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Between the Links: Episode 4 | Dana White’s Cri...
On this week’s episode of Between the Links, host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs and theScore’s James Lynch as they discuss Dana White’s criticism of Curtis Blaydes following his unanimous decision win over Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC on ESPN 11 this past weekend. In addition, the panel gives their take on how the fight between Austin Hubbard and newcomer Max Rohskopf came to an end on Saturday and where the blame lies, where Jim Miller goes after his impressive opening round submission win over the highly touted Roosevelt Roberts, the significance of the UFC on ESPN 12 main event between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker, and more.
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UFC on ESPN 11 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 11 event in Las Vegas, including Curtis Blaydes’ unanimous decision win over Alexander Volkov in the main event, along with the exciting featherweight co-main event that saw Josh Emmett defeat Shane Burgos.
69 min
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UFC on ESPN 11 Preview Show w/ Anthony Smith
With UFC on ESPN 11 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck is joined by UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith to break down the top storylines heading into Saturday’s event at UFC APEX, including the main event between Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov.
12 min
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The A-Side Live Chat | UFC on ESPN 11 preview, ...
For this episode, Fightful editor Sean Ross Sapp joins José Youngs and Alex Savas to react to some of the top stories in MMA.
74 min
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What the Heck: Episode 12 | Petr Yan, Cynthia C...
Check out a loaded episode 12 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike chats with Petr Yan (4:57) to discuss his upcoming bantamweight title fight against Jose Aldo, talks Henry Cejudo retiring, training with Aldo several years ago, and the state of the division. Cynthia Calvillo (19:30) recaps her win over Jessica Eye in the main event of UFC on ESPN 10 this past weekend, talks why she’s over her opponent missing weight, and what’s next. Khama Worthy (35:29) previews his upcoming fight with Luis Pena at UFC on ESPN 12 June 27, gives his thoughts on what’s going on in the U.S. in the fight against racial injustice, and being inspired by watching the fight between Andre Fili and Charles Jourdain. Pena (57:59) also joins the show to give his take on the matchup, the recent move to American Top Team, why the last couple of years—and meeting his biological father and brother—have put him at ease, as well as training with the likes of Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier--who headlines the event. Mickey Gall (1:19:03) discusses his UFC on ESPN 12 co-main event fight with Mike Perry, his opponent’s pre-fight trash talk, the possibility of Perry having his girlfriend in his corner solely, how he sees the fight playing out, and explains why The Last Dance is a must-watch docuseries. Frankie Edgar (1:34:36) returns to the show to preview his bantamweight debut against Pedro Munhoz in the co-main event of the UFC’s July 15 event, returning to the place where he became UFC champion 10 years ago, Cody Garbrandt’s UFC 250 win, and more. Finally, Calvin Kattar (1:46:26) chats about his July 15 main event bout with Dan Ige, the reaction to the booking, signing a new deal with the UFC and why he’s not focused on the UFC 251 featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway.
121 min
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The A-Side Live Chat: UFC on ESPN 10 fallout, U...
For this episode, José Youngs is joined by Alex Savas to react to some of the top stories in MMA.
75 min
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Between the Links: Episode 3 | Jorge Masvidal v...
This week on Between the Links, host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jose Youngs and TSN's Aaron Bronsteter as they discuss what is next for Cynthia Calvillo and Jessica Eye following the UFC on ESPN 10 main event this past weekend, Jorge Masvidal's public battle with the UFC, as well as past and present fighters, continuing on, a look ahead to this weekend's UFC on ESPN 11 card headlined by Curtis Blaydes vs. Alexander Volkov, and more.
66 min
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Jessica Eye Addresses Her Loss, Weight Cut Issu...
UFC Flyweight Jessica Eye Addresses Her Loss, Weight Cut Issues and Claims Made by Cynthia Calvillo
17 min
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UFC on ESPN 10 Post-Fight Show
MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines following Saturday night's UFC on ESPN 10 event, including Cynthia Calvillo's unanimous decision win over Jessica Eye in the main event.
47 min
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UFC on ESPN 10 Preview Show
With UFC on ESPN 10 just hours away, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jose Youngs break down the top storylines heading into Saturday night's event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, including the main event between Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo.
14 min
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Aljamain Sterling Recaps Quick Finish At UFC 25...
Aljamain Sterling joined MMA Fighting's Damon Martin to recap his first-round submission win over Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250, and having his sights set on the UFC bantamweight title.
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What the Heck: Episode 11 | Devin Clark, Roxann...
Check out episode 11 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike chats with Alex Perez (7:28) to recap his first-round TKO win over Jussier Formiga at UFC 250. Devin Clark (25:50) talks his big win over Alonzo Menifield at UFC 250, engaging in protests against racial injustice before and after the victory, the relationship with his father, and teaming up with Jon Jones during the protests in Albuqurque. Ian Heinisch (47:27) discusses his first finish in the UFC against Gerald Meerschaert on Saturday night, the craziness leading up to the event with his cornerman getting a false positive COVID-19 test, and already booking his next fight with Brendan Allen on June 27. Gina Mazany (1:09:48) previews her return to the UFC this Saturday night, stepping in on short notice against Julia Avila at UFC on ESPN 10, talks how she found out seven months after the fact that she was released by the UFC after her last promotional fight, being the biggest underdog on the card, and more. Finally, Roxanne Modafferi (1:27:00) caps of the show to preview her upcoming fight with Lauren Murphy June 20 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, talks her impressive win over Maycee Barber in January, and how strength and conditioning turned from a dislike to a love recently.
100 min
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The A-Side Live Chat: UFC 250 fallout, UFC 251 ...
For this episode, José Youngs is joined by MMA journalists Kristen King and Anthony Walker to react to some of the top stories in MMA.
73 min
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UFC Announces Multiple Title Fights, 'Fight Isl...
MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jose Youngs react to the big news of Dana White announcing multiple title fights for the summer, three of which will take place on "Fight Island" at UFC 251. The UFC president also announced the location of the island, along with four fight cards in an eight day span, and the date for the trilogy fight for the heavyweight title between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.
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Between the Links: Episode 2 | Conor McGregor '...
Check out episode 2 of MMA Fighting's Between the Links. This week, host Mike Heck curates the matchup between defending champion Jose Youngs and, the man he called out after his victory, Damon Martin. This week, the panel discusses the meaning behind Conor McGregor's latest retirement announcement. They also answer the question of who is the most likely, and least likely, to return to the octagon first: McGregor, Jon Jones, or Jorge Masvidal, plus the three stars of UFC 250, and the criticism of the UFC's event coming up this Saturday headlined by Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Calvillo.
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Coffee Talk: UFC 250 Edition - MMA Fighting
In the aftermath of UFC 250, MMA Fighting's Esther Lin and E. Casey Leydon are joined by The Athletic's Fernanda Prates.
45 min
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UFC 250 Post-Fight Show
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s UFC 250 event in Las Vegas, including Amanda Nunes’ historic title defense against Felicia Spencer in the main event, a banner night for the bantamweight division, and more.
37 min
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Conor McGregor Announces Retirement Reaction
MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee react to Conor McGregor announcing his retirement following Saturday night's UFC 250 event.
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UFC 250 Preview Show
With UFC 250 just hours away, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jose Youngs break down the top storylines heading into Saturday’s pay-per-view event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, including the main event between Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer for the women’s featherweight title.
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What the Heck: Episode 10 | Sean O'Malley, Bria...
Check out episode 10 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike chats with UFC flyweight Brandon Royval (7:18) to recap his 'Fight of the Night' winning submission victory over Tim Elliott in his promotional debut at UFC on ESPN 9. UFC bantamweight Brian Kelleher (32:00) previews his short notice 145-pound fight with Cody Stamann this Saturday at UFC 250, being inspired by Jorge Masvidal's 2019 run, and hoping a fight with Sean O'Malley can come next with a win. O'Malley (52:45) then joins the show to discuss his bantamweight fight with Eddie Wineland at UFC 250, his current contract status, and where he stands in one of the deepest divisions in the UFC. Finally, UFC lightweight Roosevelt Roberts (1:06:10) returns to the show to recap his submission win over Brok Weaver at UFC on ESPN 9 and what is next after the best performance of his career this past weekend.
87 min
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The A-Side Live Chat: UFC 250 preview, Amanda N...
For this episode, José Youngs and Alex Savas react to some of the top stories in mixed martial arts.
69 min
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Between the Links: Episode 1 | Jon Jones vs. Da...
Check out the debut episode of MMA Fighting's newest debate show, Between the Links. Host Mike Heck is joined by Jose Youngs and Alex K. Lee to discuss Jon Jones vs. Dana White and the UFC, the three stars for this past weekend's UFC on ESPN 9 event, and a look ahead to UFC 250.
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UFC on ESPN 9: Woodley vs. Burns Post-Fight Show
MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines from UFC on ESPN 9, including Gilbert Burns' dominant decision win over former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the main event.
47 min
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What the Heck: Episode 9 | Cynthia Calvillo, An...
Check out episode 9 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike chats with Cynthia Calvillo (4:13) to discuss her main event bout with Jessica Eye at the UFC’s June 13 event, how the fans have reacted to the booking and moving her training camp to AKA. UFC flyweight Tim Elliott (31:00) previews his fight with Brandon Royval this Saturday, reacts to not having friend and coach James Krause in his corner for the fight, and details a crazy story regarding his previous fight with Askar Askarov at UFC 246. UFC lightweight Roosevelt Roberts (49:15) talks short notice preparation for his fight with Brok Weaver this Saturday, what he took away from his first international fight against Alexander Yakovlev and having a name in mind to call out with a win this weekend. UFC welterweight Anthony Rocco Martin (1:04:48) reveals why he believes his fight with Neil Magny at UFC 250 on June 6 is the biggest fight of his career, talks having a hard time finding fights over the last several months, heading out to Las Vegas a week earlier and more. Finally, UFC newcomer Gabriel Green (1:30:30) checks in from Las Vegas as he prepares to make his UFC debut on five days notice against Daniel Rodriguez this Saturday at UFC on ESPN 9.
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Colby Covington Details ATT Split, Rips Jorge M...
Colby Covington joined MMA Fighting's Damon Martin to explain why he left American Top Team, had some choice words for now former teammates Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier, and more.
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