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ou probably haven’t heard of UFC Fight Night 43 fighter Sean O’Connell, and if things don’t go his way on Saturday night, you might never hear of him again. That’s the harsh reality of MMA, but O’Connell wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I just want people to know that this is a sport of love, and it’s one of the few ones left in the professional sporting world where you actually have to love the grind and love what you’re doing,” O’Connell told MMAjunkie. “The money isn’t enough to justify getting yourself punched in the face all the time and putting your body and your health at risk.

“I hope that every fighter gets respect from people because it’s one of the last bastions of true athleticism in the professional sporting world. It’s not about chasing that contract and chasing that money. It’s about achieving a dream.”

For O’Connell, that dream has been years in the making. Growing up, his passion was football, but like so many other professional fighters, watching the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” proved a transformative experience.

“I realized those guys weren’t necessarily any better athletes than I was,” O’Connell said. “They were just tough and willing to push themselves. I remember Chris Leben doing a treadmill test on the show, and no one else could do it. He didn’t look like anything special in terms of being an athlete. He’s just got the mental fortitude of going when everyone else was like, ‘I’m done.’ That impressed me.

“I was always a tougher guy than I was truly an athlete, so I was like, ‘I think I’m tough. I think I can do this.’”

The rush of competition helped fill a hole left by the close of a college football career that saw O’Connell transfer between three different schools while looking for an opportunity to secure playing time.

“I was doing rec center cardio kickboxing classes in the offseasons to stay in shape,” Rosholt said. “I was a decent wrestler in high school, but I didn’t take it overly seriously. I was one of those knuckleheads who thought football was my future. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have been a lot more serious about wrestling because I’m 30 years old and I’m still wrestling every damned day.”

O’Connell began his professional MMA career in 2007 and slowly worked his way up the regional scene. He had an early brush with the UFC, falling short in an elimination-round fight to qualify for “The Ultimate Fighter 8.” Still, he remained focused on his goal of competing in the sport’s biggest promotion, even as a career in sports radio began to flourish.

“That’s my big-boy job,” O’Connell joked. “Fighting is my dream.”

O’Connell’s “big-boy job” would eventually get him back in front of the UFC, when he was able to book UFC President Dana White on his San Francisco-area show.

“The UFC was doing their big media tour, and we had Dana White on my show,” O’Connell said. “We asked him the typical questions. My co-host didn’t know a damn thing about MMA, so he was like, ‘What should we ask him?’ I gave him a few questions he could ask, but I was like, ‘I’m going to ask him for a contract.’ My boss was like, ‘You really are?’ I told him, ‘The worst-case scenario is he tells me I’m an idiot, and it’s good radio. Everyone driving in their car will get a laugh.’

“So I was like, ‘When you’re doing this media stuff, have you ever had anyone ask you for a contract.’ Dana laughed, and I was like, ‘No, I’m serious. I’m 14-4. I’m on a five-fight winning streak. I train under Jeremy Horn. I was on Season 8 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ but I lost my fight to get into the house. I’m a prospect. I want a fight.’ He was just like, ‘Huh? Are you being serious? Alright, when we get off the phone, I’m going to give you (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva’s number. He’ll check you out, and we’ll see what happens.’”

For the rest of the story visit MMA Junkie where this story was first published

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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