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UFC Vegas 87 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Roze...
Jairzinho Rozenstruik capped off Saturday's UFC Vegas 87 event at the APEX with a referee stoppage TKO victory after the fourth round against previously undefeated Shamil Gaziev. While that fight was the main event, the bout with the highest stakes in most people's minds was the flyweight fight that saw Muhammad Mokaev defeat Alex Perez via unanimous decision. With flyweight champ Alexandre Pantoja potentially needing an opponent for UFC 301, did Mokaev do enough to get him that shot? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Eric Jackman react to Rozenstruik's big win and what should be next, if Mokaev's performance warrants that championship opportunity, and if not, who could be the guy. Additionally, they discuss Umar Nurmagomedov's win over a game Bekzat Almakhan and if a rebooking against Cory Sandhagen could be in play, Vinicius Oliveira's knockout of the year contender, and much more.
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UFC Vegas 87 Preview Show | Can Muhammad Mokaev...
Jairzinho Rozenstruik will look to stop the impressive 12-fight undefeated streak of Shamil Gaziev in the main event of Saturday's UFC Vegas 87 event. Will the result have a giant effect on the state of the UFC's heavyweight division, especially with two fighters in the division holding UFC titles? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Alexander K. Lee preview this weekend's UFC event at the APEX in Las Vegas, the Rozenstruik vs. Gaziev, the stakes attached to it, and whether or not a potential fight with someone like a Derrick Lewis be awaiting the winner. Additionally, they'll grade the card as a whole, the big opportunity for Muhammad Mokaev at 125 pounds against Alex Perez, Umar Nurmagomedov's return against a dangerous newcomer, and much more.
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HOAM | Who Will Islam Makhachev, Ilia Topuria F...
With huge fights on the horizon — most notably the UFC 300 "BMF" title fight between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway — it leads to a lot of questions in regard to who lightweight champion Islam Makhachev and new featherweight champion Ilia Topuria will face when they put their titles on the line in their next outings. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses what could be next for both champions, and if the Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint Denis fight could play a role in determining Makhachev's next opponent. Additionally, listener topics include UFC Vegas 87, the UFC APEX as a Fight Night arena for the promotion, who Alexandre Pantoja could defend his flyweight title against at UFC 301 if Muhammad Mokaev loses to Alex Perez on Saturday, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
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Mobwife: One Fighter’s Stand In The Face Of Unf...
Ashlee Gambino has always been a fighter at heart, but little did she know that she would be in the biggest fight of her life with a rare and deadly disease, while also dealing with unfathomable loss. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck brings you the story of "Mobwife," and how her life was flipped upside down in a matter of months, losing her three-year-old daughter to acute leukemia cancer, getting diagnosed with the uncureable severe idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension — a rare heart and lung disease — having to lose another daughter before she was born, yet using her heartbreak to inspire others. This mini-documentary shares Gambino's story, along with appearances from Bellator fighter Cat Zingano, social media influencer Liver King, and features some incredible surprises. If you would like to donate to help Ashlee and her family in this time of need, you can do so here on the GoFundMe set up by her husband Travis.
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No Bets Barred: Can All Five Unbeaten Prospects...
No Bets Barred returns with a full breakdown of this weekend's UFC Vegas 87 card, headlined by a heavyweight fight between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Shamil Gaziev.
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Trocação Franca | Pantoja debate UFC Rio, Cigan...
Alexandre Pantoja não sabe quem estará do outro lado do octógono, mas bate o pé que deseja defender o cinturão do UFC no Rio de Janeiro, em maio. Ao podcast, o campeão peso-mosca analisou a categoria e citou possíveis rivais, além de rebater os “casuais” que criticam um possível esvaziamento do card. Junior Cigano volta ao podcast para falar de sua luta no MMA sem luva e o atropelo de Acelino Popó sobre Kleber Bambam, e Vitor Petrino comenta seu desafio contra Tyson Pedro sábado, no UFC.
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BTL | PFL vs. Bellator Grade, Ferreira vs. Ngan...
The PFL vs. Bellator event is in the books, and it delivered a fun card of fights, capped off by Renan Ferreira's quick destruction of Ryan Bader. While the pay-per-view price tag was obviously too high, did the event deliver what it promised to the MMA fanbase? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew give their grades for Saturday's event in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, they'll take viewer questions throughout the show, including the fallout of UFC Mexico City, if Brandon Royval and Brian Ortega earned second cracks at UFC gold with their wins in the main and co-main, if Ferreira will end up fighting Francis Ngannou in his next fight, Johnny Eblen's close call, a busy weekend ahead with UFC Vegas 87, Gamebred Bareknuckle, and Jake Paul's next fight, and more.
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HOAM | Will Francis Ngannou vs. Renan Ferreira ...
The PFL vs. Bellator event and UFC Mexico City fight card both took place on Saturday outside the U.S., and both delivered some exciting action — both in and out of the cage. But which card won the weekend overall, and what will be talked about more throughout the year? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck gives his reaction to both cards, the pros and cons from the PFL's return to pay-per-view, how Francis Ngannou fits into things and if he'll actually compete in an MMA bout against main event winner Renan Ferreira, and more. Additionally, listener questions include where Brian Ortega goes from his comeback win against Yair Rodriguez, who Alexandre Pantoja could fight at UFC 301, Alexander Volkanovski's future and if it could include a lightweight move, Ilia Topuria's first title defense, Nate Diaz teasing he wants UFC return at The Sphere, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
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Fighter vs. Writer: Alan Jouban Argues Chandler...
On the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer, Alan Jouban joins the show to discuss Michael Chandler’s waiting game, Dustin Poirier’s star power and if he’s actually the bigger draw on a card headlined by Sean O’Malley and what should be next for Ilia Topuria.
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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC ...
After an exciting UFC Mexico City event that is sure to shake up the rankings in multiple weight classes, MMA Fighting's Alexander K. Lee and Jed Meshew matchmake for all of Saturday's.
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UFC Mexico City & PFL vs. Bellator Post-Fight S...
Brandon Royval edged out a split decision over Brandon Moreno and Brian Ortega scored another epic comeback win at UFC Mexico City, while earlier in the day, PFL and Bellator finally faced off, with Bellator cleaning up. The MMA Fighting crew reacts to the big weekend in MMA.
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UFC Mexico City & PFL vs. Bellator Preview Show...
It's an MMA double-header this Saturday as PFL vs. Bellator kicks off its new era in Saudi Arabia and the UFC returns to Mexico City for the first time since 2019 with a very fun card headlined by two action-packed rematches at the top. So who will the MMA weekend?
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BTL | Ilia Topuria Crowned At UFC 298, Pereira ...
A new UFC featherweight champ was crowned this past Saturday in the main event of UFC 298 after Ilia Topuria knocked out Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. While it's the dawning of a new era, it also puts an end to one of the most impressive title reigns in recent memory, Where will each fighter go, and will it be a rematch with one another next? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel reacts to Topuria's championship victory, talks what it means for the featherweight division, and whether or not a rematch should be next. Additionally, they'll discuss other shining stars from the pay-per-view event, Dana White announcing the UFC 300 main event between Alex Pereira and Jamahal Hill, Saturday's UFC Mexico City card headlined by Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval 2, the PFL vs. Bellator card this weekend, and much more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Morning Kombat's Brian Campbell.
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HOAM | Brian Ortega's Intriguing Return At UFC ...
Brian Ortega returns from a long layoff due to injury as he steps back in the octagon in a rematch with Yair Rodriguez in the co-main event of UFC Mexico City this Saturday. What are the biggest questions you need answered this weekend in regards to the return of "T-City?" On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the five-round bout and what is at stake for Ortega in the matchup. Additionally, listener questions include Merab Dvalishvili getting himself over with the fans without a ton of promotion behind him, the UFC 300 main event between Alex Pereira and Jamahal Hill and the reaction it has gotten from the public, Dana White's relationship with the media and if he seems fully invested in the current UFC product, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
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No Bets Barred: Best Bets For UFC Mexico And PF...
No Bets Barred returns with a full breakdown of this weekend's MMA doubleheader featuring UFC Mexico and the PFL vs. Bellator: CHAMPS card.
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Trocação Franca | Mesa Redonda: UFC 300 x UFC R...
O Trocação Franca recebe o peso-médio do UFC Caio Borralho e o jornalista Luis Fernando Coutinho para repercutir a semana insana que sacudiu o MMA mundial. Do anúncio de Alex Poatan como luta principal do histórico UFC 300 — e como isso sabota o UFC Rio — às quedas de Alexander Volkanovski e Paulo Borrachinha no UFC 298, o debate passa pela incerteza do futuro de Conor McGregor no esporte e o que esperar do desafio PFL x Bellator, que rola sábado na Arábia Saudita.
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Laura Sanko Reacts To Ilia Topuria's Title Winn...
UFC color commentator and ESPN analyst Laura Sanko joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to react to the big storylines from UFC 298 this past Saturday, Ilia Topuria's incredible knockout of Alexander Volkanovski to win the UFC featherweight title, discusses Topuria's star potential, Volkanovski's championship reign coming to an end, Robert Whittaker, Ian Machado Garry, and Merab Dvalishvili's big wins, and more.
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HOAM | Welcome To the Ilia Topuria Era; Plus, F...
Ilia Topuria is the new UFC featherweight champion following his highlight reel knockout of former long reigning champ Alexander Volkanovski in the main event of UFC 298 event this past Saturday. With a new market to tap into, and a 27-year-old champion with superstardom written all over him, how big can it get for the Topuria era? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Topuria's win, what could be next, and the UFC getting into Spain. Additionally, topics include Volkanovski's 145-pound title reign coming to an end, the reactions on social media because of it, Dana White announcing Alex Pereira vs. Jamahal Hill as the main event of UFC 300, where that leaves UFC 301, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
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Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Talks Alexander ...
On the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer, Matt Brown and Damon Martin discuss the fallout from UFC 298 including Alexander Volkanovski’s dramatic knockout loss to Ilia Topuria plus Brown addresses his long standing opinion that Conor McGregor will never fight again.
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On To the Next One | What's Next For Ilia Topur...
The fallout of UFC 298 has been such an intriguing part of the build towards the UFC's return to Anaheim on Saturday night. Following the featherweight championship main event which saw Ilia Topuria brutally knock out Alexander Volkanovski to become the new featherweight champion, where do both guys go from here? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee attempt to answer that question from a matchmaking perspective on an all-new edition of On To the Next One. Future matchups will also be discussed for Robert Whittaker following his crazy co-main event win over Paulo Costa, Ian Machado Garry after his split decision win over Geoff Neal, along with fellow main card winners Merab Dvalishvili, Anthony Hernandez, and more,
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UFC 298 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Ilia Topu...
Ilia Topuria talked a big game heading into his UFC 298 main event fight against Alexander Volkanovski, and he sure backed it up with a sensational knockout to become the brand new UFC featherweight champion. What is the ceiling on the 27-year-old featherweight title holder? Following Saturday's pay-per-view event, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, Jed Meshew, and José Youngs react to Topuria's crowning moment, discuss where he goes from here, and what comes next for Volkanovski after his second straight knockout loss. Additionally, they'll discuss Robert Whittaker's hard fought victory over Paulo Costa in the co-main event, takeaways from main card wins from Ian Machado Garry, Merab Dvalishvili, Anthony Hernandez, plus a reaction from Dana White's UFC 300 main event announcement of Alex Pereira vs. Jamahal Hill.
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UFC 298 Watch Party Replay w/ Mike Heck & Conne...
Relive the magic of UFC 298's live watch party with Mike Heck and Conner Burks!
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UFC 298 Preview Show | Will Ilia Topuria End Th...
Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria battle it out in the UFC featherweight championship main event of Saturday's UFC 298 fight card in Anaheim, and the stakes are incredibly high. With so many burning questions surrounding the high-level matchup, will Volkanovski continue his incredible run at 145, or will Topuria begin a new era? Ahead of the pay-per-view event, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and José Youngs preview UFC 298, the headliner between Volkanovski and Topuria, discuss the burning questions, what's on the line for both fighters, and predictions for the bout. Additionally, they'll talk the co-main event between Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa, Ian Machado Garry's toughest test to date against Geoff Neal, Henry Cejudo putting his career on the line against Merab Dvalishvili, plus answer your questions.
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HOAM | Reaction To UFC 298 Press Conference, Fi...
UFC 298 is coming fast with a card that is flying completely under the radar, event with a spectacular main event for the UFC featherweight title between Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria. Join MMA Fighting's Mike Heck for a special pre pay-per-view edition of Heck of a Morning, as he answers all of your UFC 298 questions, reacts to Thursday's press confernce, along with getting your thoughts about the stakes of some of the other big fights on Saturday's pay-per-view card. Additionally, viewer questions include what the main event for UFC 300 will be, the fighter who has the most to gain and lose on Saturday, Paulo Costa's chances against Robert Whittaker, Topuria's potential star power, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces.
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BTL | Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria, U...
The amount of questions surrounding the UFC featherweight championship main event of UFC 298 between Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria are astounding — not just heading into the fight, but the roads both fighters will take based on the result. Can Volkanovski continue his 145-pound dominance, or will the incredibly confident Topuria be put on the rocket ship to superstardom? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel will preview Saturday's main event, the stakes involved for both Volkanovski and Topuria, and where the champion goes, win or lose. Additionally, topics include the rest of the UFC 298 storylines, UFC 300 still not having a main event and potentially will be announced at the post-fight press conference on Saturday, along with a special fan Q&A final round. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Eric "New York Ric" Jackman.
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