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Francis Ngannou Frustrated Waiting for His Titl...
Francis Ngannnou details his frustration waiting for a title shot and his thoughts on Stipe Miocic as well as Jon Jones making the move to heavyweight
19 min
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On To the Next One: Episode 21 | Matches To Mak...
In the 21st 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 16 event at the UFC APEX. Future fights are discussed for Marvin Vettori--who defeated Jack Hermansson in a classic middleweight main event--Jamahal Hill, Gabriel Benitez, Roman Dolidze, Jordan Leavitt, Louis Smolka, and more.
57 min
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UFC Vegas 16: Hermansson vs. Vettori Post-Fight...
With UFC Vegas 16 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines coming out of Saturday night’s event at the UFC APEX, including Marvin Vettori’s unanimous decision win over Jack Hermansson in the exciting middleweight headliner.
89 min
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UFC Vegas 16 Preview Show ft. Brendan Fitzgerald
With UFC Vegas 16 just hours away, UFC announcer Brendan Fitzgerald joins MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon to break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday night’s event at the UFC APEX, including the middleweight headliner between Jack Hermansson and Marvin Vettori.
56 min
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What the Heck: Episode 36 | Kevin Holland, Marl...
Check out episode 36 of What the Heck as MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with Kevin Holland as they discuss his removal from this Saturday's UFC Vegas 16 headliner with Jack Hermansson, getting booked a week later against "Jacare" Souza, why he prefers the new matchup, and more. Marlon Vera previews his upcoming matchup with Jose Aldo at the UFC's event on Dec. 19, talks his reaction to getting the matchup and what an impressive win could lead to. ONE Championship heavyweight titleholder Brandon Vera discusses fatherhood, not being able to compete in 2020, expectations to face Arjan Bhullar in the first quarter of 2021, and former opponent Jon Jones' move to heavyweight. Finally, Montana De La Rosa previews her upcoming fight with Talia Santos this Saturday at UFC Vegas 16, explains why she's had to work with coach Eliot Marshall via Zoom, training with Lauren Murphy ahead of the matchup, and more.
91 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones...
Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr., UFC Heavyweight Title Picture, MMA in the Olympics, Claressa Shields to PFL, More
65 min
607
Anthony Smith Talks Short-Notice Main Event Win...
Anthony Smith Talks Short-Notice Main Event Win, His Tumultuous 2020 and Plans for the Future
25 min
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Between the Links: Episode 27 | Mike Tyson vs. ...
Check out episode 27 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and The Athletic’s Shaun Al-Shatti as they give their takes on Saturday night’s Legends Only League debut event headlined by Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. fighting to a draw. They also discuss Jake Paul’s devastating knockout win over former NBA guard Nate Robinson, along with the YouTube star’s callouts of Dillon Danis and Conor McGregor. In addition, the panel discusses the importance of Anthony Smith’s first-round submission win over Devin Clark in the main event of UFC Vegas 15—along with their three stars of the fight card—a look ahead to UFC Vegas 16, which is now headlined by Jack Hermansson vs. Marvin Vettori, and the future of former middleweight champion Anderson Silva following his release from the UFC, and more.
69 min
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On To the Next One: Episode 20 | Matches To Mak...
In the 20th 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 15 event at the UFC APEX. Future fights are discussed for Anthony Smith--who submitted Devin Clark in the first round of the main event--Miguel Baeza, Parker Porter, Bill Algeo, Norma Dumont, Jonathan Pearce, and more.
45 min
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Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. & UFC Vegas 15 Pos...
With the debut of the Legends Only League, as well as UFC Vegas 15 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from a busy Saturday night in combat sports—including Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. fighting to a draw in the squared circle, and Anthony Smith submitting Devin Clark in the first round inside the octagon.
71 min
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UFC Vegas 15 & Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. Pre...
With UFC Vegas 15 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday’s event at the UFC APEX, including the brand new main event between Anthony Smith and Devin Clark, along with the highly anticipated boxing event headlined by Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.
57 min
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What the Heck: Episode 35 | Joaquin Buckley, Br...
On a special Thanksgiving edition of What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with Brandon Moreno to recap his first-round finish of Brandon Royval at UFC 255, and discuss getting a quick turnaround in less than three weeks to face Deiveson Figueiredo for the flyweight title at UFC 256 on Dec. 12. Joaquin Buckley talks his second-round KO win over Jordan Wright at UFC 255, wanting to fight James Krause and everyone at Glory MMA within reach, and his hopes to accomplish one of those things at UFC 257. All Elite Wrestling star Maxwell Jacob Friedman, aka MJF, gives his thoughts on colleague Jake Hager's recent win at Bellator 250, being a UFC fan, Conor McGregor and Colby Covington's promo skills, how he got into the business and eventually to AEW. Finally, Rob Font previews his upcoming fight with Marlon Moraes at the UFC's Dec. 19 event in his first appearance since suffering an ACL injury in a December 2019 win over Ricky Simon.
82 min
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The A-Side Live Chat: UFC 255 fallout, Figueire...
UFC 255 Fallout, Deiveson Figueiredo, Valentina Shevchenko, Fight Circus, Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. more
77 min
614
Between the Links: Episode 26 | Deiveson Figuei...
Check out episode 26 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs and Jed Meshew as they discuss Deiveson Figueiredo’s quick submission win over Alex Perez at UFC 255 and his star potential, Valentina Shevchenko’s fourth successful title defense over Jennifer Maia, whether or not the 125-pound queen was rusty and what’s next for Mike Perry. In addition, the panel weighs in on the new lineup of UFC 256 with the loss of Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling, and the addition of Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno for the flyweight title, as well as the return of Tony Ferguson against Charles Oliveira. They also discuss AJ McKee’s future following is incredible submission of Darrion Caldwell, UFC Vegas 15, Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr., and more.
68 min
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On To the Next One: Matches To Make After UFC 255
After UFC 255, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday's event at the UFC APEX. Mike and AK react to Deiveson Figueiredo's next title defense being on the books against fellow event winner Brandon Moreno at UFC 256. Future fights were then discussed for Alex Perez, women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, Jennifer Maia, Tim Means, Katlyn Chookagian, Paul Craig, Joaquin Buckley and more in the 19th episode of On To The Next One.
50 min
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UFC 255 Post-Fight Show
With UFC 255 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event in Las Vegas, including Deiveson Figueiredo and Valentina Shevchenko’s successful flyweight title defenses.
70 min
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UFC 255 Preview Show
With UFC 255 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Jed Meshew and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday night’s event in Las Vegas, including the two championship fights at 125 pounds between Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez, and the co-main event that will see Valentina Shevchenko defend against Jennifer Maia.
62 min
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What the Heck: Episode 34 | Ben Askren, Demetri...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with Demetrious Johnson (10:42) about the pandemic shutting down his 2020 fighting year, signing and competing with ONE Championship, the UFC 255 main event between Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez, and Israel Adesanya. Khaos Williams (29:55) recaps his incredible 30-second knockout win in the main event of UFC Vegas 14 this past Saturday and reveals whether it was the scariest KO of his career. Ben Askren (53:28) discusses being a part of The Apprentice, ONE Championship Edition, having successful hip surgery, wanting to return to wrestling in 2021, and whether he may return to MMA. Benson Henderson (1:18:26) previews his Bellator 253 co-main event bout with Jason Jackson this Thursday, talks his recent loss to Michael Chandler and his move to the UFC, Patricio Pitbull's latest KO, and more. Finally, Ashley Yoder (1:41:12) discusses getting back in the win column following her decision win over Miranda Granger this past Saturday at UFC Vegas 14.
121 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | UFC 255 Preview, Fiugere...
UFC 255 Preview, Fiugeredo vs. Perez, McKee vs. Caldwell, Patricio Pitbull's Legacy, Crazy USADA Stories, More
60 min
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Between the Links: Episode 25 | RDA's Successfu...
Check out episode 25 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs and Alexander K. Lee as they give their takes on Rafael dos Anjos’ decision win over Paul Felder in the main event of UFC Vegas 14 and where “RDA” now fits in the 155-pound landscape. In addition, the panel discusses who had the better week between the UFC and Bellator, the three stars between UFC Vegas 14 and Bellator 252, Patricio Pitbull’s ranking at 145-pounds in the world, whether or not UFC 255 is flying under the radar, and if Deiveson Figueiredo—or Alex Perez—would be the frontrunner for the 2020 Fighter of the Year with a victory in the main event of Saturday night’s PPV even in Las Vegas.
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On To the Next One: Episode 18 | Matches To Mak...
In the 18th 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 14 event at the UFC APEX. Future fights were discussed for headliners Rafael dos Anjos --who earned a decision win--and Paul Felder, Khaos Williams, Ashley Yoder, Sean Strickland, Cory McKenna, and more.
49 min
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UFC Vegas 14: RDA vs. Felder Post-Fight Show
With UFC Vegas 14 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event at the UFC APEX, including Rafael dos Anjos’ successful return to the lightweight division against Paul Felder in the main event.
88 min
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UFC Vegas 14: Felder vs. RDA Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 14 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 UFC APEX, including the lightweight headliner between Paul Felder and Rafael dos Anjos.
28 min
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What the Heck: Episode 33 | Alexander Hernandez...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with Alexander Hernandez as he recaps his impressive first-round KO win over Chris Gruetzmacher at UFC Vegas 12, his big payday, Thiago Moises' callout and more. UFC flyweight Brandon Royval previews his pivotal 125-pound matchup with Brandon Moreno at UFC 255 on Nov. 21. Titan FC COO Lex McMahon discusses his decision to make his MMA debut at Fighting Force 4 Nov. 21 at 49 years of age, working with the likes of Stephen Thompson and Walt Harris in preparation, raising awareness for military veterans suffering from PTSD, and Titan FC 65 going down the day after his fight,
72 min
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Leon Edwards on Ending the Hype Surrounding Kha...
Leon Edwards talks about his upcoming fight with Khamzat Chimaev and the hope that he'll get the next title shot with a win.
18 min
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Reaction: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 S...
MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Damon Martin react to the news that the widely rumored and discussed rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier is set to headline UFC 257 on Jan. 23.
12 min
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Between the Links: Episode 24 | Glover Teixeira...
Check out episode 24 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs and former UFC, and current Brave CF flyweight Jose “Shorty” Torres as they give their takes on Glover Teixeira’s third-round submission win over Thiago Santos this past Saturday, the chances of the UFC calling an audible and having Teixeira challenge Jan Blachowicz for the lightweight title over Israel Adesanya, and where Jon Jones factors into the equation. In addition, the panel gives their three stars for UFC Vegas 13, talks how much of an impact losing Islam Makhachev has on the UFC Vegas 14 event (*note, the news of Paul Felder stepping in to face Rafael dos Anjos wasn’t confirmed until the end of the show’s recording), Dana White saying Khabib Nurmagomedov may not be done after all, and more.
69 min
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Daniel Cormier on Retirement, Khabib Nurmagomed...
Daniel Cormier speaks about his retirement from the sport, Khabib Nurmagomedov possibly making his return and how Jon Jones' drug testing history affects his status among the all time greats
24 min
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On To the Next One, Episode 17: Matches To Make...
In the 17th 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 13 event at the UFC APEX. Future fights were discussed for headliners Glover Teixeira--who earned a third-round submission victory--Thiago Santos, Andrei Arlovski, Raoni Barcelos, Giga Chikadze, Yan Xiaonan, Alexander Romanov, and more.
49 min
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UFC Vegas 13 Post-Fight Show: Glover Teixeira S...
With UFC Vegas 13 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event at the UFC APEX, including Glover Teixeira’s third-round submission win over Thiago Santos in the light heavyweight headliner.
78 min
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UFC Vegas 13: Santos vs. Teixeira Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 13 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday’s event at the UFC APEX, including the light heavyweight headliner between Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira.
45 min
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What the Heck: Episode 32 | Robert Whittaker, K...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck chats with former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker about his UFC 254 win over Jared Cannonier, Israel Adesanya's move to 205, Dana White saying he didn't want to fight Adesanya, and more. Adrian Yanez recaps his octagon debut knockout win over Victor Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 12, talks sharing his first promotional bout with Anderson Silva's last and the importance of mental health during trying times. Lauren Murphy talks her UFC 254 win over Liliya Shakirova, Cynthia Calvillo's recent comments, Calvillo getting booked for a fight against Katlyn Chookagian, and what led her to signing with new management. Finally, Kevin Holland discusses becoming the first UFC fighter to go 4-0 in 2020 following his first-round finish of Victor Rodriguez, Israel Adesanya, and wanting two more fights before the year ends.
86 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | Anderson Silva’s ‘retire...
Anderson Silva’s ‘retirement,’ Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya, Conor McGregor Tweets, more
62 min
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Between the Links: Episode 23 | Anderson Silva'...
Check out episode 23 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and The Athletic’s Shaun Al-Shatti as they give their takes on Anderson Silva’s potential final fight in the UFC—a fourth-round TKO loss to Uriah Hall in the main event of UFC Vegas 12—Dana White’s comments about regretting the booking, and how to book him if he were to get one more octagon appearance. In addition, the panel discusses where Bryce Mitchell goes after his unanimous decision win over Andre Fili, the talks of Jan Blachowicz fighting Israel Adesanya for his first light heavyweight title defense, what Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira are actually fighting for in the UFC Vegas 13 main event this Saturday, the return of The Ultimate Fighter in March, and more.
70 min
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On To the Next One: Episode 16 | Matches To Mak...
In the 16th 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 12 event which was capped off by Uriah Hall stopping Anderson Silva in the fourth round of their middleweight headliner in, what looks to be, Silva's final octagon appearance. Future fights were discussed for Hall, Bryce Mitchell, Greg Hardy, Kevin Holland, Thiago Moises, Alexander Hernandez and more.
38 min
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UFC Vegas 12 Post-Fight Show: Uriah Hall KO's A...
With UFC Vegas 12 in the books, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alex K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon recap the top storylines from Saturday's event at the UFC APEX, including Uriah Hall finishing Anderson Silva in the fourth round of the middleweight main event.
66 min
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UFC Vegas 12: Hall vs. Silva Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 12 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Jose Youngs break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday’s event at the UFC APEX, including the middleweight headliner between Uriah Hall and Anderson Silva.
30 min
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What the Heck: Episode 31 | Gegard Mousasi, Jak...
Check out episode 21 of What the Heck as MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with Gegard Mousasi ahead of his middleweight title fight against Douglas Lima at Thursday's Bellator 250 event. Miranda Maverick recaps her first-round TKO win over Liana Jojua at UFC 254, talks her extremely busy schedule outside of fighting and more. Bellator heavyweight and AEW star Jake Hager previews his Bellator 250 matchup with Brandon Calton, discusses how his pro wrestling life has changed with AEW, and Chris Jericho's place in wrestling history. Johnny Campbell discusses nearly losing his ear in his most recent bout against Ary Farias at Taura MMA 10 this past Friday in Brazil, gives an update on how he's doing physically and when he aims to return. Finally, Dustin Jacoby talks his first octagon fight in nearly nine years when he faces Justin Ledet this Saturday at UFC Vegas 12.
116 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | Khabib Nurmagomedov’s re...
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement, Jon Jones’ comments, Robert Whittaker's next fight, UFC lightweight title, more
81 min
640
Between the Links: Episode 22 | Is Khabib the G...
Check out episode 22 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and journalist Ant Walker as they react to Khabib Nurmagomedov's second-round submission win in the UFC 254 lightweight championship headliner, along with his subsequent retirement from the sport. The panel talks where "The Eagle" sits on the GOAT list. In addition, they lay out what should happen with the lightweight title moving forward compared to what many believe will ultimately happen, talk the three stars--outside of Nurmagomedov--of UFC 254, and reveal what they would choose to watch if they could only watch Bellator 250 on Thursday, or UFC Vegas 12 on Saturday.
65 min
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On To the Next One: Episode 15 | Matches To Mak...
In the 15th 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 254 event which was capped off by Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defending his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje and subsequently announcing his retirement. Future fights were discussed for Gaethje, co-headliners Robert Whittaker--who earned a unanimous decision win--and Jared Cannonier, Alexander Volkov, Phil Hawes, Lauren Murphy, Magomed Ankalaev, and more.
46 min
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UFC 254 Post-Fight Show: Khabib Nurmagomedov Re...
With UFC 254 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday’s event in Abu Dhabi, including Khabib Nurmagomedov’s second-round submission win over Justin Gaethje to retain his lightweight title in the main event and his subsequent retirement.
81 min
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UFC 254 Preview Show
With UFC 254 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday’s event on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, including the main event for the undisputed UFC lightweight title between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
72 min
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What the Heck: Episode 30 | Jon Anik, James Kra...
This week on What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with UFC welterweight James Krause to recap his UFC Fight Island 6 win over Claudio Silva and discuss his post-fight comments regarding Joaquin Buckley. UFC play-by-play voice Jon Anik previews UFC 254, the significance of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje, and more. UFC flyweight Lauren Murphy talks losing Cynthia Calvillo as a UFC 254 opponent, getting a short notice newcomer in Liliya Shakirova, and why she feels Jessica Andrade shouldn't get the winner of Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jennifer Maia. Finally, UFC bantamweight Casey Kenney previews his catchweight bout with Nathaniel Wood at UFC 254, talks the impact his dominant win over Alateng Heili has had, and where a win on Saturday will take him.
92 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | Khabib vs. Gaethje, Whit...
Khabib vs. Gaethje, Whittaker vs. Cannonier, UFC 254 Preview, UFC Fight Island 6 Fall Out, Michael Chandler's UFC Debut, More
31 min
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UFC 254: Pros Predict Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. J...
MMA Fighting spoke to MMA stars from the UFC and Bellator to get their predictions for who's going to win Saturday's pivotal UFC 254 headliner between undisputed lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champ Justin Gaethje.
8 min
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UFC 254 Timeline: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justi...
With UFC 254 just days away, listen to how Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje ended up fighting for the UFC lightweight title Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
60 min
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Between the Links: Episode 21 | Khabib Nurmagom...
Check out episode 21 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter as they reveal who they believe—outside of Brian Ortega—were the three stars of UFC Fight Island 6 this past Saturday, along with the impact of Ortega and Jessica Andrade's wins in Abu Dhabi. In addition, the panel discusses the significance of the undisputed lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje this Saturday on Fight Island, what else sticks out on the UFC 254 fight card, the co-main event between Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier and what result would be better for business. The panel also weighs in on how Bellator MMA has gone forward since Scott Coker's press conference to announce the move to CBS Sports.
72 min
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On To the Next One: Episode 14 | Matches To Mak...
In the 14th episode of On to the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday night’s UFC Fight Island 6 event in Abu Dhabi. Future fights were discussed for headliners Brian Ortega--who earned a dominant unanimous decision victory--and The Korean Zombie, Jessica Andrade, Jimmy Crute, James Krause, Jonathan Martinez, Gillian Robertson, and more.
44 min
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UFC Fight Island 6 Post-Fight Show ft. Calvin K...
With UFC Fight Island 6 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and E. Casey Leydon are joined by No. 6 ranked UFC featherweight Calvin Kattar to break down the top storylines from Saturday’s event in Abu Dhabi, including Brian Ortega’s unanimous decision win over The Korean Zombie in the main event.
42 min
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UFC Fight Island 6 Preview Show
With UFC Fight Island 6 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and Alexander K. Lee break down the top storylines of Saturday’s event in Abu Dhabi, including the featherweight headliner between Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie.
34 min
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What the Heck: Episode 29 | Joaquin Buckley, Aa...
Check out episode 29 of MMA Fighting's What the Heck as Mike Heck chats with UFC middleweight Joaquin Buckley following his viral KO win over Impa Kasanganay at UFC Fight Island 5 this past weekend. Bellator featherweight Aaron Pico previews his upcoming fight with John de Jesus at Bellator 252 on Nov, 12. Tracy Cortez recaps her unanimous decision win over Stephanie Egger this past Saturday at UFC Fight Island 5, discusses why she wants to move back to 125, and more. James Krause explains taking a short notice fight with Claudio Silva this weekend at UFC Fight Island 6, cornering Kevin Croom during his life changing win over Roosevelt Roberts, recovering from COVID-19, and how he sees the fight playing out. Finally, Brandon Moreno expresses his frustrations with being skipped over for two flyweight title shots at UFC 255, previews his new matchup with Brandon Moreno, Cody Garbrandt dropping down to flyweight, and how he sees the new title fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez playing out Nov. 21.
101 min
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Artem Lobov On His Return to MMA, Personal Riva...
Artem Lobov discusses his return to MMA for the first time in over a year, the personal rivalry with Khabib Nurmagomedov's teammate and much more
18 min
654
The A-Side Live Chat | Brian Ortega vs. The Kor...
Brian Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie, UFC Fight Island 5 fallout, Tony Ferguson, more
74 min
655
Between the Links: Episode 20 | Conor McGregor ...
Check out episode 20 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs and martial arts personality Phoenix Carnevale as they give their takes on the likelihood the UFC is able to book a matchup between former multi-division champion Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier in 2020. The panel also discusses the fallout from UFC Vegas 5—including Joaquin Buckley’s incredible knockout, the state of the bantamweight title picture following Cory Sandhagen’s second-round finish of Marlon Moraes, and where Edson Barboza goes from his first win at 145-pounds over Makwan Amirkhani. In addition, they react to former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson’s frustrations and what can be done about it, the pivotal UFC Fight Island 6 main event between Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie, and more.
63 min
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On To the Next One: Episode 13 | Matches To Mak...
In the 13th episode of On to the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday night’s UFC Fight Island 5 event in Abu Dhabi. Future fights were discussed for headliners Cory Sandhagen--who delivered an outstanding second-round wheel kick finish--and Marlon Moraes, Edson Barboza, KO of the Year favorite Joaquin Buckley, Dricus Du Plessis, Tom Aspinall, Ilia Topuria, and more.
45 min
657
UFC Fight Island 5 Post-Fight Show
With UFC Fight Island 5 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event in Abu Dhabi, including Cory Sandhagen’s second-round finish of Marlon Moraes in the main event, and Joaquin Buckley's KO of the year candidate.
70 min
658
UFC Fight Island 5 Preview Show
With UFC Fight Island 5 just hours away, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and Alexander K. Lee break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday's event in Abu Dhabi, including the bantamweight headliner between Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen.
27 min
659
Israel Adesanya Talks Escalating Feud with Jon ...
Israel Adesanya discusses his huge win at UFC 253 as well as the ongoing war of words with Jon Jones and much more
24 min
660
What the Heck: Episode 28 | Germaine de Randami...
Check out episode 28 of What the Heck as Mike Heck speaks with No. 1 ranked women's bantamweight contender Germaine de Randamie (6:12) to discuss her third-round submission win over Julianna Pena at UFC Fight Island 4, a potential rematch with Holly Holm, and what she is willing to put at stake if she were to face Amanda Nunes one more time. Also, unbeaten welterweight prospect John Gotti III (39:36) previews his upcoming fight with Nick Alley on Oct. 14 in the main event of CES 61, talks what he learned from his last fight, his family lineage, and what a win in his next fight could potentially lead to.
56 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | UFC Fight Island 5 previ...
For this episode, José Youngs, E. Casey Leydon, and Guilherme Cruz react to some of the biggest stories in MMA. Some possible topics include Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya war of words on social media, Paulo Costa’s reaction to his loss at UFC 253, and more. Also on tap, the three will look ahead to UFC Fight Island 5, featuring a main event between Marlon Moraes vs. Cory Sandhagen.
64 min
662
Between the Links: Episode 19: Israel Adesanya ...
Check out episode 19 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Alexander K. Lee and UFC bantamweight Brian Kelleher as they discuss the beef between middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones, and if the UFC should make that fight right now.In addition, the panel lists their three stars—outside of Holly Holm—from Saturday night’s UFC Fight Island 4 event, talks Carlos Condit’s return to the win column for the first time in five years and what that means for the “Natural Born Killer,” what’s at stake in the UFC Fight Island 5 main event between Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen, and whether or not the winner could move past Aljamain Sterling as the next contender to Petr Yan and the bantamweight title.
48 min
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On To the Next One: Episode 12 | Matches To Mak...
In the 12th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday night’s UFC Fight Island 4 event in Abu Dhabi. Future fights were discussed for headliners Holly Holm—who earned a unanimous decision win—and Irene Aldana, Carlos Felipe, Germaine de Randamie, Kyler Phillips, Dusko Todorovic, Carlos Condit, and more.
41 min
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UFC Fight Island 4: Holm vs. Aldana Post-Fight ...
With UFC Fight Island 4 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and E. Casey Leydon are joined by UFC broadcaster Laura Sanko to break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event in Abu Dhabi, including Holly Holm’s dominant decision win over Irene Aldana in the main event.
55 min
665
UFC Fight Island 4 Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 4 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and Alexander K. Lee break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event in Abu Dhabi, including the bantamweight main event between Holly Holm and Irene Aldana.
29 min
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What the Heck: Episode 27 | Michelle Waterson, ...
Check out episode 27 of What the Heck as MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with Michelle Waterson (9:00) to recap her UFC Vegas 10 main event win over Angela Hill and where she goes from here. Brandon Royval (27:57) discusses his second-round submission win over Kai Kara-France at UFC 253, the incredible flurry at the start of the fight, and wanting fights with Joseph Benavidez and Jussier Formiga. Casey Kenney (1:00:13) and Jordan Williams (1:12:42) preview their upcoming UFC Fight Island 4 bouts this Saturday. Finally, William Knight (1:44:19) recaps his unanimous decision win over Aleksa Camur at UFC 253, talks wanting to compete on the Nov. 28 card in Las Vegas, and Colby Covington's recent comments.
125 min
667
Between the Links: Episode 18 | UFC 253 Fallout...
Check out episode 18 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and UFC bantamweight Brian Kelleher as they give their takes on Israel Adesanya’s second-round finish of Paulo Costa in the main event of UFC 253, his celebration, and how close “The Last Stylebender” is to becoming the greatest middleweight in UFC history. In addition, the panel discusses Jan Blachowicz’s impressive win over Dominick Reyes to become the new light heavyweight champion in the co-main event and his callout of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor and Dana White having issues, and take a look ahead to this Saturday night’s card in Abu Dhabi headlined by Holly Holm and Irene Aldana.
47 min
668
On To the Next One: Episode 11 | Matches To Mak...
In the 11th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday night’s UFC 253 event in Abu Dhabi. Future fights were discussed for headliners Israel Adesanya--who successfully defended his title with a second-round knockout--and Paulo Costa, new light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz and his fellow co-main eventer Dominick Reyes, Brandon Royval, Ketlen Vieira, Hakeem Dawodu, and more.
35 min
669
UFC 253 Post-Fight Show
With UFC 253 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alex K. Lee, and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event in Abu Dhabi, which includes Israel Adesanya’s incredible finish of Paulo Costa to retain his middleweight title in the main event, as well as Jan Blachowicz becoming the undisputed light heavyweight champion in the co-main event after putting away Dominick Reyes.
80 min
670
UFC 253 Preview Show
With UFC 253 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event in Abu Dhabi, including the two title fights between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa in the middleweight championship headliner, and the battle for the vacant light heavyweight title between Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event.
37 min
671
What the Heck: Episode 26 | Alexander Volkanovs...
Check out episode 26 of What the Heck as MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks to Jessica-Rose Clark (3:48) to recap her third-round TKO win over Sarah Alpar at UFC Vegas 11. Randy Costa (27:06) discusses his 41-second knockout win over Journey Newson this past Saturday night and picking up his first performance bonus. Jose Torres (57:34) previews his first-round matchup with Sean Santella in the Brave CF flyweight title tournament on Thursday at Brave CF 42. Finally, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (1:30:14) talks life after his first successful title defense against Max Holloway at UFC 251, and waiting for the next No. 1 contender to emerge.
113 min
672
Between the Links: Episode 17 | The Stocks Of C...
Check out episode 17 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Alex K. Lee and martial arts personality Phoenix Carnevale as they give their takes on the recent downfall of former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley following his third straight dominant loss to Colby Covington at UFC Vegas 11. Plus, they break down where Covington’s stock is after the win, and some of the comments made in the aftermath. In addition, the panel discuss the rise of Khamzat Chimaev following his 17-second knockout win over Gerald Meerschaert this past Saturday, and where the pressure lies in the two title fights coming up this Saturday night between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa for the middleweight title, and Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz for the vacant light heavyweight title.
71 min
673
On To the Next One: Episode 10 | Matches To Mak...
In the 10th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 11 event at the UFC APEX. Future fights were discussed for headliners Colby Covington--who earned a fifth-round TKO win--and Tyron Woodley, co-main eventers Donald Cerrone and Niko Price, Khamzat Chimaev, Johnny Walker, Mackenzie Dern, Kevin Holland, and more.
47 min
674
UFC Vegas 11 Post-Fight Show
With UFC Vegas 11 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event at the UFC APEX, including Colby Covington’s fifth-round TKO win over Tyron Woodley in the main event.
80 min
675
UFC Vegas 11 Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 11 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event at the APEX, including the welterweight main event grudge match between Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley.
27 min
676
What the Heck: Episode 25 | Mike Rodriguez, Kev...
Check out episode 25 of MMA Fighting's What the Heck as Mike Heck speaks with Kevin Croom to recap his memorable octagon debut submission win over Roosevelt Roberts at UFC Vegas 10. Kevin Holland previews his upcoming fight with Darren Stewart this Saturday at UFC Vegas 11 and reiterates his desire to smack Marvin Vettori. Brandon Royval discusses his upcoming flyweight matchup with Kai Kara-France on the main card of UFC 253 next Saturday night and the addition of a new member of his corner. Finally, Mike Rodriguez recaps the bizarre ending to his fight with Ed Herman this past Saturday at UFC Vegas 10.
84 min
677
The A-Side Live Chat w/ Angela Hill
This week, UFC strawweight Angela Hill joins Esther Lin and Alex Savas to discuss some of the nuttiest topics in MMA.
39 min
678
Between the Links: Episode 16 | UFC vs. Bellato...
Check out episode 16 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and martial arts personality Phoenix Carnevale as they discuss who had the better weekend between the UFC and Bellator—along with takes on the UFC Vegas 10 main event between Michelle Waterson and Angela Hill, and the Bellator 246 headliner that saw Juan Archuleta become the bantamweight champion with a unanimous decision win over Patchy Mix. In addition, the panel talks the bizarre light heavyweight matchup between Mike Rodriguez and Ed Herman, Dustin Poirier taking a stand in regards to the in the works matchup with Tony Ferguson at UFC 254, and a look ahead to this Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 11 event featuring the highly anticipated welterweight grudge match between Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley.
56 min
679
On To the Next One: Episode 9 | Matches To Make...
In the ninth episode of On to the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 10 event at the UFC APEX. Future fights were discussed for headliners Michelle Waterson--who won a split decision in a classic--and Angela Hill, co-main event winner Ottman Azaitar, Roxanne Modafferi, Ed Herman, Bobby Green, Billy Qurantillo, Sijara Eubanks, and more.
36 min
680
UFC Vegas 10 & Bellator 246 Post-Fight Show
With UFC Vegas 10 and Bellator 246 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alex K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night, including Michelle Waterson’s split decision win over Angela Hill at the UFC APEX, and Juan Archuleta capturing the Bellator bantamweight title with a unanimous decision win over Patchy Mix.
76 min
681
UFC Vegas 10 & Bellator 246 Preview Show
With both UFC Vegas 10 and Bellator 246 just hours away, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines for Saturday night's events, including the main events between Michelle Waterson and Angela Hill, and the vacant Bellator bantamweight title fight between Juan Archuleta and Patchy Mix.
30 min
682
What the Heck: Episode 24 | Stephen Thompson, M...
Check out episode 24 of What the Heck as MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with UFC middleweight Gerald Meerschaert (5:23) to discuss his upcoming fight with Khamzat Chimaev Sept. 19. UFC women's bantamweight Julia Avila (22:10) discusses her hectic few weeks since her last appearance on the show that's led to a matchup with Sijara Eubanks this Saturday at UFC Vegas 10. William Knight (33:14) recaps his first-round TKO finish of Cody Brundage at DWCS Season 4: Week 5, and looks ahead to his UFC debut at UFC 253 against Aleksa Camur. UFC strawweight Mackenzie Dern (1:01:30) talks her Sept. 19 matchup with Randa Markos and explains why she changed training camps just a couple of weeks ago in lieu of the matchup. Finally, UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson (1:29:19) gives an update and when he wants to return, talks Nick Diaz's potential return, and sends a message to Leon Edwards.
112 min
683
The A-Side Live Chat w/ Brian Kelleher
For this episode, UFC bantamweight Brian Kelleher joins José Youngs and E. Casey Leydon to discuss some of the hottest topics in MMA.
67 min
684
Between the Links: Episode 15 | Is Nick Diaz Re...
Check out episode 15 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the trilogy matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp as they give their takes on Nick Diaz’s reported comeback in early 2021, and what would be the right fight to make should things fall into place perfectly. In addition, the panel discusses Alistair Overeem’s fifth-round TKO win over Augusto Sakai in the main event of UFC Vegas 9 and where he goes from here, how the UFC handled the dominos falling on Saturday ahead of the event during the COVID-19 pandemic, comparing Bellator’s weekend doubleheader to UFC Vegas 10, and more.
57 min
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On To the Next One: Episode 8 | Matches To Make...
In the eighth episode of On to the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 9 event at the UFC APEX. Future fights were discussed for headliners Alistair Overeem--who earned a fifth-round TKO victory--and Augusto Sakai, co-main event winner Ovince Saint Preux, Michel Pereira, Brian Kelleher, Viviane Araujo, and more.
35 min
686
UFC Vegas 9 Post-Fight Show
With UFC Vegas 9 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alex K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event at the UFC APEX—including Alistair Overeem’s fifth-round TKO win over Augusto Sakai in the heavyweight headliner.
73 min
687
UFC Vegas 9 Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 9 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Jose Youngs break down the top storylines for Saturday night’s event at the UFC APEX, including the heavyweight main event between Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai.
18 min
688
What the Heck: Episode 23 | Marc Goddard, Ovinc...
Check out episode 23 of What the Heck as MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks with referee Marc Goddard (6:03) to reflect on being the third man in Daniel Cormier's final fight. Mallory Martin recaps her second-round submission win over Hannah Cifers at UFC Vegas 8 and the difficult road to get to the fight. Khama Worthy previews his lightweight bout with Ottman Azaitar on Sept. 12 and explains why he's frustrated the fight got pushed back an extra week. Sean Brady recaps his first UFC finish over Christian Aguilera at UFC Vegas 8 and who he has in mind to face next in a well deserved step up in competition. Ovince Saint Preux discusses his UFC Vegas 9 co-main event fight with Alonzo Menifield this Saturday and talks the positive COVID-19 test that caused the postponement of the 205-pound bout. Finally, Andrea Lee previews her flyweight bout with Roxanne Modafferi at the UFC's Sept. 12 event.
155 min
689
The A-Side Live Chat | Brock Lesnar rumors, Dan...
For this episode, MMA journalist Matt Wells joins José Youngs and E. Casey Leydon react to some of the biggest stories in MMA.
89 min
690
Between the Links: Episode 14 | Aleksandar Raki...
Check out episode 14 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Jose Youngs as they react to Aleksandar Rakic's win over Anthony Smith in the UFC Vegas 8 main event, and what is next for both headliners. In addition, the panel discusses Robbie Lawler's future following his unanimous decision loss to Neil Magny in the co-main event, and look ahead to UFC Vegas 9 this Saturday headlined by Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai, and more.
61 min
691
On To the Next One: Episode 7 | Matches To Make...
In the seventh episode of On to the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 8 event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. Future fights were discussed for headliners Aleksandar Rakic—who earned a unanimous decision win—and Anthony Smith, co-main eventers Neil Magny and Robbie Lawler, Alexa Grasso, Ricardo Lamas, Sean Brady, and more.
43 min
692
UFC Vegas 8 Post-Fight Show
With UFC Vegas 8 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event in Las Vegas—including Aleksandar Rakic’s unanimous decision win over Anthony Smith in the main event.
57 min
693
UFC Vegas 8 Preview Show
With UFC Vegas 8 just hours away, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines, including the light heavyweight main event between Anthony Smith and Aleksandar Rakic.
32 min
694
What the Heck: Episode 22 | Shana Dobson, Julia...
Check out episode 22 of MMA Fighting's What the Heck as Mike Heck speaks with Shana Dobson (8:58) to recap her massive upset win over Mariya Agapova at UFC on ESPN 15. Cheyanne Buys (35:57) discusses becoming the newest member of the UFC strawweight division after earning a contract on Dana White's Contender Series. UFC women's bantamweight Julia Avila (1:03:23) previews her upcoming rematch with Nicco Montano on Sept. 5. Former Bellator lightweight champion Brent Primus (1:25:05) discusses what he's been up to since finishing his second straight fight via submission in February and gives his take on rival Michael Chandler's free agency. Finally, UFC lightweight Joe Solecki (1:44:24) talks his impressive first-round submission win over Austin Hubbard this past Saturday night in Las Vegas.
131 min
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Luke Rockhold explains why he's returning to fi...
Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold explains why he's decided to make his return to action after more than a year away from the sport, his expectations for the comeback and ideal opponents he'd like to face when he fights again.
17 min
696
Between the Links: Episode 13 | Jon Jones Vacat...
Check out episode 13 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the rematch between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp as they react to Jon Jones vacating the UFC light heavyweight championship. In addition, the panel gives their take on who is the best 205-pounder in the world now that Jones is heading to heavyweight, how they scored the UFC on ESPN 15 main event between Frankie Edgar and Pedro Munhoz and what should be next for both guys, as well as a look ahead to Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 8 event headlined by Anthony Smith and Aleksandar Rakic.
62 min
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On To the Next One: Episode 6 | Matches To Make...
In the sixth episode of On to the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday night’s UFC on ESPN 15 event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. Future fights were discussed for headliners Frankie Edgar and Pedro Munhoz—following the former lightweight champion’s split decision win—Mike Rodriguez, Joe Solecki, Shana Dobson, Daniel Rodriguez, and more.
33 min
698
UFC on ESPN 15 Post-Fight Show
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alex K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s UFC on ESPN 15 event in Las Vegas, including Frankie Edgar’s split decision win over Pedro Munhoz in the bantamweight main event.
70 min
699
UFC on ESPN 15 Preview Show
With UFC on ESPN 15 just hours away, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines heading into Saturday night's event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, including the bantamweight main event between Pedro Munhoz and Frankie Edgar.
22 min
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What the Heck: Episode 21 | Marlon Vera, Derek ...
On this week's episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck speaks to Marlon Vera (5:25) to recap his first-round TKO win over Sean O'Malley in the UFC 252 co-main event. In addition, UFC 252 winners Daniel Pineda (33:18) breaks down his TKO win over Herbert Burns, and Vinc Pichel (55:11) talks his unanimous decision win over Jim Miller. Finally, Derek Brunson (1:14:45) gives his perspective on the top storylines from Saturday night's PPV event in Las Vegas, Jon Jones vacating his light heavyweight title, and explains why a fight with Jack Hermansson makes the most sense after his win over Edmen Shahbazyan.
89 min