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John Gooden is a presenter and sports commentator currently serving as the lead presenter and play-by-play commentator for the UFC EMEA region.
02:08 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:04 Brian’s Introduction.
06:23 Who is this English guy with a bow tie, what does he know about MMA?
10:25 Fluctuations in UFC influence in UK.
12:39 John’s aim to elevate audience experience.
15:02 Early life skills invaluable in John’s progression to his current success.
23:40 A tense Cage Warriors assignment in Chechnya.
28:13 John’s perspective on Conor McGregor from his early days.
39:33 What makes John Kavanagh’s Straight Blast gym special?
41:50 Ido Portal’s work with Conor McGregor.
45:42 What has made Conor McGregor the super star?
51:45 The art of commentating. Who will replace Mike Goldberg?
58:24 Exciting opportunities for the UFC under new ownership.
1:03:30 John’s ground breaking working relationship with Dan Hardy.
1:11:31 John’s thoughts on Ronda Rousey.
1:18:31 Will Connor McGregor fight Floyd Mayweather Jr?
1:20:37 What experiences and nutritional beliefs make John the person he is.
1:38:18 Success secrets.
1:39:00 Phone call to 20 year old John Gooden.
1:40:41 Best advice ever received.
1:41:25 Phone call to the 20 year old who aspires to being a UFC broadcaster.
1:44:29 Keep exploring direct interaction.
1:47:41 Brian’s summing up.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
Straight Blast Gym – Ireland
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Forks Over Knives
People mentioned in this episode:
Floyd Mayweather Jr.