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What the Heck: Bonus Edition | Jon Anik, Drakka...
On a special bonus edition of What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck is joined by Jon Anik to recap UFC 261, the three title fights, Chris Weidman's injury, Daniel Cormier and Jake Paul's face-to-face, and more. Drakkar Klose gives his first interview following the infamous Jeremy Stephens shoving incident to discuss the injuries he suffered, what happened on that stage, the reaction of the fans and Dana White, and wanting revenge on Stephens. Cody Stamann previews his matchup with Merab Dvalishvili this Saturday at UFC Vegas 25, talks the long road to get to the fight, Cory Sandhagen being the scariest guy in the division, believing TJ Dillashaw has been using PEDs for a lot longer than people think, and more. Finally, Dustin Jacoby discusses his short notice UFC Vegas 25 matchup with Ion Cutelaba, as well as teammate Anthony Smith's UFC 261 win over Jimmy Crute.
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The A-Side Live Chat | Kamaru Usman’s KO Of Jor...
Kamaru Usman’s KO Of Jorge Masvidal, Rose Namajunas' Future, Valentina Shevchenko's Dominance, Daniel Cormier vs. Jake Paul, UFC 261 Fallout, More
74 min
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What the Heck: Episode 56 | Colby Covington, Ry...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with Colby Covington (5:50) to get his reaction to Kamaru Usman's KO win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 this past Saturday, Dana White saying he's next for a rematch with Usman, and much more. Jeff Molina (35:02) recaps his Fight of the Night earning win over Aori Qileng at UFC 261 and explains why he wasn't thrilled with his performance as a whole. Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (49:38) discusses his light heavyweight grand prix win over Lyoto Machida, Corey Anderson being his next opponent, and Scott Coker announcing an interim heavyweight title matchup could be announced soon. Finally, Frank Mir (1:08:35) discusses his pro boxing debut at the Triller Fight Club event earlier this month in Atlanta against Steve Cunningham, the judges, Oscar De La Hoya’s commentary taking away from his fight, and more.
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On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC 261
On the 41st episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC 261 event at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. Future matchups were discussed for welterweight champion Kamaru Usman following his second round KO victory in the main event, Jorge Masvidal, new strawweight champion Rose Namjunas, now former champion Zhang Weili, flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, Jessica Andrade, Uriah Hall, Anthony Smith, and more.
90 min
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UFC 261 Post-Fight Show
With UFC 261 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, Jed Meshew and E. Casey Leydon react to a memorable night of fights, including championship victories for Kamaru Usman, Rose Namajunas and Valentina Shevchenko.
73 min
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UFC 261 Preview Show
With UFC 261 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Jose Youngs break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday night’s event in Jacksonville, where three world titles will be on the line—headlined by the welterweight championship rematch between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal. The co-main event will see Zhang Weili put her strawweight title on the line against former champion Rose Namajunas, and Valentina Shevchenko defends her flyweight title against Jessica Andrade.
22 min
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Chris Weidman Hopes to Use Win Over Uriah Hall ...
Chris Weidman Hopes to Use Win Over Uriah Hall As Further Proof That He's the Man to Beat Israel Adesanya
22 min
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Between The Links: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvi...
Between The Links: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2, Jake Paul vs Ben Askren Fallout, Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker 2, More
84 min
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What the Heck: Ray Flores, Lauren Murphy & Gord...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with boxing commentator Ray Flores to recap the Triller Fight Club event this past Saturday, Jake Paul's TKO win over Ben Askren, and addresses some of the narratives that came out of the event. Lauren Murphy previews her UFC 263 matchup with Joanne Calderwood and gives her thoughts on the flyweight title fight this Saturday at UFC 261 between Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade. Finally, Gordon Ryan discusses signing with ONE Championship, when he may make the transition to MMA, and the viral video of him slapping Andre Galvao.
88 min
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On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC V...
On the 40th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC Vegas 24 event at the APEX. Future matchups were discussed for Robert Whittaker, who earned his third straight win with a unanimous decision over Kelvin Gastelum in the main event, Andrei Arlovski, Jacob Malkoun, Tracy Cortez, Luis Pena, and more.
59 min
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UFC Vegas 24, Paul vs. Askren Post-Fight Show
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and Jed Meshew react to the top storylines coming out of UFC Vegas 24 and Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren events.
61 min
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UFC Vegas 24 & Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Preview...
With UFC Vegas 24 and Paul vs. Askren boxing match just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs, Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and Jed Meshew break down the top storylines.
58 min
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Between the Links: Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren, Po...
Jake Paul's boxing duel with Ben Askren, Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor's donation dispute, and Saturday's middleweight contender clash between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum will be discussed on this edition of Between the Links as host Mike Heck is joined by BTL champion Jed Meshew and challenger Drake Riggs.
73 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | Dustin Poirier vs. Conor...
Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor Drama, UFC Vegas 24, ONE on TNT 2, Bellator 257, Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren, more
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MMA Fighters Make Their Predictions for Jake Pa...
Before Jake Paul and Ben Askren clash this weekend, Daniel Cormier, Aljamain Sterling, Miesha Tate, Stephen Thompson, Anthony Pettis and many more offer their picks, predictions and expectations for the upcoming boxing match.
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What the Heck: Episode 54 | Stephen Thompson, J...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with former UFC flyweight Jimmy Flick to explain his decision to announce his retirement on Saturday. Stephen Thompson discusses his recently announced matchup with Gilbert Burns at UFC 264, the ongoing drama between event headliners Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, and his dislike of Jake Paul. Randy Costa explains his friendly callout and ongoing competitive rivalry with Adrian Yanez and recovering from an injury that forced him out of his March fight with Trevin Jones. Finally, Julian Marquez recaps his second-round submission win over Sam Alvey at UFC Vegas 23, gives an update on where things stand with his pickleball callouts of Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, and more.
135 min
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Reaction: Is Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor ...
The Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3 bout could be off at UFC 264. After another round of tweets between the two stars Monday, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee break down the potential loss of a megafight.
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On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC V...
On the 39th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC Vegas 23 event at the APEX. Future matchups were discussed for Marvin Vettori, who earned his fifth straight win with a unanimous decision over Kevin Holland in the main event, Arnold Allen, Julian Marquez, Mackenzie Dern, Mike Perry, and more.
67 min
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UFC Vegas 23 Post-Fight Show
With UFC Vegas 23 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and E. Casey Leydon react to the top storylines coming out of Saturday afternoon’s event at the APEX, including the results of the middleweight headliner between Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland.
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UFC Vegas 23 Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 23 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday’s event at the APEX, including the middleweight headliner between Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland.
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What the Heck: UFC Vegas 23 Bonus Edition | Arn...
In a special bonus edition of What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with Arnold Allen ahead of his co-main event matchup with Sodiq Yusuff and William Knight to preview his light heavyweight showdown with Da Un Jung this Saturday at UFC Vegas 23.
27 min
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Between the Links: Patricio Pitbull vs. AJ McKe...
Mike Heck hosts the Between the Links championship matchup between José Youngs and Jed Meshew as they discuss Patricio Pitbull's impressive performance against Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 255 and the upcoming featherweight grand prix finale matchup with AJ McKee, ONE Championship's debut on TNT Wednesday night, along with Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson's losses on the ONE on TNT 1 card, a look ahead to UFC Vegas 23 headlined by Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland, and the unveiling of the new UFC Venum fight kits.
75 min
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Kevin Holland Responds to Criticism Over Last L...
Kevin Holland Responds to Criticism Over Last Loss to Derek Brunson, Looks Ahead to Fight Against Marvin Vettori
15 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | Venum uniforms, Patricio...
Venum uniforms, Patricio Pitbull vs. A.J. McKee, Marvin Vettori vs. Kevin Holland, Adriano Moraes vs. Demetrious Johnson, more
75 min
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What the Heck: Episode 53 | Jon Anik, Mackenzie...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck is joined by Mackenzie Dern ahead of her pivotal strawweight matchup with Nina Ansaroff this Saturday at UFC Vegas 23 and discusses being part of the first women's MMA fight to air on ABC. Colbey Northcutt previews her upcoming bout with Sovannahry Em on April 28 at ONE on TNT 4 and talks sharing the card with her brother Sage Northcutt for the first time as professional MMA fighters. Joe Solecki discusses his big fight with Jim Miller this Saturday at UFC Vegas 23 and competing for the first time since becoming a father. Finally, UFC commentator Jon Anik recaps Francis Ngannou's KO win over Stipe Miocic to become heavyweight champion at UFC 260, a potential fight with Jon Jones, a loaded upcoming PPV schedule, and more.
82 min
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On To the Next One: Bellator 255 Recap, Pitbull...
On the 38th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss the fallout of Bellator 255, the promotion's first event of 2021, as well as the highly anticipated matchup between Patricio Pitbull and AJ McKee in the finale of the Bellator featherweight grand prix following Pitbull's submission win over Emmanuel Sanchez on Friday night. In addition, they give their takes on if the fight between Pitbull and McKee is more exciting than the UFC's 145-pound championship offering between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega, Volkanovski and Ortega being named coaches for the return of The Ultimate Fighter, Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz being booked as the co-main event of UFC 262, the ultimate wildcard fight for the rest of 2021, and more.
50 min
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Khetag Pliev Explains Horrific Finger Injury at...
Khetag Pliev, along with his coach Joey Patterson, join MMA Fighting's Mike Heck hours after suffering a horrific finger injury at CFFC 94 and discuss how it happened and clear up misconceptions, plans to appeal the loss, trying to hide it in order to continue fighting, the road to recovery, his vow to come back and make a run at the UFC, and more.
14 min
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Miesha Tate Reveals Why She's Returning from Re...
Miesha Tate Reveals Why She's Returning from Retirement, Plans to Become UFC Champion Again
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Between the Links: Francis Ngannou's Future, Jo...
Mike Heck hosts the Between the Links matchup between Jed Meshew and José Youngs as they discuss Francis Ngannou’s second-round KO win over Stipe Miocic to become heavyweight champion in the main event of UFC 260, where Miocic could go from here, the potential blockbuster title fight between Ngannou and Jon Jones and how the former light heavyweight champion has approached the negotiations thus far, the UFC booking Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz as a five-round co-main event for UFC 262 on May 15, Bellator’s 2021 debut coming up on Friday, and more.
83 min
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Michael Chandler On His Title Fight Against Cha...
Michael Chandler On His Title Fight Against Charles Oliveira, Poirier vs. McGregor 3 and Khabib Nurmagomedov's Retirement
27 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | Francis Ngannou’s KO of ...
Francis Ngannou’s KO of Stipe Miocic, Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz, Jon Jones vs. UFC, more
74 min
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What the Heck: Episode 52 | Demetrious Johnson,...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with UFC commentator John Gooden to recap the major storylines from UFC 260, Francis Ngannou capturing the heavyweight title, his Keeping the Lights On fundraiser to help out gyms in the U.K. that have experienced hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. Demetrious Johnson previews his flyweight title fight against Adriano Moraes April 7 at ONE on TNT 1, thoughts on Aljamain Sterling becoming UFC bantamweight champion, and why he's picking Jake Paul to beat Ben Askren April 17. Michael Chiesa discusses the fallout of UFC 260, Ngannou's performance, what Stipe Miocic could've done differently, how Jon Jones has handled getting what he wants to challenge the new heavyweight champion, Vicente Luque's big win over Tyron Woodley, and more. Finally, Laura Sanchez previews her 2021 season for the PFL and her season opening matchup May 6 against Genah Fabian at PFL 3.
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On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC 260
On the 37th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC 260 event at the APEX in Las Vegas. Future matchups were discussed for the brand new UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou following his second-round KO victory, the now former champion Stipe Miocic, co-headliners Vicente Luque and Tyron Woodley, Sean O'Malley, Miranda Maverick, Jamie Mullarkey, and more.
75 min
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UFC 260 Post-Fight Show
With UFC 260 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon react to the top storylines from Saturday night’s event in Las Vegas, including the reaction to heavyweight championship main event between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.
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UFC 260 Preview Show
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday’s pay-per-view event featuring Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2.
45 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | Miocic vs. Ngannou 2, De...
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2, Derek Brunson and Kevin Holland’s futures, UFC 260, more
79 min
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Between the Links: Stipe vs. Ngannou 2, Brunson...
Mike Heck hosts the Between the Links matchup between Jed Meshew and Alexander K. Lee as they discuss Saturday's UFC 260 event and the heavyweight title rematch between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, the fallout of Derek Brunson's win over Kevin Holland at UFC Vegas 22, Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler set to crown a new lightweight champion at UFC 262 and how that shapes up the rest of the division, Miesha Tate returning to the UFC octagon in July, and more.
87 min
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Stipe Miocic On His UFC 260 Rematch Against Fra...
Stipe Miocic On His UFC 260 Rematch Against Francis Ngannou and Future Fight with Jon Jones
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What the Heck: Episode 51 | Josh Emmett, Leonar...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with Adrian Yanez following his impressive third-round KO victory over Gustavo Lopez at UFC Vegas 22 this past Saturday. Josh Emmett provides an update on his recovery from injuries suffered in his unanimous decision win over Shane Burgos in June and when he expects to return to the octagon. Leonard Garcia reflects on his career following his unanimous decision win over Joe Elmore in the main event of Friday night's BKFC 16 fight card and subsequently announcing his retirement from combat sports. Finally, Manel Kape reacts to his controversial split decision loss to Matheus Nicolau at UFC Vegas 21 earlier this month.
126 min
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UFC 260 Timeline: Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngan...
Before UFC 260, hear how UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou ended up again in an Octagon on Saturday night.
49 min
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On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC V...
On the 36th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC Vegas 22 at the APEX. Future matchups were discussed for headliners Derek Brunson—who picked up his fourth straight victory—and Kevin Holland, Max Griffin, Monsterrat Ruiz, Adrian Yanez, Tai Tuivasa, and more.
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UFC Vegas 22 Post-Fight Show
With UFC Vegas 22 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon react to the top storylines from Saturday night’s event at the APEX
57 min
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UFC Vegas 22 Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 22 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday’s event at the APEX, including the middleweight main event between Derek Brunson and Kevin Holland.
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Reaction: Khabib Retires, Oliveira vs. Chandler...
After a crazy Thursday night full of news in the MMA world, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee react to Khabib Nurmagomedov officially closing the door on a return following his retirement announcement at UFC 254 in October, the UFC 262 main event between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler to crown a new lightweight champion on May 15, and two massive bantamweight headliners between Cory Sandhagen and T.J. Dillashaw on May 8, along with Rob Font vs. Cody Garbrandt on May 15.
18 min
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Between the Links: Usman vs. Masvidal 2, Next M...
Mike Heck hosts the BTL title match between MMA Fighting's Jose Youngs and bantamweight fighter Sarah Kaufman as they react to the news of Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2 headlining UFC 261 in front of a packed house in Jacksonville, the ending to the UFC Vegas 21 main event between Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad and discuss where both fighters go from here, Megan Anderson parting ways with the UFC and what that means for the women's featherweight division, and preview UFC Vegas 22 and the main event between Derek Brunson and Kevin Holland.
49 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | Leon Edwards’ eye poke, ...
Leon Edwards’ eye poke, UFC Vegas 21 fallout, Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2, more
93 min
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What the Heck: Episode 50 | Kevin Holland, Fran...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with Kevin Holland (4:32) to preview his UFC Vegas 22 headliner with Derek Brunson this Saturday, talks Israel Adesanya's unanimous decision loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259, the state of the middleweight division, and more. Aspen Ladd (28:30) provides an update on her recovery from a torn ACL and MCL, when she is targeting a return to action, discusses Julianna Pena calling for a title shot and why she feels a fight between her and Pena makes the most sense, thoughts about moving up to 145 to challenge Amanda Nunes, and more. Trevin Giles (47:42) talks his upcoming fight with Roman Dolidze at UFC Vegas 22 this Saturday, short notice opponent change, and how fans reacted to heart issues knocking him out of his fight with Kevin Holland. Grant Dawson (1:11:14) previews his lightweight debut this Saturday at UFC Vegas 22 against Leonardo Santos. Finally, Frank Mir discusses (1:31:53) his boxing debut April 17 against Antonio Tarver and what advice he has for Ben Askren ahead of his boxing bout with Jake Paul in the main event of that card.
118 min
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Reaction: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2 Hea...
Moments after UFC president Dana White made the announcement, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Steven Marrocco react to the welterweight title rematch between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal headlining a championship triple header at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Fla. on April 24, the event taking place in front of a full house at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, and more.
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On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC V...
On the 35th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC Vegas 21 at the APEX. Future matchups were discussed for headliners Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad following the accidental eye poke that led to the fight being ruled a no contest, Ryan Spann, Dan Ige, Davey Grant, Matheus Nicolau, and more.
68 min
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UFC Vegas 21 Post-Fight Show: Leon Edwards vs. ...
With UFC Vegas 21 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon recap the top storylines from Saturday’s event at the APEX, including the no contest in the main event between Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad.
73 min
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UFC Vegas 21 Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 21 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday’s event at the APEX, including the welterweight main event between Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad.
63 min
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What the Heck: Episode 49 | Laura Sanko, Dan Ig...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with UFC reporter Laura Sanko to recap the top storylines coming out of UFC 259, including Jan Blachowicz's win over Israel Adesanya, the DQ finish to the bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling, what Amanda Nunes has meant to the sport, and much more. Dan Ige previews his upcoming matchup with Gavin Tucker this Saturday at UFC Vegas 21, discusses what he took away from his most recent bout against Calvin Kattar and becoming a dad next month. Rob Font gives his reaction to Aljamain Sterling's title win via DQ at UFC 259, why he was upset by how it played out, and wanting a bantamweight super card in May. Sean Brady recaps his third-round submission win over Jake Matthews at UFC 259, breaking into the top-15, explains why Demian Maia is a fascinating option for his next fight, and more. Finally, Tim Elliott discusses his second straight victory this past Saturday at UFC 259 over Jordan Espinosa, the trust he has in James Krause, the bad blood with Espinosa before the fight, and what he wants next.
105 min
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Anthony Smith Reacts to Aljamain Sterling's DQ ...
Anthony Smith Reacts to Aljamain Sterling's DQ Win at UFC 259 and the State of the Light Heavyweight Division
36 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | Jan Błachowicz’s win, Is...
Jan Błachowicz’s win, Israel Adesanya’s future, Petr Yan’s DQ loss, UFC 259 fallout, more
83 min
255
Between the Links: UFC 259 Fallout, Petr Yan's ...
Mike Heck hosts the BTL title match between MMA Fighting's Jose Youngs and The Body Lock's Matthew Wells as they react to the fallout of UFC 259, Jan Blachowicz's successful title defense against Israel Adesanya in the main event, discuss where Adesanya's stock went following the fight, Amanda Nunes' next move after submitting Megan Anderson in the co-main event, Petr Yan losing his bantamweight title to Aljamain Sterling via DQ and how fighters, fans, and certain members of the media have reacted to it, a look ahead to Saturday's UFC Vegas 21 event headlined by Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad, and more.
77 min
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Leon Edwards on 'Coward' Colby Covington Turnin...
Leon Edwards on 'Coward' Colby Covington Turning Down Fight, Title Shot Hopes in 2021
15 min
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On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC 259
On the 34th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s loaded UFC 259 event at the APEX in Las Vegas. Future matchups were discussed for light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz following his first successful title defense in the main event, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya following the first loss of his MMA career, featherweight champion Amanda Nunes, Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan after their 135-pound title fight ended in a title switch via DQ, Islam Makhachev, Aleksandar Rakic, Dominick Cruz, Kyler Phillips, Askar Askarov, and more.
72 min
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UFC 259 Post-Fight Show
With UFC 259 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday’s event in Las Vegas, including Jan Blachowicz and Amanda Nunes retaining their titles, and Aljamain Sterling becoming the bantamweight champion via disqualification against Petr Yan.
51 min
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UFC 259 Preview Show
With UFC 259 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday’s championship triple header, including the main event for the light heavyweight title between Jan Blachowicz and middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
79 min
260
Between the Links: UFC 259 Preview, Khamzat Chi...
Mike Heck hosts the BTL contender's match between MMA Fighting's Alexander K. Lee and The Body Lock's Matthew Wells as they react to the UFC 259 press conference and preview Saturday night's PPV event, what's at stake in the Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya main event, as well as the other two title fights, discuss Khamzat Chimaev's Instagram post where his fighting future was in question and Dana White's response to it, Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem being released by the UFC, and more.
70 min
261
What the Heck: Episode 48 | Max Holloway, Jon A...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with Jon Anik to preview UFC 259 this Saturday night, discuss the fallout of UFC Vegas 20, Max Holloway's performance over Calvin Kattar, and more. Julian Erosa recaps his first-round KO win over Nate Landwehr at UFC Vegas 19 and reveals what opponent he'd like to face next. Kaitlin Young discusses signing with the PFL and her hopes of fighting Kayla Harrison and Cindy Dandois during the upcoming season, Stephen A. Smith's recent comments and Gina Carano. Finally, former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway talks his impressive win over Calvin Kattar, his relationship with Daniel Cormier, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega, and much more.
112 min
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On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC V...
On the 33rd episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC Vegas 20 at the APEX. Future matchups were discussed for Ciryl Gane following his unanimous decision victory in the heavyweight main event, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Magomed Ankalaev, Pedro Munhoz, Alex Caceres, Thiago Moises, and more.
61 min
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UFC Vegas 20 Post-Fight Show
With UFC Vegas 20 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon are joined by UFC, Strikeforce, PFL and Invicta veteran Sarah Kaufman to break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event at the APEX, including the results of the heavyweight main event between Ciryl Gane and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
80 min
264
UFC Vegas 20 Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 20 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday night’s event at the APEX, including the heavyweight headliner between Jairzinho Rozenstuik and Ciryl Gane.
80 min
265
Between the Links: What's Next For Derrick Lewi...
Mike Heck hosts the BTL championship match between MMA Fighting's Jose Youngs and TheScore's Nick Baldwin as they react to Derrick Lewis' KO win over Curtis Blaydes at UFC Vegas 19 and discuss where both guys go from here, the big wins for Chris Daukaus, Tom Aspinall and Sergey Spivak, the likelihood of Stephen Thompson getting the next shot at Kamaru Usman, and a look ahead to UFC Vegas2 0 this Saturday.
67 min
266
The A-Side Live Chat | Derrick Lewis’ knockout ...
Derrick Lewis’ knockout win, Curtis Blaydes' Future, UFC Vegas 20 preview, PFL’s new season, more
92 min
267
Max Holloway Talks Impressive Win Over Calvin K...
Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to recap his incredible performance against Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Island 7 in January, talks the importance of separating himself from the fight game, the upcoming title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega at UFC 260, what he wants next, and more.
23 min
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What the Heck: Episode 47 | Stephen Thompson, C...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with No. 5 ranked UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson as he states his case as to why he should be next for champion Kamaru Usman following UFC 258. Casey O’Neill recaps her second-round TKO victory against Shana Dobson in her octagon debut this past Saturday at UFC Vegas 19. Ricky Simon discusses his unanimous decision win over Brian Kelleher at UFC 258, hopes to fight Frankie Edgar sooner rather than later, and why he feels a fight with Sean O'Malley will never happen. Julia Avila talks her upcoming fight with Juija Stoliarenko on March 20, what she took away from her loss against Sijara Eubanks in September and the injuries she's had to overcome. Finally, Chris Gutierrez recaps his unanimous decision win over Andre Ewell at UFC 258, talks being at the forefront of the leg kick movement in the sport of mixed martial arts, and his current custody battle that was discussed during the broadcast.
119 min
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On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC V...
On the 32nd episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC Vegas 19 at the APEX. Future matchups were discussed for Derrick Lewis following his incredible second-round KO win in the main event, Curtis Blaydes, Yana Kunitzkaya, Darrick Minner, Chris Daukaus, Phil Hawes, Tom Aspinall, and more.
68 min
270
UFC Vegas 19 Post-Fight Show
With UFC Vegas 19 in the books, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines coming out of Saturday night's event at the UFC APEX, including the results of the main event between Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis.
85 min
271
UFC Vegas 19 Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 19 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday’s event at the UFC APEX, including the heavyweight main event between Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis.
65 min
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Between the Links: Kamaru Usman Stops Gilbert B...
Mike Heck hosts the BTL championship match between longtime MMA journalist Josh Gross and MMA Fighting's Jose Youngs as they react to Kamaru Usman's finish of Gilbert Burns to retain his welterweight title at UFC 258, his callout of Jorge Masvidal, Alexa Grasso's big win over Maycee Barber, discuss the best of the rest from the UFC's most recent PPV, a look at the 170-pound picture, take a look at UFC Vegas 19 this Saturday, and more.
65 min
273
The A-Side Live Chat | Kamaru Usman’s legacy, U...
Kamaru Usman’s legacy, UFC 258 fallout, UFC welterweight title picture, UFC Vegas 19 preview, more
88 min
274
What the Heck: Episode 46 | Julian Marquez, Wil...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with Julian Marquez following his submission win over Maki Pitolo at UFC 258, and where he's at with Miley Cyrus following the event. Will Brooks discusses what he's been up to over the last couple of years, wanting to get back to the UFC, Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier's wins at UFC 257, Scott Coker, and more. Ode Osbourne recaps his 26-second KO win over Jerome Rivera at UFC Vegas 18 and what he wants next. Finally, Anthony Hernandez talks his incredible upset submission win oveR Rodolfo Vieira at UFC 258.
107 min
275
On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC 258
On the 31st episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC 258 event at the APEX, the promotion’s second PPV event of 2021. Future matchups were discussed for UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman—who retained his title with a phenomenal third-round TKO win to surpass Georges St-Pierre for the most consecutive wins at 170 pounds in UFC history—Gilbert Burns, Alexa Grasso, Kelvin Gastelum, Ricky Simon, Julian Marquez, Anthony Hernandez, and more.
59 min
276
UFC 258 Post-Fight Show
With UFC 258 in the books, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night's PPV event in Las Vegas.
51 min
277
UFC 258 Preview Show ft. James Krause
With UFC 258 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, E. Casey Leydon and UFC welterweight James Krause break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday night’s event at the APEX in Las Vegas, including the welterweight championship headliner between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns.
34 min
278
Between the Links: Nate Diaz Speaks, Usman vs. ...
Mike Heck hosts the BTL championship match between longtime MMA journalist Josh Gross and MMA Fighting's Steven Marrocco as they react to Nate Diaz's recent interview, Alexander Volkov and Cory Sandhagen's big wins at UFC Vegas 18, discuss UFC 258 and the welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns, Bellator dropping some big news, and more.
79 min
279
The A-Side Live Chat | Cory Sandhagen's Flying ...
UFC Title Fights, Bellator’s 2021 schedule, UFC 258 Preview, Nate Diaz's Interview, More
77 min
280
What the Heck: Episode 45 | Britain Hart, Eddie...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with Britain Hart following her huge win over Paige VanZant at BKFC KnuckleMania, talks how life has changed, her post-fight promo, and much more. Eddie Alvarez previews his upcoming fight with Iuri Lapicus at ONE on TNT 1 April 7, discusses the stock market, his long layoff, and Ben Askren vs. Jake Paul. Jiri Prochazka reacts to his scheduled fight with Dominick Reyes getting postponed, talks when he believes the fight will be rebooked, Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya, and is he believes he'll be light heavyweight champion at the end of the year. Finally, Kay Hansen previews her upcoming fight with Cheyanne Buys set for the UFC's event on March 20.
116 min
281
On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC V...
On the 30th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC Vegas 18 event at the APEX, the promotion’s first event of 2021 that took place in the United States. Future matchups were discussed for Alexander Volkov—who delivered one of his most impressive performances in the heavyweight main event with a second-round walk-off KO—Alistair Overeem, Cory Sandhagen following his incredible knockout win over Frankie Edgar, Clay Guida, Alexandre Pantoja, Beneil Darish, and more.
64 min
282
UFC Vegas 18 Post-Fight Show
With UFC Vegas 18 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines coming out of Saturday night’s event at the APEX, including Alexander Volkov’s second-round KO win over Alistair Overeem in the main event, as well as Cory Sandhagen’s knockout of the year frontrunner against Frankie Edgar in the co-main event.
84 min
283
BKFC KnuckleMania Post-Fight Show
With BKFC’s KnuckleMania in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Damon Martin and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines of Friday night’s event, including Britain Hart’s unanimous decision win over Paige VanZant in the main event, along with Chris Leben’s first-round KO victory in his retirement fight.
36 min
284
UFC Vegas 18: Overeem vs. Volkov Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 18 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines ahead of the UFC’s return to Las Vegas, including the heavyweight main event between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov.
64 min
285
Between the Links: Future of 155, Nate Diaz, Pa...
Mike Heck hosts the BTL championship match between MMA Fighting's Steven Marrocco and longtime MMA journalist Josh Gross as they will discuss if there has been any clarity in the UFC's lightweight division since UFC 257, where Nate Diaz fits into the mix, Paige VanZant's anticipated BKFC debut on Friday, a look at Saturday's UFC Vegas 18 event, Stephen A. Smith's recent comments, and more.
79 min
286
The A-Side Live Chat | UFC lightweight title, S...
UFC lightweight title, Stephen A. Smith's comments, Nate Diaz, Dustin Poirier, Tyron Woodley, Frankie Edgar, Calvin Kattar, more
77 min
287
What the Heck: Episode 44 | Petr Yan, Joanne Ca...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan to preview his first title defense with Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 on March 6. Mike Davis recaps his "Fight of the Night" earning win over Mason Jones at UFC Fight Island 8 and his hectic 2020 that kept him out of the octagon. Joanne Calderwood discusses her UFC 257 win over Jessica Eye, wanting to be as active as possible, and thoughts on a potential matchup with Lauren Murphy. Finally, Tyson Chartier, head coach of Calvin Kattar, gives his first interview since the UFC Fight Island 7 main event between Kattar and Max Holloway.
64 min
288
Kamaru Usman Isn't Conflicted Fighting a Former...
Kamaru Usman Isn't Conflicted Fighting a Former Teammate, Addresses Possible Rematches with Jorge Masvidal or Colby Covington
25 min
289
Ben Askren Details Expectations for Jake Paul F...
Ben Askren Details Expectations for Jake Paul Fight, Reaction to Early Trash Talk Attempts
16 min
290
Between the Links: Dustin Poirier KOs Conor McG...
Mike Heck hosts the BTL championship rematch between Steven Marrocco and Jed Meshew to discuss the fallout of Dustin Poirier's KO win over Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 257, Michael Chandler's sensational introduction to the UFC in the co-main event, the unsung heroes coming out of the first UFC PPV of 2021, reaction to the upcoming boxing match between Ben Askren and Jake Paul, and more.
76 min
291
The A-Side Live Chat: UFC Fight Island fallout,...
UFC Fight Island fallout, Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, Michael Chandler, more
86 min
292
What the Heck: Episode 43 | Michael Chiesa, Ale...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with Michael Chiesa to recap his UFC Fight Island 8 main event win over Neil Magny, discuss his callout of Colby Covington, thoughts on Dustin Poirier's win over Conor McGregor at UFC 257, and more. Alessio Di Chirico talks his KO win over Joaquin Buckley at UFC Fight Island 7 and why he chose to decline the post-fight interviews. Finally, Ike Villanueva discusses his highlight-reel KO win over Vinicius Moreira and his thoughts about not getting a performance bonus.
77 min
293
On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC 257
On the 29th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday's UFC 257 event in Abu Dhabi. Future matchups were discussed for Dustin Poirier—who earned the biggest win of his career with a second-round knockout in the main event—Conor McGregor, Michael Chandler, Joanne Calderwood, Makhmud Muradov, Marina Rodriguez, and more. In addition, they give their reactions to a slew of reader suggestions following the UFC's first PPV event of 2021.
65 min
294
UFC 257 Post-Fight Show
With UFC 257 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines following Saturday night’s event in Abu Dhabi, including a pair of memorable finishes in the lightweight main and co-main events.
53 min
295
UFC 257 Preview Show
With UFC 257 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and Alexander K. Lee break down the top storylines ahead of the UFC’s first pay-per-view event of the year this Saturday in Abu Dhabi, including the rematch between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor in the main event, as well as the co-main event between Dan Hooker and the debuting Michael Chandler.
35 min
296
Between the Links: Poirier vs. McGregor 2, UFC ...
Mike Heck hosts the BTL championship match between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Steven Marrocco to preview Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 2 and #UFC257 as a whole, discuss Max Holloway's sensational performance at the UFC's debut broadcast on ABC, take a look back at #UFCFightIsland7 and #UFCFightIsland8 and more.
85 min
297
On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC F...
On the 28th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Wednesday's UFC Fight Island 8 event in Abu Dhabi. Future matchups were discussed for Michael Cheisa—who picked up his fourth straight win by defeating Neil Magny in the welterweight main event—Warlley Alves, Ike Villanueva, Viviane Araujo, Matt Schnell, Lerone Murphy, and more. In addition, they give their reactions to a slew of reader suggestions following the fight card.
63 min
298
UFC Fight Island 8: Chiesa vs. Magny Post-Fight...
With UFC Fight Island 8 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Wednesday’s event, including Michael Chiesa’s unanimous decision win over Neil Magny in the main event.
65 min
299
UFC Fight Island 8: Chiesa vs. Magny Preview Show
With UFC Fight Island 8 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee break down the top storylines ahead of Wednesday’s event in Abu Dhabi, including the welterweight main event between Michael Chiesa and Neil Magny.
24 min
300
What the Heck: Episode 42 | Uriah Hall, Diego F...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with Diego Ferreira to preview his upcoming fight with Beneil Dariush on Feb. 6, Michael Chandler signing with the UFC, and thoughts on a potential lightweight tournament. Merab Dvalishvili discusses why he will no longer be facing Cody Stamann on Feb. 6 and when he hopes to be rebooked, Uriah Hall talks his upcoming UFC 258 matchup with former champion Chris Weidman, why he felt 2020 was one of his best years, Anderson Silva, Israel Adesanya, and more. Finally, Mike Trizano discusses his return to the octagon after nearly two years away when he faces Rafael Alves on Feb. 20.
114 min