Mixed martial arts coach hosts radio showWritten by Casey Harper | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg DeLong has been a Marine Corps officer, sold pharmaceuticals, coached mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters and hosted a radio show. He has experience in learning new trades but has finally settled into the field he loves, mixed martial arts.
DeLong hosts an online radio show called “Inside The Cage” devoted to all things MMA.
“I try to keep them up-to-date on news that’s going on, and try to give my opinion on what’s going on,” he said. “I give an honest, level-headed approach and from the view of someone around MMA all day, every day.”
MMA combines different fighting styles, like boxing, wrestling and judo. The sport pits fighters against each other for cash prizes.
“The biggest thing is the work ethic and mental toughness,” DeLong said. “Just like any other sport, not always does the most talented person rise to the top. You have to really have a belief in yourself and basically a laser focus and be really driven to fight through all the obstacles.”
Delong lives in Los Angeles. but has held on to his Toledo roots. He said he loves going to Tony Packo’s and Mud Hens games. He graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School and attended The Ohio State University. His sister went to Bowling Green State University and his dad retired from General Motors Co. in Toledo.
DeLong wrestled at OSU for seven years as part of a seven-year program.
Training with Ultimate Fighting Champion fighters for the first time sparked a love that would change his life.
“That really got my feet wet,” he said.
Before long, he was coaching fighters and helped put on a local amateur fighters promotion fight.
“The experience was awesome because I was able to see firsthand what it’s like on the inside of the promotion,” he said. “That was a very eye-opening experience and I can at least look at things from the inside and how difficult it is to actually put on an event. It was fun to be around the fighters and to be on the inside on fight night.”
DeLong began talking with a station manager in Reno, Nev., about hosting a talk radio show about MMA. He began the show in 2008 and it grew in popularity. He has since moved to LA and does the show online at insidethecageradio.com.
He also works at Redgear Sports selling MMA equipment meaning he gets to connect with people daily about what he loves.
DeLong tried to make an official MMA debut of his own, but hit a roadblock in Nevada.
“I was scheduled to fight in a King of the Cage event in Reno and the state of Nevada refused to sanction me,” he said. “The athletic commission wouldn’t license a 43-year-old who was making his pro debut.”
DeLong enjoys having access to the biggest names in MMA.
“It’s similar to NASCAR in that the fans and the fighters connect very well,” he said. “The fighters are very accessible.”
He sees himself staying involved with MMA for years to come.
“I just want to stay involved in the mixed martial arts world and I want to be a part of it and I want to grow with it.”