MMA Fight Radio


About The Show

MMA Fight Radio: Thursdays 6PM – 8PM

MMA FIGHT RADIO Arizona’s original expert source for MMA, hosted by “Broadway” Jay Pagliaro and co-hosts: Pro MMA Fighter Dan “The Man” Charles, Amateur MMA Fighter Nicole “Fidget” Upshaw, along with Shawn “Dallas” Hall.

News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA – including the UFC , Bellator, WSOF, Titan FC, Invicta FC, Duel for Domination, Bounded Fist Muay Thai and more.

Connecting listeners to MMA events and fighters with contests, prizes, ticket giveaways and more!

Thursdays 6-8pm NBC Sports Radio Phoenix 1060AM


Dan Charles

Dan “The Man” Charles Widely regarded as one of Mixed Martial Arts’ fastest rising stars, Dan “The Man” Charles has spent the majority of his 30 plus years of life finding ways to leave his mark athletically.

The Phoenix native initially put his name on the map for the first time during his high school years; where he was a three sport star athlete at Mountain Pointe High School. From there, Charles took his talents from the Ahwatukee Foothills to Scottsdale, where he starred as an outside linebacker and defensive end on the gridiron representing Scottsdale Community College.

Following the conclusion of his football career, Charles made the choice to continue his athletic career by making the switch to Mixed Martial Arts. To the surprise of few, he quickly took to the sport, winning his first pair of amateur fights before going pro in 2011.

From there, Charles further proved he was a name to watch; winning his first seven fights, scoring finishes in six, and needing just less than three minutes total to finish his first four opponents. This meteoric start landed him a contract with Bellator FC, where he continued his rise by scoring wins in three of his first five fights; which included two victories in under a month and an impressive knockout victory over UFC vet Chase Gormley.

When not continuing to hone his craft at Power MMA, and displaying his knowledge and expertise of the sport while co-hosting MMA Fight Radio; Charles enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Danielle and their daughter Hartley.

Jay Pagliaro

Opinionated, outspoken, and brutally honest to a fault: These phrases define the father of two affectionately known as “Broadway,” Jay Pagliaro.

Jay has been an on-air personality in Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Tampa. Beginning his career in 1991 as a contributor to a national program hosted by Major League Baseball legend Pete Rose.

Pagliaro is known in the MMA community for his encyclopedia-esque knowledge of both historic and current happenings in the sport. A diehard fan of the sport since it hit the mainstream eye in 1993,  Pagliaro has a been involved in MMA as a radio host, ring announcer and play-by-play commentator throughout the US.

Promotional Experience: Duel For Domination – Mesa, AZ Bounded Fist Muay Thai – Mesa, AZ Siam Fight Productions – Tempe, AZ Pure MMA – Wilkes Barre, PA Royalty Fighting Championship – Mille Lacs, MN Premier Fighting Championship – Springfield, MA Big Bully MMA – Youngstown, OH New Hampshire Fight League – Derry, NH Art of Combat MMA – Elmira, NY Coalition of Combat – Phoenix, AZ Jake The Snake MMA- Baltimore, MD

Outside of MMA, Pagliaro enjoys spending time with his wife of 13 years, Amber, and their two children.

Nicole Upshaw

Nicole Upshaw has been active in the amateur MMA scene since age 19 and has taken off as the most active women’s bantamweight fighter in the state of Arizona ever since, competing at local organizations like Duel for Domination and World Fighting Federation. Nicole is truly a student of the sport, constantly training and learning! In her most recent MMA accomplishment, Nicole became the first female fighter to win a professional King of the Cage contract at the World Amateur Championships. Nicole is looking to make big moves in women’s MMA, and always delivers entertaining fights!

Outside of MMA Nicole lives with her beautiful family, her fiancé Teea and two “kids”: her dogs Kovu and Juno. Nicole is a graduate of Grand Canyon University and is currently studying to earn her Emergency Medical Technician certification. When she’s not knocking people around in the cage, Nicole enjoys running elite obstacle course races all over the country and hiking Arizona’s beautiful mountains with her “kids”.

Shawn “Dallas” Hall

Watch out! Is all we can say about our newest addition to MMA Fight Radio.

Dallas is as real as they come. As a highly touted athlete Dallas’ competition days came to an end when he suffered a tragic auto accident in 2000 leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. It may have ended his competition career but it never stopped his drive or passion for sports. Dallas is not just a fan, he has been able to successfully navigate the national MMA scene. He got his start in MMA managing several local pros using his proven knowledge of running a profitable corporation helped these athletes understand the importance of branding and creating their own value inside and outside the cage.

As if that’s not enough, He has since moved into his dream position and is a newly licensed judge with the AZ Boxing commission. With his intimate knowledge of the business structure of mma and his wealth of technical recognition of martial arts Dallas is a welcomed edition to MMA Fight Radio and we are sure the fans will enjoy his unfiltered and educated cantor.


  •   MMA fans trend young: •  Ages % •  18-29 36% •  30-39 31% •  40-49 24% •  50+   9% GENDER Male:   67% Female: 33%   HOUSEHOLD INCOME $110,000+     20% $85,000+       27% $70,000+       22% $60,000+       12% $40,000+       20%   Average Household Income $65,000

EDUCATION High School: 21% College: 57% Professional: 22%

  •   MMA, including UFC, Bellator & WSOF, Titan FC etc. is the world’s fastest growing sport. •  In the past decade, MMA has enjoyed remarkable commercial success. •  MMA is attracting young, well-established, high-tech consumers. •  MMA fans have sound financials. They are 15 percent more likely than the average American adult to have a household income of $75k+ and 10 percent more likely to own a second home. •  An estimated 28.1 million Americans took part in some form of martial arts in 2011. •  A typical UFC pay-per-view broadcast reaches 16 million people; a Fox UFC broadcast averages 5 million viewers; Website reaches over 317K Americans per month.

Reach those hard to find Males 18-39! 67% of the MMA audience is 18-39.


Penny Buffington – Producer

Penny co-owner and producer of MMA Fight Radio: Penny has been producing MMA Radio in conjunction with The Ultimate Fighter since season 1 in 2005:   including New York, southern California and southern Florida. She is currently the mother of 3 children and 5 grandchildren and is a self proclaimed nature nut.

Some past on Air Contests:

MMA Fight Radio has given away UFC FAN EXPO 2014 and 2015 Tickets also TUF 19 and 20 Finale Tickets as well as UFC Events, UFC Autographed pictures and equipment, Bounded Fist Muay Thai tickets and Duel for Domination tickets.

Penny’s connections help secure the best guests MMA has to offer, great prizes and killer promotions for our advertisers!

MMA Fight Radio covers MMA across the country utilizing our East Coast Correspondent and our Las Vegas Correspondent and soon to add a West Coast Correspondent. Visit our website