Megan Olivi Q&A review: ‘I was born preparing for this job’

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Today UFC host and correspondent Megan Olivi took place in a live Q&A on the Underground and answered an interesting variety of questions from our members.

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Taz Styles – 

Who are some of your favourite fighters to interview?

 

I don't have a favorite to interview – I just enjoy talking to anyone who steps in the octagon. However, I really love when I get a fighter to open up in front of the camera whether that's revealing a deeper layer of their personal story or just laughing and having a good time. I feel like there's so much to every person on the UFC roster, I want fans at home to get to know them as an individual as well as an athlete

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esque – Do you train any form of martial art? Phone Post 3.0

 

Yes! Boxing. It's in my blood. My grandfather was a Navy Champion boxer in WWII and his brother was a professional. Plus I basically grew up on a wrestling mat – in the Lehigh Valley with a very accomplished wrestler brother who is 10 years older than me. I would do conditioning at the end of his practices with the team when I was just a couple years old. I have such a love for folkstyle wrestling & boxing that from the day I was born I was basically preparing for this job 🙂

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DalyDentedDecimated'sDome – Did you come to UFC or did they come to you? A year before working for them, did you have any idea or desire to be a MMA reporter? Phone Post 3.0

 

I used to cover UFC events for a media outlet, that's really how I started working on camera at UFC events. Then a few years down the road the timing was right & I was able to join the UFC team. 

To answer the second part of that question – I never wanted to be on camera until I was at the end of my junior year of college. I went to Seton Hall and studied Political Science (I wanted to be a campaign manager). But my mentor at my internship at Fox encouraged me to try talking about sports on camera with him (because that's what I was doing off camera with the crew in my down time) and it came naturally and was really fun for me. So after that I decided to go for it. I can't say I knew I would cover MMA in particular but I knew I wanted to cover sports. So I got my masters from Fordham &  kept at it and it has lead me here (thankfully!)

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JoeDingo – How do you determine your interview questions?

Lots of research. I read everything I can, watch videos, talk to teammates & coaches. As I do that I write pages of notes, then I formulate my questions off of that. However, there's nothing I love more then having a candid conversation and keeping it flowing based on a fighters responses. I believe in being beyond prepared but also in having a really engaging discussion.

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commonsense517 – Favorite person to interview and if you had a no question barred interview with anyone in MMA who would u pick and why? Phone Post 3.0

 

Good question. I feel like I get to have really in depth interviews with people every single week. For instance, The Exchange is a good example of that. I was particularly proud of the conversation Ronda and I had leading up to her fight at UFC 190 – she really opened up and shared stories she hadn't told in the media before.

But I would love to sitdown with Jon Jones if he returns at some point. He's always been very open in our interviews, and I would just love to have a conversation with him if he ever decides it's the right time to come back.

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OCMikey – What is the most creepy fan story you have for us? Phone Post 3.0

 

Hahahahaha .. There isn't a particular story that sticks out in my mind. But I have to say I am not cool with people grabbing me. A lot of unnecessary touching goes on. I'm not about that life, lol. I love love love meeting fans – but maybe, don't try to grab me like I'm your girlfriend. It's weird. I really don't know how the ring girls do it, they get it 10000x worse. Haha

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I Train UFC Bro – What do you think about the Nick Diaz fiasco?

 

Man, that's brought so much attention to the way the athletic commission works. I don't feel like I know enough about the entire situation to comment on it.

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MillhouseMMA – CM Punk vs that guy at the Q and A, who wins? Phone Post 3.0

 

Omggggggg .. that guy is making it his life's mission to get noticed and somehow get a fight with Punk. I'm not sure why he doesn't focus on getting signed to the UFC first – THEN he can campaign to fight CM (I guess?). He's gone out of his way to find me on social media and talk shit. I think the whole thing is very weird. I'm not sure what he was trying to accomplish at the Q&A.

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TKD LOL – 

How do you make a one syllable word seven syllables?

 

Years of practice. Literally. You'd be surprised the way people want you to speak when you're on camera. In real life I talk 10000 miles a minute.

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I submit cats – Megan,

When interviewing Joseph's opponents, obviously you're far too professional to ever actually do anything, but in the back of your mind is it hard to get out of your head while you do?

I hope that makes sense, I think you're by far the best at what you do and it is a pleasure to have you associated with mixed martial arts.

Bonus question, any favorite fighters (other than Joe) that you just simply enjoy based off their fighting ability?

 

I have never done an MMA interview without being Joseph's girlfriend. So for me, I have been interviewing him and his opponents since back in the WEC. It's really something I can separate in my mind. For that time, I look at both Joseph and his opponent just purely as athletes that have fights approaching. I also realize people want to judge me so badly when I interview former/current/future opponents of his. But I can guarantee if you talk to anyone he has ever faced I have always been fair and respectful to them. 

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FETT_TFK_El Pescadero – Favorite flavor of ice cream? thin or thick crust pizza? Soft or hard shell tacos?!? …. Yes I am fat ;)~ Phone Post 3.0

 

Amazing question. I am very passionate about food. My dream is to film an MMA food show with a guest fighter at different restaurants in the cities we travel to. Food & Fighting are my two passions in life, lol

 

Favorite flavor ice cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, “Half Baked” and “Tonight Dough” from Ben and Jerrys, and an old fashioned soft serve twist in a cake cone. Ice Cream is on of my favorite things on the planet. So basically I will eat it any day any time any flavor EXCEPT MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP. GROSS.

 

Thick or Thin crust pizza: I'm usually a thin crust girl being from the east coast (thankfully we have Grimaldi's here in Vegas) but Lou Malnati's in Chicago is life changing. They actually let me go into the kitchen and make my own. It was amazing.

 

Soft or Hard Shell Tacos: God, I love tacos so much. Hard shell is my preference usually, but I like a soft shell at chipotle.

 

I just wanna go eat so much right now. Seriously guys, I love food.

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vodka7 – How did she get into the UFC business?What did she do before this job? Phone Post 3.0

 

Lot's of hard work.

College for PoliSci to manage campaigns, interned in NYC for 3 years, was encouraged to try on cam & I loved it. Got my masters and hustled hustled hustled .. wait, I still hustle. 

 

Before my job at the UFC which I have now I worked as a PA, I covered lacrosse, I freelanced for red carpets, I appeared weekly on a few sports webshows. Then I started covering MMA with a media outlet, worked freelance for Fox Sports covering the UFC, produced & hosted a show for the san diego padres as well as reported on the team during broadcasts, then to the job I love at the UFC. I couldn't be more fortunate to have the role I do.

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RickStorm – 

Curious.. Do you work for the UFC or FOX?

 

Thanks a bunch for doing Q&A here

 

I am a UFC employee, but you'll see me on Fox a lot. From backstage reporting to hosting UFC Ultimate Insider.

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Not a Do Nothing Bitch – Do you train a particular martial art?

Which Female Fighter Do You Admire The Most? Phone Post 3.0

 

Yep, boxing & a little bit of muay thai.

I admire every fighter that steps into the octagon and get's the door locked behind them. There's not many people who would work that hard for months and years at a time in order to fight another person, but our athletes do and I think it is incredible. I have nothing but admiration and respect for all of them.

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Bombolini – Did you ever buy peanut butter from the front desk of Team Alpha Male?

Given Joe B's size, have some bigger douches ever stepped to him not knowing he would ruin their day or do they become fans once they know he's in the UFC?

 

LOL oh boy that war of words just keeps going .. 

 

Honestly, Joseph is so friendly and humble that people always seem to be on their best behavior around us. However, if people talk shit to either of us online and we respond they're always like “just kidding – huge fan! You're awesome!”

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ITookANotoriousMoneyShot – What conditioner do you use for your hair? You seem to have excellent volume, moisture, and bounciness.

 

LOL .. Dove? I think? I'm the worst girl I have no idea. I just buy that kind of stuff based on how cool the packaging looks.

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esque – What's your masters in? Phone Post 3.0

 

 

Public Communications and Mass Media Studies 🙂

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DaSquidge – Hey Megan,
Keep up the great work, your interviews/Q&As are some of the best in the biz.

Just wondering where your favourite place to travel outside the US for an event is and if you have any cool stories while you were on your travels? Phone Post 3.0

 

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy the interviews, that's what it is all about.

 

Great question. I love traveling for work and I have had the opportunity to go to some really incredible places.

 

Some of my favorite places in the world are Vancouver, Singapore, Tokyo and Mexico City – all places I have been fortunate enough to see because of my job. Vancouver is awesome, beautiful and clean and very healthy. They have great food and great atmostphere throughout the city. 

Singapore is one of my very favorite places in the world. I was there on new years eve and then that following week and it was incredible! It's the safest place you'll ever go. Everyone dresses really hip but no one is inappropriate. The food is life changing and I still dream about the coffee. Seriously. Singapore coffee and kaya toast and the most mind blowingly delicious things ever. I would live in Singapore if it wasn't so far away.

Tokyo might be my favorite city on the planet. It is sooo different than anything we have in the US. The people are so respectful and the culture is just incredible. Obviously they have great Japan