HOAM | Reaction To Colby Covington Being Backup...
During Friday's UFC 286 official weigh-ins, Colby Covington surprised the MMA community when he weighed in as the backup fighter for the welterweight championship main event between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman, hitting the championship mark at 170 pounds. After a year of silence, is there any more behind the promotion's decision other than a just-in-case type of situation? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Covington's out-of-nowhere appearance at the weigh-ins, and if he could find himself in a title fight when he returns to the octagon next. Additionally, topics include Rafael Fiziev being a heavy favorite against Justin Gaethje in the co-main event, where Israel Adesanya could go if he loses to Alex Pereira again at UFC 287, if Usman could go up to middleweight after Saturday's fight, where Belal Muhammad fits in the welterweight championship puzzle, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
BTL | Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3, Gaethje ...
This Saturday, Leon Edwards looks to have lightning strike twice when he defends his welterweight title on home turf against the man he dethroned in Kamaru Usman at UFC 286. While there are certainly a lot of questions on both sides, which fighter needs this win more? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel will give their thoughts on that topic, what the result could do for both guys moving forward in the UFC welterweight division, and more. Additionally, topics include the UFC 286 co-main event between Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev, along with other storylines surrounding Saturday's pay-per-view event in London, Usman Nurmagomedov's successful title defense against the now-retired Benson Henderson at Bellator 292 and where he ranks overall at lightweight, the UFC bantamweight picture after Merab Dvalishvili's impressive win over Petr Yan at UFC Las Vegas, and more. Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Brian Petrie from The MMA Takes podcast, and Anik & Florian.
HOAM | Reaction To Conor McGregor Interview, Wa...
Conor McGregor made a surprise appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Wednesday evening and had a lot to say — including wanting a welterweight title shot against the winner of Saturday's UFC 286 main event between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman should he defeat Michael Chandler in his return bout. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to McGregor's interview and if he factors into the 170-pound title picture should he defeat Chandler later on this year. Additionally, listener questions include the overall welterweight landscape following UFC 286, where Belal Muhammad sits in the picture, the lightweight vs. bantamweight debate, Islam Makhachev potentially fighting at the UFC's return to Abu Dhabi in October, Aljamain Sterling's bantamweight future and where that puts Merab Dvalishvili, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
No Bets Barred: Can Kamaru Usman Reclaim Title ...
UFC 286 is here and that means the No Bets Barred boys are back, and they've got a couple special guests in store, including Andrew Collins, the man who turned $1 into $400,000 at UFC 285.
Trocação Franca | Preview: UFC 286 com Demian M...
Ainda em busca da luta de despedida no UFC, Demian Maia fala da transição para a carreira de comentarista no UFC Fight Pass, os novos desafios, e o duelo de sábado entre seu ex-rival Kamaru Usman e Leon Edwards. O podcast recebe também o piloto Max Wilson, campeão da StockCar, comentarista de Formula 1 na Band e apaixonado por lutas. Na sessão Fight Week, um papo com o estreante no UFC 268, Jafel Filho, sobre a luta contra um fenômeno do MMA.
HOAM | Win or Lose, Where Does Kamaru Usman Go ...
Kamaru Usman will look to avenge his stunning loss to Leon Edwards this Saturday at UFC 286. With an already Hall of Fame worthy career on his resume, what would be next for Usman should he regain the welterweight title? Or, where would he go if he loses for the second straight fight? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses those questions ahead of Saturday's pay-per-view event in London, and what options could be in play for Usman depending on the result. Additionally, lister questions include the UFC 286 co-main event between Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev, the title implications for both guys, Marvin Vettori's future, Merab Dvalishvili's impressive performance against Petr Yan at UFC Las Vegas, Aljamain Sterling's title fight with Henry Cejudo, where Usman Nurmagomedov currently sits in the global lightweight rankings after quickly dispatching Benson Henderson at Bellator 292, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
Fighter vs. Writer: UFC 286 Debate Including Ed...
On the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer with Matt Brown and Damon Martin, we discuss the upcoming UFC 286 fight card, Merab Dvalishvili’s big win over Petr Yan and his decision not to face friend and teammate Aljamain Sterling plus much more.
On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC ...
Merab Dvalishvili dominated Petr Yan over five rounds to pick up the biggest victory of his career and make a compelling case for a bantamweight title shot — a belt currently held by his close friend and training partner Aljamain Sterling. With everything in play in the loaded 135-pound division, where does Yan go from his main event victory at UFC Las Vegas? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on the matchmaking hats to discuss what could be next for "The Machine" following his one-sided decision win. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Yan, who has now lost three straight and four of five, Alexander Volkov following his quick finish of Alexandr Romanov, Nikita Krylov after stopping Ryan Spann in the first round, Jonathan Martinez following his upset victory over Said Nurmagomedov, along with fellow winners Mario Bautista, Vitor Petrino, and more.
UFC Las Vegas Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Mer...
Despite being a sizable underdog, Merab Dvalishvili didn't just defeat Petr Yan in the main event of UFC Las Vegas, but he swept the scorecards against the former bantamweight champion. With title aspirations in play, and his close friend and training partner Aljamain Sterling holding the 135-pound title, where does Saturday's victory put "The Machine" in the championship discussion? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew react to Dvalishvili's dominant performance against Yan, what could be next for both guys, and the surprising changing of momentum in the career of Yan over the last couple of years. Additionally, they discuss Alexander Volkov's quick stoppage of Alexandr Romanov, Nikita Krylov's first-round submission of Ryan Spann, Bruno Silva and Davey Grant's sensational finishes on the prelims, and more.
UFC Las Vegas Preview Show | What's At Stake In...
The UFC’s first event coming out of UFC 285 will take place in their home city, but not at the APEX as UFC Las Vegas features a pivotal main event matchup in the bantamweight division between former champion Petr Yan and surging contender Merab Dvalishvili. MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Alexander K. Lee preview the 135-pound bout and what is at stake for Yan and Dvalishvili, if a title shot could be next for either fighter with a win, or far, far away with a loss. Additionally, they’ll discuss the heavyweight co-main event between Alexander Volkov and Alexandr Romanov, the re-booked Nikita Krylov vs. Ryan Spann fight, and more.
HOAM | Should Valentina Shevchenko Rematch, Or ...
After Alexa Grasso shocked the world with her submission win over Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 285 to capture the flyweight title, should she run it right back with Shevchenko, or should the surging Erin Blanchfield get her chance to fight for the championship first? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the flyweight division, and how things shape up after this past Saturday's pay-per-view event. Additionally, Free-For-All Friday topics include Jon Jones' future after a fight with Stipe Miocic, what could be next for Kamaru Usman win or lose next Saturday at UFC 286, Justin Gaethje's title contention hopes heading into his fight with Rafael Fiziev, the current state of pro wrestling, best fights of all-time, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
BTL | Jon Jones, Alexa Grasso Title Wins, UFC 2...
Jon Jones is the UFC heavyweight champion after submitting Ciryl Gane in the first round in the main event of UFC 285. With the victory, as impressive as it was, is it enough for Jones to reclaim the top spot as the No. 1 fighter on the planet currently? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel will recap Jones' incredible return to the octagon, his current pound-for-pound status, and a potential fight with Stipe Miocic. Additionally, topics include Alexa Grasso's massive upset win over Valentina Shevchenko to win the flyweight title, if an immediate rematch is the way to go, the low-key MVP of the pay-per-view event, Friday's Bellator 293 card — headlined by the lightweight title fight and opening round grand prix matchup between Usman Nurmagomedov and Benson Henderson — stacked up against UFC Las Vegas, headlined by Petr Yan vs. Merab Dvalishvili, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the discussion between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Eric "New York Ric" Jackman.
HOAM | Where Does Ciryl Gane Go From Quick Loss...
While Jon Jones' heavyweight championship victory has stolen the headlines, and created a potential massive fight with Stipe Miocic later this year, there hasn't been a lot of talk about what comes next for Jones' opponent Ciryl Gane. Where does Gane go from the tough loss to Jones? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck gives his thoughts on what could be next for Gane following UFC 285, and what opponents make sense. Additionally, topics include UFC Las Vegas and whether or not a win over Petr Yan could get Merab Dvalishvili a title shot in his next fight, Bellator 293, Bo Nickal's UFC debut and Henry Cejudo's comments that the Penn State national champion should get six more fights under his belt before getting a top-10 opponent, under the radar fights for the upcoming UFC 286 pay-per-view event, the stakes in the Justin Gaethje vs. Rafael Fiziev fight, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
No Bets Barred: Can Petr Yan Rebound Vs. Merab ...
This Saturday, the UFC returns with yet another fight night card, this time headlined by a pivotal bantamweight matchup between Petr Yan and Merab Dvalishvili, and so, as always, the No Bets Barred boys are back to discuss.
Trocação Franca | Exclusivo: Charles do Bronx F...
O UFC oficializou o retorno de Charles do Bronx contra Beneil Dariush no dia 6 de maio, e o ex-campeão volta ao Trocação Franca para analisar o duelo, falar do sucesso estrondoso no Brasil, as alfinetadas virtuais em Conor McGregor, o tropeço diante de Islam Makhachev e muito mais. O podcast traz, ainda, entrevistas com Goiti Yamauchi, Bruno Bulldoguinho e Markus Maluko.
HOAM | Will We Ever Get a Jon Jones vs. Francis...
Jon Jones made it look easy against Ciryl Gane to become the new UFC heavyweight champion. While some questions were answered, others may still be on the table — questions that may only be answered if somehow the UFC can put a fight together between Jones and former champ Francis Ngannou. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the fallout of Jones' quick submission win over Gane in the main event of UFC 285, a likely showdown with Stipe Miocic, and whether or not the UFC would attempt to re-sign Ngannou to fight Jones should the latter move to 2-0 at heavyweight. Additionally, listener questions include Alexa Grasso's championship win against Valentina Shevchenko and if there should be an immediate rematch, or if Grasso's first title defense should be against Erin Blanchfield, Bo Nickal's successful octagon debut, Shavkat Rakhmonov's options after finishing Geoff Neal, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
Rankings Show: Jon Jones or Francis Ngannou — W...
Jon Jones or Francis Ngannou — who is the No. 1 heavyweight in the world? We're back to wade through the wreckage of another crazy weekend at UFC 285 and make sense of what Jon Jones' violent reintroduction to MMA (and violent introduction to the heavyweight division) means for the bigger picture.
'Anything But Fighting' w/ José Youngs | Joseph...
Former UFC title challenger Joseph Benavidez and UFC digital content manager Zac Pacleb join MMA Fighting’s José Youngs on Episode 3 episode of Anything But Fighting. The two cinephiles look back on the year of movies in 2022, give their prediction for the 95th Academy Awards, and break down the biggest Oscar snubs, while also previewing what fans can expect in the theaters in 2023.
On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC 285
Where does Jon Jones go following his quick submission win to capture the UFC heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 285? While Jones' path seems pretty clear, what could be next for Ciryl Gane after falling short in his bid to win the title? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee will attempt to answer those questions and more from a matchmaking perspective. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for new flyweight champion Alexa Grasso and the now former champ Valentina Shevchenko — and if an immediate rematch is the way to go — Shavkat Rakhmonov following his nasty submission win over Geoff Neal, along with Mateusz Gamrot, Bo Nickal, and more.
UFC 285 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Jon Jones...
Jon Jones needed just over two minutes to add UFC heavyweight champion to his impressive list of career accomplishments as he submitted Ciryl Gane in the main event of UFC 285. Prior to that, Alexa Grasso came through with her own submission victory to end the dominant flyweight title reign of Valentina Shevchenko. Following a memorable pay-per-view event, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Jed Meshew react to Jones' impressive return to the octagon for the first time in over three years, how a fight between the new heavyweight titleholder and former champ Stipe Miocic could go, Grasso's incredible performance to pull of the big upset, and where the loss takes Shevchenko. Additionally, topics include Shavkat Rakhmonov's third-round stoppage win over Geoff Neal and what could be next for him, Bo Nickal's successful octagon debut, Cody Garbrandt winning his fight with Trevin Jones, but still adding many more questions about his future, and more.
UFC 285 Watch Party Replay w/ Mike Heck & Conne...
Relive the magic of UFC 285's live watch party with Mike Heck, Conner Burks, plus a few special guests!
UFC 285 Preview Show | Jon Jones' Moment Of Tru...
Jon Jones is heading back to the UFC octagon on Saturday for the first time in over three years. Jones is tasked with taking on Ciryl Gane for the vacant heavyweight title, one that certainly has the shadow of former champ Francis Ngannou looming over it. Can Jones get it done, or will Gane have the title wrapped around his waist at the end of UFC 285? Join MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Alexander K. Lee as they preview the fascinating Jones vs. Gane main event matchup, the storylines and questions attached to it, what to expect from an all-time great who hasn't competed in over 36 months and making his heavyweight debut, and more. Additionally, they preview the flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso, Bo Nickal's octagon debut, Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Geoff Neal, Mateusz Gamrot facing Jalin Turner, and more.
BTL | Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gane, UFC 285, Jake P...
On Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, one of the greatest fighters to ever step foot inside the UFC's octagon returns to action, this time in a new weight class to fight for the heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane in the main event of UFC 285. On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel will preview the incredibly fascinating headliner for UFC 285 and discuss the biggest questions surrounding Jones' return, as well as Gane's latest attempt to become undisputed champion. Additionally, topics include the flyweight championship co-main event between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso, along with the loaded UFC 285 lineup, Jake Paul losing his first boxing match to Tommy Fury and if the rematch is the way to go for both guys, #UFCVegas70 and Brendan Allen's big win, Tatiana Suarez's successful return, Yaroslav Amosov's incredible performance at #Bellator291 and where he ranks at welterweight globally, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and recent UFC Vegas 70 Performance of the Night winner Joe Solecki.
HOAM | Countdown To UFC 285, Reaction To Luke R...
UFC 285 has shaped up to be an incredible lineup on paper, which will be headlined by the vacant heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane. While that fight is outstanding and fascinating, there's a lot to like in terms of questions and storylines on the rest of the main card, and on the prelims. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses Saturday's lineup, the burning questions surrounding the main event, Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso for the flyweight title, Bo Nickal's debut, why Geoff Neal could give Shavkhat Rakhmonov a bigger test than most believe, and more. Additionally, topics include BKFC signing former UFC champs Luke Rockhold and Eddie Alvarez, their upcoming bouts with Mike Perry and Chad Mendes respectively, Jake Paul's loss to Tommy Fury, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
No Bets Barred: Can Jon Jones Keep Cashing Tick...
The UFC is back and so is Jon Jones, and the No Bets Barred boys are back with a breakdown of all things UFC 285.