Ground & Pwned Podcast

The Ground & Pwned Podcast, hosted by Scott Fontana and Brian Shea, is a conversational weekly show focused on mixed martial arts and video games. Scott, the New York Post’s MMA reporter, loves gaming as much as watching fights; Brian, senior editor at Game Informer, is a big-time fight fan in addition to being on the pulse of the gaming community. Hit subscribe and listen in for an hour(ish) of passionate and knowledgeable talk between a couple of veteran media pros as they dish on fights, games, and much more.

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Episodes

5 days ago

Thanksgiving is just days away, meaning we’ve got a good lay of the land when it comes to holiday gaming deals. In the spirit of giving — both to others and oneself — Scott seeks Brian’s help to sift through what constitutes a good deal for several of 2022’s most high-profile new releases. And while there’s no deal on this brand-new release, Brian’s got the scoop on Pokémon Starlet and Violet as he summarizes some of his thoughts from his review for Game Informer. On the combat sports side, Scott and Brian have a little bit of everything on their proverbial Turkey Day plate: Bellator 288 and UFC Vegas 65 last weekend and the PFL championship pay-per-view event on Black Friday. Brian’s got some strong thoughts on the price of PFL’s big show. The Ground & Pwned Podcast is a weekly show covering the biggest topics in MMA, video games, and plenty more. Be on the lookout for new episodes every Tuesday on YouTube, Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts! Connect with and follow the show on social media: http://www.twitter.com/groundandpwned

Tuesday Nov 15, 2022

UFC 281 rocked Madison Square Garden, and Scott had a literal front-row seat for the action-packed night of fights. He and Brian break down all the major happenings, from Alex Pereira’s coronation in beating Israel Adesanya a third time to Zhang Weili’s return to the top. While the year’s most sensational fight card dominates the discussion, there’s still time to look ahead to the next UFC Fight Night — and a superior Bellator event the night before.  Outside of the fights, Brian clues y’all in on a recent gaming hit that’s finally making its upgraded way to current-gen consoles. And Scott found time to squeeze in a ton of God of War Ragnarok, even amid a hectic fight week. Heck, Kratos’ latest adventure even served as an ice breaker with one of the biggest stars in MMA; listen and learn why. Last, but not least, Scott and Brian pay tribute to Kevin Conroy, the indelible voice of Batman for 30 years who passed away last week. The Ground & Pwned Podcast is a weekly show covering the biggest topics in MMA, video games, and plenty more. Be on the lookout for new episodes every Tuesday on YouTube, Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts! Connect with and follow the show on social media: http://www.twitter.com/groundandpwned

Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

It’s here! It’s here! Whether you’re hyped for UFC 281 — the G&P-endorsed Best Card on Paper of 2022 — or the arrivals of either/both of God of War Ragnarok and Sonic Frontiers, this week has got it all going on. Of course, Brian’s had his hands on those games already, and Scott’s gotta catch his co-pilot up on a finish frenzy of a Fight Night at UFC Apex from the other day.  The Ground & Pwned gang has you covered if you’ve got questions about those games — plus an upcoming gaming release that combines everything this show is all about — or need a deeper explanation for why this weekend’s pay-per-view is can’t-miss stuff in so many ways. The Ground & Pwned Podcast is a weekly show covering the biggest topics in MMA, video games, and plenty more. Be on the lookout for new episodes every Tuesday on YouTube, Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts! Connect with and follow the show on social media: http://www.twitter.com/groundandpwned 

Tuesday Nov 01, 2022

We live in a world in which notorious content creator Jake Paul was the better boxer than the legendary UFC champion Anderson Silva. That leaves Scott and Brian to make sense of that world. But there was plenty more going on in the combat sports world over the weekend, particularly in the UFC … and not all of it went as hoped. Leave it to the hosts to dive into the most interesting takeaways from this week’s UFC Apex action. Some better news to report on the gaming side, as Scott shares a personal gaming accomplishment. And Brian asks, with an announced remake of the original Witcher game in mind: what older game would you like to see remade? The Ground & Pwned Podcast is a weekly show covering the biggest topics in MMA, video games, and plenty more. Be on the lookout for new episodes every Tuesday on YouTube, Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts! Connect with and follow the show on social media: http://www.twitter.com/groundandpwned 

Tuesday Oct 25, 2022

Brian made it back from halfway around our big blue sphere, and while he couldn’t take a warp pipe home, he had much and more to share about his terrific trip to Japan — especially as it pertained to his experience at Super Nintendo World. That didn’t leave as much time for gaming or keeping up with the goings-on of the industry, but Scott managed to squeeze in plenty of God of War in his quest to conquer the toughest battle in the game before Ragnarok hits next month. Oh, and he dipped deep into the retro catalog to revisit a game that’s about as on-brand as it gets for Ground & Pwned. And fortunately, Brian’s flights got him home in time to catch all the riveting UFC 280 action, so he and Scott weigh in on some of the major results from the latest pay-per-view, including what the future holds for one of MMA’s deepest weight classes. The Ground & Pwned Podcast is a weekly show covering the biggest topics in MMA, video games, and plenty more. Be on the lookout for new episodes every Tuesday on YouTube, Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts! Connect with and follow the show on social media: http://www.twitter.com/groundandpwned

Tuesday Oct 18, 2022

With Brian on the other side of the planet this week, he and Scott collaborated early on another episode of drafts. Drafts! Plural! In a hybrid of G&P’s specialties, the boys work together to flesh out a roster of actual MMA fighters for a hypothetical arcade-style fighting game. And in the spirit of the genre, that means IDing men and women with both distinctive fighting styles and engaging personalities. Only 12 can make the cut, so see who’s in the game. And if that wasn’t enough, your hosts each came up with three video game pitches for non-gaming IPs that have yet to leave their mark on the medium. Do Scott and Brian have any winners on their hands? Listen and let them know!

Tuesday Oct 11, 2022

Brian and Scott react to "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" trailer … and that not-so-Italian-sounding Chris Pratt voice. The preview was better received than the launch of “Overwatch 2” last week, as detailed by Brian — who actually loved the game itself, Week 1 issues notwithstanding.  And without major MMA over the weekend, Scott and Brian are left to rue the fights they’ll never get to see after Frankie Edgar’s final UFC opponent was revealed last week. Plus, the two debate the merits of booking a UFC veteran against a former NFL running back in a boxing match this month. Yes, you read that correctly. The Ground & Pwned Podcast is a weekly show covering the biggest topics in MMA, video games, and plenty more. Be on the lookout for new episodes every Tuesday on YouTube, Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts! Connect with and follow the show on social media: http://www.twitter.com/groundandpwned

Tuesday Oct 04, 2022

Mark Zuckerberg bumping everyone but he and his wife from UFC Apex to have the fights all to himself? That’s not normal. “Skull & Bones” delayed again? Now *that’s* normal. Brian and Scott hit those respective fighting and gaming beats, plus plenty more, while this week’s conversation takes the G&P guys everywhere from the new “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” trailer to betting on football.  The Ground & Pwned Podcast is a weekly show covering the biggest topics in MMA, video games, and plenty more. Be on the lookout for new episodes every Tuesday on YouTube, Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts! Connect with and follow the show on social media: http://www.twitter.com/groundandpwned 

Tuesday Sep 27, 2022

Saturday fights are back this weekend, with a two-promotion doubleheader that begs the question: Does the UFC or Bellator feature the more compelling fight card? Most weeks, that’s a silly comparison. But this isn’t most weeks, so Scott and Brian debate the merits of each. As for the games, it’s all about crossovers this week: from comics in games to games in movies and TV, Brian’s got plenty of interesting news to share and discuss. The Ground & Pwned Podcast is a weekly show covering the biggest topics in MMA, video games, and plenty more. Be on the lookout for new episodes every Tuesday on YouTube, Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts! Connect with and follow the show on social media: http://www.twitter.com/groundandpwned

Tuesday Sep 20, 2022

A sort-of mini E3 sprung up in the middle of September, and Brian keeps Scott up-to-date on the biggest happenings from last week’s Sony State of Play and Nintendo Direct. And while plenty of upcoming titles tickled the hosts’ fancy, a re-release of a true 90s classic has their interests particularly piqued. On the fighting side, Scott returns the favor by updating Brian on what he missed from Saturday’s UFC card. But in bigger news, the weekend retirement of Jose Aldo has the G&P gang wistful and appreciative of the bona fide featherweight GOAT. The Ground & Pwned Podcast is a weekly show covering the biggest topics in MMA, video games, and plenty more. Be on the lookout for new episodes every Tuesday on YouTube, Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts! Connect with and follow the show on social media: http://www.twitter.com/groundandpwned

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