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Episodes

Jon Anik Talks Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad 2 At UFC 304, Paddy Pimblett's Contract Reveal

UFC lead play-by-play commentator Jon Anik joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to preview Saturday's UFC 304 fight card, the main event between Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad, discusses if this is Muhammad's only chance to fight for the belt, Tom Aspinall vs. Curtis Blaydes and the long-term stakes, Paddy Pimblett's contract status ahead of his matchup with King Green, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/07/2430m 42s

UFC 304 Preview: Laura Sanko Calls Jon Jones the GOAT but Tom Aspinall is the ‘Best Heavyweight' Right Now

Laura Sanko looks ahead at some of the biggest storylines happening at UFC 304 including Belal Muhammad seeking to dethrone Leon Edwards in what might be his only shot at becoming champion, Tom Aspinall attempting to cement himself as the best heavyweight in the sport with Jon Jones still lingering out there plus Paddy Pimblett facing by far the toughest test of his career against King Green. Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/07/2440m 26s

No Bets Barred: Will Leon Edwards And Tom Aspinall Retain Their Titles On Home Soil At UFC 304?

The UFC is back across the pond! This Saturday, UFC 304 takes place in Manchester, England and for the first time ever, and English UFC card will feature two English champions. In the main event, Leon Edwards puts his welterweight title on the line in a rematch with Belal Muhammad and in the co-main event, Tom Aspinall puts his interim heavyweight title up in a rematch with Curtis Blaydes. On top of that, there are 12 other big time matchups, so the No Bets Barred boys are back with a full breakdown of the event. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a brief discussion of last week before diving into UFC 304. Will Belal Muhammad make good on his one chance to win the belt? Can Tom Aspinall continue his streak of first-round finishes? Will Paddy Pimblett make the leap against perineal contender King Green? And just how many Cage Warriors champions are competing on this card exactly? All this and a lot more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 95 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/07/2454m 50s

HOAM | Should Dana White Call Jake Paul's Bluff After Alex Pereira Callout?

After stopping Mike Perry in the sixth round of their boxing headliner this past Saturday, Jake Paul called out UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira — which most believe is a brilliant callout because Dana White and the UFC wouldn't allow it to happen. But what if White showed up to the press conference after UFC 304 and gave a "be careful what you wish for" type response and gave Pereira his blessing? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Paul's win and callout, and discusses what could happen if White calls Paul's bluff. Additionally, listener topics include UFC 304, Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad 2, what the welterweight division looks like if Muhammad wins the title, what Tom Aspinall is risking when he defends his interim heavyweight title against Curtis Blaydes in Saturday's main event, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/07/241h 5m

Fighter vs. Writer: Tyron Woodley Defends Paul vs. Tyson, Reveals Comeback Plans For 2024

On the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer, Tyron Woodley joins the show to break down what happened in the Jake Paul vs. Mike Perry fight and why he still likes Paul facing Mike Tyson next. Woodley also teases his return to action with hopes to book a fight before the end of the year. Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/07/2453m 34s

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 94

Virna Jandiroba may have punched her ticket to a UFC strawweight title fight against champion Zhang Weili with an incredibly impressive second-round submission victory over past title challenger Amanda Lemos in her first ever UFC headliner. Did Jandiroba's performance at UFC Vegas 94 jump her over Tatiana Suarez at 115 pounds? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what's next for Jandiroba following the biggest win of her career. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Steve Garcia after his 96-second finish of Seung Woo Choi in the co-main event, Kurt Holobaugh following his decision win over Kaynan Kruschewsky, Bruno Silva after his incredible comeback win over Cody Durden, along with fellow main card standouts Doo Ho Choi, Hyder Amil, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/07/241h 4m

Paul vs. Perry & UFC Vegas 94 Post Show | Reaction To Jake Paul's Stoppage Win; Plus, Conor McGregor Fires Mike Perry?

While many in the MMA community hoped Mike Perry would be the one to stop Jake Paul, it wasn't meant to be as Paul delivered a one-sided performance against the durable BKFC star en route to a sixth-round finish. Paul then called out UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira, and new BKFC owner Conor McGregor says he's firing Perry. What in the world is going on? Following a weekend doubleheader, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Eric Jackman recap the Paul vs. Perry event, along with UFC Vegas 94 and discuss the crazy fallout of Paul's win, how the Mike Tyson fight now looks, if Pereira would get the chance to fight Paul, and Perry's fighting future. Additionally, the panel talks Virna Jandiroba's massive main event win and if a title shot is next, Steve Garcia and Hyder Amil sending messages to the featherweight division, Lucas Bahdi's incredible knockout of H20 Sylve, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/07/241h 13m

Jake Paul vs. Mike Perry & UFC Vegas 94 Preview Show: Is 'Platinum' About To Spoil The Party?

Is Mike Perry about to spoil the Jake Paul party? Join Shaun Al-Shatti, Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and E. Casey Leydon as we preview a double-header weekend between Paul vs. Perry and UFC Vegas 94. The gang breaks down the circus that has taken over Tampa, Perry's star-making moment, whether Paul is making a mistake by casting BKFC's King of Violence as a bridge fight, and more. We also touch on UFC Vegas 94's strawweight headliner between Amanda Lemos and Virna Jandiroba, whether a title shot is on the line for Jandiroba, what else is worth watching on the card, answer fan questions, plus much more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/07/241h 24m

HOAM | What's Next For Paddy Pimblett If He Beats King Green At UFC 304?

The UFC 304 lightweight bout between Paddy Pimblett and King Green might be the most intriguing fight on the entire pay-per-view slate with Pimblett taking another step up. On top of that, Pimblett says he's fighting out his contract which puts a lot at risk for him potentially. On an all-new Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses that, Jake Paul vs. Mike Perry, the UFC Vegas 94 card, PFL continuing to fall way behind the UFC in terms of buzz, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/07/2459m 34s

BTL | Jake Paul vs. Mike Perry, Nate Diaz Lawsuit, UFC Vegas 94

Mike Perry finally gets his chance to face Jake Paul in the boxing ring this Saturday in Tampa. While it seems as if the BKFC star is in a great situation, what happens if he beats Paul — and how bad would it be for the YouTube star if he loses? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel answers your questions about the Paul vs. Perry matchup, the stakes involved, and if Paul is putting the Mike Tyson fight in jeopardy. Additionally, topics include Nate Diaz filing a lawsuit against Fanmio stemming from his boxing win over Jorge Masvidal, Rose Namajunas' victory against Tracy Cortez at UFC Denver, Dana White providing an update on UFC 306 and Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler, this weekend's UFC event at the APEX, and more. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew discuss those topics and more on a special Q&A edition of the program. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/07/241h 15m

HOAM | Dana White Hopes Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler Happens This Year — But Will It?

Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler seemed to be on the same page this past weekend in regards to the rebooking of their matchup, but UFC CEO Dana White says he hopes it can happen before the end of the year. Will we see the fight happen before the calendar shifts to 2025? Will it happen at all at this point? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to White's comments about the fight on Monday's edition of The Pat McAfee Show, if December makes the most sense, and White giving more details about UFC 306 at Sphere in Las Vegas. Additionally, topics include Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic, how Tom Aspinall should handle his interim title reign moving forward if he beats Curtis Blaydes at UFC 304, Tracy Cortez's ceiling after her UFC Denver main event loss to Rose Namajunas, Nate Diaz's lawsuit against Fanmio, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/07/241h 1m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Sympathizes w/ Ronda Rousey, Picks & Predictions For Paul vs. Perry + More

On the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer, Matt Brown and Damon Martin discuss Dana White’s recent statements on Ronda Rousey and why her evolution may have been stunted by her obligations outside the cage, Nate Diaz filing a lawsuit and our picks for Jake Paul vs. Mike Perry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/07/2459m 57s

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Denver

Rose Namajunas picked up her second straight main event victory this past Saturday at UFC Denver, earning a dominant unanimous decision over Tracy Cortez. What's next on the road to a hopeful flyweight title shot for the former strawweight champion — and is in a shot at 125-pound gold immediately? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what's next for Namajunas following her victory over Cortez. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Muslim Salikov following his co-main event split decision win over Santiago Ponzinibbio, Jean Silva after his thrilling stoppage victory over Drew Dober in the featured contest, Gabriel Bonfim after winning on the scorecards against Ange Loosa, along with fellow main card winner Julian Erosa, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/07/2439m 35s

UFC Denver Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Namajunas' Dominance, Silva vs. Dober All-Out Chaos

Rose Namajunas capped off Saturday's UFC Denver event with a one-sided victory over Tracy Cortez to earn her second straight win at 125 pounds. Following the win, Namajunas expressed her interest in fighting for the flyweight title, or a women's BMF title, but are any of those realistically possible for the former strawweight champion? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Eric Jackman react to the UFC's latest Fight Night card, Namajunas' performance, and discuss what could be next for her. Additionally, the discuss the chaotic fight between Jean Silva and Drew Dober, Silva's breakout potential with three stoppage wins to start the year, the controversy surrounding the Cody Brundage vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan fight, Montel Jackson's 18 second knockout victory, Charles Johnson's late finish of Joshua Van, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/07/241h 12m

UFC Denver Preview Show | What's At Stake For Rose Namajunas, Tracy Cortez In Main Event?

Former UFC champion Rose Namajunas has a new opponent for Saturday's UFC Denver headliner as it shifts from Maycee Barber to Tracy Cortez. Are the stakes the same for "Thug Rose" in a hometown fight, and if Cortez can pull off the upset, where would that put her at 125-pounds? Ahead of this weekend's UFC Fight Night event, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Alexander K. Lee preview the card, the headliner between Namajunas and Cortez, and discuss the chances of the winner sneaking into a title fight. Additionally, the panel will talk other standout fights, the excitement surrounding Drew Dober vs. Jean Silva fight at 155-pounds, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/07/241h 32m

HOAM | Reaction To Dustin Poirier & Michael Chandler Beef, Paddy Pimblett's Potential Free Agency

Dustin Poirier has had himself quite the week on Twitter with impeccable timing, while Michael Chandler has been opportunistic as well — although, it apparently hasn't gone over as well as his past opponent. The fans have seemed to turn on Chandler as of late, but why is that? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the ongoing Poirier and Chandler beef, Chandler getting a lot of negativity amongst the MMA community, but not truly understanding why that is. Additionally, listener topics include Jon Jones' future, Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov 2 being targeted for UFC 308 in October, Paddy Pimblett revealing his UFC 304 matchup is the final fight on his contract, Sean O'Malley winning the ESPY for Best UFC Fighter and the social media world being up in arms about it, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/07/241h 17m

2024 Half-Year Awards: Debating the Best Fighter, Fights, KOs, Submissions So Far This Year

While some years in MMA seem like they go by so quickly, for some reason, 2024 has already seemed like three years have gone by with the highs and lows the sport has had to offer. But it's all about the best of the best through the first half of the year. Join MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew as they discuss the staff picks for Best Fighter, Fight, Knockout, Submission, and more so far this year. Who will take home these prestigious Half-Year Awards? Did we get them right? Tune in to find out! Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/07/2449m 38s

No Bets Barred: Does Rose Namajunas Still Have It Or Can Tracy Cortez Pull Off The Upset At UFC Denver?

After a rare week off, the UFC returns this Saturday with UFC Denver, headlined by a women's flyweight fight between former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, and short notice replacement Tracy Cortez, so of course the No Bets Barred boys return with a full breakdown of this weeks' action. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a brief recap UFC 303 before diving into the the card at hand. Does Namajunas still have the goods or is Cortez poised for a star-making performance? Can Jean Silva score two impressive knockout wins in one month or will Drew Dober's remarkable chin deter him? And did anyone know that this week is Shark Week? All this and a lot more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 94 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/07/2445m 20s

BTL | Diaz vs. Masvidal REACTION, Namajunas vs. Cortez Headline UFC Denver, Jones vs. Stipe, More

Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal wrote the second chapter of their combat sports rivalry this past Saturday night in the boxing ring. This time, Diaz got the victory over Masvidal in a very fun 10-rounder. How do you grade the fight between one-time UFC competitors, and what is next for both guys? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the MMA Fighting panel reacts to the Diaz vs. Masvidal fight, if a third meeting should be next, and how likely Diaz and Masvidal's next fights will be in the UFC. Additionally, topics include this Saturday's UFC Denver event, the headliner between former champ Rose Namajunas and Tracy Cortez and the stakes for both women, other must-see bouts on the card, Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic continuing to defend their potential fight, Darren Till's boxing debut, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Alexander K. Lee.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/07/241h 26m

HOAM | What's Next For Nate Diaz After Boxing Win Over Jorge Masvidal?

Nate Diaz got the job done this past Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif., earning a majority decision win over Jorge Masvidal in a rematch from their UFC 244 main event in November 2019. With Diaz evening the series at one win apiece, what is next for the Stockton superstar, and could his next fight be in the UFC? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Diaz's win over Masvidal, the scorecards, talks the results of a rewatch, and the chances of Diaz's callout of Leon Edwards becoming reality. Additionally, listener questions include UFC Denver, the main event between Rose Namajunas and Tracy Cortez, how Cortez fits in the women's flyweight divisional pantheon and if she can get to a title fight. the UFC Paris bout between Benoit Saint Denis and Renato Moicano, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/07/2452m 48s

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Reveals the Worst Injuries He Suffered In His Career Plus the Latest on Stipe Miocic vs. Jon Jones and More

On the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer, UFC legend Matt Brown details the worst injuries he suffered during his career, plus we talk about the latest with Stipe Miocic vs. Jon Jones and if that is still the fight to make in the heavyweight division plus much more. Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/07/241h 2m

Diaz vs. Masvidal Post-Fight Show: That Was Actually Pretty Damn Fun?? | Diaz vs. Masvidal Results

Wouldn't ya know it ... Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal was actually pretty damn fun! MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti, Mike Heck, and Eric Jackman react to Diaz's majority decision win over Masvidal in their boxing rematch, debate the scoring of the bout, discuss an incredibly bizarre fight week and where both men go from here, plus much more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/07/241h 4m

Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal Preview Show | Will Rematch Deliver Better Than Fight Week Has?

This Saturday, Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal will run it back nearly four years removed from their UFC bout — but this time, they'll do it in the boxing ring. While there certainly seemed to, at least, have some intrigue for the bout, the fight week — from the open workouts, to the final press conference — has been underwhelming. Will the fight itself deliver the goods? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and José Youngs preview Saturday's DIaz vs. Masvidal fight, discuss the matchup, the tough fight week the card has had, the interest levels in the community, and what is at stake for both fighters. Additionally, they'll discuss the matchup between former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Diaz teammate Chris Avila, other bouts that may stand out, take viewer questions, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/07/2439m 4s

HOAM | Reaction To Michael Chandler Teasing Islam Makhachev Fight Offer; Plus, Alex Pereira's All-Time Ranking

Michael Chandler recently said he was offered a lightweight title shot against champion Islam Makhachev, but still left the door open for Conor McGregor to face him in September. With Arman Tsarukyan in prime position to get his crack at lightweight gold, Chandler getting the shot over him coming off of a stoppage loss and a near two-year layoff would certainly merit some loud reactions from the MMA community. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses Chandler's championship fight offer tease, where it would rank among the most egregious title shots given, and what the reaction would be if the UFC moves forward. Additionally, listener questions include Alex Pereira's all-time UFC ranking following his UFC 303 knockout win, Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal this Saturday, who Dustin Poirier should face if he has one more UFC fight, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/07/241h 12m

Dan Ige Reveals Details Behind Shortest-Notice Fight in UFC History, Plans Return On More Lucrative Contract

Dan Ige reveals how the shortest notice fight in UFC history came together after he got a call asking if he was interested in facing Diego Lopes in just a few hours after Brian Ortega dropped out of the UFC 303 co-main event. Ige details how he got ready, his coaches and teammates who stepped up for him, and how he felt the fight against Lopes went without any actual preparation to get ready for that matchup. Ige also discusses what's next for him, his new and more lucrative contract, no longer competing on July 20 and what kind of plans he has for the Sphere and UFC 306 in September. plus much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/07/2430m 37s

BTL | Alex Pereira Delivers Another Highlight At UFC 303, Lopes vs. Ige, Masvidal vs. Diaz 2

Alex Pereira’s rise in the UFC may be an unprecedented one for the promotion in their 26th year, and he added to his legend with a brutal second-round knockout of Jiri Prochazka in the main event of UFC 303. After his second title defense of the year, should Pereira remain at 205, or make the move up to heavyweight? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel recaps Pereira’s big win, if a fight with Jon Jones for the heavyweight title should be on the table, or if Pereira remains at 205 to fight Magomed Ankalaev. Additionally, topics include the short notice co-main event between Diego Lopes and Dan Ige, other highlights from the card, Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz 2 in the boxing ring this Saturday, Michael Chandler saying he was offered a title fight against Islam Makhachev, and more, Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and Eric Jackman. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/07/241h 35m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Calls For Pereira vs. Jones, Reacts to Chandler Potentially Getting Title Shot

On the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer, Matt Brown and Damon Martin react to everything that happened at UFC 303, Alex Pereira’s prospects at heavyweight and a possible showdown with Jon Jones plus Michael Chandler teasing a potential title shot against Islam Makhachev and much more. Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/07/241h 11m

On To the Next One | What's Next For Alex Pereira, Jiri Prochazka After UFC 303?

Alex Pereira appears to have many options in front of him, and the path he ends up choosing could be a fascinating one. After brutally knocking out Jiri Prochazka in the main event of UFC 303 and putting his light heavyweight rival behind him for good, does "Poatan" remain as a 205-pounder, or does he go for a third title? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what's next for Pereira following another sensational performance in an event saving appearance. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Prochazka after falling to 0-2 vs. Pereira, Diego Lopes after his gutsy win over super short notice opponent Dan Ige in the co-main event, Roman Dolidze after shutting down Anthony Smith, Macy Chiasson following her doctor's stoppage TKO win over Mayra Bueno Silva, Ian Machado Garry after defeating Michael Page, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/06/241h 13m

UFC 303 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Alex Pereira's Brutal Knockout Of Jiri Prochazka

Alex Pereira's meteoric rise continued on Saturday night as he viciously knocked out Jiri Prochazka in their rematch for the light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 303. Following another highlight-reel finish, does "Poatan" remain in the light heavyweight division for another title defense, or does he move up to heavyweight for the chance to make history? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Eric Jackman react to UFC 303, Pereira's performance, the adjustments he made from the first fight with Prochazka, and if a move up for the chance to capture an unprecedented third divisional title could some sooner rather than later. Additionally, they discuss the chaos surrounding the co-main event, Dan Ige stepping in on just a few hours' notice to face Diego Lopes to replace Brian Ortega, Lopes getting another win in the process, Ian Machado Garry's stock following his decision win against Michael Page in the main card opener, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/06/241h 33m

UFC 303 Watch Party Replay w/ Mike Heck & Conner Burks

Relive the magic of UFC 303's live watch party with Mike Heck and Conner Burks! Check out the original UFC 303 Watch Party video here: https://www.youtube.com/live/9r1iH9P_gNc?si=FBG8lZYu85UxE8OF Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/06/243h 20m

UFC 303 Preview Show: Will Alex Pereira Boop Jiri Prochazka Once Again? | Ortega vs. Lopes, Garry vs. MVP

Alex Pereira is once again saving the day, but will his magic run out against Jiri Prochazka? Join Shaun Al-Shatti, Jed Meshew, Eric Jackman, and E. Casey Leydon as we preview UFC 303, Pereira vs. Prochazka 2, Brian Ortega vs. Diego Lopes, Ian Machado Garry vs. Michael Page, and more. The gang breaks down the long and winding saga to UFC 303’s final lineup, what’s at stake for Pereira and Prochazka, whether the short-notice nature of the rematch helps either man, the great black magic vs. samurai spirit debate, and more. We also touch on Ortega’s lightweight showdown against Lopes, the scintillating potential of Garry vs. Page, what else is worth watching on the card, answer fan questions, plus much more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/06/241h 53m

HOAM | What's At Stake In Ian Machado Garry vs. Michael Page UFC 303 Matchup?

Ian Machado Garry and Michael Page will battle in the welterweight main card opener of UFC 303 on Saturday. While it's in the spot that it's in, outside of the main event, Garry vs. Page is likely the highest stakes matchup on the entire card. Where does the winner go in the 170-pound division, and how close to a title shot will he be? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses that topic, the winner of Garry vs. Page being arguably one win away from a championship fight, and how the bout could play out. Additionally, listener topics include Jamahal Hill's latest video about Demetrious Johnson and Alex Pereira, how Conor McGregor could fit into the remaining 2024 schedule, Alexandre Pantoja's next fight, PFL's struggles to get momentum, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/06/241h 39m

BTL | Alex Pereira vs. Jiri Prochazka 2, UFC 303, Arman Tsarukyan Suspension, More

Even though Conor McGregor's return has been delayed, UFC 303 has moved on quite nicely without him, and this Saturday, Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka will run it back for the UFC light heavyweight championship in a fight that continues to build in anticipation. Have MMA fans put the McGregor vs. Michael Chandler chaos behind them ahead of Saturday's pay-per-view event? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel previews UFC 303, the main event between Pereira and Prochazka, the build to the fight, and what Pereira may be risking. Additionally, they'll discuss the co-main event between Diego Lopes and Brian Ortega, other great fights on the card, Arman Tsarukyan getting a nine-month suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission, and much more. Host Mike Heck will be joined by MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew to answer those questions, and more from the viewers. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/06/241h 5m

No Bets Barred: Will Jiri Prochazka Get Short Notice Revenge On Alex Pereira At UFC 303?

The UFC is back in Las Vegas. This Saturday, the UFC 303 takes place in the fight capital of the world. Originally set to be headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler, when McGregor pulled out due to injury, light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira stepped in on short notice to save the day with a title rematch against Jiri Prochazka. So of course the No Bets Barred Boys are here to break it all down. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a brief recap of UFC Saudi Arabia before diving into this week's card. How will the short notice after Pereira and Prochazka for their rematch? Is Diego Lopes ready to make the leap against Brian Ortega? What exactly will Michael "Venom" Page vs. Ian Machado Garry look like? All this and a lot more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 93 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/06/2452m 20s

HOAM | Is Jon Jones In Play For Alex Pereira With UFC 303 Win?

Alex Pereira came through big for the UFC once again heading into Saturday's UFC 303 pay-per-view event. With the star power, the accolades, having a potential golden ticket with the UFC — along with the promotion owing him a couple of favors — if Pereira beats Jiri Prochazka for a second time on Satuday, could a fight with heavyweight champ Jon Jones be on the table? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the rarified air Pereira is in right now with the UFC, his options with a win on Saturday, and even being in a great position if he loses to Prochazka. Additionally, listener questions include Kelvin Gastelum's latest weight snafu ahead of UFC Saudi Arabia, Conor McGregor's fighting future, Brian Ortega teasing a lightweight move ahead of his UFC 303 bout with Diego Lopes, Paige VanZant going to Power Slap, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/06/241h 1m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Explains Why Conor McGregor Still Deserves Criticism for Dropping Out of UFC 303 Even With a Legitimate Injury

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin reacting to the latest news in combat sports including Conor McGregor revealing that a broken toe is ultimately what prevented him from competing at UFC 303. Brown backs McGregor dropping out of the fight with an injury but he explains why the Irish superstar still deserves criticism for his decision. We’ll also discuss his future and when we might actually see him fight Michael Chandler — does it happen before the end of 2024? We’ll also break down the main fights still happening at UFC 303 including Alex Pereira defending his title against Jiri Prochazka and Brian Ortega clashing with Diego Lopes. All this and more on the latest edition of The Fighter vs. The Writer!    Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/06/2456m 48s

On To the Next One | What's Next For Robert Whittaker After Quick Knockout Win At UFC Saudi Arabia?

Robert Whittaker closed the show at UFC Saudi Arabia with a quick, and brutal knockout of Ikram Aliskerov, and sent a message to the top of the middleweight division in the process. While "The Reaper" hinted at wanting to be the backup fighter for the Dricus du Plessis vs. Israel Adesnaya title fight at UFC 305, would that be enough to get him the winner, or will he need another fight? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what could be next for Whittaker following his second consecutive victory. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Alexander Volkov after his dominant decision win over Sergei Pavlovich in the co-main event, Shara Magomedov following his third-round knockout of Antonio Trocoli, Volkan Oezdemir after his nasty knockout of Johnny Walker, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/06/241h 18m

UFC Saudi Arabia Post-Fight Show: Reaction To Robert Whittaker Destroying Ikram Aliskerov

Robert Whittaker reminded fans that he's still one of the best middleweights in the world as he quickly dispatched the very dangerous Ikram Aliskerov in the main event of UFC Saudi Arabia. Was the win good enough to get him the winner of the UFC 305 main event between Dricus du Plessis and Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title, or does Whittaker now have a future with Sean Strickland? Following Saturday's Fight Night event in Riydah, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Eric Jackman react to Whittaker's first-round finish of Aliskerov, discuss the future of Aliskerov moving forward, and where Whittaker goes next. Additionally, they discuss Alexander Volkov's co-main event win over Sergei Pavlovich, Kelvin Gastelum ending a horrible week with a win over Daniel Rodriguez, Paige VanZant competing in Power Slap next week, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/06/241h 43m

UFC Saudi Arabia & Bellator Dublin Preview Show | Can Ikram Aliskerov Shake Up Division With Win Over Robert Whittaker?

The UFC and Bellator will go head-to-head on Saturday with UFC Saudi Arabia and Bellator Dublin, and while the UFC clearly has the deeper lineup, Bellator has an interesting slate on tap for the Irish fans. The weekend spotlight seems to be shining on the UFC Saudi Arabia headliner between former middleweight champ Robert Whittaker and Ikram Aliskerov. Can Whittaker find his way back to a title shot, or can Aliskerov shake up the division? Ahead of Saturday's doubleheader, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and José Youngs preview the events, the UFC headliner between Whittaker and Aliskerov, if the matchup is tougher for Whittaker than Khamzat Chimaev, and what is at stake for both men. Additionally, they'll discuss the heavyweight co-main event between Sergei Pavlovich and Alexander Volkov, Kelvin Gastelum's continued weight issues ahead of his matchup with Daniel Rodriguez, Jason Jackson defending his welterweight title in the Bellator main event, Paul Hughes making his promotional debut, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/06/241h 8m

HOAM | Reaction To Carlos Ulberg's UFC 303 Withdrawal, Kelvin Gastelum's Rough Weight Cut

UFC 303 has taken another hit to its main card with the loss of surging light heavyweight contender Carlos Ulberg from his scheduled bout with Anthony Smith. As the UFC 303 card continues to be cursed, a one-time title challenger has found himself at odds with the scale ahead of a pivotal matchup this Saturday at UFC Saudi Arabia. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Ulberg's scratch from next Saturday's pay-per-view card, talks discussions ongoing for Smith to face Roman Dolidze, and thoughts on the potential new matchup. Additionally, listener questions include Kelvin Gastelum's latest issues with his weight, his scheduled welterweight bout with Daniel Rodriguez for this Saturday becoming a middleweight bout, the UFC and free agents, and more. Also, UFC Vegas 93 winner Westin Wilson joins the show to recap his first UFC win, react to not getting a bonus for his triangle armbar submission of Jeka Saragih, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/06/241h 17m

BTL | Jake Paul vs. Mike Perry, DDP vs. Adesanya, McGregor & Chandler's Future, UFC Saudi Arabia

While a couple of huge fights in the MMA and boxing world have been announced — with one, in particular crossing over into both sports — the future of another massive fight is still up in the air. Jake Paul and Mike Perry are set for a boxing match on July 20, while Dricus Du Plessis will defend the UFC middleweight title against former champ Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 305 in August.  On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel reacts to Paul vs. Perry being booked ahead of Paul's November matchup with Mike Tyson, discuss if it's a big risk for Paul, and what Perry would gain with a win. Additionally, they'll discuss the du Plessis vs. Adesanya booking, Adesanya announcing his own fight, where Sean Strickland fits in the title conversation, Saturday's UFC Saudi Arabia card headlined by Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov, Bellator Dublin going head-to-head with the UFC this weekend, the futures of Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler after their UFC 303 matchup got scratched, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Morning Kombat's Brian Campbell. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Brian Campbell: @BCampbell Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/06/241h 38m

No Bets Barred: Breaking Down Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov In The UFC's Saudi Arabian Debut

The UFC is heading to Saudi Arabia! This Saturday, the UFC makes its maiden voyage to Saudi Arabia with a Fight Night card headlined by a middleweight matchup between Robert Whittaker and Ikram Aliskerov and the No Bets Barred Boys are here to break it all down. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a brief state of the union discussing both of their winning weeks last week and Conner's return to the great state of Georgia. Then it's on to UFC Saudi Arabia and the late notice change up that saw Aliskerov step in for Khamzat Chimaev against Whittaker this Saturday. Will the short notice hurt Aliskerov's chances? Can Alexander Volkov stand up to the otherworldly power of Sergei Pavlovich? And what about Kelvin Gastelum vs. Daniel Rodriguez? All this and a lot more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 92 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/06/2455m 25s

Emergency Reaction: Jake Paul Now Fights Mike Perry On July 20 Ahead Of Mike Tyson Bout

Jake Paul is still fighting Mike Tyson in November, but he will still compete on July 20 as originally planned, but Paul will face the dangerous BKFC superstar Mike Perry in an eight-round boxing match in Tampa. How much of a risk is the matchup for Paul with the Tyson fight already on the books, and what would it do for Perry's career if he can get it done this summer? Following the announcement of Paul vs. Perry, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Eric Jackman react to the matchup, discuss why it might be the most compelling fight Paul has had in the boxing ring, the stakes attached for both guys, why Perry is playing with house money, a loss for Paul not being as devastating as some might suggest, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/06/2449m 52s

HOAM | Reaction To Dricus du Plessis vs. Israel Adesanya Announcement For UFC 305

Israel Adesanya is officially back as he'll face Dricus du Plessis for the UFC middleweight championship in the main event of August's UFC 305 event in Perth, Western Australia. With the 185-pound division being as crazy as it is right now, was giving Adesanya an immediate title shot upon his return after losing to Sean Strickland this past September the right call? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the du Plessis vs. Adesanya booking, and discuss where the division goes depending on the winner, and where Adesanya would go with a loss. Additionally, listener topics include UFC Saudi Arabia, Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov, who Sean Strickland may be rooting for in that fight, other compelling fights on the card, the Boston Celtics winning the NBA title, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/06/241h 27m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Reacts to Conor McGregor News, Where Does Michael Chandler Go From Here?

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with Matt Brown back from his bear hunting expedition in Canada alongside MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin as we react to the news that Conor McGregor is no longer fighting at UFC 303 after suffering an injury. Brown has long maintained that he never believed McGregor was going to fight again after suffering a devastating broken leg back in 2021 but does this news strengthen that belief that the Irish superstar is done or was his comeback so close that perhaps things are different now? We’ll also discuss how this latest setback serves as another gut punch for Chandler, who has now sacrificed nearly two years of his career waiting for the fight against McGregor. We’ll also talk about Khamzat Chimaev falling off the UFC Saudi Arabia card on Saturday and what’s next for Gervonta “Tank” Davis after his brutal knockout over Frank Martin this past weekend. All that and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/06/241h 29m

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 93

Tatsuro Taira improved to 16-0 as a pro with the biggest win of his career on Saturday at the UFC APEX with a second-round finish of Alex Perez in the main event of UFC Vegas 93. With many interesting options in front of him, where does the 24-year-old Taira go from the victory? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what could be next for Taira following his first UFC headliner. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Miles Johns following his co-main event win over Douglas Silva de Andrade, Lucas Almeida after defeating Timmy Cuamba in the featured bout, along with fellow main card winners, Brady Hiestand, Asu Almabayev, Adam Fugitt, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/06/2448m 54s

UFC Vegas 93, Silva vs. Sonnen 3 & Tank vs. Martin Post-Fight Show

Tatsuro Taira and Gervonta Davis ended their respective main event bouts without the need of the judges, with Taira earning a second-round TKO victory in the main event of UFC Vegas 93, while Davis delivered a thunderous knockout of Frank Martin in the eighth round of their boxing match in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, longtime competitive rivals Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen had themselves an underwhelming sparring match in the boxing ring in Brazil. Following a wild trio of events in the combat sports world, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Eric Jackman react to Taira's biggest win to date against Alex Perez, Davis' incredible finish and the options that are ahead for him, Silva and Sonnen's exhibition bout at Spaten Fight Night, other standout performances from Saturday night, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/06/2453m 21s

UFC Vegas 93, Silva vs. Sonnen 3 & Tank vs. Martin Preview Show

The MMA and boxing spaces will be occupied this weekend with UFC Vegas 93 headlined by Alex Perez vs. Tatsuro Taira, along with Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 3, and Gervonta Davis vs. Frank Martin. As far as Saturday's UFC event is concerned, what does Perez gain from a victory against the undefeated phenom, and where would Taira go from the biggest win of his career? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and José Youngs preview Saturday's triple-header of action, and discuss the stakes in the UFC's upcoming flyweight main event. Additionally, they'll preview and predict the third combat meeting between Silva and Sonnen, discuss whether or not Sonnen has a chance in the bout, Davis' rising star power and if he'll be able to pick up a finish on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the likelihood of Martin playing spoiler, the chaotic news cycle surrounding the now shuffled-up UFC 303 event, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/06/241h 40m

HOAM | Reaction To Khamzat Chimaev's Withdrawal, Pereira Being UFC's MVP, UFC 303 Madness

Thursday will be a day MMA fans won't soon forget after losing three of the four fighters in the originally scheduled main events of UFC Saudi Arabia and UFC 303. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the UFC announcing that an injury to Conor McGregor has postponed the anticipated bout with Michael Chandler, and the new main event for UFC 303 is Alex Pereira vs. Jiri Prochazka 2 for the light heavyweight title. Additionally, topics include why Pereira is the UFC's MVP from the fighters side, the addition of Brian Ortega vs. Diego Lopes as the co-main event for the July 29 card, Carlos Ulberg now facing Anthony Smith instead of Jamahal Hill, Khamzat Chimaev being scratched from the UFC Saudi Arabia main event with Robert Whittaker, Ikram Aliskerov stepping in, rumor and innuendo clarified about the events, Michael Bisping having egg on his face, Hunter Campbell coming through huge once again, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/06/241h 23m

Emergency Reaction: Conor McGregor Is OUT Of UFC 303, Alex Pereira Saves The Day

In this breaking news podcast, MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew, Damon Martin, and Eric Jackman react to the breaking news that Conor McGregor is OUT of his UFC 303 fight against Michael Chandler. Rumors have circulated for weeks that the UFC 303 main event was in jeopardy and on Thursday evening, UFC CEO Dana White finally confirmed that the fight between McGregor and Chandler is off due to injury. Instead, UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira steps in on short notice, putting his title on the line in a rematch with former champion Jiri Prochazka. On top of that, Brian Ortega now faces Diego Lopes in the co-main event, and Carlos Ulberg now faces Anthony Smith, who steps in for an injured Jamahal Hill. All that plus the UFC Saudi Arabia card has a new main event as well. The MMA Fighting team reacts to a tumultuous day for the UFC. Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Damon Martin: @DamonMartin Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/06/2440m 16s

BTL | Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler Craziness, Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 3, More

UFC 303 is just over two weeks away, and the main event between the returning Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler is seemingly on the ropes once again. Where will the roller coaster ride of the McGregor-Chandler fight go next? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel weighs in on the latest updates surround the UFC's next pay-per-view card, the return of McGregor, where Chandler could go from here if the fight doesn't happen, and what could headline if a replacement is needed. Additionally, they'll discuss Saturday's Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen boxing match, the event not airing in the U.S., UFC Vegas 93 and whether or not it's in the conversation as the worst on-paper card of 2024 thus far, the main event between Alex Perez and Tatsuro Taira, and all topics the viewers want to hear about during this month's fan Q&A episode of the program. Join MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew as they discuss the biggest stories in the sport. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/06/241h 26m

No Bets Barred: Which Flyweight Prospects Will Announce Themselves At UFC Vegas 93?

UFC Louisville is in the books so it's back to the APEX for UFC Vegas 93! Headlined by a flyweight matchup between Alex Perez and Tatsuro Taira, UFC Vegas 93 features 13 fights, including FOUR men's flyweight matchups, and No Bets Barred is back to break them all down. Conner Burks is out this week so Jed Meshew takes the reigns and is joined by MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to breakdown all the action for this magnificent APEX card. Will Tatsuro Taira have his big breakthrough moment on Saturday? What other flyweight prospects can stand out? Just how badly will Ikram Aliskerov beat Antonio Trocoli? Plus, even a little PFL 4 discussion. All this and a lot more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 91 of No Bets Barred. Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/06/2456m 58s

HOAM | Where Does Jared Cannonier Go After Stoppage Loss At UFC Louisville?

It's a very slow week in the world of MMA and the UFC following UFC Louisville, and heading into UFC Vegas 93 this Saturday. Following the controversial conclusion of the main event between Nassourdine Imavov and Jared Cannonier this past Saturday, where does Cannonier go from here? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the fallout of UFC Louisville, and who Cannonier will likely have to face next after the loss to Imavov. Additionally, listener questions include the ceiling for Dominick Reyes after his knockout of Dustin Jacoby in the co-main event of UFC Louisville, if Conor McGregor could get a title shot with a win over Michael Chandler at UFC 303, being OK to ask for the UFC to provide better overall cards across the board, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/06/2450m 38s

Fighter vs. Writer: Alan Jouban Reacts to Bad UFC Louisville Stoppage, Hopes WWE Event Changes How UFC Uses APEX

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC analyst Alan Jouban and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discussing the latest in combat sports including the stoppage in the main event at UFC Louisville where Nassourdine Imavov defeated Jared Cannonier but not without some controversy. We’ll discuss the stoppage and if referee Jason Herzog blew it by ending the fight before Cannonier was truly done and what that does for Imavov going forward. We’ll also talk about the WWE event that took place at the UFC APEX on Sunday night with a packed house filled with fans, which is a much different look than the typical UFC cards in the same venue. Jouban explains why that event might force the UFC’s hand to make some changes moving forward with future APEX cards. We also talk about the latest with Conor McGregor after the UFC 303 press conference was cancelled at the last minute, which led to speculation that perhaps he wasn’t going to fight Michael Chandler after all. Now that it appears the fight is still happening was this all part of McGregor’s plan or could something else be happening behind the scenes? All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/06/2448m 25s

On To the Next One | What's Next For Dominick Reyes After First Win In 1,695 Days At UFC Louisville

While Nassourdine Imavov closed the show with a massive win in the main event of UFC Louisville, the feel-good story of Saturday's card was two-time light heavyweight title challenger Dominick Reyes picking up his first victory since October 2019 in the co-main event. Where do both Imavov and Reyes go from their big wins at the KFC Yum! Center? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and guest host Jed Meshew discuss what could be next for Imavov and Reyes following their stoppage victories. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Raul Rosas Jr. following his second-round submission win over Ricky Turcios, Brunno Ferreira after his Knockout of the Year contender against Dustin Stoltzfus, along with fellow main card winners Zachary Reese, Punahele Soriano, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/06/2459m 26s

UFC Louisville Post-Fight Show: Reaction To Imavov's Controversial Finish, Reyes' Redemption

Nassourdine Imavov picked up the biggest win of his career in the main event of UFC Louisville against Jared Cannonier, but it was mired in controversy thanks to referee Jason Herzog stepped in to stop the bout in the fourth round. Where does Imavov go after a victory that will likely propel him into the top-five at 185 pounds? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Jose Youngs react to Saturday's Fight Night event, Imavov's victory, Herzog's stoppage, and where both fighters go from the headliner. Additionally, they discuss Dominick Reyes getting his first win since 2019 with a first-round finish of Dustin Jacoby in the co-main event, Raul Rosas Jr. picking up a submission victory in the featured bout, the tough start to the card with the prelims, but the card picking up steam on the main card, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/06/241h 11m

UFC Louisville Preview Show | Cannonier vs. Imavov; Plus, Do-Or-Die For Dominick Reyes?

Jared Cannonier has become the forgotten man in the UFC middleweight title picture — despite winning two straight and four of five — as he returns to the octagon for the first time in a year in the main event of UFC Louisville in a five-round matchup against Nassourdine Imavov. If Cannonier can pick up another win, is he in the championship conversation in the loaded 185-pound division? Ahead of Saturday's Fight Night event, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Alexander K. Lee preview the promotion's return to Derby City, along with the Cannonier vs. Imavov headliner and the stakes attached to it. Additionally, they'll discuss Dominick Reyes' return after a long layoff to face Dustin Jacoby in the co-main event, 19-year-old Raul Rosas Jr. looking to make it two straight when he meets Ricky Turcios, the quality of the event as a whole, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/06/241h 14m

HOAM | McGregor vs. Chandler Optimism, Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul Back On

While one big fight in the combat sports world became a huge mystery, another one found a new date. Speculation went rampant following the cancellation of the UFC 303 press conference in Dublin featuring Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler, and now the vibes seem quite positive, while in the boxing world, Jake Paul and Mike Tyson have a new date. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the latest on McGregor vs. Chandler, the optimism surrounding it throughout the week, and rating belief on if it goes down as scheduled on June 29. Additionally, listener questions include Paul vs. Tyson being set for Nov. 15, UFC Louisville, the main event between Jared Cannonier and Nassourdine Imavov, the quality of the UFC 304 main card, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/06/241h 5m

BTL | Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler, UFC 302 Fallout, Dana White's Pound-For-Pound Debate

With UFC 302 officially in the rear-view mirror, all eyes are on UFC 303, which is scheduled to mark the UFC return of Conor McGregor against Michael Chandler in the main event. With the event's press conference in Dublin getting postponed, along with rampant speculation as to why, are you concerned that the fight may also be postponed? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel discusses the latest on the McGregor vs. Chandler story, the reports that have come out, and predict whether or not the fight will happen as scheduled. Additionally, they'll discuss the fallout of UFC 302, Islam Makhachev's submission win over Dustin Poirier, the fighting future of Poirier, Sean Strickland's win over Paulo Costa and if it was enough to get him a title shot, Dana White sparking a pound-for-pound debate between Makahchev and Jon Jones, UFC Louisville this Saturday, and much more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and an opponent to be named. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/06/241h 32m

No Bets Barred: Can Jared Cannonier Still Make A Title Run Or Will Nassourdine Imavov End Those Dreams At UFC Louisville?

UFC 302 is in the books which means it's on to UFC Louisville. Headlined by a middleweight matchup between Jared Cannonier and Nassourdine Imavov, UFC Louisville features 14 competitive fights and the No Bets Barred Boys are here to break them all down. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a recap of UFC 302 and celebrate Jed finally getting into the black for 2024 after another winning weekend before diving into this week's fights. Does Jared Cannonier still have enough left in the tank to make one more title run? Will the sad decline of Dominick Reyes continue? Will Raul Rosas Jr. keep impressing against favorable matchups? Plus, Conner and Jed discuss the heightening drama surrounding UFC 303 and whether or not Conor McGregor will actually return to the cage this month. All this and a lot more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 90 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/06/2450m 26s

Rankings Show: So About This Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler Situation... | Plus, Dana & Jon vs. Islam & The World

The MMA gods have a wicked sense of humor. Podcast pals Mike Heck and Jed Meshew join co-hosts Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee this week to unpack the inauspicious double-dose that struck Michael Chandler over the past few days, with the status of Conor McGregor and UFC 303 hurled into doubt just as Chandler was removed from MMA Fighting’s lightweight rankings for inactivity. The gang talks the latest whispers around UFC 303 (5:20), tries to figure out the best back-up options for the event, and debates whether even a best-case win for either man could get them back into the rankings. Then, the crew sifts through the wreckage of UFC 302 to determine where Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier sits in the Fight of the Year race (44:30), figure how it became Dana White and Jon Jones against the world (54:30), plus much more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow Alexander K. Lee @AlexanderKLee Follow Mike Heck @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew @JedKMeshew Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/06/241h 29m

HOAM | What In the World Is Going On With Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler?

Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier's 20-plus minute battle in the main event of UFC 302 certainly saved a lackluster card, and while the MMA community continued to appreciate the greatness of the fight throughout Sunday, the UFC 303 press conference in Dublin was postponed ahead of Conor McGregor's return against Michael Chandler. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the roller coaster weekend, Makhachev's tremendous win over Poirier, the challenger's gutsy performance and his fighting future. Additionally, listener topics include McGregor vs. Chandler, whether or not the fight does end up happening on June 29, the speculation surrounding it, what the backup plan could be if the bout is scratched, the chances Makhachev moved up to welterweight to challenge for a second title in his next fight, Dana White saying Jon Jones is the best fighter in the world right now, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/06/241h 4m

Fighter vs. Writer: Alan Jouban Explains Why Dustin Poirier Should Retire, Reacts to UFC 303 Presser Cancellation

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC analyst Alan Jouban joining MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin to discuss the fallout from UFC 302 as well as reacting to the sudden cancellation for the UFC 303 press conference in Ireland. Just hours before the press conference was scheduled to begin, UFC officials announced that the planned event in Ireland was no longer happening with McGregor later stating that “obstacles outside of our control” led to the cancellation. Should fans be more concerned that something else is happening behind the scenes threatening the UFC 303 main event? Plus, we’ll talk about Islam Makhachev’s fifth round submission win over Dustin Poirier and what should be next for him. Is Makhachev destined to become a two-division champion or should he stick around his own division for a little while longer? Plus Jouban explains why he believes now is the right time for Poirier to call it a career and walk away from the sport following his fight with Makhachev on Saturday. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/06/241h 9m

On To the Next One | What's Next For Islam Makhachev, Dustin Poirier After UFC 302?

Islam Makhachev is still the UFC lightweight champion following a gritty fifth-round submission of Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 302. While it seems pretty cut and dry who Makhachev will defend his title against next, does Poirier continue on with his fighting career after falling short in his third opportunity at undisputed gold? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what's next for Makhachev and Poirier following their lightweight championship bout. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Sean Strickland following his decision win over Paulo Costa in the co-main event, Kevin Holland following his nasty armbar submission victory in his middleweight return, along with fellow main card winners Niko Price and Randy Brown. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/06/241h 11m

UFC 302 Post-Fight Show: Reaction To Islam Makhachev's Thrilling War With Dustin Poirier

Join MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Alexander K. Lee as they react to Islam Makhachev's fifth-round submission of Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 302, Sean Strickland's win over Paulo Costa, and more from Saturday's UFC pay-per-view event. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/06/241h 31m

UFC 302 Watch Party Replay w/ Mike Heck & Conner Burks

Relive the magic of UFC 302's live watch party with Mike Heck and Conner Burks! Check out the original UFC 302 Watch Party video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mExJiTJUaeo Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/06/243h 39m

UFC 302 Preview Show: Will Dustin Poirier Actually Finish His Story Against Islam Makhachev?

Dustin Poirier's final chance to capture undisputed UFC gold is finally upon us. Can he finish his story against pound-for-pound No. 1 Islam Makhachev at UFC 302? Join Shaun Al-Shatti, Jed Meshew, Alexander K. Lee, and E. Casey Leydon as we preview UFC 302, Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier, Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa, and more. Where would a Poirier upset rank among MMA's all-time feel-good moments and how would Poirier's legacy within the lightweight pantheon change if he pulls off the improbable? What's at stake for Makhachev, who can tie the UFC's all-time mark for consecutive lightweight title defenses with a win? Ahead of Saturday night, we dive deep into every angle of UFC 302's featured bouts, make picks and predictions, answer fan questions, and much more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/05/241h 36m

BTL | Poirier's Last Chance vs. Makhachev at UFC 302, Strickland vs. Costa, Nick Diaz Return Set

Dustin Poirier will step into the UFC octagon this Saturday in what will likely be his final chance to become an undisputed world champion. To pull it off, he'd have to defeat the incredible Islam Makhachev in the main event of UFC 302. Can Poirier do it, and if so, what happens to the top of the lightweight division? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel discusses the Makhachev vs. Poirier headliner, the divisional landscape based on who wins, along with where either would rank all time at 155 with their hand being raised. Additionally, they'll talk the co-main event between Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa, the stakes for both guys involved, Dana White announcing that Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler will have a press conference in Dublin next week ahead of their UFC 303 fight, the addition of Ian Machado Garry vs. Michael Page, and Carlos Ulberg stepping in to face Jamahal Hill on the June 29 card, Nick Diaz's return set for UFC Abu Dhabi, along with Marlon Vera vs. Deiveson Figueiredo, and Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Chiesa for the August event, and more. Host Mike Heck will be joined by MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew to discuss those topics and answer your questions. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/05/241h 31m

Michael Chandler Vows To ‘Flatline’ McGregor & Send Him Into Retirement, Makes Prediction for Makhachev-Poirier

Michael Chandler has been waiting for over a year to finally get his hands on Conor McGregor but that day finally comes at UFC 303 on June 29. Ahead of the highly anticipated showdown, Chandler speaks to MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin about the long wait and if there were ever any moments where he actually considered bowing out and facing someone different rather. He also addresses McGregor’s return from a broken leg and how all eyes are going to be on the Irish superstar in the days leading up to the fight and why he actually sees that as an advantage. Chandler also explains how he defused McGregor’s trash talk when they were filming The Ultimate Fighter together and his expectations to use that same game plan against the former two-division UFC champion as they start meeting at press conferences and media obligations heading into UFC 303. Chandler also gives his prediction on the UFC 302 main event when Dustin Poirier attempts to dethrone Islam Makhachev. All this and more in a special one-on-one interview with Chandler ahead of UFC 303. Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/05/2439m 54s

No Bets Barred: Will Dustin Poirier Finish His Story At UFC 302?

UFC 302 takes place this Saturday in New Jersey with Dustin Poirier once again challenging for the lightweight title, this time against the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Islam Makhachev, and the No Bets Barred boys are back to break it down. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a brief discussion about the optimal UFC schedule before diving into the UFC 302 talk. . Will Poirier finally claim undisputed UFC gold and finish his story or will Makhachev deny him yet again? Can Paulo Costa pull off the upset on Sean Strickland to get himself back into title contention? Just how fun will Kevin Holland vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk be? All this and more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 89 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/05/2451m 0s

HOAM | Reaction To Ian Machado Garry vs. MVP Booking, Countdown To UFC 302

UFC 303, which features the return of Conor McGregor as he faces Michael Chandler in the main event, has added a much-needed bout to the lineup with surging contender Ian Machado Garry battling longtime Bellator star, now UFC welterweight Michael Page. How much does the fight help the card? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the Garry vs. Page booking, and why the lineup certainly needed the new booking. Additionally, listener questions include the future of the lightweight division if Dustin Poirier upsets Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 and what it could mean for Arman Tsarukyan, Kevin Holland's middleweight return, Ilia Topuria vs. Max Holloway, the BMF title, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/05/2446m 51s

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Reacts To Rousey Saying She'd Be Booed At UFC Events, UFC 302 Picks & Predictions

Ahead of UFC 302 on Saturday, The Fighter vs. The Writer returns as UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin break down the biggest storylines from the card. First things first, we react to the latest from Ronda Rousey after the former UFC champion said she felt vilified by the media after her exodus from combat sports and how she expects she would get booed if she actually made an appearance at UFC events. Does Rousey have a point about how she was treated or is she still struggling to face her shortcomings at the end of her career? Brown has his take on Rousey’s exit from the UFC and the string of comments she’s made about her losses after releasing her autobiography. We’ll also get into the biggest fights at UFC 302 including Islam Makhachev defending his title against Dustin Poirier in the main event. Does Poirier have a great chance to pull off the upset on Saturday or will this be another dominant performance from Makhachev? What about Sean Strickland returning against Paulo Costa? What does Strickland need to do to win and how can Costa thwart the former UFC middleweight champion? All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/05/241h 9m

Jon Anik Previews Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier, Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa At UFC 302

UFC lead commentator Jon Anik joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to preview Saturday's UFC 302 event in Newark, the main event between Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier for the lightweight title, discusses whether or not he believes it will be Poirier's final fight, Makhachev not getting enough credit for his run, the Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa co-main event, Conor McGregor's return against Michael Chandler at UFC 303, the bouts announced for UFC 304, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/05/2437m 58s

Curtis Blaydes Talks Tom Aspinall Fight at UFC 304, Jones Waiting For Miocic, Gane Turning Down Title Fight

Ahead of UFC 304 in July, Curtis Blaydes previews his rematch against Tom Aspinall after their first fight ended in just 15 seconds and now the interim heavyweight title is on the line. Blaydes also addresses Jon Jones picking Stipe Miocic has his next opponent and his expectations that the winner of that fight will almost certainly retire afterwards. He also discusses Ciryl Gane allegedly turning down the title fight against Aspinall in July as well as the dangers that come along with competing in the heavyweight division, especially when it comes to the idea that he somehow has a glass jaw plus much more. Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/05/2431m 50s

On To the Next One | Conor McGregor's 2024, MMA Pet Peeves, More | Ask Mike & AK Anything

With the UFC and major promotions off this past weekend, MMA Fighting’s matchmaking show decided to give back to fans of the program with a special “Ask Us Anything” show. On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee take listener submitted questions about Conor McGregor's 2024 and if he'll fight more than his scheduled UFC 303 main event with Michael Chandler, MMA pet peeves, when Khamzat Chimaev and other contending names could fight for a title, best prospects in the sport throughout the weight classes, the possibility of the UFC introducing a women's atomweight division in the future, MMA referees and when to show authority in fights, and much more. On To the Next One will return with a live matchmaking show on the MMA Fighting YouTube channel on Sunday, June 2 following UFC 302 headlined by Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/05/241h 29m

'Here Comes the Boom' Review: Kevin James Reminds Everyone MMA Is Fun | This Is CineMMA

MMA is freaking fun! On the latest episode of This is CineMMA, the MMA Fighting movie review get their funny bones tickled as we watch the 2012 comedy “Here Comes the Boom,” starring Kevin James, Henry Winkler, and former UFC champion Bas Rutten. When disillusioned teacher and former wrestler Scott Voss (James) finds out that a friend needs almost 50 grand to save the school’s music department, he teams up with the eccentric Niko (Rutten) to get himself back into fighting shape in the hopes of making some quick cash. Scott’s inspiring underdog story eventually lands him a chance to fight for the UFC, where the stakes couldn’t be higher. After a season of episodes filled with doom and gloom, Alexander K. Lee, Jed Meshew, E. Casey Leydon, and special guest Mike Heck have their spirits raised by the heartwarming tale, which also might be the most accurate MMA film ever made. How does the movie get everything so right? Would Scott Voss actually be a contender in the UFC? And is Bas Rutten the best MMA fighter/actor yet? Put on your viking helmet and get PUMPED as we answer these questions and more. Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow E. Casey Leydon: @ekc Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/05/241h 24m

Belal Muhammad Reacts To Leon Edwards At UFC 304, Covington's Callout, McGregor & More

Belal Muhammad discusses his recently booked fight against UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards and how he expects this to be one of the "easiest matchups" of his entire career. Muhammad also addresses the strange circumstances surrounding UFC 300, his reaction to Colby Covington finally calling him out after asking for that fight for several years and Conor McGregor's interest in the welterweight title. Plus, Muhammad details working with Islam Makhachev ahead of UFC 302 and possibly drawing Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirement to corner him against Edwards in Manchester. Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/05/2435m 17s

HOAM | Reaction To PFL's Rough PR Week, Carlos Ulberg Getting Jamahal Hill Fight At UFC 303

The Professional Fighters League began 2024 with a ton of questions and momentum following their acquisition of Bellator. Less than halfway through the year, the perception of the organization is in a much different place — and more so after a week of bad PR, most notably due to Donn Davis' comments about Kayla Harrison. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Davis' comments about Harrison, multiple fighters calling out the promotion for different reasons, Gegard Mousasi threatening legal action before getting released a day later, and the lack of buzz amongst the MMA community. Additionally, listener topics include Carlos Ulberg stepping in to face Jamahal Hill at UFC 303, Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad 2 at UFC 304, Aljamain Sterling's next opponent, Dustin Poirier's prediction of knocking Islam Makhachev out at UFC 302 next weekend, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/05/241h 35m

BTL | Conor McGregor Speaks, Usyk Beats Fury, UFC Vegas 92 & Bellator Paris, UFC Star Building

Conor McGregor has had quite a bit to say over the past few days on the build to his UFC 303 main event with Michael Chandler, and a lot of names were mentioned — both positive and negative. Have the comments from the UFC's biggest star led you to feel any differently about his fight with Chandler, as well as his UFC future? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel reacts to McGregor's recent Q&A, the comments that he's made, where he would go with a win over Chandler, and a possible welterweight title fight vs. Leon Edwards if the champ retains against Belal Muhammad at UFC 304. Additionally, topics include Oleksander Usyk's massive win over Tyson Fury this past Saturday in Saudi Arabia to become the undisputed boxing heavyweight champion, the fallout from UFC Vegas 92 and Bellator Paris, Dana White being compared to the past NBA commissioner David Stern in regards to building stars in MMA, and much more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and José Youngs. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/05/241h 13m

DAMN! They Were Good | How Chael Sonnen Turned His Career Around To Become A UFC Hall Of Famer

Chael Sonnen is set to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and so the MMA Fighting crew takes a look back at his extraordinary career, as DAMN! They Were Good celebrates “The Bad Guy.” For the first half of Sonnen’s career, “The American Gangster” was an also-ran, a guy with an unexciting style who nobody cared about. He fell short in the UFC when he got the call and then came up short when he fought for the WEC middleweight title, and it looked for all the world like Sonnen would join the ranks of forgotten journeymen that fill MMA. But then something happened. Sonnen decided that anonymity wasn’t good enough, and he changed his stars, incorporating pro-wrestling style bombast to make himself marketable. His fighting style never changed but his mic work did and suddenly, Sonnen was the biggest thing in the sport, kicking up a rivalry with Anderson Silva that defined the early 2010s of MMA. And while Sonnen never ultimately won a major title in MMA, he did leave an indelible impression on the combat sports world. What were our favorite moments and the best highlights from Sonnen’s career? How did Sonnen pull off this incredible turnaround? And who exactly is Homer Moore? All this and more are discussed on the latest episode of DAMN! They Were Good. Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Shaheen Al-Shatti: @shaunalshatti Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/05/242h 29m

HOAM | Conor McGregor vs. Leon Edwards? Plus, Usyk vs. Fury Instant Classic

Leon Edwards discussed the possibility of a fight against Conor McGregor later this year if both men can emerge victorious in their scheduled bouts, and McGregor gave his stamp of approval on the idea as well. If McGregor beats Michael Chandler at UFC 303, and Edwards defeats Belal Muhammad at UFC 304, could that be the next welterweight title fight? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck gives his thoughts on the likelihood of that fight being made if everything falls into place, and the alternatives if either were to lose. Additionally, listener topics include the greatness of Olesander Usyk's victory over Tyson Fury this past Saturday in Saudi Arabia, Lerone Murphy's big win over Edson Barboza in the main event of UFC Vegas 92, PFL seemingly losing buzz by the day, where Patchy Mix ranks at 135 pounds worldwide after his split decision win at Bellator Paris this past Friday, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/05/241h 5m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Explains Why Oleksandr Usyk Isn't the No. 1 Pound-for-Pound Boxer, the Mistake Jake Paul is Making in His Fight Against Mike Tyson

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with a new episode as UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discuss the latest in combat sports including Oleksandr Usyk beating Tyson Fury to become the new undisputed heavyweight champion in boxing. Usyk nearly scored a finish over Fury in the ninth round but the referee opted to give "The Gypsy King" a standing 10 count rather than swooping in for a stoppage. Did the referee cost Usyk a knockout victory with that move? Plus, Usyk's win has been praised as one of the biggest in recent history in boxing but does that actually put him at the top of the pound-for-pound list? Brown explains why he just can't put Usyk there. We also discuss the recent criticism that Jon Jones has faced for picking Stipe Miocic as his next opponent rather than fighting interim UFC champion Tom Aspinall. We'll also react to Jake Paul talking trash to Mike Tyson at their most recent press conference and Brown details why he believes that's a huge mistake on Paul's part. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/05/241h 7m

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 92

Lerone Murphy shined in his first UFC main event as he battered and dominated Edson Barboza at UFC Vegas 92 this past Saturday at the APEX. Following the biggest win of his career, what is next for Murphy — whether he gets his wish to fight at UFC 304 in Manchester, or not? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what is next for Murphy from a matchmaking perspective following his breakout performance. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Khaos Williams after knocking out Carlston Harris in the co-main event, Themba Gorimbo after his decision win against Ramiz Brahimaj, along with main card finishers Adrian Yanez, Angela Hill, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/05/241h 14m

UFC Vegas 92 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Lerone Murphy's Lopsided Win Over Edson Barboza

Following the UFC featherweight headliner between Edson Barboza and Lerone Murphy, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Eric Jackman react to Saturday's UFC Vegas 92 at the APEX. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/05/241h 24m

Fury vs. Usyk Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Oleksandr Usyk's Spectacular Win Over Tyson Fury

Join MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Eric Jackman as they react to Oleksandr Usyk's victory over Tyson Fury in an instant classic to become the undisputed heavyweight champion. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/05/2439m 51s

UFC Vegas 92 Preview Show | Can Edson Barboza Play Spoiler Once Again?

Edson Barboza will look to put a halt to another surging contender in the UFC featherweight division as he faces Lerone Murphy in the main event of Saturday's UFC Vegas 92 event at the APEX. Should Barboza get it done, where will he go in the loaded 145-pound division? And if Murphy can keep his long winning streak alive, how high is his ceiling? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and José Youngs take a deeper look at the upcoming UFC Fight Night event, the headliner between Barboza and Murphy, and the stakes attached to it. Additionally, they discuss Khaos Williams' return to the octagon, Adrian Yanez looking to bounce back in the win column after a tough 2023 campaign, how the card as a whole stacks up on the final stop to UFC 302, answer listener questions, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/05/2448m 23s

HOAM | Dana White Announces UFC 304 Title Fights — Will Both Leon Edwards & Tom Aspinall Retain?

UFC CEO Dana White made UFC 304 officially official with the announcement of five bouts — three of which were new – including Leon Edwards defending his welterweight title against Belal Muhammad in a rematch, and Tom Aspinall defending his interim heavyweight championship against Curtis Blaydes. Will both champs retain in their rematches in their home country? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to White's reveal of the UFC 304 lineup thus far, the betting lines, and why the Bobby Green vs. Paddy Pimblett matchup might be the most intriguing of all. Additionally, listener topics include Joaquin Buckley continuing to lose favor with fans, his Twitter rivalry with Daniel Cormier, Ian Machado Garry potentially fighting at UFC 303, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/05/2434m 20s

Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk Preview Show: Who Will Become The First Undisputed Heavyweight Champion In 25 Years?

On Saturday afternoon in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk face off in a highly-anticipated boxing match that will crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion in nearly 25 years. So for a fight of this magnitude, MMA Fighting's José Youngs, Eric Jackman, and Jed Meshew join forces to preview the epic clash. Was Tyson Fury's poor performance against Francis Ngannou a one time thing or has "The Gypsy King" lost a step? Can Oleksandr Usyk cement himself as an all-time great and take the top pound-for-pound spot with a win over Fury? And how will this fight affect the legacies of both men, particularly with Anthony Joshua waiting in the wings? All this and more is answered as the MMA Fighting crew breaks down the biggest boxing fight of the year. Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew  Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/05/241h 30m

BTL | Dana White Breaking News Reaction, Fury vs. Usyk, UFC St. Louis Fallout, More

Saturday will be a monster day in the combat sports world, most notably because of the boxing world as for the first time in what seems like forever, an undisputed heavyweight champion will likely be crowned as Tyson Fury battles Oleksandr Usyk for all the marbles in Saudi Arabia. With such a high-stakes and fascinating matchup, what are the biggest questions surrounding it? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel will discuss their most burning questions heading into Fury vs. Usyk, what would be the more interesting result, and who needs the victory more. Additionally, topics include UFC St Louis this past Saturday, Derrick Lewis' big win, Joaquin Buckley's victory and subsequent callout of Conor McGregor, Dana White revealing that he wants out of the UFC APEX — which coincidentally is where Saturday's UFC Vegas 92 event will be held headlined by Edson Barboza vs. Lerone Murphy — the targeted Maycee Barber vs. Rose Namajunas main event bout for July in Denver, and more. Plus, the show kicks off reacting to Dana White's breaking news about UFC 304, Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad, Tom Aspinall vs. Curtis Blaydes, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Morning Kombat's Brian Campbell. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Brian Campbell: @BCampbell Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/05/241h 32m

No Bets Barred: Breaking Down A Stacked Weekend With Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk, UFC Vegas 92, Bellator

One of the most stacked fight weeks of the summer is upon us. This weekend features a combat sports triple header as UFC Vegas 92 and the Bellator Champion Series return, all leading up to the main event of the season: Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight title of boxing. And with so much action in play, the No Bets Barred boys are back to break it all down. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a brief recap of UFC St. Louis before diving into this weekend's festivities. Is UFC Vegas 92 the worst fight card of the year? Is Edson Barboza washed? Will Jed's chosen prospect Tom Nolan disappoint him yet again? The Boys discuss all of that before switching over to the biggest fight in boxing and a healthy debate about whether Fury or Usyk will leave this weekend as the first undisputed heavyweight champion in nearly a quarter of a century. All this and a lot more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 88 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/05/241h 5m

‘Bruised’ Review: Halle Berry Delivers The Best MMA Fight Scene Ever | This Is CineMMA

Halle Berry kicks ass! On the latest episode of This is CineMMA, the MMA Fighting movie review crew walk the long road back to redemption with the 2020 drama Bruised, written, directed, and starring Berry. The Academy Award-winning actress plays Jackie Justice, a onetime UFC star who gets a second chance to kickstart her cagefighting career when she gets the offer to fight an Invicta FC champion, played by Valentina Shevchenko. But will Justice’s traumatic past derail her ambitions? In our second crack at reviewing a female-led MMA drama (shout-out to Fight Valley!), Alexander K. Lee, Jed Meshew, and E. Casey Leydon pay respect to Berry and Shevchenko’s incredible work, while also pointing out what the film gets right and what it gets wrong about the world of fighting. Is Berry vs. Shevchenko one of the best fight scenes ever? How much trauma can one character take? And what did they do with Invicta FC boss Shannon Knapp in this movie? Mend your wounds and spend some time with us for the answers to these questions and more. Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow E. Casey Leydon: @ekc Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/05/241h 19m

HOAM | Joaquin Buckley Doubling Down On Conor McGregor Callout, Barber vs. Namajunas, More

Joaquin Buckley made headlines for his performance at UFC St. Louis, but more so for his post-fight callout of Conor McGregor that left the MMA community collectively scratching their heads. As the week has progressed, Buckley continues to get McGregor's attention, but to no avail. Is he doing the right thing? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the big moments from UFC St. Louis this past Saturday, the promotion being on a financial tear in terms of business, the negativity surrounding Buckley's callout, insinuating that he may have turned down a fight with Ian Machado Garry — which if he did, might be more surprising than the McGregor callout in general. Additionally, listener topics include the targeted Maycee Barber vs. Rose Namajunas headliner for the UFC's potential return to Denver in July, the flyweight shuffle up that led to Alex Perez vs. Tasturo Taira headlining the UFC event on June 15, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/05/241h 7m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Offers Poirier Advice For Islam, Tells Crazy Story Of Almost Being Shanked in Jail

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns as UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discuss the latest in combat sports. With Dustin Poirier getting his third shot at becoming undisputed champion against Islam Makhachev at UFC 301 on June 1, is this opportunity do or die for him ever winning the title? Listen as Brown and Martin explain why no matter how many times Poirier fights for the belt, he’s probably never completely out of contention. Plus Brown offers Poirier advice on how he should approach the fight with Makhachev and the best possible game plan to beat the seemingly unbeatable Russian. Brown also tells a story he first teased on Twitter about nearly being shanked during a time he spent a few months behind bars when he was only 20 or 21 years old. Brown recounts the situation that led to the near disastrous end to his jail stay and he also reveals another brief stay in jail while he was in the middle of his UFC career. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/05/241h 29m

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC St. Louis

Derrick Lewis delivered a sensational knockout of Rodrigo Nascimento in the main event of Saturday's UFC St. Louis fight card, and then put on a show in his post-fight celebration. Lewis has put himself above the rankings in a lot of respects as people just want to see him in fun fights — but following another stoppage, what should be next? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what could be next for "The Black Beast" following this past weekend's victory. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Joaquin Buckley after his co-main event win over Nursulton Ruziboev — and subsequent callout of Conor McGregor — Carlos Ulberg following his 12 second knockout win over Alonzo Menifield, along with fellow main card winners Diego Ferreira, Sean Woodson, Waldo Cortes-Acosta, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/05/241h 27m

UFC St. Louis Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Derrick Lewis' Big KO, Buckley's Win & McGregor Callout

Derrick Lewis showed his knockout power, grappling chops, and after knocking out Rodrigo Nascimento, showed his backside to the St. Louis crowd to end Saturday's UFC St. Louis card with the fans on their feet. Following the promotion's latest Fight Night event, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Eric Jackman react to the card, Lewis' big knockout of Nascimento and where he goes in this heavyweight division. Additionally, they discuss Joaquin Buckley's impressive co-main event win over Nursulton Ruziboev and his callout of Conor McGregor, Robelis Despaigne getting his first loss in lopsided fashion, bonus winners, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/05/241h 30m

UFC St. Louis Preview Show | Will Derrick Lewis Deliver Another Emphatic Knockout?

UFC fan-favorite Derrick Lewis will make the main event walk once again this Saturday at UFC St. Louis, and will do so against a surprising opponent in Rodrigo Nascimento. Will Lewis end the night with another memorable celebration, or will the emerging Nascimento play spoiler? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Alexander K. Lee preview this weekend's UFC Fight Night event, as well as the main event matchup between Lewis and Nascimento. Additionally, the panel will discuss the co-main event matchup between Joaquin Buckley and the dangerous Nursulton Ruziboev, if Buckley has the most to lose on the entire card, other matchups that might be flying under the radar, plus answer viewer questions at the end.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/05/241h 22m

HOAM | Reaction To Sean O'Malley Leaking Sparring Footage, Jon Jones Pitching Alex Pereira Fight

UFC bantamweight champ Sean O'Malley decided to release a new video from a 2016 sparring session with flyweight titleholder Alexandre Pantoja, where O'Malley delivered a devastating body kick that led to the spar being halted. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Friday's video release from O'Malley, and if it was the right call. Additionally, listener topics include Jon Jones pitching a fight with Alex Pereira over Tom Aspinall, if Jones' legacy changes with a win over Stipe Miocic when they end up fighting, Saturday's UFC St. Louis card, if the PFL should sign Jose Aldo, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/05/241h 17m

BTL | Pantoja & Aldo Shine At UFC 301, Sandhagen vs. Nurmagomedov, UFC St. Louis, Diaz vs. Masvidal

UFC 301 is in the books, and while there wasn't a ton of buzz heading into the UFC pay-per-view event, the card was fun to watch. In the end, the Brazilian fans went home happy after Alexandre Pantoja and Jose Aldo picked up unanimous decision wins in the final two fights. On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel will put a bow on UFC 301, discuss where Pantoja goes, Aldo's free agency, and other storylines from this past Saturday's card. Additionally, topics include the announcement that Cory Sandhagen will face Umar Nurmagomedov in the main event of August's UFC Abu Dhabi card, this Saturday's UFC St. Louis event headlined by Derrick Lewis and Rodrigo Nascimento, the boxing match between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal reportedly getting moved to July, Jon Jones favoring a fight with Alex Pereira over Tom Aspinall, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Jose Youngs.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/05/241h 23m

No Bets Barred: Will Derrick 'Saint' Lewis Deliver Another Knockout At UFC St. Louis?

UFC 301 is in the book so it's on to St. Louis! The worldwide leader in MMA heads to the Gateway Arch this Saturday with 13 fights, capped off by a heavyweight slugfest between Derrick Lewis and Rodrigo Nascimento and the No Bets Barred boys are back to break down all the action. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a brief recap of UFC 301 and celebrate Jose Aldo's terrific win before diving into this week's card. Can Derrick Lewis become a Saint in the City that bears his name? Did Joaquin Buckley bite off more than he can chew against Nursulton Ruziboev? Can Robelis Despaigne continue to live up to "Lock of the Millenia" vibes? And Jed reveals his latest bit of nonsense: The Sharknado Bet. All this and a lot more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 87 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/05/241h 4m

HOAM | Reaction To Cory Sandhagen vs. Umar Nurmagomedov, UFC 301 Fallout

Many people in the MMA community believe that Umar Nurmagomedov might be the UFC bantamweight champion in waiting — and in August, the undefeated Nurmagomedov will get to take the next step in proving that when he faces perennial contender Cory Sandhagen in the main event of UFC Abu Dhabi. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the Sandhagen vs. Nurmagomedov booking, and what is at stake for both guys. Additionally, listener questions include Jose Aldo's future following his dominant decision win over Jonathan Martinez, Steve Erceg's championship potential following his loss to Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 301 this past Saturday, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/05/241h 2m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Explains His Decision to Retire, UFC’s Reaction & What’s Next

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with a special episode as UFC legend Matt Brown discusses his decision to retire from MMA for the first time. With the most knockouts in welterweight history and the second most knockouts in UFC history, Brown etched his name in the record books numerous times over but what led to the timing for his retirement announcement this past Saturday? Brown details when he told the UFC about his retirement and the reaction he received from the promotion. He also explains why he’s really done with fighting and his immediate plans for the future. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/05/241h 11m

On To the Next One | What's Next For Jose Aldo After Triumphant Return At UFC 301?

Alexandre Pantoja capped off UFC 301 with a unanimous decision win over a game Steve Erceg to retain his flyweight title, while Jose Aldo returned to the octagon to sweep the scorecards against Jonathan Martinez to become one of the sport's top free agents. What's next for the hometown heroes following Saturday's pay-per-view event? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what could be next for Pantoja and Erceg following their main event clash in Rio. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Aldo — both in, and out of the UFC — Anthony Smith following his quick submission of Vitor Petrino, Michel Pereira after his 56 second stoppage win over Ihor Potieria, along with fellow main card winner Caio Borralho, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/05/241h 10m

UFC 301 Post-Fight Show: Reaction To Alexandre Pantoja's Scare, Jose Aldo's Big Return

The Brazilian fans in Rio de Janeiro certainly went home happy after Alexandre Pantoja earned a hard fought unanimous decision win over Steve Erceg to retain his flyweight title in the UFC 301 main event, but it was Jose Aldo, now the sport's biggest free agent, who sent the arena into a frenzy with his throwback performance against Jonathan Martinez. Following Saturday's pay-per-view fight card, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Eric Jackman react to Pantoja's successful title defense, the scoring of the fight, and if Erceg made a fight-losing mistake in the fifth round. Additionally, the panel discusses Aldo's dominant win and what's next for him, his title hopes if he re-signs with the UFC, Michel Pereira's quick finish, Anthony Smith's upset win, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/05/241h 30m

UFC 301 Watch Party Replay w/ Mike Heck & Conner Burks

Relive the magic of UFC 301's live watch party with Mike Heck and Conner Burks! Check out the original UFC 301 Watch Party video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhRzAMevRKE Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/05/243h 15m

UFC 301 Preview Show | Steve Erceg's Unlikely Moment, Jose Aldo's UFC Swan Song, More

UFC 301 goes down Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, and Brazil is represented on the card from top-to-bottom – including Alexandre Pantoja defending his flyweight title against Steve Erceg in the main event, and Jose Aldo returning to the octagon, and his throne as "The King of Rio" as he faces Jonathan Martinez in the co-main event. Will the Brazilian fans go home happier than they did after UFC 283 in January 2023? Ahead of the pay-per-view event, MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti, Mike Heck, and Alexander K. Lee preview the fight card, and the main event between Pantoja and Erceg, discuss the challenger's underdog shot, and if Pantoja continues to be overlooked as a champion. Additonally, they'll talk Aldo's future following Saturday night, what Martinez would gain from a win over Aldo, the low-key bangers, plus answer viewer questions, and more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/05/241h 26m

HOAM | Has There Been A UFC Pay-Per-View With Less Buzz Than UFC 301?

UFC 301 goes down Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and there are a lot of fun matchups on the card for those in know — including an intriguing title fight at the top, and the return to the octagon of Jose Aldo. And while hardcore fans understand that the event does have the ability to be an enjoyable watch, has the build to it generated the least amount of buzz of any pay-per-view in recent memory? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck takes questions about Saturday's fight card, some of the compelling matchups, but the noticeable lack of fan excitement for it. Additionally, listener topics include Tom Aspinall's defense of U.K. fans for the UFC 304 start time, William Gomis' scary weigh-in on Friday, Steve Erceg being a bit of a darling underdog ahead of his flyweight title opportunity against Alexandre Pantoja, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/05/241h 4m

BTL | Ryan Garcia, Jose Aldo's Return At UFC 301, Mike Perry Shines Again, Paul vs. Tyson Sanctioned

Another UFC pay-per-view event is upon us with UFC 301, and with the incredible UFC 300 event preceding it, the card is in an unfair position. But Alexandre Pantoja defends his lightweight title against Steve Erceg in the main event. Can Erceg pull off the upset, and if he does, what does that mean for the 125-pound division? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel previews Saturday's championship contest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, along with Jose Aldo's return to the octagon in his final promotional contracted bout against Jonathan Martinez in the co-main event, and other notable storylines. Additionally, they'll discuss Ryan Garcia reportedly failing a pair of VADA drug tests in relation to his upset win over Devin Haney, Mike Perry's quick knockout of Thiago Alves at BKFC KnuckleMania 4, what could be next for him, Conor McGregor becoming a part owner of the promotion, the Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson boxing match being sanctioned as a pro bout, and more. Host Mike Heck and MMA Fighting's José Youngs answer your questions about those topics and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/05/241h 31m

‘Mais Forte que o Mundo’ Review: Is This Even A Jose Aldo Movie? | This Is CineMMA

José Aldo is one of the greatest fighters in UFC history. You think you know his story? Think again! On this episode of This is CineMMA, the MMA Fighting movie review crew gets in touch with their feelings as we follow Aldo’s heart-wrenching journey from Brazilian bad boy to MMA legend in the 2016 biopic Mais Forte que o Mundo a.k.a. Stronger than the World. Some… interesting choices are made, with Aldo (José Loreto) shown rising through the ranks in the fighting world while battling demons outside of the cage. If this sounds more like a telenovela than a martial arts film, then this might be just what you’re looking for. Ahead of Aldo’s return at UFC 301, Alexander K. Lee, Jed Meshew, E. Casey Leydon, and special guest Guilherme Cruz try to make sense of a sometimes baffling narrative, separate fact from fiction, and discuss ideas that could have made the movie so much better. Is this even about José Aldo? Why is it missing some of his most famous moments? And is lumber-bashing a real hobby in Brazil? (Leg) kick back and chill with us for the answers to these questions and more. Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow E. Casey Leydon: @ekc Follow Guilherme Cruz: @guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/05/241h 19m

Megan Anderson Previews UFC 301, Jose Aldo's Return

One-time UFC title challenger and current ESPN UFC analyst Megan Anderson joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to preview Saturday's UFC 301 event, the hangover from UFC 300, Alexandre Pantoja vs. Steve Erceg, Jose Aldo's return against Jonathan Martinez and if it will be Aldo's final UFC fight, why Anthony Smith vs. Vitor Petrino is a fight she has her eye on, and much more.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/05/2435m 51s

No Bets Barred: Will Jose Aldo And Alexandre Pantoja Give Brazil Something To Cheer About At UFC 301?

UFC 301 is here and we're headed back to Brazil! This Saturday, the UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro for its first pay-per-view offering since the immaculate UFC 300, and the No Bets Barred boys are back to break down all the fights. After taking a few weeks off to recuperate following the extravaganza that was UFC 300, hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew return with spirit, opening the show with a brief recap of their past couple of weeks before diving into this card. Will Alexandre Pantoja give the Brazilian crowd a happy ending to the evening or will Steve Erceg - AKA "Vinnie Cigs" -- become the most unlikely champion in UFC history? How will the return of Jose Aldo go? And which Brazilian fighters are primed to be upset on home turf? All this and a lot more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 86 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/05/241h 10m

HOAM | Tom Aspinall Is Absolutely Right About UFC 304; Plus, Jose Aldo's Future After UFC 301

Tom Aspinall agrees with the U.K. MMA fans that the upcoming UFC 304 pay-per-view event in July should cater to the local market, as opposed to the U.S. fanbase — and he's absolutely correct in that assessment. But will the UFC change course to satisfy the Manchester fans as it relates to the card's start time? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses Aspinall's recent response to the fight night schedule and why the UFC interim heavyweight champion is spot on. Additionally, listener topics include Saturday's UFC 301 event, flyweight title challenger Steve Erceg's chances against Alexandre Pantoja in the main event, whether or not Jose Aldo will be making the walk to the octagon for the final time against Jonathan Martinez, the hidden gem on Saturday's fight card, the UFC middleweight division, the BMF title, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/04/241h 2m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Blasts Boxing For Failing To Follow UFC’s Model | Plus, Perry's BKFC Star, Aldo’s Return

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with a brand new episode as UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discuss the latest in combat sports including how the UFC has embraced marketing and promoting athletes in way that boxing never has. Brown argues that boxing promoters are still stuck in the 1990s when it comes to their methodology trying to build interest in the sport while the UFC continues to run circles around them. We’ll also talk about Mike Perry’s latest win in BKFC and how he became the perfect person to serve as the face of bare-knuckle fighting. Plus we’ll discuss Jose Aldo coming back from retirement to fight at UFC 301 and if he’s returning for the right reasons? All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/04/2456m 35s

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 91

Alex Perez has the weight of the world on his shoulders, likely putting his UFC career on the line against Matheus Nicolau in the main event of UFC Vegas 91. In the end, the one-time UFC title challenger was able to pick up his first win inside the octagon in nearly four years with a sensational knockout of Nicolau to close the show on Saturday. Now that he's back in the win column, what should come next for Perez? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss who Perez could face next following his big win. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Bogdan Guskov following his second-round finish of Ryan Spann in the co-main event, Karine Silva after earning a hard fought unanimous decision victory over Ariane da Silva in the featured flyweight bout, along with fellow main card winners Jhonata Diaz, David Onama, Uros Medic, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/04/241h 13m

UFC Vegas 91 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Alex Perez, Bogdan Guskov's Knockout Wins

Alex Perez needed a win more than anybody on Saturday's UFC Vegas 91 card, and he delivered in a big way with a ferocious knockout of Matheus Nicolau in the main event. After his first win in nearly four years, is Perez back to where he was a legitimate title threat? Following Saturday's UFC Fight Night event at the APEX, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Eric "New York Ric" Jackman react to Perez's victory and what it means in the 125 pound division. Additionally, the panel discusses Bogdan Guskov's big stoppage win over Ryan Spann in the co-main event, cage announcer Joe Martinez having to step away for a couple of fights and Charly Arnolt stepping in, Dominick Cruz's commentary, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/04/241h 4m

BKFC KnuckleMania 4 & UFC Vegas 91 Preview Show | Is UFC Playing Second Fiddle To Mike Perry?

After a week off following UFC 300, the UFC returns to the APEX for UFC Vegas 91 — which will serve as the go-home show for next weekend's UFC 301 pay-per-view event. While absence does make the heart grow fonder, it's pretty clear from an interest standpoint this weekend that the UFC is playing second fiddle to BKFC, and their annual KnuckleMania fight card. Ahead of the weekend doubleheader, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Alexander K. Lee preview Saturday's KnuckleMania 4 and UFC Vegas 91 events. Additionally, they'll discuss Mike Perry's return to the BKFC ring as he faces Thiago Alves in the main event, Ben Rothwell vs. Todd Duffee, the UFC headliner between Matheus Nicolau and Alex Perez, how the card stacks up from top-to-bottom on paper, and answer your questions. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/04/241h 14m

HOAM | Does the UFC Hosting More Events On the Road Mean the APEX Cards Will Soon End?

The UFC is taking more Fight Night cards on the road recently than they have in quite some time. While the full card and main event quality hasn't been much different than we've seen in the last few years, could this mean the end of UFC Fight Night cards at the UFC APEX? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses whether or not this could be the beginning of the end for UFC APEX shows. Additionally, Mike answers questions about Mike Perry's return to action this weekend in Los Angeles at BKFC KnuckleMania 4 against Thiago Alves, and where he could go with a win, if UFC Vegas 91 is one of the worst UFC cards from top-to-bottom, where Matheus Nicolau would go with a victory over Alex Perez in the main event, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/04/241h 3m

BTL | Ryan Garcia Silences Doubters, Reaction To Dana White's Victory Lap, UFC APEX vs. Knucklemania

The UFC returns following a weekend off to digest the memorable UFC 300 event, but BKFC's Knucklemania 4 will likely get top billing in the interest department this weekend, most notably due to Mike Perry's return to the ring against Thiago Alves. On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel discusses both UFC Vegas 91 and Knucklemania cards this weekend, the UFC headliner between Matheus Nicolau and Alex Perez, Perry's star power and future in BKFC, along with Ben Rothwell vs. Todd Duffee. Additionally, topics include Dana White's victory lap against the media and what can be taken away from it, Ryan Garcia silencing the critics with an incredible showing against Devin Haney this past weekend, the Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal press tour coming to an end and how much interest in generated, and much more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Morning Kombat's Brian Campbell. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Brian Campbell: @BCampbell Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/04/241h 38m

The 2024 MMA Draft! | Which 35 Fighters Do You Build A Promotion Around?

With the 2024 NFL Draft set to take place this week, it's once again time for the MMA Fighting team to don the hats of the premier combat sports promotions in the world and select the 35 fighters they would most want to have on roster to build a promotion around. Listen as Jed Meshew guides the action and the staff drafts seven fighters to their respective organizations: the UFC, PFL/Bellator, ONE Championship, BKFC, and newcomer KSW. Other promoters include Shaun Al-Shatti, Mike Heck, Damon Martin, and Alexander K. Lee. Who will be the first overall pick? And which drafter is best set up for the next five years? Tune in to find out. Follow Jed Meshew @JedKMeshew Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee @AlexanderKLee Follow Damon Martin @DamonMartin Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/04/242h 6m

HOAM | Who Should Max Holloway Fight Next After Spectacular UFC 300 Knockout?

After delivering one of the craziest moments in UFC history against Justin Gaethje at UFC 300, Max Holloway has a lot of options in front of him — whether it be Ilia Topuria and the featherweight title, a shot at the lightweight belt, or even a huge rematch with Conor McGregor depending on what happens at UFC 303. But what is the best option for Holloway following the performance of a lifetime? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the options ahead for Holloway, and why the fight with Topuria is the way to go over all other options. Additionally, listener topics include the futures for fellow UFC 300 winners Bo Nickal and Diego Lopes, Deiveson Figueiredo's callout of Dominick Cruz, where Charles Oliveira goes from his loss to Arman Tsarukyan, Dustin Poirier's chances against Islam Makhachev at UFC 301, Jose Aldo vs. Jonathan Martinez at 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/04/2455m 46s

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Reacts to Conor McGregor Finally Booking UFC Return, Ryan Garcia’s Upset Win Over Devin Haney

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discussing the latest news in combat sports including Conor McGregor finally booking his return to action at UFC 303. It’s been three years since McGregor last fought, which raised some doubts about whether he would ever return to compete again, but he’s now scheduled to fight Michael Chandler in June. But what kind of expectations should we have for McGregor in 2024 with his last truly meaningful win coming all the way back in 2016 when he demolished Eddie Alvarez to become a two-division champion? How dangerous is Chandler as an opponent in McGregor’s return? Plus we’ll talk about Ryan Garcia pulling off a massive upset with his majority decision win over Devin Haney this past weekend. Garcia also wasted no time accepting a challenge from UFC champion Sean O’Malley but should we even entertain these callouts any longer? All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/04/2453m 42s

'Blood And Bone' Review: Could Michael Jai White Be UFC Champion? | This Is CineMMA

Michael Jai White has the skills, but does he have the grit to survive the mean streets of “Blood and Bone?” On this episode of This is CineMMA, the MMA Fighting movie review crew break out of the clink to follow the adventures of Bone (White), a man on a mission who batters and bruises his way through L.A.’s underground fight scene while crossing paths with real-life combat sports stars Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, and Bob Sapp. Featuring plenty of bloody battles-and some very, very NSFW language-this one ain’t for the faint of heart. Alexander K. Lee, Jed Meshew, and E. Casey Leydon channel their inner “Just Bleed Guy” as they marvel at White’s dazzling martial arts skills, pick out some of the nastiest looking moves in the movie, and try to make heads or tails of some truly befuddling dialogue choices. How would Bone fare in the #UFC? Is Eamonn Walker a better villain than Conor McGregor? And is it really possible to jump in the air and kick four people at once? Dig into Blood and Bone with us for the answers to these questions and more. Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow E. Casey Leydon: @ekc Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/04/241h 24m

Trocação Franca | Alex Poatan exclusivo: KO no UFC 300, meme do Khaby, 3º cinturão e mais

Alex Poatan volta ao Trocação Franca ainda como campeão meio-pesado do UFC, após nocautear Jamahal Hill com requintes de crueldade cômica no UFC 300, e fala sobre a comemoração ao estilo Khaby, se havia sentimento de vingança por Glover Teixeira, quem será o próximo rival pelo título, se enfrentaria Tom Aspinall pelo terceiro cinturão em Manchester, e muito mais. O podcast traz, ainda, a íntegra da participação de Kyra Gracie no WebSummit, que rolou no Rio de Janeiro e contou com Guilherme Cruz como moderador. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Alex Pereira returns to Trocação Franca — still as the UFC light heavyweight champion — after knocking out Jamahal Hill in vicious fashion at UFC 300 to discuss the victory, his Khaby-inspired celebration, if he felt like avenging Glover Teixeira, who’s next for the LHW belt, if he’s down to fighting Tom Aspinall for a third title in Manchester, and more. The podcast also features Kyra Gracie’s talk at this week’s WebSummit in Rio de Janeiro, which was moderated by MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/04/2445m 32s

Rankings Show: Contenders & Pretenders From UFC 300, Plus Did Max Deliver The Coolest MMA Moment Ever?

UFC 300 is in the books, but the shockwaves from its results will be felt for years to come. Alex Pereira, Max Holloway, and Kayla Harrison were three of the biggest winners of the night. What lies ahead for these stars? Host Alexander K. Lee is joined by rankings wizards Jed Meshew and Damon Martin to discuss who made the farthest jumps up the charts this week, whether we overvalued or undervalued some of Saturday’s notable victories, which fighters are serious contenders and which are just pretenders in new divisions, where Holloway’s unreal knockout of Justin Gaethje ranks among the coolest moments in MMA history, plus much more. Follow Alexander K. Lee @AlexanderKLee Follow Jed Meshew @JedKMeshew Follow Damon Martin @DamonMartin Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/04/241h 35m

Trocação Franca | UFC 300: O futuro de Alex Poatan e Charles do Bronx

O UFC 300 prometeu e entregou, e o Trocação Franca repercute uma das maiores noites da história do esporte na companhia de Coutinho, jornalista do Canal Encarada que estava em Las Vegas para acompanhar de perto as lutas de Alex Poatan e Charles do Bronx, o espetáculo entregue por Max Holloway e Justin Gaethje, e a ascensão de vários brasileiros. O podcast recebe ainda o empresário Jorge Guimarães “Joinha”, que explica por que “Poatan” não lutará no UFC Rio, sua possível ida para a categoria dos pesados, e muito mais. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. UFC 300 promised and delivered, and Trocação Franca breaks down the historic night of fights alongside Canal Encarada’s Coutinho, who was in the arena Saturday to cover key fights for Brazilian MMA in Alex Pereira and Charles Oliveira, plus the epic moment in Max Holloway vs. Justin Gaethje and the rise of new Brazilian blood. The podcast also welcomes Alex Pereira’s manager Jorge Guimarães to discuss why “Poatan” won’t fight at UFC 301, his potential move to heavyweight, and more. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/04/241h 26m

BTL | Epic UFC 300 Reaction, Pereira Does It Again, Holloway's Viral KO, McGregor Return Official

UFC 300 over exceeded the lofty expectations, and when the dust settled on the epic UFC pay-per-view event, Alex Pereira knocked out Jamahal Hill in quick fashion to retain his light heavyweight title, before calling for a heavyweight fight at UFC 301 in less than three weeks. On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel discusses Pereira's sensational finish, if he should fight at heavyweight in Brazil next, who should be next for the title shot at 205, and where Hill goes from the loss. Additionally, they'll recap Max Holloway's history-shifting knockout of Justin Gaethje to win the BMF title, discuss the plethora of options in front of him, what's next for Gaethje, Zhang Weili's dominant win over Yan Xiaonan, other superlatives and storylines coming from Saturday's blockbuster card, Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler announced for UFC 303, Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier and Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa set for UFC 302, and much more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Eric "New York Ric" Jackman. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/04/241h 37m

Fighter vs. Writer: Alan Jouban Reacts to UFC 300 Results, Praises Max Holloway for ‘Greatest Moment’ in UFC History

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns post-UFC 300 with Alan Jouban and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin reacting to the biggest moments from the historic card. While it wasn’t the main event, Max Holloway still stole the show after he demolished Justin Gaethje with a last-second knockout in the “BMF” title fight. The spectacular finish has been replayed millions of times already but is that the greatest moment in UFC history? Also who should be next for Holloway following this momentous win? We’ll also discuss Alex Pereira beating his fifth UFC champion in only eight fights as he continues his ridiculous run since transitioning from kickboxing to MMA. What’s next for Pereira and should he actually consider heavyweight? Plus we’ll talk about Kayla Harrison’s unbelievable debut where she took out former champion Holly Holm inside two rounds. With the win has Harrison already jumped to the front of the line for a title shot against Raquel Pennington? We’ll talk about that and so much more in the aftermath of UFC 300 on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/04/241h 13m

On To the Next One | What's Next For Alex Pereira, Max Holloway After UFC 300?

Alex Pereira and Max Holloway closed out the incredible UFC 300 card with a pair of highlight-reel knockouts of Jamahal Hill and Justin Gaethje. Following their big wins, where do the two big UFC stars go from Saturday's historic night in Las Vegas? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what could be next for Pereira after his first-round knockout of Hill to retain his light heavyweight title, Zhang Weili following her dominant title defense against an Yan Xiaonan, Holloway after delivering one of the greatest knockouts ever to win the BMF title against Justin Gaethje, along with fellow main card winners Arman Tsarukyan, Bo Nickal, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/04/241h 39m

UFC 300 Post Show: Reaction To Alex Pereira's KO, Max Holloway's Insanity, Epic Night Of Fights

UFC 300 was everything we wanted it to be. MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti, Mike Heck, and Jed Meshew react to one of the most insane nights in UFC history, including Alex Pereira's knockout of Jamahal Hill, Max Holloway's all-time finish of Justin Gaethje, Zhang Weili's win over Yan Xiaonan, and much, much more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/04/241h 43m

UFC 300 Watch Party Main Card PPV Replay w/ Mike Heck & Conner Burks

Relive the magic of UFC 300's live main card watch party with Mike Heck and Conner Burks! Check out the original UFC 300 Watch Party video here: https://www.youtube.com/live/t2Eu9xvtmT4?si=ohADQUMZjIvHcau1 Timestamps: Bo Nickal vs. Cody Brundage (4:11:30) Nickal submits Brundage in Round 2 (4:22:01) Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan (4:37:45) Tsarukyan wins split decision after competitive battle (5:01:25) Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway BMF title fight (5:22:07) Holloway knocks Gaethje out cold in final second of fight (5:56:15) Zhang Weili vs. Yan Xiaonan (6:09:00) Weili nearly submits Yan in Round 1 (6:25:48) Weili wins decision (6:53:30) Alex Pereira vs. Jamahal Hill (7:11:38) Pereira knocks out Hill in Round 1 (7:18:35) Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/04/243h 41m

UFC 300 Watch Party Preliminary Card Spectacular w/ Mike Heck & Conner Burks

Relive the magic of UFC 300's live preliminary card watch party with Mike Heck and Conner Burks! Check out the original UFC 300 Watch Party video here: https://www.youtube.com/live/t2Eu9xvtmT4?si=ohADQUMZjIvHcau1 Timestamps: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Cody Garbrandt (7:47) Figueiredo taps Garbrandt in Round 2 (19:35) Jim Miller vs. Bobby Green (37:44) Green earns unanimous decision (58:30) Jessica Andrade vs. Marina Rodriguez (1:07:40) Andrade wins split decision (1:28:35) Jalin Turner vs. Renato Moicano (1:34:35) Turner drops Moicano, confusingly walks off (1:40:40) Moicano finishes Turner in Round 2 (1:46:19) Sodiq Yusuff vs. Diego Lopes (2:03:32) Lopes knocks out Yusuff in Round 1 (2:06:50) Holly Holm vs. Kayla Harrison (2:27:12) Harrison submits Holm in Round 2 (2:36:25) Aljamain Sterling vs. Calvin Kattar (2:57:15) Sterling power bombs Kattar in Round 3 (3:14:15) Sterling wins unanimous decision (3:17:05) Jiri Prochazka vs. Aleksandar Rakic (3:28:19) Prochazka knocks out Rakic in Round 2 (3:38:00) Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/04/243h 57m

UFC 300 Preview Show: It's Finally Here! | Pereira vs. Hill, Gaethje vs. Holloway & So Much More!

UFC 300 is finally here! Ahead of Saturday's historic event, MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti, Mike Heck, and Jed Meshew preview it all, including the main event between Pereira and Hill, the challenger's incredible confidence, and where both guys could go based on the result. Additionally, they'll discuss the co-main event for the strawweight title between Zhang Weili and Yan Xiaonan, the highly anticipated BMF title fight between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway, Charles Oliveira's return against Arman Tsarukyan, Bo Nickal, and much, much more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/04/241h 39m

No Bets Barred: UFC 300 Is Finally Here And It Is Spectacular!

UFC 300 is finally here! Arguably the greatest fight card ever assembled on paper, UFC 300 is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Alex Pereira and Jamahal Hill, and also features a strawweight title bout between Weili Zhang and Yan Xiaonan, AND a "BMF" title bout between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway. On top of that, there are SEVEN other former UFC champions on the card, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. This is the weekend everyone has been waiting for all year and so the No Bets Barred boys are ready for a deep dive into every one of the amazing fights this Saturday in Las Vegas. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew open the show with a brief recap of UFC Vegas 90 before diving into this one in a lifetime card. Is Jamahal Hill rushing back too soon for this fight or is Alex Pereira in for a world of trouble? Can Weili Zhang keep rolling against her countrywoman or will Yan Xiaonan level up? Who will survive the war between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway. All this and a lot more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 85 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/04/241h 19m

DAMN! They Were Good | Looking Back At UFC 100 & UFC 200 Ahead Of UFC 300

DAMN! They Were Good celebrates the careers of our favorite fighters in MMA history, but on the eve of UFC 300, the MMA Fighting team is taking a break from remembering specific fighters to instead look back at the two previous centennial events Taking place on July 11, 2009, and July 9, 2016, UFC 100 and UFC 200 marked two major eras in UFC history. UFC 100, headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir 2, was the peak of the UFC attempting to establish itself as a mainstream sport. UFC 200, headlined by Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes, marked the final event of the Zuffa era, Endeavor acquired the UFC just days afterwards. What were our favorite moments and the best highlights from these two events? Listen in as the MMA Fighting team remember two of the most pivotal events in UFC history. Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Jose Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/04/241h 31m

Jon Anik Previews 'Unheard Of' UFC 300 Lineup, Reveals Burning Question For Pereira vs. Hill

UFC lead commentator Jon Anik joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to preview Saturday's loaded UFC 300 event, discusses why the card is the best on paper in history, the burning question surrounding the main event between Alex Pereira and Jamahal Hill, the co-main event between Zhang Weili and Yan Xiaonan, Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway for the BMF title, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/04/2436m 5s

BTL | Jamahal Hill vs. Alex Pereira, Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway, Countdown To UFC 300

It is officially UFC 300 fight week, and the countdown is on to one of the most stacked UFC fight cards in history. In the main event, Alex Pereira defends the light heavyweight title against former champ Jamahal Hill in a bout that has so many burning questions attached to it. On a special Tuesday edition of Between the Links, the panel will discuss the biggest questions surrounding Pereira vs. Hill, the challenger's incredible confidence, and what a win for either guy means in the overall MMA landscape. Additionally, they'll discuss the Zhang Weiii vs. Yan Xiaonan strawweight title fight and where the division goes after UFC 300, the BMF title fight between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway, what the best case scenario would be for the UFC at 155 following the event, the most under-the-radar fight on Saturday's card, and some news and notes.  Host Mike Heck will moderate the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and MMA Mania's Drake Riggs. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Drake Riggs: @DrakeRiggs_ Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/04/241h 45m

HOAM | Does Jamahal Hill Have the Most To Lose At UFC 300?

Jamahal Hill is ready to show the world that he is the man in the UFC light heavyweight division, and if he beats Alex Pereira at UFC 300, he will certainly be known as the best 205-pounder in the world and get everything that comes along with it. But due to his incredible confidence heading into the fight, how bad would it be for Hill if he loses? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the stakes in the main event between Pereira and Hill, and if the challenger has the most to lose on the entire stacked card this Saturday in Las Vegas. Additionally, listener topics include where Max Holloway goes if he defeats Justin Gaethje for the BMF title, what the main event could be for UFC 302, thoughts on the UFC making a big announcement this week in regards to new equipment, the card placement for UFC 300, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/04/241h 6m

Trocação Franca | Charles do Bronx fala de UFC 300, Makhachev e McGregor

É semana de UFC 300 e o Trocação Franca chega peso pesado: o podcast traz uma entrevista exclusiva com Charles do Bronx direto de São Paulo, onde falamos do desafio a Arman Tsarukyan, a busca pelo cinturão de Islam Makhachev, uma money fight com Conor McGregor, e muito mais. O programa traz, ainda, papos com seu treinador Diego Lima e a dupla Diego Lopes e Renato Moicano, que também atuam no UFC 300. Pra fechar, conversei com Patricky Pitbull e Joshua Silveira sobre suas lutas no PFL de sexta-feira. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. It’s UFC 300 fight week and Trocação Franca comes in heavy with an exclusive interview with Charles Oliveira. On a recent trip to Sao Paulo, we spoke about the Arman Tsarukyan clash, chasing the 155-pound belt, a money fight with Conor McGregor, and much more. The program also features chats with Oliveira’s head coach Diego Lima and UFC 300 athletes Renato Moicano and Diego Lopes. To close the show, PFL fighters Patricky Pitbull and Joshua Silveira weigh in on Friday’s PFL matches. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/04/241h 47m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown and Laura Sanko Breakdown the Biggest Storylines at UFC 300

With UFC 300 just days away, UFC legend Matt Brown and UFC color commentator and analyst Laura Sanko join MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin to discuss the biggest storylines on the card. We’ll discuss our favorite fights on the historic card as well as give our picks for the fighters with the most to win on Saturday as well as who has the most to lose. We’ll also talk about the underrated fights that aren’t getting quite as much buzz at UFC 300. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/04/241h 1m

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 90

Brendan Allen delivered a gritty performance in a classic main event matchup against Chris Curtis at UFC Vegas 90. After his seventh straight win, Allen called for a fight with UFC middleweight champion Dricus du Plessis, or former champion Sean Strickland. Will "All-In" get either of his requests? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee give their thoughts on what could be next for Allen following his victory over Curtis in their rematch. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Damon Jackson after defeating Alexander Hernandez in the co-main event, Chepe Mariscal after improving his record to 3-0 inside the octagon in the event's Fight of the Night, along with fellow main card winners, Ignacio Bahamondes, Charlie Campbell, and more after the promotion's final stop on the road to UFC 300. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/04/241h 8m

Michael Bisping Previews UFC 300, Responds to Justin Gaethje

With UFC 300 fast approaching, UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping sits down with MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin to discuss the biggest storylines for the historic event including complaints that the main event between Alex Pereira and Jamahal Hill was a letdown compared to the magnitude of this card. Bisping also addresses his call for Dustin Poirier to get a title shot against Islam Makhachev and the blowback he faced from Justin Gaethje as he prepares to face Max Holloway in a "BMF" title fight at UFC 300. We'll also discuss Kayla Harrison making her debut and how much the cut to 135 pounds could affect her plus Jim Miller as a UFC Hall of Famer? All this and more in a special sitdown with Bisping ahead of UFC 300. Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/04/2443m 35s

UFC Vegas 90 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Brendan Allen's Win Over Chris Curtis In Classic

Brendan Allen vs. Chris Curtis 2 might just be the clubhouse leader for the current Fight of the Year thus far in 2024, and in the end of 25 grueling minutes, Allen was able to get the nod on two of the judges' scorecards. Following the fantastic headliner, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Eric Jackman react to the middleweight battle, Allen's gritty and impressive performance in the fight, but maybe not so much on the microphone after. Additionally, they discuss the bonus winners, Damon Jackson's co-main event win over Alexander Hernandez, Chepe Mariscal picking up another impressive victory in the event's Fight of the Night, Norma Dumont spoiling the return of Germaine de Randamie and where it puts her at 135, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/04/241h 13m

WrestleMania 40 Preview Show | Will The Rock Stop Cody Rhodes From Finishing His Story?

Cody Rhodes will look to become the WWE Universal Champion when he faces Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 40 on Sunday, but before that happens, Rhodes will need to get through Reigns and The Rock as he teams with Seth Rollins in a tag team headliner on night one Saturday night. Will The Rock hurt Rhodes' chances to finish his story, or will he, perhaps, help Rhodes in the end? In something a little bit different, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Alexander K. Lee preview this weekend's star-studded WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia, the two big main events, other standout matches, CM Punk's potential involvement in the world heavyweight title match between Rollins and Drew McIntyre, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/04/2457m 54s

UFC Vegas 90 Preview Show | Brendan Allen Hunts For Revenge On Chris Curtis, Weight Misses Galore

Brendan Allen is on an impressive six-fight win streak in the UFC middleweight division, and on Saturday, he'll have the opportunity to exact some revenge on the last person to defeat him in Chris Curtis in the main event of UFC Vegas 90. If he gets it done, where does Allen go in the fascinating 185-pound championship picture? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Alexander K. Lee preview the main event rematch between Allen and Curtis, discuss how the new bout compares to the original booking against Vettori, and what's at stake for both fighters. Additionally, they discuss four fighters — Alexander Hernandez, Cynthia Calvillo, Melissa Mullins, and Nora Cornolle — missing weight, the return of former champion Germaine de Randamie, and answer viewer questions.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/04/2452m 38s

HOAM | Reaction To Dana White Planting Seeds For Conor McGregor's UFC Return

Could it be? Is Conor McGregor's return to the UFC actually going to happen? If you take what Dana White's Instagram story read on Friday morning as a seed planted, perhaps we're heading in the right direction. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to White's tease of McGregor's octagon return, discusses when it could happen, and why it could be an incredibly interesting story outside of just a fight. Additionally, listener questions include potential surprises that could happen at UFC 300, Joaquin Buckley following his win over Vicente Luque at UFC Atlantic City, the pros and cons from Thursday's PFL San Antonio card, Charles Oliveira recently saying he'd rather face McGregor than Islam Makhachev, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/04/2453m 28s

BTL | Dricus Du Plessis Calls Out Israel Adesanya, UFC Atlantic City Fallout, Road To UFC 300

The UFC recently announced that they will be returning to Perth, Western Australia for UFC 305 in August, and current middleweight champ Dricus Du Plessis has called out rival Israel Adesanya for that event. Is that the fight to make, and if so, is that the card to put it on?  This week on an all-new edition of Between the Links, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and José Youngs discuss the possibility of that fight being put together, and the excitement for it. Additionally, they'll take listener questions about UFC 300 — which is just nine days away — the fallout from UFC AtlanticC ity, the Chris Weidman vs. Bruno Silva conclusion, Manon Fiorot's dominant win over Erin Blanchfield, Saturday's UFC Vegas 90 event headlined by a rematch between Brendan Allen and Chris Curtis, the PFL regular season kickoff on Thursday, and whatever else is on your mind in the chaotic world of MMA. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/04/241h 23m

HOAM | If UFC 300 the Greatest Card On Paper In UFC History?

UFC 300 is less than 10 days away, and it is absolutely stacked from top-to-bottom — from the opening prelim between Deiveson Figueiredo and Cody Garbrandt, all the way to the main event for the light heavyweight title between Alex Pereira and Jamahal Hill. On paper, is UFC 300 the greatest card in UFC history? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck weighs in on that question, and states his case for why the answer is yes. Additionally, listener questions include the Pereira vs. Hill title fight, where Garbrandt would go in the bantamweight division if he defeats Figueiredo, Thursday's PFL San Antonio fight card, Dustin Poirier possibly getting a title shot at 155 pounds against Islam Makhachev, Frank Mir discussing his UFC 100 fighter pay, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/04/241h 13m

No Bets Barred: Can Brendan Allen Get Revenge Over Chris Curtis At UFC Vegas 90?

The UFC is going back to the APEX. After taking to the road for UFC Atlantic City last weekend, the world's leading MMA promotion returns to its home base for one final card before the magnificent UFC 300 finally arrives. This week the headliner is a middleweight rematch between Brendan Allen and Chris Curtis, so as always, the No Bets Barred boys are here with a full breakdown of the fights this weekend. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew open the show with a brief recap of UFC Atlantic City before diving into this underwhelming APEX offering. Can Chris Curtis upset Brendan Allen yet again? Will Germaine de Randamie make a triumphant return to the cage after nearly four years out of action? Plus, what about KSW and PFL? All this and more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 84 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/04/2446m 20s

Trocação Franca | Blindado critica Weidman, Igor Severino fala da mordida no UFC

Chris Weidman inovou ao “nocautear” Bruno Blindado com dedadas no olho no UFC, e Igor Severino acabou demitido por morder seu adversário em sua estreia na organização. O Trocação Franca dessa semana recebe os dois brasileiros, além de entrevistar Valter Walker e Norma Dumont, que lutam sábado no octógono, e Juliana Velasquez, ex-campeã do Bellator que faz trilogia com Liz Carmouche, quinta, na PFL. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Chris Weidman invented a TKO via eye pokes to “knock out” Bruno Silva in the UFC, and Igor Severino was released form the organization for biting his opponent in his octagon debut. Trocação Franca welcomes both Brazilians to this week’s show, plus interviews with UFC Vegas 90’s Valter Walker and Norma Dumont, plus ex-Bellator champion Juliana Velasquez, who makes her PFL debut Thursday in a trilogy match with Liz Carmouche. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/04/241h 24m

HOAM | Fallout Of Super Weird UFC Atlantic City Event

UFC Atlantic City sure had its moments, and delivered a bunch of talking points coming out of it — both good and bad – but the seemingly unanimous phrase used to describe the event as a whole is "super weird." Between the multiple eye pokes that led to finishes, to hip knockouts, to finishes and results that left us scratching our heads, this was not a normal event. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to this past Saturday's event, Manon Fiorot's dominant decision win over Erin Blanchfield in the main event, Chris Weidman's controversial victory over Bruno Silva and how the former champion has reacted to it, along with Joaquin Buckley's great in-cage performance, but not-so-great microphone work after getting the co-main event win over Vicente Luque. Additionally, listener questions include the UFC St. Louis main event between Derrick Lewis and Rodrigo Nascimento that has been unanimously criticized, referees still not enforcing penalties during fights, UFC 300, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/04/241h 20m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Reacts to Weidman Controversy + Most Interesting Fight at UFC 300, Need for More Weight Classes

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discussing the latest from the world of combat sports including a controversial ending at UFC Atlantic City where Chris Weidman finally got back on track but not without a pair of eye pokes that played a part in Bruno Silva’s demise. Brown explains that the real culprit in those fouls isn’t necessarily Weidman’s fault but rather something that the UFC needs to fix. We’ll also discuss our picks for the most interesting fight at UFC 300 with the card now less than two weeks away. Brown will also pitch his idea for more weight classes in the UFC with hopes that it could not only curb more extreme weight cutting but it could increase opportunities for fighters to compete across multiple divisions, which is what everyone seems to want to do these days! All that and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/04/241h 18m

This Is CineMMA, Episode 2 | Fight Valley | Can Miesha Tate Save This Movie?

Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg, and Holly Holm step into the brutal, unforgiving world of "Fight Valley." What could possibly go wrong? On this episode of This is CineMMA, the MMA Fighting movie review crew gets down and dirty on the mean streets of New Jersey as we follow the harrowing adventure of Windsor (Susie Celek), an out-of-her-element reporter on a quest to avenge her sister's death. A hardened brawler named Jabs (Tate) takes our heroine under her wing, but the clock is ticking and there may not be enough time to prepare her for a final showdown with the dangerous Church (Cyborg). Alexander K. Lee, Jed Meshew, and E. Casey Leydon don their toughest-looking hoodies as they try to make sense of Fight Valley's frantic fight scenes, rank the acting performances of the featured MMA stars, and have a chuckle at some of the best C-movie one-liners you'll ever hear. How much of the film is carried by Tate? Where does Windsor rank among the worst main characters in a martial arts movie? And is repeatedly punching a bucket of rocks a good base for MMA? Step into Fight Valley with us for the answers to these questions and more. Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow E. Casey Leydon: @ekc Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/03/241h 12m

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Atlantic City

Manon Fiorot has done more than enough to earn a title shot in the women's flyweight division after delivering a one-sided performance in her first promotional main event against Erin Blanchfield at UFC Atlantic City. While merit is certainly on Fiorot's side, is timing a different story altogether — to the point where Fiorot may have to take another fight while she waits to see how the Alexa Grasso vs. Valentina Shevchenko trilogy fight plays out? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what could be next for Fiorot after her dominant victory over Blanchfield. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Joaquin Buckley following his stoppage win over Vicente Luque in the co-main event, Chris Weidman after his controversial win over Bruno Silva, along with fellow main card winners Nursulton Ruziboev, Kyle Nelson, Chidi Njokuani, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/03/241h 41m

UFC Atlantic City Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Fiorot's Shutout, Weidman's Controversial Win

Manon Fiorot closed out Saturday's UFC Atlantic City win by sweeping the scorecards against Erin Blanchfield in the main event. As dominant as Fiorot's performance was, compared to other moments on the card, it was incredibly tame as controversy stole the headlines. Following the UFC's most recent Fight Night event, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and José Youngs react to Fiorot's lopsided victory, discuss if a title shot will be next for the surging contender, and where Blanchfield goes from her first octagon loss. Additionally, the panel discusses Joaquin Buckley's second-round finish of Vicente Luque in the co-main event and where he fits in the welterweight division, Chris Weidman getting his first victory since 2020 against Bruno Silva, the controversy surrounding the multiple eye pokes that led to the finish, the bout being changed from a TKO to a technical unanimous decision, Weidman's reaction to it in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping, and other storylines from a bizarre event. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/03/241h 25m

UFC Atlantic City Preview Show | Will Erin Blanchfield Or Manon Fiorot Punch Ticket To Title Shot?

The stakes are high for Erin Blanchfield and Manon Fiorot as they battle in the main event of Saturday's UFC Atlantic City event with the winner expected to fight for the UFC women's flyweight title against the winner of the assumed trilogy bout between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko. Ahead of the UFC's next Fight Night lineup, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Eric Jackman preview Saturday's card, the main event between Blanchfield and Fiorot, talk which headliner needs the win more, and what potential pairing would be most interesting in a title fight. Additionally, they'll talk the co-main event between Vicente Luque and Joaquin Buckley, the card as a whole for an out-of-the-APEX show, answer viewer questions, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/03/241h 24m

HOAM | Should Sean Strickland Or Israel Adesanya Get Dricus Du Plessis Title Fight Next?

The UFC's middleweight division is fascinating right now, especially with the addition of Robert Whittaker vs. Khamzat Chimaev in the main event of UFC Saudi Arabia in June. As of now, new champion Dricus Du Plessis' first title defense is not lined up, but should he face bitter rival Israel Adesanya next, or the man who gave Du Plessis his toughest fight to date in Sean Strickland? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the middleweight title picture, why the word "deserves" should be limited from the vocabulary of UFC fans, and which fighter has the best chance of being Du Plessis' next opponent. Additionally, listener questions include Dana White's relationship with the MMA media, getting into the MMA space, the UFC Atlantic City main event between Erin Blanchfield and Manon Fiorot, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/03/241h 7m

BTL | Whittakaer vs. Chimaev, Moreno Taking Break, Dana White Hints At U.K. Pay-Per-View,

It's been an interesting week in the MMA world as the UFC gets ready to return to Atlantic City on the road to UFC 300 — which includes Dana White hinting at bringing a pay-per-view event to the United Kingdom this year. If it happens, who should be featured on the card? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel takes live viewer questions about the promotion's return to the U.K., if Leon Edwards and Tom Aspinall will defend their belts in front of their home crowds, and who else could fill up the lineup. Additionally, they'll answer questions about topics such as UFC Saudi Arabia getting a slew of fights announced, including Robert Whittaker vs. Khamzat Chimaev as the main event, former flyweight champ Brandon Moreno announcing he's taking a break from MMA and what that means for the division in the short term, Saturday's UFC Atlantic City card headlined by Erin Blanchfield vs. Manon Fiorot, Rose Namajunas' big win at UFC Vegas 89 and where she goes from here, and whatever else you would like to discuss. Join MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew as they answer your questions all show long. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/241h 27m

HOAM | Reaction To Robert Whittaker vs. Khamzat Chimaev Headlining UFC Saudi Arabia

UFC CEO Dana White made a big announcement on Wednesday night as he revealed five fights for the upcoming UFC Saudi Arabia card on June 22, including the middleweight main event between former champion Robert Whittaker and the undefeated Khamzat Chimaev. Was this the right call? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the Whittaker vs. Chimaev matchup, why it was tremendous matchmaking, the stakes attached to it, and what it means for Sean Strickland, Paulo Costa, and other big names in the division. Additionally, listener questions include the top fights at UFC 300, Dana White's relationship with the media, what could headline UFC 302, the Jailton Almeida vs. Alexander Volkov fight getting scrapped with Volkov now fighting Sergei Pavlovich in Saudi Arabia, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/241h 12m

No Bets Barred: Can Manon Fiorot Stop Erin Blanchfield At UFC Atlantic City? Plus, One Time For Chris Weidman

The UFC is heading to Atlantic City, baby! After back-to-back weeks in the world's most famous APEX, the world's leading MMA promotion hits the road this Saturday for UFC Atlantic City, headlined by a presumptive women's flyweight title eliminator bout between Erin Blanchfield and Manon Fiorot. So as always, the No Bets Barred boys are here with a full breakdown of the fights this weekend. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew open the show with a brief recap of their winning weeks at UFC Vegas 89 before diving into the 14-fight card with Saturday. Will Erin Blanchfield keep rolling against Manon Fiorot? Does Vicente Luque still have enough in the tank to get past Joaquin Buckley? Can Chris Weidman stave of Father Time for one last, great moment? All this and more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 83 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/03/2457m 46s

Trocação Franca | Bruno Blindado, Deiveson Figueiredo, Herbert Burns e Virna Jandiroba

Bruno Blindado, Herbert Burns e Virna Jandiroba saem na mão sábado no UFC Atlantic City, mas antes conversam com o Trocação Franca. Blindado aposentará Chris Weidman? Herbert tem novidades sobre o novo técnico do Botafogo? Virna a uma vitória do cinturão? O programa traz, ainda, um papo com Deiveson Figueiredo, que vê Cody Garbrandt frágil mentalmente a caminho do UFC 300. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Bruno Silva, Herbert Burns, and Virna Jandiroba compete Saturday at UFC Atlantic City, but first they stop by Trocação Franca for exclusive interviews. Will Silva retire Chris Weidman? Does Burns have any inside info on who will manage Botafogo? Is Jandiroba a win away from the UFC title? Plus, Deiveson Figueiredo discusses his UFC 300 clash with ‘mentally fragile’ Cody Garbrandt. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/03/2452m 31s

HOAM | Reaction To Brandon Moreno Stepping Back From MMA, Dana White's Plans For U.K. Return

Former two-time UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno is not retiring from MMA, but he's taking a bit of a break after suffering his second straight split decision loss. What does this mean for Moreno moving forward? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Moreno's decision to take some time away from the sport, runs down the timeline from Moreno's win over Brandon Royval at UFC 255 in November 2020 to now, and becoming one of the division's biggest stars. Additionally, listener questions include UFC CEO Dana White planning to make a big announcement for the promotion's return to the United Kingdom, and it likely becoming a pay-per-view event, Rose Namajunas' flyweight future following her UFC Vegas 89 main event win over Amanda Ribas, how UFC Atlantic City stacks up compared to other on-the-road Fight Night events, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/03/241h

Fighter vs. Writer: Alan Jouban On Viral Laura Sanko Criticism, Fighter Fired For Biting Opponent

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with Alan Jouban joining the show alongside MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin to discuss the latest in MMA including Rose Namajunas’ big win over Amanda Ribas and her viability as a true contender at 125 pounds. What should come next for her? We’ll discuss on the show. We’ll also talk about the infamous moment that Igor Severino may have effectively ended his career after biting opponent Andre Lima, which got him disqualified in the fight and then bounced out of the UFC as a result. Plus, Jouban addresses former WEC champion Jamie Varner criticizing Laura Sanko for her commentary work this past weekend. We’ll also discuss the latest with Conor McGregor following the release of the ‘Road House’ movie this past weekend as well as a look ahead at UFC 300. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/03/241h 10m

This Is CineMMA | Episode 1 | Road House - Is This The Best MMA Movie Ever?

Conor McGregor, Hollywood superstar? On the inaugural episode of This is CineMMA, the MMA Fighting movie review crew takes a long look at the recently released #RoadHouse remake (re-imagining? remix?), which also features Jake Gylenhaal as a disgraced #UFC fighter looking to turn his life around when he gets a job as a bouncer in the Florida Keys. Join Alexander K. Lee, Jed Meshew, and E. Casey Leydon as we give you a blow-by-blow account of the best fight scenes, the most convincing combatants, and the most inspiring martial arts quotes from what some are calling a cinematic masterpiece. How is McGregor as an actor? How is Gylenhaal as a fighter? And how would any of the characters in Road House fare if they actually got a call-up to the UFC? All that, plus we answer the question of where Road House ranks among the greatest MMA-related movies of all time. Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow E. Casey Leydon: @ekc Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/03/241h 53m

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 89

Rose Namajunas earned her first octagon victory in the UFC's flyweight division with a hard-fought main event showing against Amanda Ribas at Saturday's UFC Vegas 89 fight card. Where does the victory put "Thug Rose" in the championship discussion at 125 pounds? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what could be next for Namajunas after snapping her two-fight skid in her unanimous decision win over Ribas. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Karl Williams following his decision win over Justin Tafa in the co-main event, Edmen Shahbazyan after his first-round finish of A.J. Dobson, Payton Talbott after his impressive stoppage win over Cameron Saaiman, along with fellow main card winners Youssef Zalal, Fernando Padilla, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/03/241h 4m

UFC Vegas 89 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Rose Namajunas’s Win And First Biting DQ In UFC History

Rose Namajunas got back in the winning column on Saturday, taking a competitive unanimous decision win over Amanda Ribas in the main event of UFC Vegas 89. But while the main event had the most stakes on the card, it was a preliminary bout that stole the show when Igor Severino became the first fighter in UFC history to be disqualified for biting, when he chomped down on Andre Lima's arm in just the second fight of the evening. Following Saturday's fight card at the UFC APEX, MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew, Eric Jackman, and Alexander K. Lee react to the event, Namajunas's big win and bite-gate. Additionally, they discuss Edmen Shahbazyan's great comeback, Payton Talbott's arrival as a legitimate prospect, who took home bonuses, and Andre Lima's ability to turn getting bit into the biggest win of the evening. Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/03/241h 14m

UFC Vegas 89 Preview Show | Will Rose Namajunas Make Title Run, Or Does Amanda Ribas Play Spoiler?

Former UFC strawweight champ Rose Namajunas makes her second octagon appearance in the flyweight division as she faces Amanda Ribas in the main event of Saturday's UFC Vegas 89 fight card in the hallowed APEX. With a couple of setbacks heading into this bout, is "Thug Rose" still considered a title contender, most notably with a win? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee preview this weekend's fight card, the main event between Ribas and Namajunas, and what's at stake for the popular Namajunas in her second fight at 125. Additionally, they'll discuss the rest of the card, Justin Tafa facing Karl Williams in the co-main event, the anticipated bantamweight prospect matchup between Cameron Saaiman and Payton Talbott, Billy Quarantillo facing the returning Youssef Zalal, plus, they'll answer viewer questions live on the show.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/03/241h 15m

HOAM | Will We Finally Get Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler This Summer?

Conor McGregor seems quite confident his return to the octagon will happen this summer against Michael Chandler, but it's certainly fair for fans to be hesitant about getting too excited since this fight has been teased for quite some time now. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to McGregor's interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour and if the confidence levels have risen in regards to a McGregor return happening in the next few months. Additionally, listener topics include what happens if McGregor goes into free agency and what type of impact it could make, what PFL should do if that happens, the future of UFC fighter contracts after the antitrust lawsuits were settled, if fighter pay will change any time soon, how the proposd PFL pay-per-view event featuring Francis Ngannou's promotional debut will do in terms of how many buys it could do, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/03/241h 16m

BTL | Latest On Conor McGregor, UFC Agrees To Settle Lawsuits, Aldo Back At UFC 301, Francis Ngannou

Conor McGregor says it's all systems go for his return to the UFC's octagon this summer, although the particulars have not been revealed. Should fans of the sport be excited about the UFC's biggest star's latest update, or will it be a let down in the end? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel reacts to McGregor's recent interview on The MMA Hour and the expectation's for his return. Additionally, they discuss the UFC agreeing to settle the antitrust lawsuits, the two big fights set for UFC 301, including Alexandre Pantoja vs. Steve Erceg for the flyweight title and the return of Jose Aldo against Jonathan Martinez, Donn Davis' interview on Wednesday revealing that Francis Ngannou will make his #PFL debut "no later" than September on pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia, Ngannou saying he may want to return to boxing for his next fight, Saturday's UFC Vegas 89 event headlined by Rose Namajunas vs. Amanda Ribas and the return of Bellator on Friday, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti and Jed Meshew. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/03/241h 38m

HOAM | Reaction To Fighter-less UFC 300 Poster, Antitrust Lawsuit Settlement

The UFC 300 poster was revealed on Wednesday and it was met with a whimper, along with a bunch of shade thrown in the UFC's direction. Should we have been surprised by this poster considering the landscape of the company in 2024? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the poster, and gives an explanation as to why it was to be expected with the promotion being the star of the show in today's UFC. Additionally, topics include the UFC reaching a settlement agreement for $335 million in their antitrust lawsuits, what we've been able to learn about it, why it's a short term loss for the UFC, yet worth every penny for them in the long run, what it means for the PFL and other promotions, Bo Nickal's UFC 300 main card placement, Calvin Kattar vs. Aljamain Sterling flying under the radar, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/03/241h 5m

Emergency Reaction: UFC Settles Class-Action Lawsuit For $335 Million

In this breaking news podcast, MMA Fighting's Steven Marrocco talks to John Nash about the $335 million settlement in the antitrust lawsuit against the UFC. Nash talks about his immediate reaction to the number, what that means for fighters going forward, whether or not the settlement will change the UFC's business practices, and more. Follow Steven Marrocco: @MMAFightingSM Follow John Nash: @heynottheface Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/03/2422m 34s

No Bets Barred: UFC Vegas 89 And The Return Of Rose Namajunas, Plus Bellator Belfast Bets

For the second week in a row, the UFC is back in the world's most famous APEX. After the entirely forgettable UFC Vegas 88, the world's leading MMA promotion returns to its home base for UFC Vegas 89 as the company continues the march onward towards UFC 300. But it's not just UFC this weekend as Bellator makes its long-awaited return under new ownership, with Bellator Belfast, and of course the No Bets Barred boys are here with a full breakdown of this MMA doubleheader. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew open the show lamenting the state of APEX cards and the negative effect they have on the bank account, before diving into UFC Vegas 89 and Bellator Belfast. Can Rose Namajunas insert herself into the flyweight title picture on Saturday? Is it Jeremy Kennedy's time to shine against Patricio Pitbull? And how many gimmick parlays is too many gimmick parlays for one weekend? All this and more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 82 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/03/2452m 38s

HOAM | Reaction To Alexandre Pantoja vs. Steve Erceg, Jose Aldo's Return At UFC 301

With UFC 299 and UFC 300 being absolutely stacked fight cards on paper, many were wondering what would take place at UFC 301 in May, which will serve as the promotion's return to Brazil. Over this past weekend, it was announced that Alexandre Pantoja will defend his flyweight title against Steve Erceg, while it was also revealed that Jose Aldo would end his MMA retirement to face Jonathan Martinez — and both fights certainly got the MMA community talking. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the bookings, the reactions from fans, and the giant opportunities for Erceg and Martinez. Additionally, listener topics include whether or not the UFC should move Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan from UFC 300 to UFC 301, Alex Pereira potentially making a quick turnaround for the May pay-per-view if he gets out of his fight with Jamahal Hill unscathed, the UFC's next three events as lead-ins to the April 13 mega event, what UFC 302 could look like, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/03/2450m 11s

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Talks Mark Coleman, Hill’s Chances To Beat Pereira, Latest On McGregor

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discussing the latest news from combat sports and opening the show with a tribute to Mark Coleman after he saved his parents from a house fire this past week. Thankfully after a short stay in the hospital, Coleman is on the road to recovery and we’ll discuss our favorite times with the former UFC heavyweight champion after hosting a podcast with him for two years and he now serves as a mainstay at Brown’s Ohio based gym. We’ll also discuss the blowback that UFC 300 has received over the main event and Bo Nickal taking as pot on the main card over more established veterans. Did the UFC make the right move putting Nickal as one of the top fights on arguably the biggest card of the year? Plus Brown cautions doubters counting out Jamahal Hill as he prepares to return to action against Alex Pereira in the light heavyweight main event. We’ll also discuss the latest happening with Conor McGregor as he continues to details his frustration with not fighting and Michael Chandler’s decision to wait on his return. Brown argues that while he understands why Chandler is waiting, he’s not sure a win over McGregor will do as much for him now as it would have a few years ago. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/03/241h 31m

Trocação Franca | Jake Paul “em pânico” contra Mike Tyson?

A luta mais aleatória dos últimos tempos foi anunciada para o dia 20 de julho no Texas, e o Trocação Franca recebe Rafael Cordeiro, treinador de Mike Tyson, para destrinchar o confronto com o youtuber Jake Paul. O programa traz, ainda entrevistas com Amanda Ribas, que lidera o UFC Vegas 88 contra Rose Namajunas, os campeões Patrício Pitbull e Roberto Satoshi, e ainda Ricardo Carcacinha. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. The most unexpected fight in recent memory is set for July 20 in Texas, and Trocação Franca welcomes Mike Tyson’s coach Rafael Cordeiro to discuss the upcoming boxing match with Jake Paul and much more. This week’s episode also features interviews with UFC Vegas 88 headliner Amanda Ribas, Bellator champion Patricio Pitbull, RIZIN titleholder Roberto Satoshi, and UFC’s Ricardo Ramos. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/03/241h 20m

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 88

Marcin Tybura picked up a much needed victory, and handed Tai Tuivasa his fourth consecutive loss with a first-round submission in the main event of UFC Vegas 88. Despite not having a name in mind for a callout, where will Tybura go after getting back into the win column in a headline spot? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee attempt to predict what is next for Tybura following his win over Tuivasa from a matchmaking perspective. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Ovince Saint Preux after his upset win over Kennedy Nzechukwu, Christian Rodriguez following his split decision win over Isaac Dulgarian, along with Macy Chiasson and Gerald Meerschaert following their submission victories on the main card, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/03/2452m 4s

UFC Vegas 88 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Marcin Tybura's Quick Submission Win Over Tai Tuivasa

Tai Tuivasa's losing streak has been extended to four fights after Marcin Tybura made relatively quick work of the powerful knockout artist in the main event of Saturday's UFC Vegas 88 event. In an event that had very few stakes, is the story more about Tybura's impressive win, or Tuivasa getting stopped yet again? Following Saturday's fight card at the UFC APEX, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Eric Jackman, and Alexander K. Lee react to the event, Tybura's submission victory, and what things could look like for both fighters moving forward. Additionally, they discuss the near skirmish following the Bryan Battle vs. Ange Loosa co-main event ending in a no contest, who the MVP of the event was, who took home the bonuses, Christian Rodriguez getting the split nod over Isaac Dulgarian, Gerald Meerschaert's submission win adding to his impressive middleweight résumé, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/03/241h 32m

UFC Vegas 88 Preview Show | Will Tai Tuivasa Avoid Four-Fight Skid?

Tai Tuivasa returns to the UFC octagon this Saturday to face Marcin Tybura in the main event of UFC Vegas 88, which takes place at the APEX. Following a memorable UFC 299 event, can "Bam Bam" provide some more fireworks and avoid a four-fight losing streak, or will Tybura be the one who gets back in the win column? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and José Youngs previews this weekend's Fight Night event for the UFC, the headliner between Tuivasa and Tybura, and discuss what is at stake for both fighters in the matchup. Additionally, they'll talk the co-main event between up and coming welterweights Bryan Battle and Ange Loosa, Ovince Saint Preux making his 27th octagon appearance, other standout fights and fighters the crew has their eyes on, how the card from top-to-bottom looks on paper, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/03/2459m 51s

HOAM | Reaction To Bo Nickal On UFC 300 Main Card — and Why It's Not a Bad Choice

The UFC 300 lineup is, from start to finish, one of the best cards the promotion has ever put together. During Saturday's UFC 299 event, the main card was revealed and it included the middleweight matchup between Bo Nickal and Cody Brundage — which didn't sit well with a large number of MMA fans. But when you really look at the construction of the main card, it's not a bad choice for a few reasons. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses Nickal getting the main card bump for the historic card, and why it's actually a good call when you really look at it. Additionally, listener questions include UFC fighter pay, the ongoing lawsuit against the UFC, Saturday's UFC Vegas 88 event, what constitutes a star that has negotiating power in the UFC, matchmaking for Kevin Holland and Benoit Saint Denis following UFC 299, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/03/2455m 59s

Rankings Show: Dustin Poirier's Place In The LW Pantheon + Jed's Upset, O'Malley Haterade, More

Dustin Poirier continues to defy the MMA gods on his road to another potential UFC title shot, but where does he sit in the lightweight pantheon — and how would a championship change his legacy? Podcast pals Jed Meshew and Damon Martin join Shaun Al-Shatti this week to deep dive into 155 pounds around (36:30) and reach a surprising conclusion about Poirier in the aftermath of UFC 299. The gang also tackles the three-way debate muddying the top of the bantamweight division around (6:20) and whether MMA Fighting is being unfair to Sean O'Malley for not unanimously voting the champ as the consensus No. 1, ask which of the big wins by Jack Della Maddalena and Michael Page are more impactful to the welterweight division around (1:02:10), pour one out for a ex-UFC champ leaving the rankings around (1:16:15), plus much more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow Jed Meshew @JedKMeshew Follow Damon Martin @DamonMartin Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/03/241h 25m

BTL | Reaction to Diaz vs. Masvidal, Joshua’s Brutal Finish Of Ngannou, UFC 299, and More

This past weekend delivered unforgettable moments for MMA fans — both on the positive and negative sides — with Anthony Joshua’s absolutely ferocious knockout of Francis Ngannou, and the incredible UFC 299 event that featured spectacular performances from Sean O’Malley, Dustin Poirier, and others. What was the biggest fallout story from this past weekend? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel discusses the fallout of both Joshua vs. Ngannou and UFC 299 events, where Ngannou, O’Malley, and Poirier go from here, and other storylines from this past weekend in combat sports. Additionally, they’ll discuss the hotly discussed ending to the Cedric Doumbe vs. Baysangur Chamsoudinov fight from PFL Europe this past Thursday, react to the booking of Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal in a boxing match on June 1, and much more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and Shaun Al-Shatti. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/03/241h 27m

HOAM | Did Dustin Poirier's Legendary UFC 299 Performance Earn Him Title Fight vs. Islam Makhachev?

Dustin Poirier took a super difficult fight against surging contender Benoit Saint Denis in the co-main event of UFC 299 and delivered an incredible highlight-reel knockout that sent the MMA community into a frenzy. With so much going on at lightweight, and champion Islam Makhachev needing an opponent for potentially as early as June, did "The Diamond" punch his ticket to one last opportunity at undisputed UFC gold? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck gives his thoughts on Poirier's performance, whether he will be next for Makhachev, and his incredible run as a 155-pounder in the UFC. Additionally, listener questions include the booking of Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal in a boxing match June 1 and the pros and cons with the bout, Sean O'Malley's big win over Marlon Vera, Colby Covington's response to Ian Machado Garry, if Curtis Blaydes gets the fight with Tom Aspinall for the interim heavyweight title with his win over Jailton Almeida, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/03/241h 6m

No Bets Barred: Can Tai Tuivasa Go Full 'Bam Bam' Against Marcin Tybura At UFC Vegas 88?

The UFC is back in the world's most famous APEX. Following the sensational UFC 299, the world's leading MMA promotor returns to its home base for UFC Vegas 88 this weekend, headlined by a heavyweight fight between Tai Tuivasa and Marcin Tybura, so of course the No Bets Barred boys are here with a full breakdown of the card. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew speak fondly of the wonder that was last weekend in combat sports, where UFC 299, Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou, and a Cedric Doumbe fight all took place. Then it's on to the business at hand and a deep dive into UFC Vegas 88. Can Tai Tuivasa recapture the "Bam Bam" magic and knock out Marcin Tybura? Will Kennedy Nzechukwu like the new "Kenny Nunchucks" nickname Jed has chosen for him? How will the other Bryan Barberena, the other "Bam Bam", do on Saturday? All this and more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 81 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/03/2449m 34s

Trocação Franca | Ressaca do UFC 299 (e UFC Rio) com Tarso Doria e Gustavo Chagas

O eletrizante UFC 299 não terminou bem para o Brasil (a não ser que seu nome seja Michel Pereira), e o Trocação Franca repercute tudo o que rolou em Miami na companhia de Tarso Doria e Gustavo Chagas. O podcast ainda disseca os rankings em busca de nomes para o UFC Rio, entrevista Jafel Filho e Leandro Higo sobre suas próximas lutas, e revela em primeira mão adversária de Gabi Garcia para seu returno ao MMA. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. UFC 299 did not end well for Brazilians (except Michel Pereira), and Trocação Franca debates the aftermath alongside Tarso Doria and Gustavo Chagas. The podcast dissects the rankings while looking for names to help salvage UFC 301 in Rio de Janeiro, chats with Jafel Filho and Leandro Higo about their upcoming bouts, and breaks news of Gabi Garcia’s return to MMA. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/03/241h 50m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Says Give Dustin Poirier Anything He Wants After Win at UFC 299, Calls Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson ‘F****** Garbage’

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discussing the fallout from the biggest moments of the past few days including Francis Ngannou’s knockout loss to Anthony Joshua as well as everything that unfolded at UFC 299. In just his second professional boxing match, Ngannou took on Joshua in a main event fight from Saudi Arabia but unlike his first fight with Tyson Fury, things did not go nearly as well this time. Joshua ultimately ended Ngannou’s night with a violent knockout in the second round. So following that loss what should Ngannou do next? Does he need to return to MMA or should he stick around for another boxing match? We’ll also discuss Sean O’Malley’s lopsided win over Marlon “Chito” Vera and what that performance said about him and his standing as bantamweight champion. Plus Dustin Poirier pulled off an incredible win over Benoit Saint Denis in a fight where it seemed like the entire world expected him to lose. Afterwards, Poirier hinted at a potential title bout with Islam Makhachev in June but should that actually happen? We’ll also react to the news that Jake Paul is boxing Mike Tyson in a fight scheduled for Cowboy Stadium in Dallas in July. Why is this fight even happening and what do we expect to take place when Paul clashes with the 58-year-old former heavyweight champion? All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer!  Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/03/2458m 55s

On To the Next One | What's Next For Sean O'Malley, Dustin Poirier After UFC 299?

Following his one-sided unanimous decision win over Marlon Vera in the main event of UFC 299 to retain the bantamweight title, Sean O'Malley said his top choice would be a champ vs. champ bout with UFC featherweight champ Ilia Topuria in Spain. Will "Sugar" get his wish, or will he face No. 1 contender Merab Dvalishvili? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and guest host Jed Meshew discuss where O'Malley goes from his impressive victory, and also give their thoughts on what could be next for Vera. Future matchups are also discussed for Dustin Poirier and Benoit Saint Denis after Poirier's show-stealing knockout victory, Michael Page following his victory over Kevin Holland in his octagon debut, Jack Della Maddalena after stopping Gilbert Burns in a dramatic comeback, former champ Petr Yan after getting back on track against Song Yadong, and more from the memorable event. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/03/2456m 7s

UFC 299 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Sean O'Malley, Dustin Poirier's Big Wins

Sean O'Malley is still the UFC bantamweight champion after delivering a spectacular bell-to-bell performance in his first title defense against Marlon Vera in the main event of UFC 299, sweeping the scorecards for all three judges. Will O'Malley's next fight be a title defense against Merab Dvalishvili, or will "The Sugar Show" head to the featherweight division for a clash with new champ Ilia Topuria? Following Saturday's memorable night of fights in Miami, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Eric Jackman react to O'Malley's tremendous showing, his post-fight callout of Topuria, and how he matches up with Dvalishvili. Additionally, the panel discuss Dustin Poirier's highlight-reel knockout of Benoit Saint Denis, Michael Page's successful UFC debut against Kevin Holland and where "MVP" goes, Jack Della Maddalena's comeback finish of Gilbert Burns, Petr Yan getting back on track with a hard fought win over Song Yadong, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/03/241h 34m

UFC 299 Watch Party Replay w/ Mike Heck & Conner Burks

Relive the magic of UFC 299's live watch party with Mike Heck and Conner Burks! Intro (5:00) Curtis Blaydes stops Jailton Almeida in Round 2 (7:35) Petr Yan vs. Song Yadong (37:22) Yan wins unanimous decision (1:00:15) Gilbert Burns vs. Jack Della Maddalena (1:16:15) JDM shocks Burns with comeback KO (1:32:13) Ripping packs part 1 (1:43:29) Kevin Holland vs. Michael Page (1:53:40) MVP wins decision (2:15:02) Joanna Jedrzejczyk announced for UFC Hall of Fame (2:17:45) Ripping packs part 2 (2:26:00) Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint Denis (2:33:30) Poirier knocks out Saint Denis in Round 2 (2:45:16) Ripping packs part 3 (2:56:55) Sean O'Malley vs. Marlon Vera (3:08:40) O'Malley wins lopsided decision to retain title (3:43:15) Check out the original UFC 299 Watch Party video here: https://www.youtube.com/live/Js0MYHODiuU?si=3o1zYKudoFwd4b9u Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/03/243h 48m

Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou Post-Fight Show | Reacting To Joshua's Devastating Knockout Of Ngannou

Anthony Joshua scored one for boxing over Francis Ngannou, and he did it in violent fashion. On Friday, Joshua faced Ngannou in a 10-round boxing match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with a possible shot at the undisputed heavyweight on the line. Despite his limited boxing experience, Ngannou's impressive performance against Tyson Fury in his professional boxing debut had many wondering if "The Predator" was simply not bound by conventional thought, and might author an upset victory to shock the boxing purists out there. Unfortunately for him though, Joshua did not get the memo. Joshua demolished Ngannou with relative ease, dropping the lineal MMA champion in the first round, before dropping him again in the second and then finishing the fight with one of the most brutal knockouts you'll ever see. Was Ngannou overhyped to begin with? Where does he go from here? Was this a win for the PFL? All this an more is discussed as the MMA Fighting crew reacts to the massive KO. Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Follow E. Casey Leydon: @ekc Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/03/241h 12m

UFC 299 Preview Show | Does Chito Vera Have Sean O'Malley's Number?

UFC 299 is absolutely stacked, and that includes the heated rematch for the UFC bantamweight title between Sean O'Malley and Marlon Vera. Who will get their hand raised in the second chapter of their rivalry, and what will it mean for the rest of the bantamweight division? Ahead of Saturday's monster lineup in Miami, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Eric Jackman preview the pay-per-view event, the O'Malley vs. Vera 2 title fight, and discuss if Merab Dvalishvili will be awaiting the winner. Additionally, the panel will talk the five round co-main event between Dustin Poirier and Benoit Saint Denis and the stakes attached to it at 155 pounds, Michael Page's UFC debut against Kevin Holland, other fascinating storylines, answer viewer questions, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/03/241h 14m

BTL: Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson Reaction, Plus O'Malley vs. Vera 2, UFC 299, Joshua vs. Ngannou

The weekend the combat sports world has been waiting for is upon us with Joshua vs. Ngannou going down on Friday, while the loaded UFC 299 event takes place Saturday in Miami, Fla. Francis Ngannou will look to shock the boxing world once again as he faces Anthony Joshua, while Sean O'Malley defends his UFC bantamweight title for the first time in an attempt to exercise the demons in a rematch with Marlon Vera. On an all-new episode of Between the Links, the panel discusses the Joshua vs. Ngannou fight that takes place in Saudi Arabia, the stakes involved for Ngannou win or lose, and what will happen with his MMA career based on the results. Additionally, they'll discuss the storyline angles regarding O'Malley vs. Vera, where both guys go should they capture the title, if Merab Dvalishvili should have a rooting interest, Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint-Denis, the most interesting fight outside of the top two, the announcement of Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson at AT&T Stadium on July 20 on Netflix, and a Q&A final round — if it gets that far. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Alexander K. Lee. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/03/241h 29m

Joshua vs. Ngannou Preview Show | Can Francis Ngannou Shock the Boxing World Again?

Can Francis Ngannou shock the boxing world again and, perhaps, find his way into a shot at the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world? The former UFC heavyweight champion will have his opportunity this Friday in Saudi Arabia as he takes on former world champ Anthony Joshua. Ahead of the loaded fight card, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew preview the highly anticipated Joshua vs. Ngannou matchup, discuss the differences between this fight and the one Ngannou recently had with Tyson Fury, where Ngannou goes either way, and what Joshua will need to prove in victory to show he's truly back to form. Additionally, they'll discuss other interesting matchups on the card, and take viewer questions. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/03/2456m 57s

No Bets Barred: Can Sean O'Malley Get Revenge Against Chito Vera At UFC 299? Plus Ngannou vs. Joshua

UFC 299 is here and it is ridiculous. This Saturday at the Kaseya Center in Miami, Fla., UFC 299 takes place headlined by a bantamweight grudge match between champion Sean O'Malley and former foe Chito Vera. That's just the tip of the iceberg though at 299 is one of the most stacked cards in recent memory, with some people even suggesting it could be better than UFC 300 on paper. Plus, Francis Ngannou is boxing Anthony Joshua this weekend as well so with this amount of insane action, the No Bets Barred boys had to bring in a third chair. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew are joined by Tony Calatayud this week as he's boots on the ground in Miami, and the trio dives deep into all the insane action awaiting us this weekend. Can Sean O'Malley get his revenge on Chito Vera? Has Father Time caught up to Dustin Poirier? How will Michael "Venom" Page look in his UFC debut? And can anything stop the ascent of Jailton Almeida. All this and more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 80 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Tony Calatayud: @10DayTony Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/03/241h 41m

HOAM | Dissecting Laundry List Of UFC 299 Storylines, Sean O'Malley vs. Marlon Vera 2, and More

This is one of the big weeks marked on the calendars for fight fans around the world with Francis Ngannou looking to shock the boxing world once again when he faces Anthony Joshua on Friday, and a loaded UFC 299 event on Saturday, headlined by the rematch between Sean O'Malley and Marlon Vera for UFC bantamweight gold — and that's just a couple of the big storylines for this weekend. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses UFC 299 and Joshua vs. Ngannou, the O'Malley vs. Vera second chapter, and everything that could happen based on the results. Additionally, listener questions include Petr Yan's return to the octagon against Song Yadong this Saturday, Michael Page's UFC debut against Kevin Holland, Alexandre Pantoja's next title defense following Muhammad Mokaev's win at UFC Vegas 87, Jamahal Hill challenging Alex Pereira at UFC 300, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/03/241h 13m

Trocação Franca | Jailton Malhadinho x Tom Aspinall no UFC Rio?

Jailton Malhadinho desafiará Tom Aspinall no UFC 301, no Rio, caso passe por Curtis Blaydes? Sean O’Malley será capaz de subir de peso em busca do cinturão de Ilia Topuria? Francis Ngannou voltará ao MMA para enfrentar Renan Problema? O Trocação Franca dessa semana responde (ou ao menos tenta responder) essas e outras questões na companhia de Malhadinho, Problema, Pedro Munhoz e Augusto Tanquinho. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Will Jailton Almeida challenge Tom Aspinall at UFC 301 with a win over Curtis Blaydes? Can Sean O’Malley move up in weight to challenge Ilia Topuria for a second UFC belt? Will Francis Ngannou ever return to MMA to face Renan Ferreira? Trocação Franca answers (or at least tries to) these and other key questions in interviews with ‘Malhadinho’, ‘Problema’, Pedro Munhoz and Augusto ‘Tanquinho’ Mendes. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/03/241h 20m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Previews UFC 299, Predicts When & How Sean O'Malley's Reign Will End

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin breaking down the biggest fights at UFC 299 and preview the boxing match between Francis Ngannou and Anthony Joshua on Friday. Sean O’Malley defends his title in the main event at UFC 299 when he clashes with Marlon “Chito” Vera, who is the only person to hand him a loss in his career. On paper the fight didn’t make much sense with other contenders ahead of Vera in the rankings but this was a handpicked fight made by O’Malley to avenge his only loss. But does “Chito” have a great chance at winning or is this just O’Malley’s fight to win? Ultimately, Brown explains why it may not matter because he’s not sure the winner of the UFC 299 main event will hold the title for very long, especially with Merab Dvalishvili waiting in the wings. We’ll also discuss the gravity surrounding Dustin Poirier’s latest fight against Benoit Saint Denis and what a win or a loss could mean for his future. Brown also discusses his interest in Michael “Venom” Page finally making his UFC debut and the difficulty he could face against a veteran like Kevin Holland. We’ll also give our breakdown for the Ngannou vs. Joshua fight and debate if that result could potentially decide if “The Predator” ever returns to MMA again or not. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/03/241h 27m

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 87

The UFC returned to the APEX for one last stop on the road to Miami and UFC 299, and in the main event of Saturday's UFC Vegas 87, Jairzinho Rozenstruik outclassed Shamil Gaziev and earned a fourth-round referee stoppage TKO. Is it now time to book the fight for "Bigi Boi" that fans have been asking to see for years with Derrick Lewis? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what's next for Rozenstruik from a matchmaking perspective following his bounce back victory. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Vitor Petrino following his co-main event decision win, Muhammad Mokaev after his victory over one-time title challenger Alex Perez, Umar Nurmagomedov following his dominant win over a game Bekzat Almakhan, Steve Erceg after knocking out Matt Schnell, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/03/2456m 52s

UFC Vegas 87 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Rozenstruik's Win; Plus, Did Mokaev Earn Title Fight?

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/03/241h 6m

UFC Vegas 87 Preview Show | Can Muhammad Mokaev Earn A Title Shot? + Umar Nurmagomedov's Return

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/03/2456m 54s

HOAM | Who Will Islam Makhachev, Ilia Topuria Face In Next Title Defenses?

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/03/241h 7m

Mobwife: One Fighter’s Stand In The Face Of Unfathomable Heartbreak

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/02/2431m 54s

No Bets Barred: Can All Five Unbeaten Prospects Keep Their 0s At UFC Vegas 87?

UFC Mexico City is in the books and that means it's back to the APEX as UFC Vegas 87 goes down this Saturday, headlined by a heavyweight matchup between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Shamil Gaziev. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a recap of UFC Mexico City and PFL vs. Bellator before turning their attention back to the APEX. Can all five undefeated prospects on the card stay that way? Is Eryk Anders being a massive betting favorite a huge trap? Will Alex Perez and/or Matt Schnell pull out before Saturday? Plus, some fun facts about Suriname! All this and more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 80 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/02/2450m 50s

Trocação Franca | Pantoja debate UFC Rio, Cigano comenta Popó x Bambam e MMA sem luva

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. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Alexandre Pantoja doesn’t know who will be standing across the octagon, but he wants to be part of UFC 301 in Rio de Janeiro. The flyweight champion names possible contenders and fires back at “casuals” who criticize the prospect of him headlining the show. Junior dos Santos returns to the podcast to discuss his upcoming bareknuckle MMA bout with Alan Belcher, plus Francis Ngannou boxing Anthony Joshua and maybe returning to MMA to fight Renan Ferreira. Vitor Petrino stops by to talk his Saturday’s UFC Vegas 87 clash with Tyson Pedro. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/02/241h 18m

BTL | PFL vs. Bellator Grade, Ferreira vs. Ngannou, Royval & Ortega Shine At UFC Mexico City

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/02/241h 26m

HOAM | Will Francis Ngannou vs. Renan Ferreira Actually Happen Following PFL vs. Bellator?

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/02/241h 7m

Fighter vs. Writer: Alan Jouban Argues Chandler Is Too Invested to Give Up on McGregor + Poirier’s Star Power, More

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC analyst and retired welterweight Alan Jouban and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discussing the latest in MMA including Michael Chandler’s continued waiting game for the Conor McGregor fight. In April, Chandler turns 38 and he’s approaching two years out of action as he waits for the McGregor fight to get booked but should he just give up and move on? Jouban argues that Chandler has invested way too much time to just take another fight that’s not against McGregor. We also discuss what’s next for Ilia Topuria as the UFC targets a debut in Spain before the end of 2024. Should Alexander Volkanovski get an immediate rematch or is there a better option out there? Plus we look ahead at UFC 299 and the star power Dustin Poirier brings to the card despite Sean O’Malley headlining the event against Marlon “Chito” Vera with Merab Dvalishvili waiting in the wings. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/02/241h 9m

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Mexico City

UFC's return to Mexico proved to be an unpredictable one and it was certainly a memorable Saturday as Brandon Royval and Brian Ortega both scored impressive upset wins in rematches to reinsert themselves into the flyweight and featherweight title pictures, respectively. What does this mean for the careers of Brandon Moreno and Yair Rodriguez, who fell short against their rivals and now find themselves in the unfamiliar position of having lost consecutive fights in high stakes situations? With Mike Heck on vacation this week, MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew steps in to join host Alexander K. Lee as they determine what comes next from a matchmaking perspective on an all-new edition of On To the Next One. Future matchups are discussed for the four men at the top of the card, as well as for Daniel Zellhuber following his impressive win over Francisco Prado, Yazmin Jauregui after a bounce-back performance against Sam Hughes, one of the lightweight division's most exciting up-and-comers Manuel Torres, and more! Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew  Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/02/241h 3m

UFC Mexico City & PFL vs. Bellator Post-Fight Show: Reaction to Royval, Ortega + The New Era Of PFL

It was a double-stuffed weekend of MMA action as UFC Mexico City and PFL vs. Bellator: CHAMPS took place this Saturday. In UFC, Brandon Royval got his revenge against Brandon Moreno, eking out a split decision win in the main event, while Brian Ortega added another impressive comeback win to his resume, choking out Yair Rodriguez in the co-main event. Over in PFL, Renan Ferreira made quick work of Ryan Bader to claim the heavyweight "Super Belt" in the main event, while Johnny Eblen survived a scare from Impa Kasanganay to win the middleweight "Super Belt" in the co-main event. Plus, the rest of the Bellator fighters cleaned up in PFL's debut in Saudi Arabia. Following Saturday's events, MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee, and E. Casey Leydon reacted to the big upsets in UFC and PFL's big event. Additionally, they discussed what PFL could improve upon, whether Brian Ortega and Brandon Royval earned title shots, and whether or not Francis Ngannou will actually compete in the SmartCage. Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Follow E. Casey Leydon: @ekc Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/02/241h 50m

UFC Mexico City & PFL vs. Bellator Preview Show: Who Will Win The MMA Weekend?

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? Join MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti, Eric Jackman, and José Youngs as we preview UFC Mexico City and PFL vs. Bellator, dissect the storylines heading into Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval 2 and Yair Rodriguez vs. Brian Ortega 2, debate what we should make of this first joint PFLator offering, what would be considered a successful night for the MMA co-leader, whether Francis Ngannou is truly going to fight the winner of Saturday's main event, and much more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/02/241h 30m

BTL | Ilia Topuria Crowned At UFC 298, Pereira vs. Hill For UFC 300, PFL vs. Bellator

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Brian Campbell: @BCampbell Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/02/241h 38m

HOAM | Brian Ortega's Intriguing Return At UFC Mexico City, How Merab Dvalishvili Got Himself Over

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/02/241h 17m

No Bets Barred: Best Bets For UFC Mexico And PFL Vs. Bellator

Wow! UFC 298 is in the books and with it an impressive new champion in the featherweight division as Ilia Topuria slept Alexander Volkanovski to claim the crown. But the greatest sport in the world never sleeps and even coming off the best event of the year thus far, there's still more to come as this weekend features a double header with the two premier promotions in MMA: UFC Mexico and PFL vs. Bellator: CHAMPS. And of course the No Bets Barred boys are back with a full breakdown of this double-stuffed weekend. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a recap of UFC 298 and Jed's calamitous weekend, before diving straight into the UFC's return to Mexico. Can Brandon Moreno beat Brandon Royval a second time to keep his lead in the Battle of the Brandons? How will the rest of the Mexican fighters do in front of their countrymen? And how many flyweight fights is too many fights on one card? Then it's over to PFL vs. Bellator where Conner and Jed discuss the chances of a Bellator clean sweep in the marquee matchups, some massive underdogs that maybe shouldn't be so big, and even a little Wolfpack Wager for good measure. All this and more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 79 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/02/241h 7m

Trocação Franca | Mesa Redonda: UFC 300 x UFC Rio e a queda de Borrachinha

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. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Trocação Franca welcomes UFC middleweight Caio Borralho and MMA journalist Luis Fernando Coutinho to discuss the insane storylines of the past week that shook the MMA world. From Alex Pereira headlining UFC 300 — and how it sabotages UFC 301 in Brazil — to Alexander Volkanovski and Paulo Costa losing at UFC 298, the panel also weighs in on the uncertainty surrounding Conor McGregor’s future as a fighter and what to expect from Saturday’s PFL vs. Bellator pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/02/241h 7m

Laura Sanko Reacts To Ilia Topuria's Title Winning KO Over Alexander Volkanovski At UFC 298

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.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/02/2441m 13s

HOAM | Welcome To the Ilia Topuria Era; Plus, Fallout Of UFC 298, UFC 300 Main Event Reveal

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/02/241h 38m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Talks Alexander Volkanovski’s KO Loss, Uncertainty Surrounding Conor McGregor

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns as UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin react to the fallout from UFC 298. In the main event, Ilia Topuria became the new featherweight champion with a stunning second round knockout over Alexander Volkanovski. Brown will address the fight but also offer his opinion on Volkanovski returning to fight again just four months after he suffered a similar fate in his fight with Islam Makhachev. Did Volkanovski come back too soon? Brown discusses his past experiences following a knockout loss as well as dealing with a concussion and the differences between the two. We’ll also discuss the UFC 300 main event between Alex Pereira and Jamahal Hill — is this a letdown compared to the promises made by Dana White? Should we feel disappointed by this main event or is the card so stacked that the main event doesn’t really matter? Plus Brown confronts his long standing opinion that Conor McGregor will never fight again after White once again hinted at the Irish superstar not competing any time soon and stating that with his bank account, he doesn’t really need to fight anymore. Is it possible that McGregor really is done? All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer!  Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/02/241h 10m

On To the Next One | What's Next For Ilia Topuria, Alexander Volkanovski After UFC 298

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, Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/02/241h 22m

UFC 298 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Ilia Topuria's Knockout Win, UFC 300 Main Event Announcement

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/02/241h 31m

UFC 298 Watch Party Replay w/ Mike Heck & Conner Burks

Relive the magic of UFC 298's live watch party with Mike Heck and Conner Burks! Check out the original UFC 298 Watch Party video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vXKgPfJy6I Timestamps: Intro & final two rounds of Lemos vs. Dern (5:45) Lemos hurts Dern badly (7:25) Lemos wins decision (19:20) Anthony Hernandez vs. Roman Kopylov (36:30) Hernandez stops Kopylov in Round 2 (47:15) Reaction to Wanderlei Silva Hall of Fame annnouncement (53:55) Merab Dvalishvili vs. Henry Cejudo (1:09:42) Dvalishvili wins decision (1:30:45) Geoff Neal vs. Ian Machado Garry (1:47:55) Machado Garry wins split decision, calls out Colby Covington (2:09:02) Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa (2:23:25) Costa stings Whittaker with spin kick (2:30:05) Whittaker wins unanimous decision (2:45:02) Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria (3:01:15) Topuria knocks out Volkanovski in Round 2 to win title (3:15:35) Reaction to Dana White announcing UFC 300 main event (3:32:55) Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/02/243h 42m

UFC 298 Preview Show | Will Ilia Topuria End The Alexander Volkanovski Era?

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.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/02/241h 13m

HOAM | Reaction To UFC 298 Press Conference, Final Countdown To Volkanovski vs. Topuria

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/02/241h 29m

BTL | Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria, UFC 298, Still Waiting On UFC 300 Main Event

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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/02/241h 35m

HOAM | What's Next For Alexander Volkanovski If He Beats Ilia Topuria At UFC 298?

Alexander Volkanovski will look to pick up his sixth successful defense of his featherweight title against the undefeated Ilia Topuria in the main event of Saturday's UFC 298 card in Anaheim, Calif. Should "The Great" live up to his moniker once again, will he stick around at 145 pounds to add to his impressive number of title defenses, or could he make a permanent move up to 155? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the stakes of this weekend's main event, Volkanovski's future with a win, and the impact on Topuria if he does suffer his first loss. Additionally, listener topics include the new main event for UFC Atlantic City between Erin Blanchfield and Manon Fiorot, the UFC 300 main event still being up in the air, the UFC at the APEX moving forward, if Paulo Costa would earn a title shot if he defeats Robert Whittaker on Saturday, Henry Cejudo putting his career on the line against Merab Dvalishvili, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/02/241h 20m

No Bets Barred: Is Ilia Topuria The One To Finally End The Reign Of Alexander Volkanovski?

After a lackluster UFC Vegas 86 card, MMA's leading promotion returns with arguably the first good fight card of the year. UFC 298 is headlined by a featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria and a host of other marquee matchups, and the No Bets Barred boys are back with a full breakdown of all the fights. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a brief recap of last weekend's card and lamentations about the tough start to 2024 both men had had. Then it's on to UFC 298, with a deep dive into all the fights on the main card, and breakdowns of the rest of the action as well. Has age finally caught up to Alexander Volkanovski? Is Ilia Topuria the next big superstar? What's at stake between Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa? Is Ian Machado Garry actually "The Future"? And what about Merab Dvalishili vs. Henry Cejudo? All this and more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 78 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/02/241h 10m

Trocação Franca | UFC 298 + Pitbull esculhamba a PFL

UFC volta à Califórnia com o recheado UFC 298, e o Trocação Franca recebe o peso-pena Patrício Pitbull para avaliar a disputa de cinturão até 66kg entre Alexander Volkanovski e Ilia Topuria, além de comentar a fusão PFL-Bellator e o que esperar do seu futuro após a luta com Jesus Pinedo, na Arábia Saudita. O podcast traz, ainda, entrevistas com Marcos Pezão, Brendson Ribeiro e Amanda Lemos, que lutam sábado pelo UFC 298. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. With UFC returning to California with a stacked UFC 298 lineup, Trocação Franca welcomes featherweight great Patricio Pitbull to break down Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria, which headline the show for the 145-pound belt, and discuss the PFL-Bellator merger and what to expect from his future after he faces Jesus Pinedo in Saudi Arabia. The podcast also features interviews with UFC 298 fighters Marcos Rogerio de Lima, Brendson Ribeiro, and Amanda Lemos. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/02/241h 5m

HOAM | UFC 300 Still Without Main Event, UFC 298 Fight Week Underway

UFC 300 is still without a main event as we're officially two months away from the historic fight card, and while there may be some options being discussed, the mystery remains as strong as ever. Will the UFC 300 headliner be announced this week before tickets go on sale? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the glaring open spot for April's pay-per-view event, his prediction for what will end up getting the slot, and how the conversation has taken on a life of its own. Additionally, listener questions include UFC 298, the main event between Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria, the card not getting the shine it deserves, Amanda Lemos' road back to a title shot ahead of her fight with Mackenzie Dern, Paulo Costa's UFC future, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/02/2453m 52s

Fighter vs. Writer: UFC 298 Preview, Picks and Predictions Plus Matt Brown Reveals His Favorite and Least Favorite Celebrity Encounters

The Fighter vs. The Writer is back with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin looking ahead at UFC 298 this Saturday. Alexander Volkanovski defends his featherweight title in the main event against Ilia Topuria but there seems to be a growing narrative that this will be an end to his run as champion, especially after falling to lightweight king Islam Makhachev this past October. Is Volkanovski losing a step or is recency bias really clouding people’s judgment about the viability that the featherweight champion will once again reign supreme? We’ll also discuss Henry Cejudo publicly firing his head coach Eric Albarracin and what that could mean for his upcoming fight against Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 298. Brown reveals mistakes he’s made in his own career when splitting with a coach and what that could mean for Cejudo in a do-or-die fight where he’s said a win gets him a title shot or a loss could send him back to retirement. Brown also offers his assessment of Ian Machado Garry and how far he could go in the welterweight division as he prepares for a matchup with Geoff Neal at UFC 298. Plus Brown reveals his best celebrity interactions from the past including a meeting with Slayer that he’ll never soon forget. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/02/241h 14m

Merab Dvalishvili On UFC 298 Fight With Henry Cejudo, Title Shot, Sean O’Malley Comments

Merab Dvalishvili competes at UFC 298 with a potential title shot on the line when he faces former two-division champion Henry Cejudo in a marquee fight on the main card. Just days away from the fight, Dvalishvili sits down with MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin to discuss the fight and Cejudo’s claims that he’s either going to earn another shot at gold with a win or likely retire with a loss. Dvalishvili also addresses his disappointment to get passed over for a title shot of his own so Sean O’Malley could attempt to avenge a past loss to Marlon “Chito” Vera. Speaking of O’Malley, Dvalishvili also takes aim at the reigning 135-pound champion for his claims that Cejudo is only fighting at UFC 298 because he needs the money. Finally, Dvalishvili discusses Aljamain Sterling moving up to featherweight and who he believes is actually the best bantamweight in the world right now. All this and more in a special interview with Dvalishvili ahead of his return at UFC 298. Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/02/2431m 59s

Jon Anik Previews Fascinating Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria UFC 298 Headliner

UFC lead commentator Jon Anik joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck for his monthly pay-per-view preview as they discuss Saturday's UFC 298 event, the incredibly intriguing main event between Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria for the featherweight title, people sleeping on the card with chatter surrounding UFC 299 and UFC 300, Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa, Merab Dvalishvili vs. Henry Cejudo, and much more.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/02/2434m 52s

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 86

Jack Hermansson returned to the octagon for the first time in over a year and did so as a massive underdog against Joe Pyfer in the main event of UFC Vegas 86, but the wily veteran had other plans as Hermansson got back in the win column with a hard fought decision win. "The Joker" called out Nassourdine Imavov following the victory, but will that be direction the UFC goes? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what could be next for Hermansson after his main event win. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Dan Ige following his nasty first-round knockout win over Andre Fili in the co-main event, along with fellow main card winners Ihor Potieria, Gregory Rodrigues, Michael Johnson, Rodolfo Vieira, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/02/241h 9m

UFC Vegas 86 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Jack Hermansson's Gritty Upset Win Over Joe Pyfer

Jack Hermansson reminded fans why he's been a fixture in the UFC's middleweight rankings and he battled through early adversity to steal momentum before outworking the dangerous Joe Pyfer over 25 minutes in the main event of UFC Vegas 86. Following Saturday's Fight Night event at the UFC APEX, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Eric Jackman, and Alexander K. Lee react to Hermansson's veteran showing in victory, discuss what we learned about Pyfer in defeat and why people shouldn't be too quick to write him off. Additionally, the panel talks Dan Ige's brutal first-round knockout win over Andre Fili in the co-main event, other standout performances from the likes of Gregory Rodriguez, Rodolfo Vieira, Carlos Prates, Bogdan Guskov, along with additional takeaways from the UFC's final stop on the road to UFC 298. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/02/241h 34m

UFC Vegas 86 Preview Show | Will Joe Pyfer Deliver In Biggest Spot To Date?

The UFC makes one more stop at the APEX on the road to UFC 298 with UFC Vegas 86, and for the third event in a row, the middleweight division gets top billing as veteran Jack Hermansson will look to stop the incredible momentum of DWCS standout Joe Pyfer. Will experience win out, or will the powerful Pyfer make his presence felt in the 185-pound rankings? MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Eric Jackman preview Saturday’s event, the main event between Hermansson and Pyfer, and what’s at stake for both fighters. Additionally, they’ll discuss the featherweight co-main event between Dan Ige and Andre Fili, other bouts that stand out in terms of intrigue, the fight that is flying under the radar the most, plus, they’ll answer your questions at the end of the show. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/02/241h 23m

HOAM | Who Are the Biggest 'What Ifs' In UFC History?

There are fighters who came through on the ground floor to become big stars in the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts, there's others who just didn't have it when the octagon door closed, but there are others who seemed to have it all and their stories were never fully told. Who is the biggest "what if" fighter in UFC history? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, it's Free-For-All Friday where listener topics include some of those fighters who, for one reason or another, weren't able to finish their career stories in the way fans may have expected them to. Additionally, questions include star building in the UFC, the UFC Vegas 86 main event between Jack Hermansson and Joe Pyfer, the WWE's WrestleMania kickoff press conference on Thursday in Las Vegas, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/02/2458m 0s

BTL | Conor McGregor Returning In the Fall? Poirier's Savvy Move, UFC Vegas 86

The majority of the MMA fanbase is looking for answers to two questions — what will headline UFC 300, and when is Conor McGregor making his UFC return? On Wednesday, UFC CEO Dana White says he hopes it happens in the fall, which doesn't line up to what McGregor and potential opponent Michael Chandler have said recently.  On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel will discuss White's update on McGregor, why it's taking so long, and if Chandler should consider moving on since he's approaching nearly two years out of the octagon. Additionally, topics may include Dustin Poirier's Hokey Pokey move a week ago ahead of his UFC 299 bout with Benoit Saint Denis, this past weekend's UFC Vegas 85 fight card, this Saturday's UFC Vegas 86 event headlined by Jack Hermansson vs. Joe Pyfer and much more. Host Mike Heck will be joined by MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew to discuss these topics and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/02/241h 26m

HOAM | Reaction To Dana White's Latest Update On Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler

While Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler seem to think they are settling their score during International Fight Week, UFC CEO Dana White revealed that he's hopeful the fight takes place in the fall. Is this update something we should be prepared for, or is this a brilliant swerve by White to keep fans focused elsewhere? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to White's update from Wednesday's edition of The Pat McAfee Show, how fans have been responding from both sides of the equation, and discusses whether or not this could be a work. Additionally, topics include events at the UFC APEX, the UFC's upcoming TV deal, what could headline UFC 300 if Dricus du Plessis vs. Israel Adesanya can't get done, UFC 298 flying under the radar, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/02/241h 2m

No Bets Barred: Can Joe Pyfer Make The Leap To Contention At UFC Vegas 86?

After a lackluster UFC Vegas 85 card, MMA's leading promotion returns with yet another middleweight main event in the world's most famous Apex, this time between Jack Hermansson and Joe Pyfer. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a brief recap of last weekend's card and a status check on Flyweight Understan, before diving into yet another Apex card. After all, if the UFC can't deliver the most fun fights in the world every weekend, we can certainly make them more entertaining by recklessly putting money on them. Can Joe Pyfer break into the Top-10 and announce himself as a legitimate middleweight threat? Will Dan Ige ever not be a Top-15 featherweight? Just how cooked is Michael Johnson? And how many middleweight fights is too many for one card? All this and more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 77 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/02/2454m 0s

Trocação Franca | Thiago Marreta, Gregory Robocop e Carlos Prates

Thiago Marreta abre o jogo sobre o caso de doping na PFL, o desafio com Yoel Romero na Arábia Saudita e as chances de seus ex-rivais Jamahal Hill e Magomed Ankalaev contra Alex Poatan. O Trocação Franca ainda conversa com Carlos Prates sobre as mais de 100 lutas de kickboxing que fez antes de focar no MMA, e Gregory Robocop a uma vitória de desafiar um rankeado no UFC. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Thiago Santos opens up about his doping suspension, fighting Yoel Romero in Saudi Arabia, and the odds of former rivals Jamahal Hill and Magomed Ankalaev dethroning Alex Pereira. Trocação Franca also chats with UFC Vegas 86 fighters Carlos Prates, who discusses fighting more than 100 kickboxing bouts before fully committing to MMA, and Gregory Rodrigues, who meets Brad Tavares in what he hopes is his final bout before challenging a ranked middleweight. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/02/2450m 30s

HOAM | Is Ilia Topuria Now In a Must-Win Situation Ahead Of Alexander Volkanovski Fight At UFC 298?

We have certainly seen upcoming UFC title challengers enter a championship fight with a lot of confidence, but Ilia Topuria might be taking things to a whole different level as he feels he will run through longtime champion Alexander Volkanovski with ease at UFC 298 next Saturday? While a victory certainly sets him up for superstardom, what if he doesn't deliver under the bright lights in Anaheim? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Topuria's interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, discusses whether or not the challenger has put himself in a must-win situation, and where he goes depending on the result. Additionally, listener topics include the fallout of UFC Vegas 85, Nassourdine Imavov and Renato Moicano's next moves following their victories, the UFC 300 main event still not being announced, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/02/2455m 30s

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Reacts to Dustin Poirier Contract Situation, New Rule Proposals in MMA

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discussing the latest news in combat sports. This past week saw UFC 299 lose a marquee fight for a matter of hours after Dustin Poirier declared his bout with Benoit Saint Denis was off after he couldn’t come to terms with the promotion on his deal. A few hours later, Poirier chalked it up to a “misunderstanding” and that his fight with Saint Denis was back on again. Brown offers his take as a tenured fighter in the UFC as well as revealing details behind his own negotiations with the promotion. We’ll also discuss the rules changes suggested by California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster, particularly with the definition of a “downed opponent” as well as the 12-to-6 elbow rule. Will these rules actually change and even if the rules are approved, will the various commissions actually adopt the new rule set? We’ll discuss that and much more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/02/2457m 52s

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 85

Nassourdine Imavov got it done in the headliner of UFC Vegas 85 with a majority decision victory over Roman Dolidze on Saturday night at the UFC APEX. With the middleweight division being in a very intriguing place at the top, where does Imavov go following his first main event win inside the octagon? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what's next for Imavov following his first UFC win since September 2022, and if he will fight someone ranked higher or lower in the rankings. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Renato Moicano after his hard fought decision win over Drew Dober in the co-main event, Randy Brown following his quick knockout victory over Muslim Salikhov, Natalia Silva after picking up the biggest win of her career against Viviane Araujo, along with fellow main card winner Charles Radtke, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/02/241h 12m

UFC Vegas 85 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Nassourdine Imavov, Renato Moicano's Big Wins

Nassourdine Imavov ended UFC Vegas 85 with a wacky main event victory over Roman Dolidze, and Renato Moicano returned from a long layoff to get his hand raised — and a microphone in his face — in the co-main event against the game Drew Dober. What were the biggest takeaways from those two performances? Following the UFC's most recent Fight Night event on Saturday at the APEX, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Eric Jackman, and Alexander K. Lee react to Imavov's headlining win, his verbal run-ins with Chris Curtis during and after the fight, the scoring, the illegal knee, and discuss where he goes from his victory in 17 months. Additionally, they'll discuss Moicano's decision victory and post-fight interview, Natalia Silva and Molly McCann's victories, other standout moments from the card, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/02/241h 34m

UFC Vegas 85 Preview Show | What's At Stake For Dolidze vs. Imavov, Moicano vs. Dober?

After a rare weekend off, the UFC returns to their home base for their first event since UFC 297 with UFC Vegas 85, and much like the promotion's first pay-per-view card of 2024, Saturday's Fight Night slate will see the middleweight division take center stage as Roman Dolidze and Nassourdine Imavov battle it out in the main event. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Jed Meshew preview Saturday's card, the main event between Dolidze and Imavov, and the stakes attached to it. Additionally, they'll discuss the lightweight co-main event between Renato Moicano and Drew Dober, the low-key bangers for the card, and more.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/02/2448m 32s

HOAM | Dustin Poirier Back In For UFC 299, Recapping Wild Day In MMA

Dustin Poirier said he was out of UFC 299, and a little less than five hours later, he was back in to face Benoit Saint-Denis in the co-main event of the UFCs return to Miami. The former interim champion kicked off one of the weirdest stretches in the MMA space, one that will be remembered for quite some time. On a special edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to a wild day in MMA, Poirier vs. Saint-Denis being a go, and more. Additionally, he'll take your questions about all things MMA, including the response from Dana White on Thursday, some of the weird reactions on social media, Saturday's UFC Vegas 85 event, UFC 300, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/02/241h 22m

Emergency Reaction! Dustin Poirier's Magical Mystery Tour On A Very MMA Day

Dustin Poirier revealed on Thursday that his announced co-main event matchup with Benoit Saint-Denis at UFC 299 was no longer happening because he and the UFC "couldn't come to terms" on the fight and that contracts weren't in place before UFC CEO Dana White made his announcement. Although we've gone down this road with the UFC many times before in the past, and Poirier was the one who put it out there, somehow, White is putting the blame on the media. In the end, the fight is in fact happening as Poirier announced late Thursday afternoon. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Damon Martin take you on a journey as all of the chaos unfolded over the five-hour span, as they react to Poirier's explanation as to why the fight may not be happening, discuss how this isn't the first time Poirier has been involved in a story like this, their immediate reaction to White's Instagram stories in response, their prediction for how this plays out, all before reconvening to react to the fight being back on. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Damon Martin: @DamonMartin Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/02/2450m 21s

BTL | Dustin Poirier's Fight Off? UFC 300, UFC Vegas 85 | Fan Q&A Edition

After a rare weekend off for the UFC, the promotion returns to the APEX on Saturday for UFC Vegas 85. While there are some solid fights on the card, all eyes still seem to be fixated on the still-building UFC 300 lineup — which is still currently without a main event. On top of that, Dustin Poirier dropped a bit of a bombshell himself on Thursday saying his announced fight with Benoit Saint-Denis for UFC 299 is "off." On an all-new edition of Between the Links, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew return for a special fan Q&A edition of the program, where they answer your questions about UFC 300, Saturday's Fight Night card headlined by Roman Dolidze vs. Nassourdine Imavov, Kayla Harrison's upcoming UFC debut against Holly Holm at 135, and if her recent comments have made you more confident she'll make the weight, if the UFC will end up putting Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 300 against Michael Chandler or another fighter, and anything else on your mind in the world of MMA and combat sports. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/02/241h 28m

HOAM | Will Nate Diaz Return To the UFC In 2024?

With the UFC 300 main event still to be announced, many fans and pundits have declared that the biggest fight the promotion can put together for the card would be the trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz? With Diaz seemingly wanting to do things more independently without being under contract with the UFC, but the door being still open following his departure, could Diaz find his way back in the octagon in 2024? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the chatter about a Diaz return to the company, why he doesn't see it happening at UFC 300, or in 2024 at all, and if there's a chance it could ever happen. Additionally, listener questions include the hesitation from the UFC to announce the UFC 300 main event, if there will ever be another McGregor-like star that emerges in the UFC, Kevin Lee announcing he's coming out of retirement, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/02/241h 8m

No Bets Barred: Will UFC Vegas 85 Kick Off The Year Of Georgian MMA?

After a week off following UFC 297, the No Bets Barred Boys are back with a full breakdown of this Saturday's UFC Vegas 85, headlined by a middleweight matchup between Roman Dolidze and Nassourdine Imavov. This week, hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew jump right into things by discussing what can only be described as an underwhelming fight card, featuring a limited number of name fighters. But you know what they say, sometimes those cards end up being the most fun, and even if it doesn't, there are still 13 opportunities to get some money down this weekend, so the boys are here to help. Is 2024 the year for Georgia MMA to take over? Can the co-main event live up to the hype or will Renato Moicano and Drew Dober disappoint? And just how faithful are the loyal citizens of Flyweight Under Nation? All this and more are discussed on this week's episode. Tune in for episode 76 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/01/2450m 44s

DAMN! They Were Good | Remembering Georges St-Pierre, The Greatest Fighter Of All-Time

DAMN! They Were Good celebrates the careers of our favorite fighters in MMA history. On the 15th anniversary of his epic clash with B.J. Penn (and the 20th anniversary of his UFC debut), Jed Meshew is joined by Alexander K. Lee and Nick Baldwin to take a deep dive into Georges St-Pierre, the owner of the greatest single career in MMA history. The Prince That Was Promised from almost the moment he stepped into the octagon for the first time, St-Pierre's early career was more difficult that many remember, failing in his first attempt at claiming the welterweight title and then, once he finally broke through and beat Matt Hughes, losing the belt in his first title defense to Matt Serra, in what remains the biggest upset in MMA history. Setbacks like that could have broken a lesser fighter but instead they spurred St-Pierre on to even greater heights as he would reclaim the title and then put together one of the most dominant runs in the history of MMA, rewriting the record books and redefining what it means to be a professional cage fighter. What were our favorite moments, where did St-Pierre fall short and who exactly is Roberta Bondar? Listen in as we remember the spectacular career of one of MMA's all time greats. Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Nick Baldwin: @NickBaldwinMMA Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/01/242h 54m

Trocação Franca | Renato Moicano esculacha Michael Chandler

Renato Moicano dispara contra os pesos-leves do UFC, em especial Michael Chandler, pela postura submissa diante de Conor McGregor. O lutador comentou o duelo de sábado com Drew Dober e revelou quem gostaria de enfrentar no UFC Rio, em maio. Larissa Pacheco também bate ponto no podcast para falar da “fuga” de Kayla Harrison para o UFC e a demora de Cris Cyborg em aceitar enfrentá-la. O programa recebe ainda Viviane Araújo e Natalia Silva, que se enfrentam sábado no UFC. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Renato Moicano joins the pod and fires shots at all sorts of UFC lightweights, especially Michael Chandler for the way he’s acted ahead of his supposed fight with Conor McGregor. Moicano breaks down Saturday’s co-main event bout with Drew Dober and reveals who he’d like to fight next at UFC 301 in Brazil. Larissa Pacheco also stops by to discuss Kayla Harrison leaving PFL for the UFC and Cris Cyborg not facing her at the PFL vs. Bellator show in Saudi Arabia. Today's show also features interviews with Viviane Araujo and Natalia Silva, who meet Saturday at UFC Vegas 85. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every week to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz: @Guicruzzz Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/01/241h 5m

HOAM | Could Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler End Up Headlining UFC 300 After All?

Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler certainly planted a lot of seeds this past weekend in regards to their fight being shifted from June to April's UFC 300 event, but could the UFC be on the same page as the two former world champion competitors? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the current UFC 300 lineup, the possibility of McGreor vs. Chandler being the main event, and his opinion on if the battle between TUF coaches is the promotion's first choice. Additionally, listener questions include the UFC's middleweight division, UFC Vegas 85 this Saturday headlined by Roman Dolidize vs. Nassourdine Imavov, if Aljamain Sterling was the most disrespected UFC champion of all-time, 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. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/01/2459m 50s

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Reacts to Kayla Harrison Joining UFC, Her Upcoming Weight Cut and Jon Anik Facing Criticism from Fans

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin reacting to the latest news from the sport including Kayla Harrison joining the UFC roster and her upcoming fight against Holly Holm. The fight serves as Harrison first official trip to 135 pounds after primarily competing at 155 pounds for most of her career. Brown reacts to the arduous journey that Harrison is about to take getting to bantamweight and the trials and tribulations she may face before and after her weight cut. We'll also discuss recent comments from UFC play-by-play man Jon Anik after he confessed that he may not have much time left in the sport after interacting with some toxic criticism from fans. Brown gives his take on the situation and why he backed up Anik with a post on Twitter. Plus somehow we end up talking about Taylor Swift and the attention she's brought to the NFL after getting into a relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer. Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/01/241h 21m

DAMN! They Were Good | Kimbo Slice: An Internet Legend Turned MMA Superstar

DAMN! They Were Good celebrates the careers of our favorite fighters in MMA history. On this episode, the MMA Fighting staff takes a deep dive into the late Kimbo Slice, an internet legend who became the biggest star in MMA. Back in the early 2000s when MMA was still making its way into the mainstream, the more sophomoric corners of the internet birthed an entirely different kind of combat sport: bareknuckle fights in backyards and boatyards all across Miami. At the time, Kimbo Slice - real name Kevin Ferguson - was a driver and bodyguard for a pornography company, and began engaging in street fights for extra money. Not long after that, Kimbo's friends decided to video those fights and upload them to the internet, and almost overnight, a sensation was born. Thanks to those videos, Kimbo Slice became one of the most talked about fighters on the planet, rubbing shoulders with real life celebrity A-listers. Soon afterwards, he made the move into MMA, headlining the first MMA show on network television and then even joining up with the UFC. A move to Bellator and then boxing followed, and all the while, Kimbo remained a beloved figure in the space until his tragic passing in 2016 at age 42 due to congestive heart failure. But though Kimbo is gone, his spirit lives on as do the many legendary moments he gave us. Which of those were our favorite and what was it like to live through the Kimbo Slice era? Listen in as the MMA Fighting crews remembers remembers the life and times of one of MMA's greatest stars. Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Shaheen Al-Shatti: @shaunalshatti Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices