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Like the Joe Rogan Experience, except for the Left.


The Dumpster Fire of Centrist Message Boards, Leftist Gaming (Hobbies & Interest Spaces), and Anarchism Online w/ Eivind Dahl
Jul 19 • 47 min
Sam chats with Eivind Dahl of the Leftist Gaming Club and Red Plateaus YouTube channel to discuss online communities, content moderation, gaming culture, anarcho-communism, why even politicos even need other interests besides just politics (you’re still…
The Practical Guide to Fitness w/ Chris Bathke
Jul 16 • 63 min
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 fit, and an older person (or a…
Racism, Imperialism, Colorism, Mental Health, Sexual Politics, Asian Pacific Representation, and Interethnic Solidarity w/ Nadia Y. Kim
Jul 9 • 115 min
We sit down with author and sociologist Nadia Y. Kim to discuss Asian Pacific American history, Asian Pacific representation in mainstream media (e.g., Crazy Rich Asians, Always Be My Maybe, Sorry to Bother You, Do the Right Thing), the 1992 Los Angeles…
Fight Study: UFC 239 or How MMA Is Another Thing the IDW Doesn’t Understand
Jul 7 • 51 min
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 improve their own skills. On this…
Fight Study: Francis Ngannou vs. Junior dos Santos
Jun 30 • 15 min
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 improve their own skills. On this…
Going Viral, Good Mental Health, and Dealing With Grief w/ Amy Morin
Jun 28 • 50 min
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 as therapist some of her best lessons didn’t come from school but from the strength of her patients, and…
Fight Study: Combat Sports Hunger Games
Jun 23 • 33 min
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 improve their own skills. We analyze…
Anti-Capitalism, Nostalgia Traps, Swoletariats, Psychedelics, Team Sports, and MMA w/ David Parsons
Jun 18 • 110 min
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, anti-capitalism, the Vietnam War,…
Fight Study: MacDonald-Gracie, Machida-Sonnen, Fury-Schwarz, and WTF Aaron Pico
Jun 16 • 49 min
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 improve their own skills. We analyze…
The Politics of Avengers and Other Comic Book Movies w/ Matthew Rozsa
Jun 12 • 53 min
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 have characters so powerful they can own the world, that’s political. Whether the writers intend to or…
Fight Study: UFC 238
Jun 9 • 32 min
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 improve their own skills. There really…
Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr: A True Underdog Story
Jun 2 • 12 min
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, Anthony Joshua decided to fight Andy Ruiz Jr. when his opponent fell out. And Ruiz, like Rocky, made the…
Fight Study: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith
Jun 2 • 29 min
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 improve their own skills. There really…
Anderson Silva’s Coach on Optimal Training for Combat Sports w/ Dr. Jason Park
May 27 • 108 min
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 (USMF) medical team. And it’s because…
Fight Study: Dos Anjos vs. Lee & Wilder v Breazeale
May 19 • 15 min
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 improve their own skills. There really…
Fighting with Autism w/ Justin Osborn
May 14 • 71 min
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 twitch.tv/justin_themachine, and on…
UFC 237 Fight Study: Namajunas vs. Andrade
May 12 • 72 min
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 to improve their own skills. There…
Fight Study: Canelo vs. Jacobs, Iaquinta vs. Cerrone w/ Justin Osborn
May 5 • 59 min
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 Justin “The Machine” Osborn fills in to help us study “Raging” Al Iaquinta vs. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. We…
Bolelli and Southpaw Explain Everything PLUS American Plains Tribes w/ Daniele Bolelli
May 1 • 123 min
We initially met up with historian and philosopher Daniele Bolelli to discuss the Lakota people and other Plains tribes, but naturally our conversation expanded into modern individualism, practical intellect, disdain for variety, narrative thinking & bad…
FU! Vince McMahon w/ Leslie Lee III
Apr 25 • 90 min
We brought on writer, podcaster, and pro-wrestling superfan Leslie Lee III to discuss pro-wrestling, indie wrestling, Japanese pro-wrestling, AEW, WWE labor status, and Vince McMahon. (And also how Hulk Hogan is a dirty, racist, rat who broke his 24-in…
The Jack Allison Experience w/ Jack Allison
Apr 21 • 77 min
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 bringing on interesting personalities from Twitter, yet so far—no Jack Allison. So we, as the JRE of the…
Fight Study UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier II w/ Alex Fernandez (A-Side)
Apr 14 • 40 min
We sit down with Alex Fernandez to discuss Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier, Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya, and Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Eryk Anders. But we ended up talking about such a variety of topics, we decided to split the episode up into two…
A 50-Year Perspective on the Martial Arts w/ Tom Callos
Apr 7 • 79 min
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 journey is: it’s not about styles or even about fighting; it’s about what kind of human being you want to…
Latin America, American Suburbs, and How We Got to Now w/ David Hollingsworth
Apr 3 • 111 min
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 You can find his blog at: https://insertdavepunhere.blogspot.com If you like the stuff we’re putting out,…
Fight Study: Barboza vs. Gaethje Plus Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez in One
Mar 31 • 29 min
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 analysis for nerds. If you like the stuff…
Project Spearhead, Employment Status, MMA Unions, Gig Economy, and Andrew Yang w/ Leslie Smith
Mar 26 • 30 min
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 rights of workers in general. You…
Fight Study: UFC Fight Night – Thompson vs. Pettis
Mar 24 • 27 min
For this fight study, we’re focusing all of our MMA brainpower onto one fight: Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson vs. Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. If you like the stuff we’re putting out, support Southpaw on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/southpawpod You can…
Bonus Preview: A People’s History of the United States (Pt. 3 of 3)
Mar 21 • 2 min
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 so many books that highlight the grand narrative, then we don’t need a repeat of what we already know.…
Moisturize All Normies w/ Kim Bertrand
Mar 21 • 102 min
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 of Internet culture and politics. You can find Kim at: https://www.facebook.com/RealKimBertrand/ and on…
Fight Study: UFC Fight Night – Till vs. Masvidal w/ Justen Hamilton
Mar 18 • 71 min
We brought back MMA coach Justen Hamilton to dissect Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal, Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson, and Volkan Oezdemir vs. Dominick Reyes. We also discuss the state of grappling in MMA, UFC commentating, and how amateur fights might be…
Bonus Preview: A People’s History of the United States (Pt. 2 of 3)
Mar 15 • 3 min
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 so many books that highlight the grand narrative, then we don’t need a repeat of what we already know.…
Boxing and Existentialism w/ Gordon Marino
Mar 13 • 48 min
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 relationship, and then we cover lots and lots…
Fight Study: UFC Fight Night 146 – Derrick Lewis vs. Junior dos Santos
Mar 10 • 25 min
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 match up between Jon Jones vs. JDS, how Jon Jones would do as a heavyweight, why great fighters cheat, and…
Bonus Preview: A People’s History of the United States (Pt. 1 of 3)
Mar 9 • 7 min
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 so many books that highlight the grand narrative, then we don’t need a repeat of what we already know.…
Fight Study UFC 235: Jones, Smith, Woodley, Usman, Askren, Lawler
Mar 3 • 34 min
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 the stuff we’re putting out, support…
Multidisciplinary Thinking w/ Rosi Sexton
Feb 20 • 89 min
We sit down with retired professional fighter, former academic, classical musician, and now sports doctor Rosi Sexton to discuss multidisciplinary thinking, learning how to learn, mixed martial arts, sports rehab, economics, logic, game theory, prisoner’s…
Content Warning: The Best Fighting Animes and Mangas w/ Emon Rashid (Vloshry)
Feb 13 • 89 min
The following program is rated mature, it contains strong language, listener discretion is advised 😉We brought in extreme martial artist, memer, teacher, cartoonist, and YouTuber Emon Rashid (Vloshry) to discuss anime, manga, memes, video games, Reddit,…
UFC 234 Fight Study: Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva
Feb 10 • 35 min
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 minutiae in greater detail than the actual length of the fight! Where we finally answer, what happens when 52…
The Fighter and the Coach w/ Savannah Em & Justen Hamilton
Feb 3 • 95 min
In this episode, we sit down with One Championship fighter Savannah Em and her coach Justen Hamilton to discuss women’s MMA, MMA tactics & strategies, sociology of sport, gender studies, Dragon Ball Z, and Seinfeld.If you like the stuff we’re putting out,…
We Look at Crap Underneath the Crap of Comedy w/ Robbie Goodwin
Jan 27 • 69 min
We look at the crap underneath the crap of comedy, Internet culture, podcasting, combat sports, and politics w/ Robbie GoodwinIf you like the stuff we’re putting out, support Southpaw on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/southpawpodYou can find Southpaw on…
Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw Fight Commentary Breakdowns w/ Jerry Liu
Jan 22 • 90 min
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 collecting, online privacy, BJJ culture, the new ESPN/ UFC deal, Greg Hardy in the UFC, and fight studies of…
The BJJ Millennial Burnout Generation w/ Christian Fagan
Jan 20 • 104 min
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 late stage capitalismMeritocracy AKA doing everything right and still being fuckedProblems of health care…
Modern Martial Arts: Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw w/ David Christian
Jan 14 • 68 min
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 you like the stuff we’re putting…
Not Man vs. Nature but Man WITH Nature w/ Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte
Jan 10 • 85 min
This episode is jam-packed and might be worth listening to more than once, and definitely worth sharing with your friends.We cover environmentalism, biocultural diversity, traditional knowledge, human rights, stewardship, martial arts, economics, and many…
Jon Jones & USADA: Making an Unfair Playing Field
Jan 7 • 37 min
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 of this, we see that it’s not just about Jon Jones but really about how the UFC treats fighters. We…
Is the UFC Killing Fighters like Chris Weidman?
Jan 3 • 50 min
*Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/southpawpodBreaking 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 time to beat Anderson Silva. His…
The WOKEst UFC Postshow Eva! w/ Elias Cepeda
Dec 30, 2018 • 103 min
UFC 232, Slavoj Žižek, Noam Chomsky, Richard D. Wolff, & Ralph Nader—you know, just a typical UFC postshowToday we sat down with MMA writer Elias Cepeda to discuss UFC 232 but ended up discussing every important topic worth discussing because it all still…
Sex Trafficking in India, Broken Education, and Martial Arts Life Skills w/ Mary Stevens
Dec 27, 2018 • 61 min
This is probably our most serious and important episode as we discuss Fair Fight with martial arts instructor Mary Stevens. Fair Fight is an organization that empowers and educates vulnerable girls in India, many of whom have been rescued from child…
The Final UFC on Fox Poststructuralist Show
Dec 17, 2018 • 60 min
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 style match-up.Kevin Lee vs. Al…
Journalism, Financial Crisis, and Trump w/ Tom Petruno
Dec 12, 2018 • 97 min
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 former LA Times columnist Tom Petruno and get to the bottom of how the economy works, what’s been going on…
UFC 231 Poststructuralist Show
Dec 10, 2018 • 81 min
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 fighter in the UFC) vs. Jimi Manuwa (a…
People Who Think Bad and Other Stuff, Too
Dec 9, 2018 • 54 min
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 Sam & Paul? Amirite?)
Martial Art Tactics and Philosophy (Plus Fury vs. Wilder) w/ The Modern Martial Artist
Dec 6, 2018 • 100 min
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 could learn from traditional martial…
Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz III Poststructuralist Show
Dec 4, 2018 • 31 min
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 MMA? How much has Tito improved? Why…
Early MMA vs. Teaching High School w/ Albert Rios
Dec 1, 2018 • 94 min
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 career, and how a lot of them were just…
Gen Z Hustle Struggles w/ Rachel Fox
Nov 29, 2018 • 142 min
We go deep down the rabbit hole to discuss Gen Z, Libertarian, Hollywood, AP econ, hustle-porn struggles with actress, speaker, and teen financial guru Rachel Fox.Along the way, Paul and Sam share their own generational struggles, Sam discusses his first…
Sussertown w/ Evan Susser
Nov 26, 2018 • 98 min
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 Hedgehog, and The Jetsons. But in our…
Marvel Movies vs. DC w/ Jonathan Cooke
Nov 14, 2018 • 86 min
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. Then Jonathan uses MMA to explain…
UFC 25th Anniversary Poststructuralist Show
Nov 11, 2018 • 27 min
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, which looked a lot like an early…
Politicians and Their MMA Doppelgangers
Nov 9, 2018 • 43 min
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 other way, certain MMA fighters are similar to certain politicians. We also delve into the differences…
UFC 230 Poststructuralist Show
Nov 5, 2018 • 51 min
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 round one and then fades; then great…
What If MMA: No Gloves PLUS Headbutts Pt. 2
Oct 31, 2018 • 33 min
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 equalizer, especially for shorter fighters. And gives wrestlers one more tool for striking. It’s a much…
What If MMA: No Gloves Pt. 1
Oct 28, 2018 • 36 min
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 conclusions. First of all, no, it wouldn’t change that quickly. The current batch of fighters would mostly fight…
How to Think about Politics
Oct 23, 2018 • 68 min
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?How politics should be downstream from your principles and not the other way aroundYour moral compass…
Political Debate Fight Camp
Oct 16, 2018 • 51 min
Topics DiscussedWhat the point of political debates are: what it can and can’t doBringing back PWNAGEHow WWE predicted everythingGolden handcuffs: money in politicsHow to train for a political debate as if it were an MMA fight, including but not limited…
WTF Happened to Renan Barao
Oct 12, 2018 • 21 min
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
Oct 9, 2018 • 63 min
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. We’re the Slavoj Zizeks of MMA. And…
They Live, We Sleep, Love Naps, Stay Woke
Oct 7, 2018 • 49 min
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 look more real than real fights, how…
Exit Night, Enter Light
Oct 4, 2018 • 39 min
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 from the darkness to meet the light!