25 episodes

In this weekly podcast, MMA journalist Fernanda Prates will provide her unfiltered opinions on MMA-related matters and discussions, beyond the sport’s day-to-day headlines. Fernanda will respond to the "keyboard-warriors" and "mansplainers" she encounters on a daily basis on social media, from the vantage point of a female writer in a predominantly male sport. And, she'll maintain a sense of humor and a playful approach to the oftentimes serious topics covered in the world of mixed martial arts.

Well, Actually... A show about MMA and Other Stuff Well Actually

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    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

In this weekly podcast, MMA journalist Fernanda Prates will provide her unfiltered opinions on MMA-related matters and discussions, beyond the sport’s day-to-day headlines. Fernanda will respond to the "keyboard-warriors" and "mansplainers" she encounters on a daily basis on social media, from the vantage point of a female writer in a predominantly male sport. And, she'll maintain a sense of humor and a playful approach to the oftentimes serious topics covered in the world of mixed martial arts.

    Hasta La Vista, Babies

    Hasta La Vista, Babies

    As forgotten poet Taylor Dayne once sang, saying goodbye is never an easy thing. Unfortunately, the time has come for us to do just that. In the final episode of Well, Actually… we acknowledge and thank those who made this short-lived, but well-meaning show happen. Including all of you.
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    • 7 min
    The Fight Beat with Ben Fowlkes

    The Fight Beat with Ben Fowlkes

    Fernanda is joined by friend and colleague, The Athletic’s Ben Fowlkes, to talk about how he got involved in MMA journalism, covering the early days of the sport, dealing with public criticism and feedback, his piece in The Athletic, “The night they got their ass kicked — and the long days that followed”, being able to “put on the white belt” in order to become a more well-rounded person, the inner conflict of covering a sport like mixed martial arts, click-baity content, The Tostines Dilemma, and much more.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Caucusing with Julie Kedzie

    Caucusing with Julie Kedzie

    Fernanda is joined by Invicta FC commentator, former fighter, and writer, Julie Kedzie to discuss writing her first book, words, and not just physical actions, as violence, the sport of MMA providing a path towards redemption every day, internalized misogyny, her time as Invicta FC’s matchmaker, The Joe Rogan Experience, and much more.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    P.S. I Love You, MMA

    P.S. I Love You, MMA

    After a heavy couple of days in the sports world, Fernanda decided to step out of her comfort zone and try something new: Positivity. From incredible athletes to a surprisingly welcoming online community, there are plenty of things to be appreciated in MMA. Today, we celebrate them.
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    • 21 min
    Storytime with Ant Evans

    Storytime with Ant Evans

    Fernanda is joined by professional combat sports storyteller, co-author of the bestselling book “Quitters Never Win”, and former UFC Fight Pass content chief, Ant Evans, to discuss the process of writing Quitters Never Win, combat sports as a showcase of human physical courage, overcoming early narratives about MMA in the UK, impersonating Michael Bisping on the radio once upon a time, and much more.
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    • 58 min
    Expectations, Reality, and All the Complicated Stuff in Between

    Expectations, Reality, and All the Complicated Stuff in Between

    “How do you reconcile your own personal and moral beliefs with the realities of covering MMA?” Fernanda has heard this question a few times. She’s still not quite sure how to answer it, but, after watching a troubling conversation between Cowboy Cerrone and Brendan Schaub from a few years ago, she decided to give it a shot.
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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Juicefwm ,

Actually the best

As a podcaster myself, I am often critical of others work. Not in a bad way, just in a way that only someone who has been behind the mic can do, and I constantly listen to other for inspiration. Fernanda is the gold standard. No one else in MMA is having the types of conversations she has. No one else has the right amount of introspection mixed with philosophical insight about a sport involving two human beings locked in a cage attempting to bludgeon each other. I was a big fan of this show when it was on the air, and I recently did a deep dive into the archives and started with episode 11 and worked my way backwards. Fernanda says the things we are thinking but not enough people are saying, and attempts to bring certain social issues to light. I cannot recommend this podcast enough, and I think if enough people listen we can drag it back to the forefront where it belongs!

Punk curmudgeon ,

Gary J should be blocked from listening

What a great podcast this is. Frananda brings a viewpoint I can’t have as a white male and she is open and so funny. I really enjoy her take and typically anyone who doesn’t like this podcast is a just bleed bro and you shouldn’t pay attention to them. Also Gary J is the worst!! That guy is a loser. I will day I strongly disagree with her on the stance that chunky peanut butter is the best because everyone knows that smooth is the bomb.com but I overlook this huge flaw in her character because of all the other great opinions she has.

Jai Deliete ,

I’ve Got Some MMAnsplaining to Do

Are you looking for an MMA podcast, but tired of always getting the same leftover, reheated hot takes... from the same stereotypical, self-described “alpha males”... with the same antiquated, off-color “jokes” about anyone even slightly different from the brototype mold they crawled out of?

Then your search is over, my friend!

“Well, Actually...” is a deep breath of fresh meadow air, much-needed in a cultural landscape that could otherwise be described as a windowless room that smells like farts.

This podcast is good. It’s not good BECAUSE it’s something different; it’s something different AND IT IS GOOD. It’s not good BECAUSE the podscape is littered with decaying monuments to man’s hubris; it’s good because this woman does GREAT WORK.

It’s worth your time, and your interest. Fernanda Prates has a deep appreciation of nuance, in a world where everyone feels a need to reduce every situation to either “black” or “white”. She’s incredibly funny, smart as hell, and deeply personable. You’ll hear about important topics that everyone else just shrugs about and ignores, from a point of view that is sometimes unexpected. She likes to talk to super interesting people in the MMA world, whose voices have not had nearly enough airtime. She’s honest about insecurities and self-criticism, and I don’t trust anyone who claims they AREN’T plagued by doubts and fears about themselves. What are they, psychopaths?!

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