#017: Rob DeMello

#017: Rob DeMello

Rob DeMello is the sports director at KHON2. He shares how he went from struggling in high school to getting a full-ride at HPU. We talk about co-parenting, UFC in Hawaii, and Nolan reminds another guest about another embarrassing story.

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Rob at high school graduation with his mentor, Neil Everett

With UFC president Dana White
Rob’s adorable kids
WWE Tag Team Champions!
Where can we get this chocolate cake?????
Lucha! Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!
Rob and his wife, Tina

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#013: Chris West (Part 2)

#013: Chris West (Part 2)

Part 2 with Chris West, former MMA fighter turned referee/coach. In this episode, we talk about cornering Chris “The Crippler” Leben in the UFC, dogs, and his wife’s career as a dolphin trainer. Check out the episode page for Part 1 of our interview with Chris for more pics.

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#012: Chris West (Part 1)

#012: Chris West (Part 1)

Chris West is a former MMA fighter turned referee/coach. We talk about the time he got to spend the evening sitting next to Iron Mike Tyson, what ended his college football career, how he got into MMA and his fight with a K-1 kickboxing top contender.

Chris with Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove and Chris “The Crippler” Leben
With the UH football team
With BJ Penn, Charuto and a famous trainer that Nolan can’t remember

With Baret Yoshida, Chris Leben and Ray “Kong” Seraile

 

With Helio Gracie

With Max Holloway
With Romolo Barros and Kevin Yoshida

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#011: Dave “Chinaman” Yeung

#011: Dave “Chinaman” Yeung

Dave “Chinaman” Yeung is a former MMA champion in Hawaii, turned coach. We talk about his Kamen Rider collection, growing up in Kukui Gardens, old school Chinese Kempo training, and his touching tales of his beloved Jackson’s chameleons.

Dave’s Kamen Rider collection

Center stage at Chinese Cultural Plaza
Dave is in the bottom row, middle yellow
The Legendary Karl Gotch, God of Wrestling
The night he received his Black belt in Kempo

Icon 145 lbs Champion
Team Chinaman

Team HMC circa 2006 [Back Row (L-R): Rob Carlyon, Chris West (upcoming podcast guest), Deshaun Johnson (mentioned in this episode – HMC guy who started the face-slapping tradition), not sure, Chris Wong. Middle Row: Seth Mckinney, Dave, Masa Mattu. Bottom Row: Vince Krause (mentioned in this episode – founder of Raze fight gear, guy who did cartwheel at To Chau), Kevin Yoshida, Dean Lista and Nolan]
Ghetto blaster gift from his students. The box says 28 lbs, but it’s actually 36 lbs.
Dave’s beloved TarZen
Head-kick knockout to Jim Kikuchi in his Shooto fight, 2004 at Blaisdell
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#002: TJay Thompson

#002: TJay Thompson

TJay Thompson is one of the founding fathers of MMA in Hawaii. We talk about the early days of MMA at Gussie L’amour’s, but first we get into his crazy new career as a stunt performer for Hawaii Five-O and Kong.

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