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Trocação Franca | Gilbert Durinho: Foco no Chim...
Gilbert Burns x Khamzat Chimaev foi finalmente anunciado, e o niteroiense volta ao Trocação Franca para comentar a luta que ninguém mais queria topar. Durinho analisa o jogo do rival e revela que contratou dois russos em “sigilo” para treinar antes do UFC 273. O lutador explica, ainda, por que quer enfrentar Colby Covington na próxima rodada. O podcast recebe também Coutinho, do Canal Encarada, para analisar o futuro de Poatan após bater Blindado, e as derrotas de Marreta e Marlon.
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Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Scoffs At UFC Fi...
On the latest episode of Fighter vs. Writer, Matt Brown returns to discuss his upcoming bout at UFC Columbus and the recent rash of UFC fighters calling out the world’s top boxers while two-time Olympic medalist Kyle Snyder previews his super-match against J’den Cox and if he’s still interest in MMA in the future.
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC ...
How do you book Magomed Ankalaev following his eighth straight win over Thiago Santos in the main event of UFC Vegas 50 — a performance that has not been looked at in a positive manner? On this week's edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what could be next for Ankalaev following his five-round decision win over Santos inside the APEX. In addtion, future matchups are discussed for Song Yadong after his sensational finish of Marlon Moraes in the co-main event, along with Sodiq Yusuff, Khalil Rountree, Drew Dober, and Alex Pereira following their victories.
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UFC Vegas 50 Post-Fight Show | Did Magomed Anka...
Magomed Ankalaev picked up his eighth straight victory in the main event of UFC Vegas 50 on Saturday night, but did his overall performance push him further back in the UFC's light heavyweight championship conversation? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and E. Casey Leydon discuss that topic, along with Song Yadong's statement win over former title challenger Marlon Moraes in the co-main event, what could be next for Alex Pereira and Terrance McKinney, and more.
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UFC Vegas 50 Preview Show | Does Magomed Ankala...
Thiago Santos will look to get himself back into title contention on Saturday, but to do so, he’ll have to stop the surge of Magomed Ankalaev in the main event of UFC Vegas 50. The UFC light heavyweight matchup tops an exciting lineup of bouts, and MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, and Alexander K. Lee get you ready for the event, discuss the stakes in the Santos vs. Ankalaev headliner, the co-main event between Marlon Moraes and Song Yadong, other under the radar matchups, and more.
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BTL | Covington vs. Masvidal Fallout, UFC 272, ...
Colby Covington earned a lot of bragging rights after a dominant win over Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 272 this past Saturday. Will that be the last time these rivals cross paths? This week on Between the Links, the panel will discuss the aftermath of Covington’s win and where he goes, along with Masvidal’s path coming off of his third consecutive loss, the shining and breakout stars of the UFC’s March PPV event, Eagle FC’s return to the U.S. this Friday and the card’s main event between former UFC headliners Kevin Lee and Diego Sanchez, UFC Vegas 50 and their main event of Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev going heads up with Bellator 276 and their featherweight show capper between Adam Borics and Mads Burnell, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup for the BTL title between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew, who will defend his championship against his colleague Damon Martin.
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We Got Next | Robert Whittaker, Adam Borics, Ma...
Robert Whittaker hopes to have a quick turnaround to take a step closer to a third fight with Israel Adesanya. The former middleweight champion (4:40) kicks off this week's edition of We Got Next to reflect on his unanimous decision loss to Adesanya in the main event of UFC 271 this past month, discusses his takeaways, the aftermath feeling much different the second time around, how he would feel if he didn't get a third crack at Adesanya, hoping for a summer return, why Marvin Vettori makes the most sense for this next fight, and more. Mads Burnell (21:47) previews his Bellator 276 featherweight headliner with Adam Borics, talks signing a new multi-fight extension with the promotion, getting his first main event bout with Bellator, Borics as an opponent, the importance of defense in his fights, potentially fighting for the belt next, and why he feels A.J. McKee will have a repeat performance against Patricio Pitbull next month. Borics (34:51) also joins the program to give his thoughts on the matchup, the disappointment of only being able to compete once in 2021, his thoughts on how McKee vs. Pitbull 2 will go, and feeling like he and former opponent Aaron Pico have a lot in common despite Pico calling him out for a rematch on numerous occasions. Tim Elliott (48:27) recaps his upset win over Tagir Ulanbekov at UFC 272 this past Saturday, discusses not feeling like he was himself in a great first round before head coach James Krause gave him that confidence in the corner, feeling like he had Ulanbekov well scouted, why he chose to admit he grabbed his opponent's glove in the fight and doubling down on it, if he heard Khabib Nurmagomedov's reaction, when he'd like to return, and thoughts on a potential matchup with Cody Garbrandt. Finally, Johnny Eblen (1:06:31) talks his biggest fight to date this Saturday at Bellator 276 against John Salter, why he has an issue with his opponent, the vibe at American Top Team after Colby Covington defeated Jorge Masvidal, signing a new contract with Bellator, Gegard Mousasi's two most recent title defenses, his thoughts on the Marshall Rogan inu coin, and why he turned the company down for a sponsorship.
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Reaction | Kayla Harrison Signs Multi-Year Exte...
Kayla Harrison is no longer a free agent as she has signed a multi-year extension to remain with the PFL. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew react to the news, discuss the impact it has on both Harrison and the promotion, how it could be a major hit for Bellator in the long run, thoughts on how Dana White will react to it from the UFC's perspective, and more.
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Trocação Franca | Alex Poatan: Israel Adesanya ...
Alex Poatan encara o compatriota Bruno Blindado no UFC deste sábado e conversa com o Trocação Franca sobre absolutamente tudo: as declarações dos técnicos de Blindado, a rivalidade com Israel Adesanya, como a luta o ajudou a vencer o vício no álcool, e mais. O podcast conversa, ainda, com o faixa-preta Balbino Junior, novo treinador de Amanda Nunes, sobre as gravações do TUF 30 e a revanche com Julianna Peña. Adriano Albuquerque, repórter do Combate, analisa tudo o que rolou no UFC 272 e o que esperar do UFC Vegas 50.
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Fighter vs. Writer: AJ McKee Responds to Alexan...
Bellator champ AJ McKee and Eagle FC 46 headliner Kevin Lee join the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer.
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC 272
Colby Covington continues to cement his place as the No. 2 welterweight on the planet. After mauling Jorge Masvidal over 25 minutes this past Saturday night, where does the brash and outspoken fighter go next? This week on On To the Next One, that question is answered from a matchmaking perspective following UFC 272 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In addition, future matchups are discussed for “Gamebred” following the “BMF” champion’s third consecutive loss, Rafael dos Anjos following his dominant unanimous decision win over a gritty Renato Moicao in the five-round co-main event, Bryce Mitchell after the biggest win of his career against Edson Barnoza, Kevin Holland, Sergey Spivak, and more.
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UFC 272 Post-Fight Show | What's Next For Colby...
Colby Covington backed up his trash talk and picked up a dominant unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 272. Following the UFC's March PPV event, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Alexander K. Lee discuss Covington's performance and his callout of Dustin Poirier, where Masvidal goes after the loss, Rafael dos Anjos' outstanding performance against a gritty Renato Moicano, Bryce Mitchell's ceiling at 145 pounds, and more.
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UFC 272 Preview Show | Can Jorge Masvidal Silen...
A heated rivalry will finally find its way into the UFC's octagon on Saturday night as Colby Covington takes on Jorge Masvidal. With Covington entering the bout as a heavy favorite, can the fan-favorite Masvidal find a way to create another highlight? Covington and Masvidal are set to headline UFC 272 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ahead of the highly anticipated bout, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed K. Meshew break down the fight from multiple angles and discuss paths to victory, if it is a must win fight for Covington after the trash talk, the co-main event between Rafael dos Anjos and Renato Moicano, Edson Barboza taking on Bryce Mitchell in a big featherweight showdown, and more.
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Reaction | Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal P...
Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal took the stage at the UFC 272 press conference where things went off the rails immediately. Following the first face-off between Covington and Masivdal, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Steven Marrocco, and Jed Meshew react to Thursday’s press conference, discuss their overall thoughts, if there was a winner, and more ahead of Saturday’s five-round bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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BTL | Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal, UFC 2...
A bitter rivalry will take center stage this Saturday at the UFC’s March PPV extravaganza between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal. Although there is no title on the line, what is at stake for two of the top welterweights in the world? This week on Between the Links, the panel will attempt to answer that question, along with which fighter needs the win most in the main event of UFC 272. In addition, they will discuss some of the other top storylines ahead of this weekend’s card in Las Vegas — including the co-main event between Rafael dos Anjos and Renato Moicano — Islam Makhachev’s dominant win over Bobby Green and his involvement this week with dos Anjos that led to Dana White proclaiming he will not get a title shot in his next fight, Gegard Mousasi’s 85 second finish of Austin Vanderford to retain his middleweight title at Bellator 275, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup for the BTL title between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew, who will defend his championship against his colleague Shaun Al-Shatti.
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We Got Next | David Onama & Danaa Batgerel
Danaa Batgerel has won three fights in a row inside the UFC's octagon — all first-round knockouts — as he prepares to face Chris Gutierrez in a battle of under the radar fighters in one of the promotion's deepest divisions at the end of the month. Batgerel kicks off this week's edition of We Got Next ahead of his March 26 bout with Chris Gutierrez at UFC Columbus. "Storm" previews the bout, discusses his reaction to finding out original opponent Montel Jackson was scratched from the bout, his thoughts on Gutierrez as an opponent and how they match up stylistically, teammates such as Holly Holm and Michelle Waterson guiding him with their experience and wisdom, how he sees the fight playing out, and what he would like his 2022 to look like. UFC featherweight David Onama caps us off this week to recap his incredible first-round KO win over Gabriel Benitez at UFC Vegas 48 a couple of weeks ago, talks his reaction to Benitez missing weight, being summoned to Dana White's office following the finish and what the UFC president said to him before heading to the hospital, why he feels the victory changed his life, when he wants to return, Max Holloway being his dream opponent, his thoughts on Alexander Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie, Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal, and more.
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Rankings Show: Can Tai Tuivasa Actually Break I...
Is Islam Makhachev’s takeover of the lightweight division inevitable? Does Gegard Mousasi have a case for being the No. 2 middleweight in MMA? Tai Tuivasa is suddenly a top-4 heavyweight in the world — will he ever be ranked higher than he is right now?? The crew returns after a hectic February to debate the biggest winners and losers of the past four weeks, crown an MVP of the month, and predict who will be the breakout story of a busy March.
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Trocação Franca | Michel Pereira Quer Trocar Ta...
Em um longo e descontraído bate-papo, Michel Pereira conta como se tornou um lutador eficiente sem deixar a irreverência de lado. O lutador revela quando deve lutar novamente, o desejo de trocar tapas com Nate Diaz, e analisa o duelo Gilbert Durinho x Khamzat Chimaev.
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Fighter vs. Writer: Thiago Alves Seeking New Co...
BKFC champion and former UFC title contender Thiago Alves joins the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer to discuss his current contract negotiations, plans for a summer showdown against Mike Perry and his thoughts on Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington after training with both of them for many years.
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC ...
There seems to be quite the debate happening in the MMA community in regards to whether or not Islam Makhachev's next fight will be for the lightweight title against the winner of the UFC 274 bout between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje. Following Makhachev's dominant first-round finish over Bobby Green in the main event of UFC Vegas 49 on Saturday, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss that, and if they believe the protégé of Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight for the belt next. In addition, future matchups are discussed for Wellington Turman, Priscila Cachoeira, Arman Tsarukyan, Armen Petrosyan, and more coming out of the promotion's event at the APEX this past weekend.
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UFC Vegas 49 Post-Fight Show | Is Islam Makhach...
Islam Makachev submitted Bobby Green with a flawless performance in just over three minutes in the main event of UFC Vegas 49. With that performance, is Makhachev the best lightweight in the world? That question is discussed as the UFC puts a bow on their February slate. Other topics include where Green goes from the loss and if it had a significant impact on him, Arman Tsarukyan's impressive performance, the two closely contested bouts on the cards getting mini robbery reviews, and more with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew.
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UFC Vegas 49 Preview Show | Can Bobby Green Sho...
Bobby Green has little to lose, but a whole lot to gain when he faces Islam Makhachev in the main event of Saturday's UFC Vegas 49 event. Can the longtime veteran pull off the massive upset and turn the UFC lightweight division upside down? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew discuss that question, along with why Makhachev isn't getting a lot of shine in his own right for taking this fight on short notice after Beneil Dariush was forced to withdraw due to an injury, the potential championship implications in the matchup, other intriguing bouts on the card, and more.
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BTL | Jon Jones, Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Gree...
A new video of Jon Jones’ September arrest has been released. Does it change how you view the situation? Will it change the UFC’s? Those questions will be addressed this week on Between the Links, along with the debate amongst the MMA community in regards to the video itself and if it should be on the newswire, who stole this past weekend between UFC Vegas 48, Bellator 274, and BKFC: KnuckleMania 2, Triller acquiring a majority stake in the BKFC, the stakes in the Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green UFC Vegas 49 headliner on Saturday, the rest of the card at the APEX, Bellator 275 headlined by a middleweight title bout between Gegard Mousasi and Austin Vanderford, and more. Mike Heck moderates the discussion between MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti and Jed Meshew.
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We Got Next | Gegard Mousasi & Terrance McKinney
How would Gegard Mousasi fare if he shared the cage with current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, or former champ Robert Whittaker? In Mousasi's eyes, he thinks he would do just fine. The reigning, defending Bellator middleweight champion (4:57) joins this week's edition of We Got Next to give his thoughts on Adesanya's unanimous decision victory over Whittaker in the main event of UFC 271 earlier this month, talk his upcoming title defense against Austin Vanderford this Friday in the main event of Bellator 275 in Dublin, if the plan is still have him face the winner of the light heavyweight grand prix between Vadim Nemkov and Corey Anderson should he defeat Vanderford, who he believes will leave the grand prix with the title, and KSW double-champ Roberto Soldic's potential in the sport. Finally, UFC lightweight Terrance McKinney (19:31) joins the program to preview his fight with Fares Ziam this Saturday at UFC Vegas 49, discusses having their first scheduled meeting scratched the day of the event due to one of McKinney's corners testing positive for COVID-19, sharing the fight week with his former high school wrestling coach Michael Chiesa, his public support of Joe Rogan — including writing an op-ed piece for Newsweek — his thoughts on Rogan not being on the broadcast for UFC 271, and more.
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Trocação Franca | Sergipano: Cinturão dos médio...
André Sergipano em enfileirando a concorrência no peso médio do UFC, chegando a quebrar o braço de Ronaldo Jacaré em 2021, e fala ao Trocação Franca que tem planos ainda maiores no MMA. Em um papo franco, Sergipano explicou a origem do nome, já que ele é mineiro, esmiuçou o confronto com Uriah Hall, marcado para 16 de abril, as dificuldades que enfrentou no MMA antes de chegar ao UFC, chegando a cogitar se aposentar, e muito mais.
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Fighter vs. Writer: Joanna Jedrzejczyk On Her U...
Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk joins The Fighter vs. The Writer this week to discuss the latest with her career including a potential rematch with Zhang Weili, the delays in returning to action and her current standing with the UFC.
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC ...
After picking up the biggest win of his career in devastating fashion in his first UFC main event on Saturday, how big of a step up should Jamahal Hill get in the light heavyweight division. This week on On To the Next One, that question is answered from a matchmaking perspective following Hill’s terrifying first-round KO over Johnny Walker in the the headliner of UFC Vegas 48. In addition, future matchups are discussed for Kyle Daukaus following his buzzer-beater submission win over Jamie Pickett, Parker Porter, Joaquin Buckley, and Jim Miller, who picked up a stunning second-round TKO win over Dana White’s Contender Series contract winner Nikolas Motta in their lightweight matchup at the APEX with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee.
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UFC Vegas 48 | Knucklemania 2 | Bellator 274 Po...
After big wins for Jamahal Hill at UFC Vegas 48, Mike Perry and Chad Mendes at BKFC's Knucklemania 2, and Logan Storley at Bellator 274, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Jed Meshew react to a wild and chaotic night in combat sports.
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UFC Vegas 48 | Bellator 274 | Knucklemania II |...
This Saturday sees UFC Vegas 48, Bellator 247, and BKFC KnuckleMania 2 all vying for the attention of combat sports fans and the MMA Fighting team is here to help you sort out your schedule. Join Mike Heck, José Youngs, Alexander K. Lee, and E. Casey Leydon as we discuss the weight of the main event between light heavyweights Johnny Walker and Jamahal Hill, what could be the best pure martial arts contest of the weekend in the Bellator 247 headliner between welterweights Neiman Gracie and Logan Storley, and all the chaos that could happen at a KnuckleMania 2 event that features Mike Perry, Julian Lane, Chad Mendes, Britain Hart-Beltran, Luis Palomino and more. Plus, which fights are flying under the radar and what’s the one fight that you should watch if you could only choose one?
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BTL | Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 Fallout, Joe Rog...
How big of a step did Israel Adesanya take in his quest for greatness, and where does Robert Whittaker go from his loss to the champ in the main event of UFC 271? This week on Between the Links, the panel will attempt to answer those questions, and give their final thoughts on the UFC's second PPV event of 2022 — including Tai Tuivasa's ceiling in the heavyweight division following his KO win over Derrick Lewis. In addition, they'll discuss Joe Rogan no longer being part of the UFC 271 broadcast in lieu of Michael Bisping and how the UFC, and Dana White, handled the situation, the combat sports triple header on this weekend with UFC Vegas 48, Bellator 274, and BKFC's Knucklemania 2, as well as their thoughts on which event has more intrigue heading into Saturday night, and more. Host Mike Heck will moderate the discussion with MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and José Youngs. Show goes LIVE Thursday at 3 p.m. ET / Noon PT.
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We Got Next | Robert Soldic, Ronnie Lawrence, J...
KSW two-division champion Roberto Soldic seems to be at an interesting crossroads in regards to his fighting future. Soldic (7:58) kicks off this week's edition of We Got Next to recap his incredible KO win over Mamed Khalidov to add the middleweight championship to his collection at KSW 65 in December, having one fight left on his KSW deal — which has an expiration date — his team preparing to meet with KSW officials this weekend to discuss what he would need to stick around, his thoughts on fighting in the UFC, what other promotions have stood out should he hit free agency, and why his dream fight would be against Conor McGregor. New UFC featherweight Isaac Dulgarian (36:38) talks earning a contract at FAC 12: Dana White's Lookin' For a Fight earlier this month, his reaction to Eduardo Dantas' incredible head kick KO in the co-main event before making the walk, how he found out about earning the spot on the UFC roster, wanting to take his time before making his octagon debut, possibly moving down to 135, and having a hobby as a beekeeper. New UFC middleweight Josh Fremd (54:35) recaps his second-round submission win at FAC 12: Dana White Lookin' For a Fight to earn a contract, talks getting to meet the UFC president and The Nelk Boys, what his thought process was watching the rest of the card following his win, when he wants to make his first octagon walk, and his thoughts on the Super Bowl this past Sunday. In addition, Jay Perrin (1:09:25) discusses getting the call for a short notice UFC debut against Mario Bautista this Saturday at UFC Vegas 48 and how he got the call, and Ronnie Lawrence (1:32:24) recaps his unanimous decision win over Mana Martinez at UFC 271.
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Trocação Franca | Neiman Gracie no topo do Bell...
O Trocação Franca recebe Neiman Gracie e Marlon Moraes, que voltam às jaulas em momentos distintos na carreira. Neiman lidera o Bellator 274 desta sexta-feira em busca da vitória que pode garantir uma chance ao cinturão, e fala sobre a inspiração em Werdum, a eterna rivalidade Renzo x Wallid, e mais. Escalado para o UFC de 12 de março, Marlon comenta o susto que levou ao passar 11 dias em um “hospitel” com COVID, a situação delicada na carreira e a saída de Amanda Nunes da ATT. O podcast recebe também o jornalista Vitor Freitas para debater o UFC 271 e a aguardada luta entre André Galvão e Gordon Ryan no ADCC.
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Fighter vs. Writer: Michael Bisping On The Fall...
UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping joins the latest episode of Fighter vs. Writer to discuss the fallout from UFC 271 including Israel Adesanya’s win, what’s next for him and he responds to criticism over his commentary on Saturday night.
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC 271
While it seems like all signs are pointing towards a middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier following their victories on Saturday night in Houston, where does Robert Whittaker go after dropping to 0-2 against the current champion? This week on On To the Next One, that question is answered from a matchmaking perspective following a memorable UFC 271 event. In addition, future matchups are discussed for Tai Tuivasa following the biggest win of his career in the co-main event, along with Derrick Lewis, Renato Moicano after stopping Alexander Hernandez, Bobby Green — who kicked off the main card with a unanimous decision over Nasrat Haqparast — and more with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee.
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UFC 271 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Israel Ad...
Israel Adesanya got the job done against Robert Whittaker for the second time in the main event of UFC 271. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Shaun Al-Shatti, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew discuss the latest UFC title defense for Adesanya, Tai Tuivasa's incredible finish of Derrick Lewis, and more.
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UFC 271 Preview Show | Israel Adesanya's Next S...
Israel Adesnaya and Robert Whittaker will run it back in the main event of Saturday's UFC 271 event. Before the UFC's second PPV event of 2022, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Jed Meshew discuss the middleweight championship main event, the heavyweight co-main event between Derrick Lewis and Tai Tuivasa, and more.
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BTL Roundtable | Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whi...
Will Israel Adesanya become the greatest middleweight in UFC history with a second win over Robert Whittaker on Saturday, or will he still have some work to do to catch Anderson Silva in that conversation? This week on Between the Links, the panel will attempt to answer that question and preview the middleweight championship main event rematch at UFC 271 between Adesanya and Whittaker. In addition, they will take a look at Saturday night’s card in Houston as a whole, Sean Strickland’s victory over Jack Hermansson in the main event of UFC Vegas 47 this past Saturday and the potential impact it may have had, Alexander Volkanovski’s fiery reaction to Max Holloway offering to be a backup for the UFC 273 title fight between he and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the roundtable discussion and is joined by MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and UFC bantamweight Randy Costa.
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We Got Next | Alexander Hernandez, Julian Erosa...
Alexander Hernandez is excited to kick off 2022 at a big event in his home state, but he is not at all thrilled at the lightweight bout's placement on the card. Hernandez (8:20) kicks off this week's edition of We Got Next to preview his fight with Renato Moicano this Saturday at UFC 271 in Houston, Texas, talks his reaction to getting offered the bout when he wanted to get a quick turnaround following his quick KO win over Mike Breeden in October, being unhappy fighting on the early prelims, his focus for the bout, where he may want to go following Saturday's fight, and more. Julian Erosa (21:10) recaps his Fight of the Night earning victory over Steven Peterson at UFC Vegas 47 this past Saturday and discusses winning the full $100,000 bonus, his reaction to Peterson's weight miss that netted him 30 percent of his opponent's purse, squashing the beef with Peterson after the fight, his career turnaround, and only wanting exciting fights moving forward. Joe Penafiel (51:50) talks capturing the Cage Titans bantamweight title via fifth-round TKO of Lionel Youngs at Cage Titans 51 this past Saturday in Plymouth, Mass., why he wasn't all that upset Young missed weight prior to the bout, why he lost a point in-between the third and fourth rounds, getting a late start to his MMA career, and eyeing a shot at a major promotion such as the UFC or Bellator. Finally, Bryan Battle (1:05:55) discusses his unanimous decision win over Tresean Gore at UFC Vegas 47, feeling like the undisputed TUF 29 middleweight champion, Gore not shaking his hand after the fight, moving forward from the show, the idea of bringing the TUF trophy coming from another cast member, if he would've given the trophy to Gore had he won the fight, thinking a fight with Nick Maximov next would make sense, and the BKFC rise of teammate Taylor Starling.
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Trocação Franca | Blindado: Sem pressão contra ...
O Trocação Franca dessa semana recebe Bruno Blindado, que faz fila no UFC, para debater o seu aguardado (e muitas vezes criticado) duelo com o badalado Alex Poatan. Os rivais Bibiano Fernandes e John Lineker, que se enfrentam pelo cinturão dos galos do ONE Championship nesta sexta-feira, explicam a origem da treta entre eles. Lineker ainda revela o desejo de enfrentar Popó no boxe, enquanto Bibiano garante que teria sido campeão do UFC caso tivesse assinado com a empresa de Dana White em 2012.
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Robert Whittaker Vows Israel Adesanya Will See ...
Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya will fight for the second time at UFC 271, this time, with Whittaker as the challenger for the UFC middleweight title. 'The Reaper discusses the matchup, why things will be different as champion the second time around, why 'satisfaction' with his effort is more important than the title, the changes he's made mentally since their first fight, and much more with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck.
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Fighter vs. Writer: Chris Weidman Previews UFC ...
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman joins the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer to breakdown UFC 271 while explaining why he doesn’t believe Israel Adesanya is the GOAT at middleweight and also revealing his timeline to return to action after suffering a broken leg.
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC ...
How much closer to a UFC middleweight title shot did Sean Strickland get following his decision win over Jack Hermansson this past Saturday? That question is answered this week on the return of On To the Next One in the aftermath of UFC Vegas 47. In addition, future matchups are discussed for Nick Maximov, Shavkat Rakhmonov, Brendan Allen, Bryan Battle, Julian Erosa and more with MMA Fighting's co-matchmakers Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee.
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UFC Vegas 47 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Sean...
Sean Strickland only trails Israel Adesanya with the longest active winning streak in the UFC’s middleweight division following his main event win over Jack Hermansson at UFC Vegas 47. MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and Alexander K. Lee react to Strickland’s victory, where he goes from here, Shavkat Rakhmonov’s incredible KO win over Carlston Harris, Julian Erosa’s memorable night, and more.
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UFC Vegas 47 Preview Show | Can Jack Hermansson...
Jack Hermansson will look to slow down the surge of the outspoken Sean Strickland in the main event of UFC Vegas 47. Before the UFC middleweights make the walk on Saturday, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and Jed Meshew discuss the pivotal 185-pound headliner, the stakes involved, and the other intriguing storylines heading into the APEX.
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BTL | Jake Paul vs. Dana White, UFC Vegas 47 Pr...
Jake Paul keeps poking the bear that is Dana White. Will the outspoken UFC president respond? This week on Between the Links, the panel will discuss the YouTube star and undefeated boxer's diss track towards White and if his recent interview with Ariel Helwani shows that he's sincere about helping the fighters and what White's response could look like. In addition, they will talk Bellator's first offering of the year with Bellator 273 and the booking of Ryan Bader vs. Cheick Kongo 2 over a rematch against Fedor Emelianenko, Eagle FC's U.S. debut on Friday night, what worked and what didn't for Khabib Nurmagomedov's promotion, a look ahead to Saturday's UFC Vegas 47 card headlined by Jack Hermansson and Sean Strickland, and more. Host Mike Heck will moderate the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jose Youngs and Eric "New York Ric" Jackman.
67 min
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We Got Next | Joe Lauzon, Cheick Kongo, Tresean...
Joe Lauzon is entering his upcoming fight with Donald Cerrone with the same mindset he did heading into his submission win over Jonathan Pearce at UFC Boston over two years ago. Lauzon (5:06) kicks off We Got Next this week to give his reaction to the matchup with "Cowboy" on April 30, talks the fight being originally looked at for UFC 272 in March by the promotion, having no decision made in regards to whether or not it will be his final fight, Francis Ngannou's current situation with the UFC, and Tom Brady's retirement. Chieck Kongo (32:42) discusses getting a rematch with Ryan Bader for the heavyweight title in Paris coming up in May, when he found out about the bout, his side of the eye poke that stopped their first fight that was deemed a no contest, the reaction of the fans hoping Bellator would book a rematch between Bader and Fedor Emelianenko, and more. Sullivan Cauley (1:00:38) reacts to his first-round TKO win over "Big Tuna" Ben Parrish this past Saturday at Bellator 273, talks the star power Parrish accumulated following his promotional debut, what he thought about the matchmaking and the placement on the card, the stoppage from referee Mike Beltran, and his hopes to join Bader on the Bellator Paris event. Finally, Tresean Gore (1:16:53) previews his UFC Vegas 47 bout with Bryan Battle, discusses how he felt watching Battle win The Ultimate Fighter middleweight title in a bout he was forced to withdraw from, feeling his opponent might be overlooking him, his tough upbringing and current relationship with his parents, the importance of his spirituality, the incredible confidence he has in himself, and Jake Paul.
125 min
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Rankings Show: Listener Q&A! | Naming The Justi...
It's mailbag season! After a dead month in the rankings, the MMA Fighting crew break down the doors to February by answering your best listener questions. Who are the Justin Gaethje All-Stars, aka the most exciting fighters alive? Which non-UFC fighter doesn’t get dang enough respect in the rankings? How on earth can we fix Bellator's heavyweight division?? All that and more.
78 min
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Trocação Franca | O Futuro De Lyoto Machida (+ ...
Lyoto Machida revela ao Trocação Franca que explorará o mercado após completar a última luta do seu acordo com o Bellator e revelou seus planos para o futuro. O “Dragão” comparou a evolução no MMA ao episódio do 7x1 e falou da experiência no sumô e caratê. O podcast traz também uma entrevista com Marina Rodriguez, confiante que uma vitória no UFC 272 garantirá uma disputa de cinturão. Ela conta, ainda, como saiu de uma gráfica para lutar MMA e a importância do irmão, paratleta, em sua carreira na luta.
70 min
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Fighter vs. Writer: Frank Trigg On Working ‘Boo...
UFC Hall of Famer Frank Trigg joins the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer to discuss his latest career moves including a part on the “Star Wars” spinoff series “The Book of Boba Fett” as well as his transition into refereeing where he made a recent appearance at UFC 270.
74 min
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BTL | Francis Ngannou's Future, Dana White's Re...
Francis Ngannou isn't budging at all after retaining his UFC heavyweight title this past weekend. This week on Between the Links, the panel will discuss Ngannou's title defense at UFC 270, his unbelievable interview on The MMA Hour and what his future may look like, Dana White's response to why he didn't put the belt on Ngannou following his win over Ciryl Gane, whether or not the UFC should book Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno 4 right away, excitement levels for Bellator 273 and Eagle FC's next event going down this weekend, and more. Mike Heck moderates the grudge match between MMA Fighting's Alexander K. Lee and Eric 'New York Ric' Jackman.
70 min
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We Got Next | Vanessa Demopoulos, Victor Henry,...
UFC strawweight Vanessa Demopoulos had an unforgettable night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. this past Saturday. Demopoulos (5:08) kicks off this week's edition of We Got Next to recap her comeback submission win against Silvana Gomez Juarez at UFC 270, talks getting rocked early and not remembering a pocket of time in the fight, what went through her mind when she got the tap, her memorable post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, her decision to quit exotic dancing prior to the bout, and more. Pat Downey (31:04) discusses officially making the transition to MMA and signing with Bellator, if there were any other suitors before coming to that decision, wanting a wrestling or grappling match with Khamzat Chimaev, if he thinks Jordan Borroughs will fight in MMA, and his plans to debut sooner rather than later. Matt Frevola (48:47) recaps his crazy first-round TKO win over Genaro Valdez at UFC 270, talks his belief he should have the most knockdowns in a round record by himself, why he had no issue with Mike Beltran's stoppage, not getting a bonus and what he said to Sean Shelby after the event, and officially hitting the free agent market. Finally, Victor Henry (1:09:28) discusses his upset victory over Raoni Barcelos at UFC 270 in his promotional debut, if the fight played out the way he expected it to, being a massive underdog, his message to the media about being more well-versed outside of the UFC, Joe Rogan giving him some shine after the win. and when he hopes to return to the octagon.
97 min
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Reaction | Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje ...
Charles Oliveira will defend his lightweight title for the second time when he faces Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee react to the matchup, give early predictions, and more.
19 min
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Trocação Franca | Antonio Tabet Brinca: 'Vou To...
Com as atenções voltadas para o duelo entre Whindersson Nunes e Acelino Popó neste domingo, no boxe, o Trocação Franca recebe o humorista Antonio Tabet para falar sobre o confronto entre seu amigo e o ex-campeão mundial e sua paixão por MMA. O veterano Rogério Minotouro, que sai da aposentadoria para lutar boxe no mesmo evento, também bate ponto no programa para relembrar os grandes momentos da carreira e revelar quais atletas gostaria de enfrentar na nobre arte.
63 min
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Fighter vs. Writer: Curtis Blaydes On Why UFC S...
UFC heavyweight Curtis Blaydes joins the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer to help breakdown the UFC 270 main event and give his thoughts on the contract battle between Francis Ngannou and the UFC. Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader also joins the show to discuss his upcoming fight against Valentin Moldavsky and how his days at 205 pounds are likely over.
62 min
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC 270
Francis Ngannou's game continues to evolve, but will it be enough to get him the respect from Dana White and the UFC that he desires? This week on On To the Next One, that question is answered from a matchmaking perspective following Ngannou's first successful title defense in the main event of UFC 270. In addition, future matchups are discussed for Ciryl Gane — after losing his first pro MMA bout to Ngannou — new flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo as he regained the title in the co-main event, Brandon Moreno, Michel Pereira, Said Nurmagomedov, Michael Morales, and more with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee.
75 min
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UFC 270 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Francis N...
While many were celebrating Francis Ngannou's successful title defense against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270, Dana White was nowhere to be found. Following the UFC's first PPV event of 2022, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, Jose Youngs and Alexander K. Lee react to Ngannou's future, whether or not Jon Jones could be in play, what White's post-fight absence might mean, Deiveson Figueiredo regaining the flyweight title against Brandon Moreno and if a fourth straight meeting could happen, and more.
58 min
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UFC 270 Preview Show | Could This Be Francis Ng...
Francis Ngannou is the betting underdog heading into his first title defense against Ciryl Gane despite being on a streak of terrorizing finishes. Ngannou and Gane will compete to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion in the main event of UFC 270 this Saturday in Anaheim. MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Shaun Al-Shatti, and E. Casey Leydon discuss all of the drama heading into the fight, including Ngannou’s current contract issues with the UFC, but also talk the intrigue of the actual matchup. In addition, they discuss the trilogy bout between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo for the flyweight title, and more.
61 min
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BTL Roundtable | Ngannou vs. Gane, Moreno vs. F...
Could Francis Ngannou have too much on his mind ahead of his first heavyweight title defense? That storyline is discussed on this week’s Between the Links ahead of Ngannou’s main event bout with Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 this Saturday. In addition, the panel talks the trilogy fight for the flyweight championship between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo, the UFC’s first pay-per-view event under the new price increase, Calvin Kattar’s incredible bounce back win against Giga Chikadze at UFC Vegas 46 and where that puts him in title contention, the ongoing battle between Dana White and Henry Cejudo, and much more with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, along with UFC bantamweight Brian Kelleher fresh off of his victory over Kevin Croom this past Saturday at the APEX.
66 min
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We Got Next | Brandon Moreno, Calvin Kattar, Mi...
Catch up with UFC champion Brandon Moreno, Calvin Kattar, Mike Perry, and Cody Stamann on this week's episode of We Got Next.
106 min
160
Trocação Franca | A Nova Luta De Claudinha Gadelha
Ex-desafiante ao cinturão do UFC, Claudinha Gadelha sobre a decisão de se aposentar do MMA e a nova missão no UFC: ajudar a nova geração de lutadores. Claudinha fala da carreira, a conturbada saída da Nova União, o desejo de enfrentar Joanna Jedrzejczyk em uma luta de jiu-jitsu, e mais. O podcast recebe ainda o jornalista Raphael Marinho, que debate a saída da Amanda Nunes da ATT e os destaques do UFC 270.
53 min
161
Fighter vs. Writer: Rashad Evans Explains Decis...
Rashad Evans joins The Fighter vs. The Writer to discuss his return from retirement, how long he plans to continue to fight while also addressing former rival Jon Jones.
29 min
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC ...
How close is Calvin Kattar to a UFC featherweight title shot after his bounce back win over Giga Chikadze, and what fight could get him over that hump? That question is discussed on the first matchmaking edition of On To the Next One for 2022 following Saturday's UFC Vegas 46 event. In addition, future matchups are discussed for Chikadze, Jake Collier, Brandon Royval, Katlyn Chookagian, Viacheslav Borshchev, Bill Algeo, and more.
90 min
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UFC Vegas 46 Post-Fight Show | Is Calvin Kattar...
Calvin Kattar silenced all of the critics with a dominant performance in the UFC’s first main event of 2022. Kattar returned to the octagon after a year layoff to batter Giga Chikadze and hand the Georgian standout his first UFC loss in the headliner of UFC Vegas. Did the victory put the New England Cartel fighter in featherweight championship contention? That question is discussed, along with other notable storylines from Saturday’s fight card at the UFC APEX with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, and E. Casey Leydon.
53 min
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UFC Vegas 46 Preview Show | Does Calvin Kattar ...
Giga Chikadze and Calvin Kattar will battle it out in the UFC’s first main event of 2022. Does a surging Chikadze need a win more than Kattar, who is looking to bounce back from his loss to Max Holloway a year prior? That question is discussed, along with other top storylines ahead of UFC Vegas 46 with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon.
60 min
165
BTL Roundtable | Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masv...
One of the sport’s most heated rivalries will be settled in March, but was it the right call by the UFC to put the matchup between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal in a PPV main event slot? The new main event for UFC 272 between Covington and Masvidal will be discussed on this week’s edition of Between the Links. In addition, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Jed Meshew will talk the new featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273 in April following the scratch of Max Holloway, whether or not it was the right fight to make, the UFC’s first event of the new year this weekend with UFC Vegas 46, the featherweight headliner between Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze, the low-key banger with all the changes, and predictions of who will be the male and female fighters for 2022.
67 min
166
We Got Next | Ben 'Big Tuna' Parrish & Jasmine ...
If the Paul brothers really want to make the move to MMA, "Big Tuna" would be happy to welcome either one of them. Ben Parrish (11:05) returns to We Got Next to preview his light heavyweight matchup with Sullivan Cauley at Bellator 273 on Jan. 29, discusses making his second promotional appearance at the reaction from MMA fans following his memorable Bellator debut in September, feeling like win, lose, or draw, Bellator will sign him to an exclusive deal, how he sees the fight playing out, his thoughts on Jake Paul's KO win over Tyron Woodley and why he believes there may be some tomfoolery involved, being very much open to fights with the undefeated boxer, or his brother Logan Paul in MMA or boxing, and more. Finally, UFC flyweight Jasmine Jadudavicius discusses her upcoming octagon debut against Kay Hansen at UFC 270 next Saturday in Anaheim, being on enemy territory — which is something that is not new to her at all as a professional fighter — thoughts on the matchup with Hansen, horrible advice she received from a fan on social media, getting the chance to train with Brandon Moreno, and why Valentina Shevchenko would be her No. 1 choice to train with if she had the choice.
49 min
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Trocação Franca | Deiveson Figueiredo, Rodolfo ...
O Trocação Franca está pesado. Ex-campeão peso mosca do UFC, Deiveson Figueiredo analisa a trilogia com Brandon Moreno e os treinos com o ex-rival Henry Cejudo, enquanto Rodolfo Vieira comenta o duelo brasileiro com Wellington Turman no mesmo card, o UFC 270 de 22 de janeiro. Vitor Miranda, veterano e analista de lutas da organização, prevê o ano do Brasil no UFC e quem pode faturar cinturões em 2022.
81 min
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Fighter vs. Writer: Paul Felder Predicts Bigges...
Paul Felder joins the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer for a 2022 preview including his favorite fights coming up this year plus the biggest threats to each champion across the UFC.
56 min
169
On To the Next One | 2022 Predictions Extravaganza
Could 2022 see both Jon Jones and Conor McGregor fight for UFC titles? Will Khamzat Chimaev get himself into a title fight as well? This week on On To the Next One, those questions are presented during the 2022 predictions extravaganza. Hosts Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee will go through a slew of buy/sell questions presented by listeners about a variety of topics — including whether Jake Paul's next fight will be against a current member of the UFC roster, Kayla Harrison's free agency decision, Amanda Nunes' future, how Nate Diaz will start and end the year, and much more. In addition, they will make their choices for who will end the year as UFC champion in each division, along with their bold and spicy predictions for the world of MMA in 2022.
96 min
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Trocação Franca | Q&A: Futuro Do UFC, Jornalism...
O episódio dessa semana do Trocação Franca está um pouquinho diferente. Vocês atenderam ao meu chamado nas redes sociais e enviaram dezenas de ótimas perguntas (e ruins também, claro) sobre sobre tudo o que está rolando por aí no mundo do MMA, do futuro do Brasil no esporte ao trabalho como jornalista de MMA, e eu respondi a cada uma delas. Clica aí e vem conversar comigo.
48 min
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BTL Championship | Dana White vs. Jake Paul, Po...
Dana White and Jake Paul kicked off 2022 with a back-and-forth war of words — which is something that happened quite frequently in 2021. But what does it all mean and can any actual good come from it? That topic will be discussed by on the finale of the Between the Links championship tournament. In addition, the title competitors will talk the potential of a fight between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz after the former interim lightweight champ recently stated he had agreed to the bout, UFC 272 looking strong with the announcement of Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 3 and Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan 2, bold but not impossible predictions for this new year, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the championship matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Alexander K. Lee.
64 min
172
We Got Next | Cheyanne Vlismas & Brandon Royval
Cheyanne Vlismas would love to get back inside the octagon before the summer, but she can't say for sure if that will be a reality. Vlismas kicks off this week's episode of We Got Next to recap her impressive unanimous decision win over Mallory Martin in December at UFC Vegas 44, discusses spending the new year in an undisclosed location, a rollercoaster ride throughout 2021 that included a loss in her UFC debut, a horrible bout of COVID-19, a divorce, and consecutive octagon wins that led to bonuses, why the win over Martin stuck out more than her finish of Gloria de Paula, her UFC future being unclear, and much more. Finally, UFC flyweight Brandon Royval previews his UFC Vegas 46 matchup with Rogerio Bontorin on Jan. 15, talks how he's approaching his first fight of 2022 in the heels of two straight stoppage losses, learning how to fine some focus in his chaotic style, watching a ton of Sean O'Malley footage and getting motivation from it, feeling like he could fight for the flyweight title by the end of the year, and more.
58 min
173
Rankings Show | Conor McGregor Plummets Out Of ...
Co-hosts Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee ring in the new year by rummaging through the chaos left by an unforgettable run in December, anoint a new women's pound-for-pound No. 1 atop MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings, plus much more. Then, the duo are joined by old friends Mike Heck and Jed Meshew to discuss Conor McGregor finally falling out of the rankings, play a round of "Ever Again?" to examine the futures of some down-on-their luck veterans, predict three names each who will either rise into the top-5 or plummet out of title contention by the end of 2022, and more.
91 min
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On To the Next One | 2021 Predictions Recap
With 2021 being such a wacky year in the world of mixed martial arts, we felt it was important to look back at the predictions that were made heading into one of the most memorable years in the history of the sport. In part one of our two-part predictions extravaganza, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee look back on some of the responses they had to listener question in regards to what 2021 was going to bring. Topics include Conor McGregor's activity for the year, whether or not Jon Jones would fight Israel Adesanya, for the heavyweight title, or at all in 2021, the return of the PFL finding success, Patricio Pitbull's Bellator championship status, Khamzat Chimaev, Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz competing, who will end the year as UFC champions, whether or not our bold predictions came true, and much more. In addition, we will need you help for part two: our 2022 predictions extravaganza episode. Submit your "buy or sell" questions the same way you send your matchmaking thoughts to Mike or AK on Twitter, Instagram, or email — and, please, be creative.
44 min
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2021 Year-End Awards | Celebrating The Best Fro...
Join the MMA Fighting staff as we look back at the biggest highs and most jaw-dropping moments of 2021 in a special year-end retrospective. We’re honoring all the nights that defined a roller-coaster 12-month sprint — and handing out plenty of hardware for the athletes whose incredible accomplishments will stand the test of time for years to come.
93 min
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BTL Roundtable | Jon Anik Recaps UFC’s 2021, Ex...
On a very special episode of MMA Fighting’s Between the Links, Jon Anik recaps a memorable 2021 campaign for the UFC and looks ahead to what could be in store for the new year. Anik discusses why 2022 can be a fascinating year for the UFC in-terms of unresolved storylines, Max Holloway’s 2021 campaign not getting enough respect following his wins over Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez, Charles Oliveira being his Fighter of the Year, calling championship wins for Oliveira, Francis Ngannou, Brandon Moreno, Glover Teixeira and Julianna Peña, why he believes Peña’s win over Amanda Nunes was the biggest upset in UFC history, Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler, Khamzat Chimaev being the most intriguing storyline in his eyes heading into the new year, his broadcasting resolutions, and much more with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck.
42 min
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We Got Next | Ricky Simon Explains Sean O'Malle...
This week on We Got Next, Ricky Simon to recap his KO victory over Raphael Assuncao at UFC Vegas 45, having Ed Herman call him a “veteran” in the gym recently, if he felt weight lifted off of his shoulders after the finish with memories of his loss to Urijah Faber in the back of people’s minds, his awkward exchange with Michael Bisping and the former middleweight champion’s claims that Simon tried to make him look silly, why he changed course and called out O’Malley, his response to O'Malley being ranked higher than him, the likelihood of that fight happening, his thoughts on the future rematch for the bantamweight title between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan, and more.
23 min
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Trocação Franca | Rickson Gracie Como Você Nunc...
O Trocação Franca traz uma entrevista histórica com Rickson Gracie sobre absolutamente tudo: como a “poligamia” deu origem ao clã Gracie e sua relação com a babá Isabel, sua mãe de sangue, sobre as 400 lutas de invencibilidade, qual lutador ficou entalado por nunca ter enfrentado, como um jovem Rickson se sairia no MMA atual, os erros e acertos de Kron no UFC, e muito mais.
57 min
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On To the Next One | Ask Mike & AK Anything Ret...
How would Dustin Poirier fare in the UFC's welterweight division? Who will Conor McGregor fight next in his return to action? Those questions are answered on a special edition of On To the Next One. This week, hosts Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee answer questions from the listeners about MMA and beyond with topics including favorite sports to watch outside of mixed martial arts, fantasy boxing matchups, the strength of the UFC women's flyweight division moving forward, what Jimmy Flick has been up to since he retired, and much more.
60 min
180
BTL Roundtable | Jake Paul KOs Tyron Woodley, W...
Did Jake Paul land a $1 billion KO punch on Tyron Woodley this past Saturday night following a lackluster six-plus rounds of boxing in Tampa? This week on Between the Links, that question is discussed, along with what could be next for Paul after one of the most violent knockouts of the year, Derrick Lewis getting back on track with a vicious stoppage of Chris Daukaus in the main event of UFC Vegas 45 and whether or not Daukaus might be better served at light heavyweight, has father time officially caught up with Stephen Thompson, Belal Muhammad's callouts and a potential mistake he's made in strategy, and more. Plus, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew air grievances and discuss what improvements could be made in the UFC and Bellator heading into 2022.
98 min
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Trocação Franca | Amanda Nunes Subestimou Julia...
Julianna Peña quebrou a banca e finalizou Amanda Nunes no UFC 265 e Luiz Claudio, treinador de jiu-jitsu da venezuelana, conversou com o podcast sobre a zebra histórica. O brasileiro, faixa-preta formado por Rickson Gracie, acredita que Nunes subestimou sua aluna no UFC 265, mas espera luta mais dura na revanche. O podcast também falou com Amanda Ribas, que analisou sua luta com Michelle Waterson e a queda da xará — e companheira de equipe — “Leoa” no UFC 265.
81 min
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Fighter vs. Writer: Michael Chandler Apologizes...
Michael Chandler joins the year-end edition of The Fighter vs. The Writer to give his picks for Fighter of the Year and Fight of the Year.
41 min
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC ...
Derrick Lewis capped off 2021 with another ferocious KO of Chris Daukaus in the headliner of Saturday's UFC Vegas 45 event. What could be next for "The Black Beast" as he heads into 2022? On the final matchmaking episode of On To the Next One for the year, that topic is discussed, along with potential bookings for Belal Muhammad after picking up the biggest win of his career against former UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson, Amanda Lemos, Ricky Simon, Mateusz Gamrot, Cub Swanson, and more with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee.
74 min
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Paul vs. Woodley 2 & UFC Vegas 45 Post-Fight Sh...
MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti, José Youngs, Alexander K. Lee, and E. Casey Leydon sift through the wreckage of a violent night to break down the top storylines coming out of UFC Vegas 45 and Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley 2.
62 min
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Paul vs. Woodley 2 Preview Show ft. Ariel Helwa...
Jake Paul says all of the pressure is on him ahead of Saturday’s rematch with Tyron Woodley, but is that actually the case? That question is discussed, along with where Paul goes with another win over the former UFC champ, if a trilogy happens right away with a Woodley win, Frank Gore vs. Deron Williams, “The People’s Main Event” between Chris Avila and Anthony Taylor, and more with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck joined by special guest Ariel Helwani.
18 min
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UFC Vegas 45 Preview Show | Derrick Lewis vs. C...
Is Saturday's main event too much too soon for Chris Daukaus? Or will one of heavyweight's brightest prospects break through with a big-time win? MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti, José Youngs, and E. Casey Leydon break down that bout and more from UFC Vegas 45, including the welterweight showcase between Stephen Thompson and Belal Muhammad.
55 min
187
BTL Roundtable | UFC 269 Fallout, Jake Paul vs....
Does Jake Paul or Tyron Woodley have more pressure heading into their boxing rematch this Saturday in Tampa? This week, we called an audible and addressed that question, along with why Paul could actually be playing with proverbial house money. In addition, the panel recaps the top storylines from UFC 269, including where Julianna Pena's title win over Amanda Nunes ranks on the all-time upset list, where the result leaves Kayla Harrison, Dustin Poirier's future following his loss to lightweight champ Charles Oliveira, UFC Vegas 45 being a sneaky good card, the low-key banger for the promotion's final event of the year, Kevin Lee signing with Eagle FC, and more. This week, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew hit record, shoot the breeze and try to make sense of those topics.
76 min
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We Got Next | Aspen Ladd Reacts To Corner Criti...
Aspen Ladd wants to fight Miesha Tate next — and that might just happen. Ladd discusses agreeing to fight Tate in her return to the UFC bantamweight division, why the fight would be personal, what she took away from her loss to Norma Dumont, the criticism her head coach and partner Jim West received, changes she's making, Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena's UFC 269 title fight, and more with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck.
24 min
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Trocação Franca | Charles Do Bronx Topa Luta Co...
Charles do Bronx volta ao Trocação Franca finalizar Dustin Poirier no UFC 269 e fala sobre tudo: a vitória em Las Vegas, a mudança de postura de Justin Gaethje, a torcida de Amanda Nunes para seu rival, e por que toparia enfrentar Conor McGregor já na sua próxima luta. O podcast recebe, ainda, o jornalista Zeca Azevedo, do Combate, para analisar tudo o que rolou no UFC 269.
56 min
190
Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Defends Dustin P...
UFC welterweight Matt Brown returns to The Fighter vs. the Writer to break down everything that unfolded at UFC 269 including Charles Oliveira defeating Dustin Poirier plus his thoughts on Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley 2.
43 min
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC 269
After Charles Oliveria and Julianna Pena pulled off upset finishes at UFC 269 to leave Las Vegas with world title belts wrapped around their waists, their paths towards next title defenses seem pretty clear. Justin Gaethje looks to be next in line for the lightweight champ, while the brand new bantamweight queen likely will see Amanda Nunes at least one more time. Those incredible victories are discussed this week, along with future matchmaking ideas for Dustin Poirier, Geoff Neal, Kai Kara-France, Sean O'Malley, Dominick Cruz, and more with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee on the final post-PPV edition of On To the Next One.
117 min
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UFC 269 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Charles O...
Charles Oliveira and Julianna Pena left UFC 269 as world champions following their submission wins over Dustin Poirier and Amanda Nunes. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, Jed Meshew, Shaun Al-Shatti and E. Casey Leydon react to a plethora of storylines coming out of the final UFC PPV event of the year.
87 min
193
UFC 269 Preview Show | Can Dustin Poirier Cap O...
Dustin Poirier will look to end the year with a world title wrapped around his waist. To get there, he needs to stop the surge of the champion Charles Oliveira in the main event of UFC 269. MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and E. Casey Leydon discuss the lightweight championship headliner, the bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena, and much more.
64 min
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BTL | UFC 269 Preview, Jose Aldo's 2022 Title S...
What are the chances we see two new champions at #UFC269 when Dustin Poirier challenges Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title, and Julianna Pena attempts to shut down the all-time dominant run of Amanda Nunes? That topic is discussed on a brand new edition of Between the Links. In addition, the panel will preview the two title fights and discuss a couple of out-of-the-box storylines, along with the low-key banger for the card, Jose Aldo’s victory over Rob Font in the main event of #UFC Vegas 44 this past Saturday and if he could fight for the bantamweight title in 2022, Rafael Fiziev’s ceiling following his stoppage win over Brad Riddell, Sergio Pettis’ highlight-reel KO of Kyoji Horiguchi at Bellator 272, if #Bellator got the upcoming grand prix field correct, and more. Mike Heck moderates the second semi-final matchup between MMA Fighting’s Alexander K. Lee and Phoenix Carnevale. The winner will face Jed Meshew next week in the finals for the undisputed BTL championship.
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We Got Next | A Fired Up Danny Sabatello & Vict...
With the Bellator bantamweight grand prix recently announced for 2022, one fighter in particular feels like he deserved his opportunity to vie for the world title and $1 million. This week on We Got Next, Bellator 135-pounder Danny Sabatello reacts to being left off of the bracket, discusses why he believes James Gallagher is the most egregious name in the eight-man slate, not being impressed with Sergio Pettis’ last two fights or his recent spinning back fist KO of Kyoji Horiguchi at Bellator 272 this past Friday, how Bellator’s bantamweights match up with the UFC’s, being ready to be an alternate if called upon, and wanting to welcome Gervonta Davis to MMA. Vince Morales recaps his KO win over Louis Smolka this past Saturday at UFC Vegas 44, talks what being the first to knock Smolka out means to him, not getting a bonus, what has changed since his loss to Chris Gutierrez and why he was thankful for that experience, 2021 being his breakout year for a number of reasons, his callout of Nathaniel Wood, and his goals for 2022.
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Trocação Franca | Charles Do Bronx E Amanda Nun...
Charles do Bronx e Amanda Nunes lideram o maior UFC do ano em Las Vegas e seus treinadores Diego Lima e Anderson França conversam com o podcast sobre os desafios que Dustin Poirier e Julianna Pena representam aos campeões. Lima comenta a descrença do público americano para com seu pupilo e as lutas do cantor Bruno KLB no MMA, enquanto França fala do sucesso da judoca Kayla Harrison no MMA e possíveis lutas com a “Leoa” e Cris Cyborg. O podcast recebe também o narrador Luiz Prota, que fala da vitória de José Aldo sobre Rob Font, as grandes lutas do UFC 269, e muito mais.
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Coach Eddie Cha On Working With Jon Jones, Devi...
Jon Jones has made headlines recently as he has started training at Fight Ready in Arizona. Head striking coach Eddie Cha discusses the decision to bring Jones in with the former champ's recent legal troubles and what the experience has been like to this point, working with Deiveson Figueiredo ahead of his flyweight championship trilogy fight with Brandon Moreno at UFC 271, Henry Cejudo's possible comeback, when we could expect The Korean Zombie compete next, Eryk Anders facing Andre Muniz this Saturday at UFC 269, his thoughts on Tyron Woodley getting a second crack at Jake Paul on Dec. 18, and more with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck.
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Fighter vs. Writer: Beneil Dariush ‘Frustrated’...
Beneil Dariush joins the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer to discuss his upcoming fight with Islam Makhachev, his pick for Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 and much more
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Reaction | Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley 2 Set Fo...
Tommy Fury is out of the Dec. 18 fight with Jake Paul and former UFC champ Tyron Woodley will get his chance at redemption as he steps in on less than two weeks notice on Showtime PPV. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee react to the big news of the day.
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC ...
The timeless Jose Aldo has made a compelling case to fight for the bantamweight title once again following his big win over Rob Font in the main event of UFC Vegas 44. While a title shot in his next fight may be unlikely, a title eliminator fight with T.J. Dillashaw seems to be the next logical step in the eyes of many. What happens if Dillashaw chooses to decline that fight in hopes to get a title shot against the winner of the probable championship rematch between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan? That topic is discussed, along with what could next for Font after a tremendous effort in defeat, Rafael Fiziev, Jamahal Hill, Clay Guida, Chris Curtis, Alex Morono, and more following Saturday's event at the UFC APEX with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee.
102 min