Local Voices Give Fans Their Daily Fix of All-things MMA

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UFC veteran and crew deliver raw commentary, expert analysis.

It's only natural that one of the first places to sanction mixed martial arts events would also produce an equally compelling forum for the discussion and analysis of all things related to the wildly popular sport.

The medium is an Internet-based radio show - TAGG RADIO - hosted by local UFC and Pride veteran Frank Trigg, UNLV student/online personality Goze and former professional gambler Gorgeous George. The raucous trio gives listeners the latest MMA news, in-depth interviews, fight predictions and analysis in a laid-back repartee akin to the "Man Show." The show airs Monday-Friday from 9-10 am PST.

Colorful banter aside, the Website and show produces rather intriguing discussions appealing to MMA diehards and casual fans alike.

"We bring together people who are not only passionate about MMA but extremely knowledgeable from a first-hand perspective," said Brian Garcia, a.k.a Goze. "We're the only daily radio show featuring a professional fighter as a co-host."

And they make sure all aspects of the sport are covered. In addition to interviewing top fighters like Randy Couture, Matt Serra, Ken Shamrock, Babalu Sobral and Royce Gracie, the TAGG RADIO crew has also featured some of MMA's top personalities and key players like judges, coaches, cut men and other experts.

Listeners have tuned into interviews with the likes of UFC judge Richard Bertrand, MMA journalist Loretta Hunt, the UFC broadcast team: Joe Rogan, Mike Goldberg, Eddie Bravo, and Bruce Buffer, and established women fighters like Lisa King of Oxygen's Fight Girls series.

The show launched in April and has already produced an avid following. The guys attribute the show's success to the fact that it's really much more than a radio show - it gives fans the chance to really get to know their favorite fighters.

Listeners are encouraged to call in with questions and comments and can also log in to a chat room (TAGG RADIO Combat Chat) where featured fighters have been known to show up to rap candidly with fans.

The website also offers a forum, fighter rankings and a free archive of all past shows.

One other aspect that sets TAGG RADIO apart from other radio shows and further displays the team's commitment to the sport and its development is the fact that the show sponsors local fighters like Frank Trigg, Tiki Ghosn, Gilbert Melendez, Cub Swanson, Michael Guymon and "Fight Girls" fighters Felice Herrig and Lisa King.

"No other radio show sponsors local fighters," said Goze. "We feel we owe it to the MMA community to support new talent and take established talent to new places."

Brothers Goze and Gorgeous George were inspired to launch the show after their friend, Ryan Bennett, who was considered a pioneer in MMA broadcast radio, was killed in a car accident. Bennett co-hosted a show with Trigg. After the accident, the brothers convinced Trigg to return to the radio waves and the close-knit trio was established, which they believe is the other key to their success.

Each host possesses a dynamic personality lending to lively commentary filled with jabs and taunts which are not only in good fun but also appeal wildly to the general MMA culture.

"First and foremost, we're friends," explained Goze. "We hang out; we genuinely like each other, and I think that comes across on-air. We have a blast working on the show and I think this energy reaches out to our listeners."

Trigg is a veteran MMA fighter having competed in notable promotions such as Pride FC, UFC, Shooto, WFA and Icon sport. Trigg has won world titles at WFA and Icon - at two different weight classes. He's currently ranked #9 on the TAGG RADIO top ten rankings.

A former professional gambler, Gorgeous George hails from Orange County, Calif., and has been an avid MMA fan since the early 90's.

A top Myspace blogger and featured writer for MMAmix.com, Goze boasts a cult following in the MMA community which has been further established by his interviews with top fighters such as Phil Baroni, Mayhem Miller and Frank Trigg, to name a few.

For more information and to tune in, visit http://www.taggradio.com


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