime away from being lost in the system forever, through therapy and martial arts. You can donate to help Frank reach his goal by visiting and follow @FrankShamrock for updates!

All this plus a PRIDE FC Flashback featuring Goodridge vs Ogawa and the Feel Good Five! It’s a nice day for a Red Wedding! The rest of the media? Go home. 

Apr 15, 2016

You down with ep 15? Bas Rutten & Mauro Ranallo are back! What’s Up, Bas announces his audio workout is finally complete - with video! It’s available on, which Bas won in his fight for the site!

#Hashtag takes it to Falcon Town with the Magpies! We discuss the NHL, Kobe, Vin Scully, Showtime Championship Boxing, Pacquiao, The War, UFC at MSG, BJ Penn, Bellator, Glory, Joao Carvalho, Balls Mahoney, Captain America, Michael Keaton, a 7 year Twitter joke, and Stairway to Heaven. Mauro nearly drops dead laughing at a Baywatch comparison and El Guapo drops knowledge, then Vicky Pezza drops rhymes.

You Down with OSP? Ovince Saint Preux is our guest! We discuss his upcoming fight vs Jon Jones for Interim Light Heavyweight Title at UFC 197 on April 23. OSP talks about the last minute fight, his training camp, his WTF moments, playing football for the University of Tennessee, opting out of law school, being a member of Omega Psi Phi, using MMA to help troubled youth, high-profile athletes as role models, and much more, from scarification to strategy! Follow Ovince @003_OSP - we’re Rutten for him!

PRIDE FC Flashback features Sakuraba vs White, and The Feel Good Five gets spit, spat, sput, rewound and downright silly...we got one table and two microphones!

Apr 8, 2016

Mauro describes the excitement and insanity of his first ever Wrestlemania Weekend! (And tries to keep the podcast positive while discussing #AAholes) What's Up, Bas dives into Muscle & Fitness Magazine and his latest April Fools prank with Michael Bisping on Inside MMA!

Hashtag Gathsah? You down with OSP? Why not Edgar vs McGregor? Or Holm vs Tate?! We answer all this and more as we hash out hashtags like Jon Jones vs OSP, Diaz vs McGregor, Tate vs Amanda Nunes, the new season of The Ultimate Fighter, Matt Mitrione and others signing with Bellator, Rothwell vs Dos Santos, Dada 5000, Jon Cena, Empire, The Walking Dead, and Merle Haggard.

Want more? How about Showtime Sports Analyst Steve Farhood joining #Hashtag to discuss boxing? It happens!

Booker T joins us this week to share his Wrestlemania highlights! Can you dig it, sucka?! The legend has tons to discuss after wrestling consecutively for 20 years, including the schedule, the fans, brand-splits, his brother Stevie Ray, World’s Gym Arena...even hoverboards! Booker T talks about being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 alongside Donald Trump, as well as his own political aspirations - so follow the future Mayor of Houston, @BookerT5x! And check out!

PRIDE FC Flashback features Monson vs Fujita, then Bas kicks off the “F.G.F.”! Vicky Pezza has the Social Media Report, then, suddenly - THIS JUST IN! It's our first ever Breaking News during the show. Ain't nuthin’ but a Rutten & Ranallo thang!

Apr 1, 2016

Mauro Ranallo reflects on his personal history with Wrestlemania, and Bas Rutten...gets his neck back? Welcome to R&R 13, everybody!

We discuss this weekend’s hottest ticket in town, Wrestlemania! #Hashtag covers Jon Jones, Cris Cyborg’s UFC 198 debut vs Leslie Smith, Emmanuel Sanchez, Prichard Colon, Andre Ward, Billy Joe Saunders, Adrien Broner and Major League Baseball. We go Batman vs Superman vs Deadpool and get Bas’ Final Four. Mauro pays tribute to Patty Duke.

A.J. Styles is our guest! We talk fight style, philosophy, and his upcoming match vs Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania this weekend! We discuss WWE, New Japan, and Super Dad, AJ at home! Follow him @AJStylesOrg

An April Fool's PRIDE FC Flashback featuring Cro Cop vs...Mauro? We got Feel Good 5 on it! Vicky Pezza pays tribute to Garry Shandling. Follow us @Rutten_Ranallo and Drink That Haterade!  Music: "Year of the Sheep” by Wolf Among Sheep

Mar 25, 2016

Spring has sprung! Bas & Mauro are together again, and begin by discussing the Brussels attacks. Then, let's hear it for New York in #Hashtag, now with legal MMA at MSG! Hunt vs Mir, Obama in Cuba, Hulk Hogan vs Gawker, Wrestlemania, Boxing news, Glory in LA, an Uber self-driving car debate, Batman vs Superman, and the tragic tale of possibly the worst “criminal” of all time.

From New York to the Gracies, Renzo Gracie is our guest! We discuss Frankie Edgar, the Diaz Brothers, Jiu Jitsu, Gis, the rivalry between BJJ & Lucha Libre in Brazil, GSP, Chris Weidman, Liam McGeary and Renzo’s childhood growing up Gracie! Renzo is currently training Shane McMahon for his upcoming fight vs The Undertaker at Wrestlemania! We have lots of laughs sharing the memories we've made throughout the years, and a perfectly timed studio pop-in is the cherry on top! Follow Renzo @RenzoGracieBJJ, and stay tuned for his PRIDE FC Flashback, The Feel Good Five, and get jazzed about our tribute to Phife Dawg.

Mar 18, 2016

11:11! Bas & Mauro talk UFC, Mark Hunt, Mayhem Miller, mental illness, Lucha Underground, Wrestlemania, Gaethje vs Foster, Bellator, NHL, SXSW, Indiana Jones, Better Call Saul and so much more! 

Actor and friend Holt McCallany joins us as our first in-studio guest to discuss being cast as the lead in David Fincher's upcoming Netflix series Mindhunter! The show, which starts production in May and releases in 2017, is a crime drama series set in 1979 that centers around an FBI Agent, played by McCallany, investigating serial killers. Holt discusses his childhood, acting, previous roles and voice-over work. Follow him @HoltMcCallany! 
All this and a PRIDE FC Flashback featuring Hunt vs Yoshida, the Feel Good 5, and a closing song performed by Holt - That's Life! 
Mar 11, 2016

Bas & Mauro reunite for episode #10…and Inside MMA! They share stories and an emotional clip of Elizabeth from her late husband Kevin Randleman’s memorial in Vegas. #Hashtag discusses UFC 196, Shogun, Paige VanZant, Chris Leben, Glory 28, The Big Boss Man, Hayabusa, the MTV Movie Awards, Peyton Manning, International Women’s Day, George Martin, and much more, plus chocolate!

Daniel Cormier joins us before his UFC 197 fight vs Jon Jones on April 23 in Las Vegas. DC talks everything from his family and childhood, to the McGregor loss, WWE, and his history with Jones. Follow him @DC_MMA!

PRIDE FC Flashback features Rua vs Arona, and what the world needs now is Feel Good 5! 

Mar 4, 2016

Bisextus? Basorexia? Bas Rutten & Mauro Ranallo leap into March Madness! What's up Bas puts the 02 Trainer to the test. #Hashtag covers Bisping vs Silva, “The Seinfeld Fight” McGregor vs Diaz, Holm vs Tate, Wanderlei Silva’s controversial signing with Bellator, Glory, Wrestlemania, the Oscars, and tributes to entertainers we’ve lost.  

Big John McCarthy is our guest, and right before this weekend’s upcoming UFC 196! We talk about how rules changed after Bas vs Randleman in UFC 20 and what rules Big John feels should be implemented now. Big John discusses everything from the use of instant replay and scoring, to weight cutting and CTE. Big John shares his experience of being an LAPD officer during the OJ Simpson Trial, which included analyzing crime scene photos, and his theory on the case. Check out his podcast Let’s Get It On and follow him @JohnMcCarthyMMA - use #AskBJM for any questions we might have missed!

All this plus a PRIDE FC Flashback featuring Silva vs Nakamura, The Feel Good Five, and more! Defend yourselves at all times, kids! Remember that!

Feb 26, 2016

For Bas’ Birthday, Mauro has given him the gift of the flu. Bas & Mauro discuss Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz, Silva vs Bisping, Glory, Shane McMahon, the Oscars and Kevin James during #Hashtag, while only occasionally bursting into song.

Steve Simeone joins us as our first comedian guest! We discuss comedy, family, growing up in Philadelphia, his friendship with Rowdy Roddy Piper, charity work and faith. Steve becomes an official “Friend of the Show” and tries to convince Bas & Mauro to try stand-up. You can hear Steve on his podcast Good Times and his comedy album Remember This, available on iTunes.

Our PRIDE FC Flashback features Cro Cop vs Dos Caras Jr, and the Feel Good Five gets the Duran Duran treatment. Enjoy our Happy Bas Day episode!

Music: Stationary Nomads - “Conflict Registered”

Feb 19, 2016

Bas Rutten & Mauro Ranallo pay tribute to their friend, Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin “The Monster” Randleman, who tragically passed away last Thursday, February 11, 2016, at the age of 44.

We begin with a PRIDE FC Flashback featuring Kevin’s fights vs Kenichi Yamamoto, Mirko Cro Cop, and Fedor Emelianenko. Bas & Mauro share their personal stories about Kevin, including memories from UFC 20, how Kevin was the first to call Bas “El Guapo,” and an amazing story about a crazy New Year’s Eve they all shared in Japan.

Elizabeth Randleman joins Bas to discuss the sudden passing of her late husband due to a flu turned pneumonia. Elizabeth talks about their children, the love they shared throughout their 12 year marriage, and the life her husband lived.

Mark Coleman - UFC Hall of Famer, Team Hammer House founder and Kevin’s best friend - joins Bas to share his stories and memories about the man he coached and loved like a brother.

We hope you enjoy our tribute to a good man, husband, father, friend, and one of the greatest lives in MMA history.

Feb 12, 2016

Bas Rutten & Mauro Ranallo’s vicious vernacular return to talk Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Steven Thompson’s UFC win streak, Rothwell vs dos Santos, Golovkin vs Wade, black holes, Lady Gaga, and the debate over sex before fights - all this and more during #Hashtag. Our guest Royce Gracie joins us to discuss his upcoming Bellator 149 fight vs Ken Shamrock on Feb 19 in Houston! The PRIDE FC Flashback features Sean Sherk, and The Feel Good Five includes Robert Downey Jr’s message to Iron Boy. 

Music: Catalin Moraru - “My Last Goodbye”

Please tune in next week for our tribute to fighter and friend Kevin Randleman on Rutten & Ranallo #7.

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