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Episodes

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
26/01/243h 10m

Max Holloway Previews ‘BMF’ Title Fight with Justin Gaethje, What Comes Next and Why He’s the ‘Last of a Dying Breed’ in the UFC

Ahead of his return at UFC 300, Max Holloway sits down with MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin to preview his fight with Justin Gaethje and how that “BMF” title bout came together. Holloway addresses his request for the fight and how the timing worked out so he and Gaethje could throw down at the historic card in April. Holloway also discusses his interest in potentially headlining the fight or at least serving as “the people’s main event.” He’ll also give his take on the upcoming featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria and who he expects to win. Holloway also explains why he believes guys like himself and Gaethje are “the last of a dying breed” in MMA where nasty trash talk seems to get far more attention lately than just being the best fighter on the planet.  All this and more in a special sit down with Holloway 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
26/01/2425m 46s

HOAM | Jon Anik Deserves Better, Alex Pereira's Next Move, and More

UFC lead commentator Jon Anik is getting a bit fed up with the negative portion of the MMA fanbase, and rightfully so, which has led him to ponder his future as a broadcaster in this space. Quite frankly, Anik deserves much better, and the UFC watching experience would change drastically if he weren't around. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses Anik's comments on his podcast, it being more than OK that he expressed those feelings about the situation, and how this is the new norm for the sport and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Additionally, listener questions include Kayla Harrison's UFC signing, if any other PFL or Bellator fighters will follow suit, Alex Pereira's next move — whether he would face Magomed Ankalaev or Jamahal Hill next — 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
26/01/241h 26m

BTL | Dricus Du Plessis Crowned At UFC 297, Next For Sean Strickland, Harrison Signs With UFC

Dricus du Plessis is the brand new UFC middleweight champion after defeating Sean Strickland via split decision in a fascinating 25-minute battle in the main event of UFC 297. The bout has led to a lot of questions about the future of the division, if du Plessis will share the octagon with rival Israel Adesanya next, and where Strickland goes after his title reign came to an end. On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel discusses the fallout of Saturday's pay-per-view headliner, if we should expect du Plessis vs. Adesanya at UFC 300, and what could be next for Strickland with his star power continuously rising. Additionally, they'll discuss Raquel Pennington's title win in the co-main event, the overall grade for UFC 297, Kayla Harrison signing with the UFC to face Holly Holm at UFC 300, where the excitement levels are now that more fights have been announced for the April event, and 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 Josè 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
25/01/241h 23m

HOAM | Will Kayla Harrison's UFC Arrival Lead To Amanda Nunes Comeback?

Kayla Harrison is now a UFC fighter, as she prepares to face former UFC champion Holly Holm at UFC 300 on April 13 in Las Vegas. With Harrison now in the picture, and Amanda Nunes teasing a potential comeback following UFC 297, could the stars align to put a Nunes vs. Harrison matchup together? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to UFC CEO Dana White's stunning announcement from Tuesday night, what it would take to get Nunes out of retirement, and the pros and cons of the signing. Additionally, listener questions include the clip of Jon Anik expressing his frustration with the negative portion of the UFC fanbase, and why he's spot on, the current shape of UFC 300, a potential Francis Ngannou vs. Ryan Bader fight in the PFL, Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway, 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
25/01/241h 14m

Emergency Reaction! Kayla Harrison Signs With UFC, Fights Holly Holm At UFC 300

UFC CEO Dana White made a big announcement on Tuesday night as it relates to UFC 300, but it likely was not what most fans were expecting as White revealed that the promotion has signed former PFL champion Kayla Harrison, and she will meet former UFC champion Holly Holm at the historic pay-per-view event — not at featherweight, but at bantamweight. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Jed Meshew react to the big news of Harrison's signing, and the matchup with Holm. Additionally, they discuss the many questions surrounding this news, including major concerns about Harrison's ability to make the bantamweight limit, how much it improves the division now championed by Raquel Pennington, the PFL losing one of their biggest stars, along with one of the big fights on the table with Cris Cyborg, if Harrison's arrival could lead to an Amanda Nunes comeback, if Julianna Peña should be worried, and much 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
24/01/2429m 14s

Rankings Show: The Worst Division In UFC History, An Investigation | Plus, Everyone Loves Middleweight!

It's time to ask the question: Is women’s bantamweight in 2024 the worst division in UFC history? Podcast pals Mike Heck and Jed Meshew join co-hosts Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee this week to decipher that mystery and unpack everything UFC 297. The gang hits DDP's title win and whether his reign will finally bring stability to an unstable division around (10:05), and whip out their tier lists around (22:45) to debate where middleweight sits among the most fun divisions in MMA. Then, the crew puts on their investigative hats around (48:10) to determine whether it's an exaggeration to officially call this new women's bantamweight class the worst division in UFC history. All that plus the latest moves by Movsar Evloev and Magomed Ankalaev around (1:13:30), plus much more. ***NOTE: This episode was recorded before the UFC announced its signing of Kayla Harrison. While it's an interesting wrinkle, no doubt, we stand by this conversation. At least until Harrison proves she can make 135 pounds safely and consistently.*** 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
24/01/241h 27m

Trocação Franca | A insana história da nova promessa francesa no UFC

Benoit Saint Denis encara Dustin Poirier no UFC 299 de olho em uma possível chance ao cinturão dos leves da organização, e o treinador Daniel Woirin, que garimpou o ex-militar francês antes do seu inicio no MMA, fala ao Trocação Franca sobre sua incrível trajetória. O podcast recebe ainda o jornalista Coutinho, do Canal Encarada, para destrinchar o UFC 297 e suas ramificações. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Benoit Saint Denis meets Dustin Poirier at UFC 299 eyeing a future shot at the lightweight belt, and coach Daniel Woirin, who discovered the former French paratrooper before his start in MMA, joins Trocação Franca to look back at his incredible journey. The podcast also welcomes Canal Encarada’s Coutinho to break down all the UFC 297 storylines and future ramifications. 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
24/01/241h 4m

Laura Sanko Reacts To UFC 297, Explains Scoring Dricus du Plessis Over Sean Strickland

Following UFC 297 this past Saturday, UFC color commentator and analyst Laura Sanko joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to react to the first UFC pay-per-view of the year, Dricus du Plessis' middleweight title win over Sean Strickland, explains why she scored the fight for du Plessis, the performances of both fighters, where both guys go from here, Raquel Pennington winning the women's bantamweight title, the potential of an Amanda Nunes comeback, agreeing with Jasmine Jasudavicius getting a 10-7 round over Priscila Cachoeira, 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
23/01/2441m 16s

HOAM | What's Next For Sean Strickland — and Should It Be Khamzat Chimaev At UFC 300?

Sean Strickland may have lost the fight and the UFC middleweight title this past weekend at UFC 297, but in Nate Diaz like fashion, he still came out of the event in the court of public opinion as a winner. If the UFC goes ahead and books a fight between new champ Dricus du Plessis and Israel Adesanya at UFC 300, should Strickland vs. Khamzat Chimaev in a title eliminator also be added to the lineup? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to UFC 297, the razor close main event between du Plessis and Strickland, and discusses why Strickland vs. Chimaev makes all the sense in the world. Additionally, listener questions include the somewhat lackluster 2024 opener for the UFC pay-per-view year, Raquel Pennington's bantamweight title win, the possibility of an Amanda Nunes return to the UFC, how the UFC has changed over the last decade-plus, if the WWE's deal with Netflix could impact the UFC in their next TV deal, 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
23/01/241h 26m

Fighter vs. Writer: UFC 297 Reaction with Alan Jouban Talking Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis Scores, The Problems Plaguing Women’s Bantamweight

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns as we react to the fallout from UFC 297 with Alan Jouban joining MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin on the latest episode. We’ll discuss the main event fight where Dricus du Plessis dethroned Sean Strickland in a razor-close split decision in the main event. The scorecards were close but did the judges get it right? Plus, how should the judges be informed about accidental fouls like the clash of heads that actually caused the gruesome cut suffered by Strickland midway through the fight? We’ll also talk about Raquel Pennington winning the vacant women’s bantamweight title and the bigger problems facing that division in 2024 and beyond. A few years ago, the women’s bantamweight division was a marquee weight class but with Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey gone, the stars have disappeared and it doesn’t look like there are any prospects on the rise. We’ll also discuss some possible fights for UFC 300 and how we need to handle our expectations for that historic card. 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
23/01/241h 13m

On To the Next One | What's Next For Dricus Du Plessis, Sean Strickland After UFC 297?

Dricus du Plessis accomplished his goal of becoming UFC champion on Saturday night with a hard fought decision win over Sean Strickland in the main event of UFC 297. While du Plessis has his sights set on Israel Adesanya for his first title defense — possibly at UFC 300 — where does Strickland go after losing the 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 Strickland and du Plessis from a matchmaking perspective following Saturday's pay-per-view event. Additionally, future matchups will be discussed for new women's bantamweight champion Raquel Pennington following her dominant decision win over Mayra Bueno Silva in the co-main event, along with main card winners Neil Magny, Chris Curtis, Movsar Evloev, 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
21/01/2457m 8s

UFC 297 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Dricus Du Plessis Winning Title vs. Sean Strickland

Dricus du Plessis is the new UFC middleweight champion after defeating Sean Strickland via split decision in the main event of UFC 297. While the fight was very close, did the judges get it right? Following Saturday's pay-per-view event, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Jed Meshew react to the scorecards, du Plessis' championship win, and what will be next for the new champion. Additionally, they'll discuss Raquel Pennington's bantamweight title win against Mayra Bueno Silva, her likely first title defense against Julianna Pena, the overall grade for the promotion's first PPV event of 2024, Movsar Evloev's impressive win over Arnold Allen and where it puts him at 145 pounds, 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
21/01/241h 11m

UFC 297 Watch Party Replay w/ Mike Heck & Conner Burks

Relive the magic of UFC 297's live watch party with Mike Heck and Conner Burks! Check out the original UFC 297 Watch Party video here: https://www.youtube.com/live/6FIz-M8SNS0?si=yP1U5cUPg8Y3I7Ve Timestamps: Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev (31:10) Evloev wins decision to improve to 18-0 (54:45) Reaction to Frankie Edgar's Hall of Fame announcement (58:45) Ripping packs part 1 (1:06:30) Chris Curtis vs. Marc-Andre Barriault (1:11:46) Curtis wins decision (1:32:42) Ripping packs part 2 (1:40:18) Mike Malott vs. Neil Magny (1:45:30) Magny pulls out wild comeback finish with late in Round 3 (2:03:43) Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva (2:20:23) Pennington nearly gets finish in Round 5 (2:50:31) Pennington wins vacant bantamweight title via unanimous decision (2:55:50) Ripping packs part 3 (2:59:50) UFC 4 best-of-3 (3:04:30) Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis (3:12:47) Du Plessis becomes new champ via split decision (3:49:00) 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
21/01/243h 57m

UFC 297 Preview Show | Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis — Who's More For Real?

Sean Strickland and Dricus du Plessis will battle in the main event for the UFC middleweight title of UFC 297 in Toronto on Saturday, the promotion's first pay-per-view event of 2024. While the card as a whole isn't anywhere near comparable to the UFC's next three pay-per-view cards, the Strickland vs. du Plessis matchup is doing a lot of heavy lifting as the anticipation continues to build. Ahead of the event, and the 185-pound title fight, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Eric Jackman preview UFC 297, Strickland vs. du Plessis, the potential of the winner turning around for UFC 300, and more. Additionally, they'll discuss the vacant women's bantamweight championship co-main event between Mayra Bueno Silva and Raquel Pennington, which other main card fighter is the panel keeping their eye on, the low-key banger of the card, and much more.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti 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
19/01/241h 11m

HOAM | Reaction To Insane UFC 297 Press Conference, Multiple Weight Misses

Sean Strickland had the Toronto crowd eating out of the palm of his hand at Thursday's UFC 297 press conference ahead of his title defense against Dricus du Plessis. With a victory, where could it propel Strickland in terms of being a top draw for the UFC moving forward? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the wild pre-fight presser in Toronto, how over Strickland was with the crowd, and his approach to a gentleman's agreement for an all-out war with du Plessis. Additionally, topics include multiple fighters missing weight for UFC 297, the stakes in the Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev fight on Saturday, Mike Malott fighting the experienced Neil Magny and if the betting line is a bit wider than expected, Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway, UFC Saudi Arabia, 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
19/01/241h 4m

BTL | Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis, UFC 297, PFL vs. Bellator Event, UFC 300 | MMA Fighting

The first UFC pay-per-view of the year takes place this Saturday in Toronto with UFC 297, and in the main event, the heated rivalry between Sean Strickland and Dricus du Plessis will be settled for the middleweight championship. While the card isn't as stacked on paper as the rest of the pay-per-view slate thus far, the stakes are quite high for one of the more exciting divisions in the promotion. On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel discusses Saturday's fight card and its quality, what is on the line in the Strickland vs. du Plessis main event, Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Raquel Pennington for the vacant women's bantamweight title, and more. Additionally, they'll discuss the PFL vs. Bellator champions event that was announced earlier this week, Donn Davis' comments about the UFC Saudi Arabia getting postponed, Dana White announcing Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway for UFC 300, and much 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
18/01/241h 36m

HOAM | Is Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway the Right Fight To Make? Plus, Countdown To UFC 297

UFC 297 is coming quickly, but April's UFC 300 event stole some headlines with UFC CEO Dana White announcing that Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway will take place for the BMF title at the event. While the fight will likely produce fireworks and incredible action, Gaethje is perceived as next in line for Islam Makhachev and the lightweight title, and Holloway still sits at the top of the featherweight division, was this the right fight to make? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to White's announcement of Gaethje vs. Holloway, and how it can shake things up in a wild way at 155. Additionally, listener questions include Saturday's pay-per-view event in Toronto, Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis, the UFC 297 media day, the PFL vs. Bellator champions event being announced, if the UFC could still have Conor McGregor headline 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
18/01/241h 16m

Jon Anik Previews Heated Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis UFC 297 Headliner

UFC lead commentator Jon Anik joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to preview Saturday's UFC 297 fight card, the main event between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis, discusses the in-crowd fight between the two, if there's a line that can be crossed in fight promotion, the co-main event between Raquel Pennington and Mayra Bueno Silva, his biggest takeaway from 2023, UFC 300, and more.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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
18/01/2431m 21s

No Bets Barred: Sean Strickland Vs. Dricus Du Plessis And The Best Bets For UFC 297

UFC 297 takes place this Saturday as the UFC returns to Toronto for the first time since 2018 and its brought two title fights with it. In the co-main event, Raquel Pennington faces Mayra Bueno Silva for the vacant women's bantamweight title, and then in the main event, Sean Strickland puts his middleweight strap on the line against Dricus du Plessis, and the No Bets Barred boys are here to cover every angle of 2024's first PPV event. This week, hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew are joined by Alexander K. Lee who is boots on the ground in Toronto for this fight card, where they get a look into the vibes in Canada ahead of UFC 297. Then it's right into the breakdowns where the boys discuss the likelihood of finishes in the main and co-main events, the return of Flyweight Unders, and even some specialty props ahead of what is sure to be a heated pre-fight press conference. Tune in for episode 75 of No Bets Barred. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks 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
17/01/241h 17m

Trocação Franca | Charles do Bronx x Arman Tsarukyan: Primeiro Round

O UFC anunciou Charles do Bronx x Arman Tsarukyan para definir o próximo adversário de Islam Makhachev pelo cinturão dos leves, e o Trocação Franca recebe Diego Lima e Marcos Parrumpinha, treinadores que estarão em corneres opostos em Las Vegas, para destrinchar o combate. O podcast traz, ainda, uma homenagem ao lutador Diego Braga, morto esta semana no Rio de Janeiro. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. UFC announced Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan for UFC 300, a No. 1 contender bout to determine who’s next for lightweight champion Islam Makhachev, and coaches Diego Lima and Marcos “Parrumpinha” daMatta break down both sides of the matchup. The podcast also features a tribute to veteran fighter and coach Diego Braga, father of PFL 2023 finalist Gabriel Braga, killed this week in Rio de Janeiro. 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
17/01/241h 17m

Emergency Reaction! Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway For BMF Title At UFC 300!

UFC CEO Dana White dropped two big fights for the upcoming UFC 300 event, including an all-action lightweight bout for the BMF title between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway. With some of the negative vibes surrounding the event in its early stages, does this announcement begin the trend towards positivity? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, Jed Meshew, and Eric Jackman react to White's massive announcement, the Gaethje vs. Holloway five-rounder, discuss what it means for the lightweight title picture and Islam Makhachev's next move, if this fight means the rumored Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad welterweight title fight could move to a different event, and more. Additionally, they discuss White also announcing Jim Miller vs. Bobby Green for the historic card, if it is the right fight to make for Miller, along with how the card currently stands eight official fights in. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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
17/01/2436m 41s

Eric Nicksick Talks Ngannou vs. Joshua, Sean Strickland 'Dialed In' For UFC 297

Eric Nicksick joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to discuss Francis Ngannou booking another boxing match against Anthony Joshua in March, how nothing involving Ngannou surprises him anymore, and how preparation will be different than the Tyson Fury fight. Additionally, they talk Sean Strickland's preparation for his UFC 297 main event fight vs. Dricus Du Plessis, his reaction to the booking, Strickland and Du Plessis getting into a fight in the crowd and the emotions surrounding it, if Strickland has changed since becoming champ, other fighters at Xtreme Couture to keep an eye on, 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
16/01/2427m 15s

Emergency Reaction | PFL vs. Bellator Champions Card Revealed — How Successful Can It Be?

The PFL PPV Super Fight Division will kick off on Feb. 24 in Saudi Arabia as the expected PFL vs. Bellator champions event has been officially announced. With the main card heading to pay-per-view, and the UFC bringing a free event with UFC Mexico City that same day, can this card outkick its coverage? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Jed Meshew react to the event's announcement, and give their 1-10 scores in regards to excitement levels — which may or may not change throughout the reaction. Additionally, they discuss the card, the main card being behind a paywall, if the PFL should've made an effort to stick it to the UFC by booking the card for March 2, how the event can be deemed a success for the PFL, any names that are visibly missing from the lineup, and much 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
16/01/2444m 51s

HOAM | Will Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis Winner Headline UFC 300?

While UFC 300 is coming together, currently there isn't an announced main event for the historic fight card. With Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis getting set to battle for the middleweight title this Saturday at UFC 297, could the UFC be looking at the winner of that fight to do a quick turnaround for UFC 300 — possibly against Israel Adesanya? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the weight the Strickland vs. Du Plessis fight could have on UFC 300, and if the winner truly matters in this conversation. Additionally, listener questions include the reportedly postponed UFC Saudi Arabia event, if Islam Makhachev saying he's fighting in June relates to the possible new date, if the promotion's debut in the area will become a pay-per-view, if Raquel Pennington is being overlooked ahead of her title fight with Mayra Bueno Silva at UFC 297, Francis Ngannou's boxing 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
16/01/241h 10m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Teases Jim Miller Fight at UFC 300 Could Be His Last Plus UFC 297 Preview and When Trash Talk Goes Too Far

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin previewing UFC 297 including the main event fight between Sean Strickland and Dricus du Plessis. The trash talk between the fighters has gotten rather ugly but have these two actually crossed a line that has been so dramatically blurred in the UFC in recent months? Brown offers his opinion on the difference between entertaining trash talk and hateful comments. We’ll also discuss the struggles the women’s bantamweight division has faced with stars like Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes retired and the biggest names no longer sitting near the top of the rankings. Brown will also address a potential fight against Jim Miller at UFC 300 after that was mentioned as a possibility after UFC Vegas 84 this past weekend. Of course, Brown loves the idea but he also reveals for the first time that the fight — assuming the UFC books it — could end up being the final bout of his career. Brown explains why he’s nearly come to that decision and what the future holds for him. 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
16/01/241h 19m

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 84

Magomed Ankalaev finished Johnny Walker in the first UFC main event of 2024 and sent a message to light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira in the process. While Pereira's coach Glover Teixeira seemed to express interest in the potential championship matchup, will that be the next fight for Ankalaev, who is on a 12-fight unbeaten streak? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what could be next for Ankalaev from a matchmaking perspective following Saturday's UFC Vegas 84 event at the APEX. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Jim Miller following his third-round submission win over Gabriel Benitez in the co-main event, Mario Bautista after his impressive decision win over Ricky Simon, Bruno Ferreira following his vicious opening round knockout of Phil Hawes, along with fellow main card winner Waldo Cortes-Acosta, 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
14/01/241h 18m

UFC Vegas 84 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Magomed Ankalaev, Jim Miller's Nasty Finishes

Magomed Ankalaev wanted to make a case to get a title shot against Alex Periera heading into his UFC Vegas 84 main event bout with Johnny Walker, and with a brutal second-round knockout victory, Ankalaev certainly accomplished that. But will it be enough to get Ankalaev to a second opportunity at UFC gold, or will he have more work to do? Following the UFC's first event of 2024, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, and Eric Jackman react to Ankalaev's stoppage win, and talk his chances in getting the next shot at Pereira and the light heavyweight title. Additionally, the panel discusses Jim Miller's incredible performance in the co-main event, his callout of Paul Felder or Matt Brown for UFC 300, Mario Bautista's statement win against Ricky Simon, Jean Silva's memorable UFC debut, and other standout moments. 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
14/01/2457m 41s

Reaction: Manel Kape Badly Misses Weight, Matheus Nicolau Fight OFF UFC Vegas 84

MMA Fighting's Mike Heck drops a breaking news update after Manel Kape's 3.5 pound weight miss led to his UFC Vegas 84 co-main event bout with Matheus Nicolau to be cancelled altogether. 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
12/01/247m 17s

UFC Vegas 84 Preview Show | Reaction To Manel Kape Big Weight Miss; Plus, Ankalaev vs. Walker Stakes

The UFC is back for the first time in 2024 as they return to the APEX for UFC Vegas 84, and a high stakes main event in the light heavyweight division will take place between Magomed Ankalaev and Johnny Walker as they compete for the second time. Could a title shot against Alex Pereira be next for the winner of the scheduled five-round matchup? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Eric Jackman preview Saturday's card, the Anakalev vs. Walker headliner, and discuss what is at stake for both guys. Additionally, they'll talk the co-main event between Manel Kape and Matheus Nicolau, Kape missing weight by 3.5 pounds — which has now led to the bout being cancelled — the rest of the main card as a whole, Jim Miller's road to UFC 300, the low-key banger of UFC Vegas 84, 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
12/01/241h 22m

HOAM | Managing Expectations For UFC 300, Nate Diaz's Star Power, and More

Despite the event being three months away, UFC 300 is the talk of the MMA world right now. With lofty expectations, every fight announcement seems to be met with criticism. But is that actually fair with only five fights made official, and still upwards of 10 more to be announced? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the reactions to UFC 300 thus far, and why managing expectations is the most important thing fans can do right now. Additionally, listener questions include Nate Diaz's tweet teasing a return at UFC 300, why that likely won't happen, the current pay-per-view slate for the UFC, Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval 2 now set for UFC Mexico City, what could headline the UFC's debut in Saudi Arabia, Aljamain Sterling's featherweight outlook, 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
12/01/241h 12m

BTL | Francis Ngannou vs. Anthony Joshua, Dana White Fight Announcements, UFC Vegas 84

With the new year comes big fights — not just for the UFC, but also for Francis Ngannou as he's set to clash with Anthony Joshua in a boxing match in March. What is at stake for the current PFL star, and what does his future now hold in the world of MMA?  On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel reacts to the booking of Ngannou vs. Joshua, what Ngannou has to gain and lose in the bout, and what comes next regardless of result. Additionally, they'll discuss Dana White announcing Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint-Denis for UFC 299, Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan for UFC 300, if the excitement levels are up thus for with the matchmaking in 2024, Saturday's UFC Vegas 84 event headlined by Magomed Ankalaev and Johnny Walker, Jon Jones and Tom Aspinall stating their cases, 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
11/01/241h 38m

HOAM | Reaction To Dana White Announcing First UFC 300 Title Fight

UFC CEO Dana White has announced the first title fight for UFC 300, with the expectation that there will be more on the way as Zhang Weili will put her strawweight title on the line against Yan Xiaonan in the promotion's first all-Chinese world championship bout. While some are excited about the matchup, there are other fans who didn't seem all that enthused by the reveal. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the 115-pound championship fight announcement, discusses why it's a very good addition to the card as it stands right now, and what could be next for the winner. Additionally, listener questions include the rest of UFC 300 and how it will look, the importance keeping expectations realistic, what could headline the event, why UFC 297 could have some impact on what the UFC 300 main event could end up being, 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
11/01/241h 16m

No Bets Barred: 2024 UFC Champion Futures, Plus Best Bets For UFC Vegas 84

The boys are back! That's right, the first fight card of 2024 is set to take place this Saturday at the world famous UFC Apex and you know what that means: The No Bets Barred boys are back with all their best bets. This week, hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick the new year off right with a deep dive into all of the Future UFC Champions bets for 2024. Then it's right into a breakdown of UFC Vegas 84 as another year of 40+ UFC events kicks off. Is this the year Magomed Ankalaev finally wins the light heavyweight title? Are Flyweight Unders going to return in 2024? Who has the best chance to pull off a Sean Strickland-esque championship run out of nowhere? And what the (Mike) Heck is going on with Jon Jones, Tom Aspinall, and the UFC heavyweight title. All this and more is discussed on the first No Bets Barred of 2024. Tune in for episode 74 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
10/01/241h 22m

Jim Miller Talks UFC 300, Retirement Plans and New Details About Health Issues as a Result of Lyme Disease

Jim Miller previews his upcoming fight against Gabriel Benitez at UFC Vegas 84 and explains why he didn’t just sit around and wait to compete again at UFC 300. After earning wins at both UFC 100 and UFC 200, Miller has often talked about his desire to compete at UFC 300 and he doubles down on those plans while addressing any potential delays due to his fight in January. Miller also discusses his legacy in the sport as the fighter with the most fights and wins in UFC history and how he still wants to add onto that record after changing his plans regarding retirement. Miller also details more medical issues he faced after being diagnosed with Lyme disease, which hit him hard for two years of his career in the UFC. All this and more in this exclusive interview with Miller ahead of his fight at UFC Vegas 84 on Saturday!    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
10/01/2446m 16s

Jon Jones vs. Tom Aspinall Feud: Who's Right and Who's Wrong?

Two men who hold championship belts in the UFC's heavyweight division have been going back-and-forth on social media. Jon Jones and Tom Aspinall are stating their cases, but which fighter is right, and which one is wrong? Moderator Mike Heck is joined by Eric Jackman, representing Jones, and Jed Meshew, who is representing Aspinall, as they explain why their fighter is correct in the situation, what they could be doing differently, the UFC not getting any blame for some reason, and offering up their honest opinions about the situation. 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
09/01/2438m 45s

HOAM | Francis Ngannou's MMA Future, Jon Jones vs. Tom Aspinall, and More

Francis Ngannou left the UFC and has made it work better than anybody in recent memory, and with another massive boxing match ahead of him against Anthony Joshua in March, many want to know if Ngannou will still have any interest in returning to MMA competition. If you're the PFL, are you worried Ngannou may not have that interest? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses Ngannou's MMA future following his appearance on The MMA Hour, and why things could get real interesting if he beats Joshua. Additionally, listener topics include the Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint-Denis and Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan fight announcements, Sean O'Malley's star power, what could be next for Justin Gaethje, Jon Jones and Tom Aspinall's back-and-forth on social media, 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
09/01/241h 3m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Teases UFC 300 Return, Still Doubts Conor McGregor Actually Returns

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with the first new episode in 2024 with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin reacting to the latest news in combat sports including Conor McGregor announcing his return. Just days ago, McGregor touted his plan to fight Michael Chandler — at middleweight — at the upcoming International Fight Week card in June but Brown still doesn’t buy it. Brown explains why he’s always doubted that McGregor would ever fight again and that opinion hasn’t changed even with this latest announcement. We’ll also discuss Francis Ngannou returning to boxing for a showdown against Anthony Joshua in March. Does Ngannou have a realistic shot at pulling off a win over Joshua and what would that mean for his future in MMA? Plus, Brown teases his potential return at the historic UFC 300 in April and what fights might actually end up headlining that card. All 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
09/01/241h 39m

Trocação Franca | Johnny Walker mira Alex Poatan para o UFC 300

Johnny Walker tem planos ousados para 2024. De revanche marcada com Magomed Ankalaev para o UFC deste sábado, ele contou ao Trocação Franca que quer garantir chance pelo cinturão de Alex Poatan no histórico UFC 300, em abril. O podcast traz, ainda, entrevistas com Jean Silva, Nikolas Motta e Felipe Bunes, que lutam no mesmo card. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Johnny Walker has bold plans for 2024. Set to rematch Magomed Ankalaev in the main event of Saturday’s UFC Vegas, Walker told Trocação Franca he’s targeting a UFC 300 title bout with Alex Pereira with a win this weekend. The podcast also features interviews with UFC Vegas 84 fighters Jean Silva, Nikolas Motta, and Felipe Bunes. 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
09/01/241h 8m

Emergency Reaction: Dana White Announces Poirier vs. Saint-Denis For UFC 299, Oliveira vs. Tsarukyan At UFC 300

UFC CEO Dana White promised he would be announcing some big fights, and he certainly came through with a pair of massive bouts in the promotion's best division. On Sunday night, White revealed that former interim lightweight champ Dustin Poirier will face the surging Benoit Saint-Denis in the five-round co-main event of UFC 299, which takes place March 9 in Miami, and former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira will look to stop the title push of Arman Tsarukyan at UFC 300 in April. Following the big news, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew react to the pair of high-stakes 155-pound matchups, discuss which piece of business is more surprising, White saying that the Oliveira vs. Tsarukyan winner gets champ Islam Makhachev next and where that leaves Justin Gaethje, which fighter has the most to lose, early predictions, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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
08/01/2435m 56s

On To the Next One 2024 Predictions Extravaganza | Look Ahead For Conor McGregor, Jon Jones, More

Following a chaotic and unpredictable 2023 in the world of MMA, 2024 is shaping up to be even crazier — both in and out of the cage. Could this be a year that will see stars such as Conor McGregor and Jon Jones compete multiple times? Will Khamzat Chimaev finally get his hands on UFC gold? Will Francis Ngannou continue to shake up the boxing world, and also make his MMA return? On a very special edition of On To the Next One, those questions — and a lot more — are presented during the 2024 predictions extravaganza. Hosts Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee will go through a slew of buy/sell questions presented by listeners about a variety of topics, including McGregor, Jones, Ngannou, Sean Strickland, Dana White, Colby Covington, Israel Adesanya, Nate Diaz, and much more.  Additionally, they will make their choices for who will end the year as UFC champions in each division, along with their bold and spicy predictions for the world of MMA in 2024. 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
07/01/242h 7m

Emergency Reaction: Francis Ngannou vs. Anthony Joshua is ON!

Francis Ngannou's first fight of 2024 is booked, and it will take place in the boxing ring, not an MMA cage. As MMA Fighting confirmed on Friday, Ngannou will face Anthony Joshua in a 10-round boxing match that is targeted for March, although the date is currently not finalized at this time. Following Ngannou making the decision to leave the UFC as heavyweight champion in early 2023, he went on to sign with the PFL before taking Tyson Fury to the limit in his pro boxing debut in October. Now, "The Predator" gets another massive opportunity to shake things up in boxing's heavyweight division. Following the news being announced, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Eric Jackman react to the news, how it benefits both fighters, discuss what it means for Ngannou's MMA future, early predictions, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti 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
05/01/2428m 39s

HOAM | Would You Want To See Nick Diaz Return At UFC 300?

UFC 300 will be here before we know it, and everyone seems to have an idea of what the historic UFC pay-per-view event should look like. With Conor McGregor announcing he's fighting Michael Chandler in June, the main event — along with the full supporting cast — remains a mystery. So what would be your ideal UFC 300 lineup? On a special edition of Heck of a Morning (in the afternoon), MMA Fighting's Mike Heck takes your UFC 300 fight card suggestions. Additionally, he'll answer your questions about anything and everything as it relates to the crazy world of MMA, interim champ Tom Aspinall tweeting his thoughts about Stipe Miocic getting a title shot vs. Jon Jones over him, whether or not Nick Diaz should return 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
05/01/241h 25m

BTL | Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler, UFC 300, More | Fan Q&A

According to Conor McGregor, his return is set against Michael Chandler at the UFC's International Fight Week in June. Although the promotion has yet to officially announce, it appears as if we'll see the sport's biggest star before the second half of 2024. On an all-new edition of Between the Links, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew react to McGregor's announcement that his bout with Chandler will not take place at UFC 300, but on June 29, along with the opening odds giving McGregor a slight edge. Additionally, the panel takes your questions about the bouts currently on the table for April's UFC 300 event, Leon Edwards saying he'll be defending his welterweight title on the card, what could be the main event, other big stories in the sport with the UFC on break until next Saturday, 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
04/01/241h 20m

HOAM | What In the World Will Headline UFC 300?

Conor McGregor announced his octagon return against Michael Chandler, but according the former two-division world champ, it will not be happening at UFC 300 as many were predicting. With the UFC's 2024 calendar filling up rapidly, what fight will headline one of the promotion's biggest and monumental events? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the McGregor vs. Chandler announcement for June 29, if it is a mistake by the UFC to not have the fight headline UFC 300, and what the UFC could do in order to make that all-important main event spot pop. Additionally, listener topics include a potential Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad fight, if Justin Gaethje or Charles Oliveira should get the shot at Islam Makhachev, the UFC's future at the APEX, the promotion's debut in Saudi Arabia still without a headliner, 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
04/01/241h 20m

2024 UFC Champions Predictions: Who Will Hold UFC Gold By Year's End?

Who will be our 11 UFC champions by the end of 2024? The gang is BACK to predict the upcoming championship slate and debate the biggest winners and biggest upsets of the next 12 months. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow Damon Martin @DamonMartin 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
01/01/241h 28m

DAMN! They Were Good | Right Leg Hospital, Left Leg Cemetary: The Legend Of Mirko Cro Cop

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 legendary career of Mirko Cro Cop. Making a name for himself in kickboxing as one of the most exciting fighters in K-1, Mirko Cro Cop transitioned to MMA in 2001 and quickly became one of the standout fighter in Pride FC. Leaving a trail of unconscious bodies in his wake thanks to his devastating left high kick, Cro Cop became one of the most accomplished and beloved heavyweights in history, most notably winning the Pride Openweight Grand Prix in 2006 and serving as one-half of the Fight of the Decade against Fedor Emelianenko. A disappointing sting in the UFC followed but Cro Cop then found new life with a late career resurgence that saw him claim a K-1 world title and win the RIZIN Openweight Grand Prix in 2016 before hanging up the gloves for good in 2019 following a stroke. What were the most iconic performances and what were our favorite memories from Cro Cop's career? Listen in as the MMA Fighting crews remembers remembers one of the most devastating strikers in MMA history. Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Shaheen 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
31/12/232h 8m

On To the Next One | 2023 Predictions Recap

With 2023 being such a crazy year in the world of mixed martial arts, we felt it was important to look back at the predictions that were made heading into a memorable year for the sport. In part one of our two-part predictions extravaganza, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee look back on some of the responses they had to listener questions in regards to what 2023 was going to bring. Topics include Conor McGregor's activity for the year, whether or not Jon Jones would retire at some point, if Dana White would be punished for what happened at the start of the year, what the year could bring for the likes of Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal, Shavkat Rahkmonov, and Khamzat Chimaev, UFC champions in each division, bold predictions for the year, and more. In addition, we will need you help for part two: our 2024 predictions extravaganza episode. Submit your "buy or sell" questions the same way you send your matchmaking suggestions to Mike or AK on Twitter, Instagram, or email by Thursday, Jan. 4 — and, please, be as creative as you'd like. 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
31/12/2347m 35s

BTL's 2023 Promotional Festivus | Grading the Best and Worst From UFC, PFL, More

With just a couple of days left in the year, it’s almost time to say goodbye to 2023 and hello to 2024. In the sport of MMA, there was certainly a lot to like this past year — and a lot that needs to be improved upon, from the UFC, to PFL, and beyond. On an all-new edition of Between the Links, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Jed Meshew bring you the second annual BTL Promotional Festivus — where they grade the UFC for their 2023 performance, both in and out of the octagon, along with their airing of grievances for things that happened negatively throughout the course of the year. Additionally, the duo do the same for PFL, Bellator's year prior to the merger, ONE Championship, BKFC, and give their thoughts on things they did better from the year prior, other ideas to bring into 2024, and what could be the breakout promotion in the space for the upcoming year. 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
28/12/231h 42m

2023 Year-End Awards Spectacular: Celebrating The Best Of The Best From One Of MMA's Craziest Years Ever

The MMA world will never forget the insanity of 2023. Join the MMA Fighting staff as we look back at the biggest highs, breakout stars, and most unbelievable moments of 2023 in a special year-end retrospective. We’re honoring all the nights that defined one of the craziest 12-month stretches this sport has ever seen — and handing out plenty of hardware in celebration of the knockouts, submissions, fights, fighters, and rookies who made sure 2023 was a year that will go down as one of the wildest ever. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow Eric Jackman @NewYorkRic Follow Mike Heck @MickHeck_JR Follow Josè Youngs @JoseYoungs Follow E. Casey Leydon @Ekc 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
27/12/231h 12m

Trocação Franca | UFC, jornalismo e futuro do MMA (c/ Alexandre Lemos, Connect Cast)

2023 chegou ao fim e o mundo do MMA inicia um novo ano com mais perguntas do que o costume. O Trocação Franca recebe em seu último episódio da temporada o líder do Connect Cast, Alexandre Lemos, para analisar o esporte por diversos prismas, do papel da imprensa às próximas conquistas dentro do octógono em uma resenha de 1 hora de duração O podcast traz, ainda, Bibiano Fernandes explicando com exclusividade sua saída do ONE Championship, e o invicto Igor Tanabe comentando a carreira no RIZIN. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. 2023 is in the books and the MMA world starts a new year with a ton of questions to be answered. Trocação Franca welcomes Connect Cast host Alexandre Lemos to close out the year and look at the sport through different angles in an hour-long chat, from the role of MMA media to in-cage performances. This week’s podcast also features an interview with Bibiano Fernandes, discussing his departure from ONE Championship, and undefeated prospect Igor Tanabe breaking down his upcoming bout at RIZIN’s NYE card. 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
27/12/231h 42m

Fighter vs. Writer: 2023 Year In Review With Alan Jouban Talking Jon Jones’ Return, Sean Strickland’s Upset and Much More

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with a special year-end episode with UFC analyst and retired fighter Alan Jouban joining MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin to discuss the biggest moments from 2023. Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski put on a possible Fight of the Year in February as two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport battled it out in a five round classic. One month later, Jon Jones made his return to the octagon and he finally conquered the heavyweight division while taking out Ciryl Gane in the first round. By June, Amanda Nunes was defending her title and then calling it a career, which dramatically affected two different divisions in the UFC. In September, Sean Strickland pulled off one of the most epic upsets in the history of the UFC when he thumped Israel Adesanya to become middleweight champion. Follow along with us as we go through the biggest moments in 2023 and start looking ahead at what’s to come in 2024 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
26/12/231h 15m

Belal Muhammad Fires Back at Leon Edwards, Trashes ‘Pathetic’ Colby Covington After UFC 296

Belal Muhammad knows he’s the No. 1 contender in the UFC welterweight division but he’s still waiting on reigning champion Leon Edwards to acknowledge him as the next person in line for a shot at the title. Following an action-packed UFC 296, Muhammad sits down with MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin to give his thoughts on fight week after he weighed in as the backup for the main event and what he thought about Edwards’ performance with a unanimous decision victory over Covington Muhammad will address Edwards’ post fight comments about him and his belief that the UFC will honor the promised made to him that he will get the next shot at the title. He also slams Covington for his “pathetic” remarks regarding Edwards’ father during the UFC 296 pre-fight press conference along with his abysmal showing in the title fight plus much more in this exclusive interview.   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
23/12/2333m 24s

HOAM | Reaction To Dana White's UFC 300 Fight Announcements

UFC CEO Dana White dropped a slew of fight announcements on Thursday, including the first bouts for the historic UFC 300 event in April. While White didn't drop the main event, he did drop some interesting bouts such as Aljamain Sterling vs. Calvin Kattar, Jiri Prochazka vs. Aleksandar Rakic, and the return of Bo Nickal. Do those fights make you feel as if the PPV lineup will be the most stacked card we've had in a few years? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the UFC 300 bouts, along with White announcing Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa, and the moving up of Ian Machado Garry vs. Geoff Neal, Yair Rodriguez vs. Brian Ortega 2 for Mexico City, and Erin Blanchfield vs. Manon Fiorot for UFC Atlantic City in March. Additionally, listener questions include Alex Pereira potentially teasing a move up to heavyweight to try and win a third UFC divisional title, Alexa Grasso and Zhang Weili's respectful back and forth, Parker Porter's UFC release, 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
22/12/231h 35m

BTL | UFC 296 Fallout, Year-End Awards Preview | MMA Fighting

With the conclusion of UFC 296, the UFC's 2023 campaign is over, and that means it's almost time to hand out some hardware as the MMA Fighting year-end awards are just around the corner. The panel will preview the 2023 awards following a quick look back at UFC 296, Colby Covington's head scratching performance against Leon Edwards, and more. This week, the panel of MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, and E. Casey Leydon preview the MMA Fighting 2023 year-end awards and reveal their top-five nominees for Fighter of the Year and discuss where Sean Strickland fits in after his unbelievable year, along with Fight of the Year, Knockout of the Year, Submission of the Year, and Rookie of the Year. They'll also discuss if there are any snubs, why their list came to be, if 2023 was the craziest year in the history of the sport, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee 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
21/12/231h 16m

HOAM | Is Belal Muhammad Going To Get His Chance At UFC Gold Against Leon Edwards?

While Belal Muhammad seems like a pretty clear choice to get the next shot at Leon Edwards and the UFC welterweight title, things still appear to be up in the air in regards to how the 170-pound title picture plays out. Does Shavkat Rakhmonov jump over him? Is the UFC waiting to see what happens with the Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler fight? Muhammad certainly deserves the shot, but will he get it? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses that and states his case for Muhammad to get his day in court, while also reacting to Edwards no-selling Muhammad, the champ's tweet at the surging contender, and his head coach saying he would prefer Gilbert Burns being next over Muhammad. Additionally, listener questions include Colby Covington's appearance on Fox News, UFC 300, what Sean Strickland's title reign could look like if he beats Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297, 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
21/12/231h 10m

Trocação Franca | Balanço do UFC em 2023 c/ André Azevedo (+ Alexandre Pantoja)

O UFC encerrou seu calendário em 2023, e o Trocação Franca recebe o narrador André Azevedo para fazer um balanço da temporada e eleger os melhores (e piores) do ano. O podcast recebe também o campeão dos moscas Alexandre Pantoja, que fez uma revelação surpreendente sobre a vitória diante de Brandon Royval no UFC 296. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. The UFC has closed its year, and Trocação Franca welcomes UFC Fight Pass Brazil commentator André Azevedo to recap the year and pick the best (and worst) of 2023. The podcast also features an interview with UFC flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja, who makes a surprising reveal about his UFC 296 title defense over Brandon Royval. 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
20/12/231h 12m

Rankings Show: The Colby Covington Reckoning + Our Biggest Surprises Of 2023

The knives are out for Colby Covington, but why have the past few days felt so different than when any other polarizing MMA figure loses? Old pals Jed Meshew and Damon Martin join co-hosts Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee this week to unpack everything UFC 296. The gang hits the absurdity that was Strickland vs. DDP around (11:05), as well as the reckoning Covington now faces around (20:51) and where his third title loss ranks among the great ya-blew-it nights in UFC history. Then, the boys discuss Leon Edwards snatching the No. 3 spot from Jon Jones on the pound-for-pound list around (1:02:43), Shavkat Rakhmonov's ferocious ascendance to title contention around (1:19:49), the biggest rankings surprises of 2023 around (1:30:58), and much more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti 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
19/12/231h 49m

HOAM | Will Colby Covington Be Able To Bounce Back From Forgettable UFC 296 Performance?

Colby Covington had the Las Vegas crowd in the palm of his hands throughout UFC 296 fight week, including the press conference where he took a controversial shot at Leon Edwards, his walk to the octagon for the main event and last minute powwow with Donald Trump — and then the fight began, and he was dominated by the champion and put forth an effort that has left the MMA community scratching their heads. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to UFC 296, Edwards' successful title defense, and if Covington will be able to bounce back in the eyes of fans following the worst performance of his career. Additionally, listener questions include whether or not Belal Muhammad should be next for Edwards, where Shavkat Rakhmonov fits in the mix after submitting Stephen Thompson, the incredible battle between Irene Aldana and Karol Rosa, Ariane Lipski's outstanding outing against Casey O'Neill, Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis fighting in the crowd, Dana White announcing a slew of fights for UFC 299 — including the newly signed Michael Page vs. Kevin Holland — 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
19/12/231h 27m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Not Interested in Seeing Colby Covington Again, Plus Where Tony Ferguson Goes After UFC 296

Following arguably the biggest card of the year at UFC 296, UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin react to everything that unfolded on Saturday night in the final pay-per-view card in 2023. Leon Edwards successfully defended his title in the main event with a shutout performance over Colby Covington. Following the loss in his third attempt at becoming undisputed champion, where does Covington go from here? Does he have what it takes to earn his way back for another title shot or has he already reached his ceiling in the UFC? With Edwards winning, is Belal Muhammad next in line or did Shavkat Rakhmonov beating Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson change the pecking order at welterweight? We’ll also discuss the fallout from Tony Ferguson suffering a seventh straight loss to Paddy Pimblett and if he should actually retire or possibly return for another fight? 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
19/12/231h 41m

On To the Next One | What's Next For Leon Edwards, Colby Covington After UFC 296?

The fallout of UFC 296 was always a part of what made Saturday's UFC pay-per-view event so intriguing. Following the final UFC card of 2023, where does Leon Edwards and Colby Covington go following Edwards' dominant win? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee attempt to answer that question from a matchmaking perspective on the final matchmaking edition of On To the Next One for the year. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja following his unanimous decision win in the co-main event against Brandon Royval, Shavkat Rakhmonov after submitting Stephen Thompson in the featured bout, Paddy Pimblett following his lopsided decision win over Tony Ferguson, Josh Emmett after his terrifying knockout of Bryce Mitchell, 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
17/12/231h 3m

UFC 296 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Leon Edwards' Dominant Win Over Colby Covington

Leon Edwards made it look easy in his second title defense when he earned a unanimous decision over Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 296. Although it certainly won't be on anyone's Fight of the Year lists, what comes next for the UFC welterweight champion, as well as Covington, will be interesting.  Following the final pay-per-view event of 2023 for the UFC, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Jed Meshew react to Saturday's card, Edwards' championship retaining victory, Covington's puzzling strategy and performance, Alexandre Pantoja's successful flyweight title defense against Brandon Royval, Shavkat Rakhmonov and Paddy Pimblett's win, Josh Emmett's brutal knockout of Bryce Mitchell, Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis' brawl in the crowd during the event, 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
17/12/231h 24m

UFC 296 Watch Party Replay w/ Mike Heck & Conner Burks (And More Special Guests!)

Relive the magic of UFC 296's live watch party with Mike Heck, Conner Burks, plus a few special guests! Check out the original UFC 296 Watch Party video here: https://www.youtube.com/live/n5putD8D8XY?si=xx3tHG_k-SxiAYsy 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
17/12/233h 42m

UFC 296 Preview Show | Leon Edwards Vs. Colby Covington, Alexandre Pantoja Vs. Brandon Royval 2, And More

Things got heated between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington at Thursday's press conference ahead of their main event championship matchup at UFC 296. While Covington may have crossed the line, Edwards reacted as a melee nearly unfolded. With how fight week has gone, has the perception changed in regards to how this fight will play out? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew preview the UFC's stacked final pay-per-view of the year, what the fallout of the Edwards vs. Covington could be depending on who wins, and what happens with Covington if he comes up short for the third time battling for an undisputed title. Additionally, they'll discuss the co-main event for the flyweight title between Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval, the big welterweight clash between Shavkat Rakhmonov and Stephen Thompson, Tony Ferguson vs. Paddy Pimblett heating back up following the press conference and what the aftermath of that bout can bring, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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
15/12/231h 19m

HOAM | Reaction To Wild UFC 296 Press Conference, Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington Near Melee

The UFC 296 press conference saw a lot of trash talk, mostly between headliners Leon Edwards and Colby Covington, with the welterweight title challenger saying some things that many believed crossed the line. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Thursday's wild press conference, Covington's comments about Edwards' father and taking shots at Stephen Thompson, how Thompson was able to somewhat disarm Covington, what is and isn't over the line when it comes to fight promotion — if there is anything — the UFC 296 co-main event between Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval, Ian Machado Garry being forced to withdraw from the card due to illness and the potential impact of it, the welterweight title picture depending on who wins 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
15/12/231h 27m

BTL | Reaction To Ian Machado Garry Out Of UFC 296, Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington | Fan Q&A Edition

With UFC 296 just a few days away, the storylines are aplenty heading into the UFC's final fight card of the year, including the welterweight championship main event between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington. Where does Edwards go with a win? Where does the division go if Covington claims his first undisputed championship? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, it's a special fan Q&A edition as MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew discuss the potential fallout of Saturday's championship headliner. Additionally, the panel will answer questions such as Ian Machado Garry being scratched from his matchup with Vicente Luque due to illness, Tony Ferguson vs. Paddy Pimblett, Belal Muhammad serving as the backup fighter for the main event and what that means, Shavkat Rakhmonov looking to keep his incredible undefeated run alive against Stephen Thompson, Jake Paul vs. Andre August having absolutely no buzz at all, 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
14/12/231h 13m

No Bets Barred: Can Colby Covington Upset Leon Edwards At UFC 296 To Finally Win A Title?

No Bets Barred returns with a full breakdown of UFC 296 and the welterweight title fight between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington, plus the flyweight title fight between Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval. It's the final fight card of the year and as such, co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew bring out the big guns to end 2023 right, bringing back fan favorite Tony Calatayud to help them break down one of the best cards of the year. How will a nearly two year layoff effect Covington as he attempts to finally win an undisputed UFC title? Can Royval get his revenge and a UFC belt? Is Shavkhat Rakhmonov ready for a title shot? And does Tony Ferguson have any chance of stopping his historic slide? All this and more is discussed on the final episode of 2023. Tune in for episode 73 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
13/12/231h 33m

Emergency Reaction: Ian Machado Garry No-Shows UFC 296 Media Day Amid Controversies

UPDATE: Garry has withdrawn from his UFC 296 matchup against Vicente Luque after falling ill on Wednesday night. * * Ian Machado Garry is the talk of Las Vegas, but for all the wrong reasons. This Saturday, Machado Garry faces Vicente Luque on the main card of UFC 296 in Las Vegas amid swirling controversies around his personal and professional life. Earlier this week, Machado Garry invited this opportunity, saying he was going to stick it to his "haters" by beating Luque and continue to rise up the ranks, but on Wednesday, "The Future" gave his haters ample ammunition for talking trash when he skipped out on the UFC 296 Media Day. What just happened and what does this mean for Machado Garry's future? MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Alexander K. Lee discuss. 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
13/12/2331m 54s

Trocação Franca | Cara de Sapato de volta ao MMA (+ Durinho analisa UFC 296)

Ex-BBB, campeão do TUF e da PFL, “Cara de Sapato” revelou ao Trocação Franca que finalmente voltará aos palcos do MMA em 2024. Na entrevista, o lutador falou sobre a vida como celebridade pós-reality show, a compra do Bellator pela PFL, a vida fora do UFC, e muito mais. O programa recebe ainda Gilbert Durinho, que analisa as principais lutas da sua divisão no UFC 296, e Lucas Almeida, representante brasileiro no card diante de Andre Fili. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Former Big Brother Brasil contestant, TUF winner, and PFL champion Antonio Carlos Jr. announced on this week’s Trocação Franca that he’s finally returning to MMA for the 2024 PFL season. “Shoeface” discussed life as a celebrity post-Big Brother, PFL acquiring Bellator, and much more. Gilbert Burns also joins the program to break down the top welterweight matches at Saturday’s UFC 269 event, and Lucas Almeida discusses his upcoming bout with Andre Fili. 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
13/12/2346m 56s

HOAM | Win or Lose, What's Next For Colby Covington After UFC 296 Title Fight vs. Leon Edwards?

Colby Covington will fight for the UFC welterweight title this Saturday against Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC 296. Should he be victorious, Covington will capture undisputed gold for the first time in his career, if he loses, "Chaos" will fall to 0-3 in undisputed championship bouts. Depending on the result, where will Covington go after UFC 296? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses Covington's future and legacy based on how things play out, and where both he and Edwards could go following the final UFC pay-per-view event of 2023. Additionally, listener topics include Casey O'Neill's ceiling at 125, PFL's season structure, if Conor McGregor could be in play for Covington with a title win on Saturday, Edwards teasing a future move to 185, Alexandre Pantoja vs. Brandon Royval flying way 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
12/12/2352m 16s

Fighter vs. Writer: UFC 296 Preview, Picks and Predictions with Alan Jouban

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with special guest Alan Jouban joining MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin to break down all the storylines unfolding at UFC 296 along with picks and predictions. At the top of the card, Leon Edwards will defend his welterweight title against Colby Covington but just how big are the stakes in this fight for Covington as he gets his third shot at becoming undisputed champion. Could this be his last chance at winning the welterweight title? We’ll also talk about a potential Fight of the Night in the co-main event as Alexandre Pantoja defends his flyweight title against Brandon Royval. Shavkat Rakhmonov takes on Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and we’ll discuss where we feel like Rakhmonov fits in this division, especially if he gets a win at UFC 296. Also what does Thompson need to do to pull off the upset? Tony Ferguson will attempt to stave off a seventh consecutive loss in a row but Jouban explains why he believes the UFC gave him the best possible fight while matching him up against Paddy Pimblett. Plus with all the distractions happening around Ian Machado Garry, can he shut out the noise and just focus on his fight with Vicente Luque? 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
12/12/231h 12m

Jon Anik Previews Colby Covington's Return vs. Leon Edwards At UFC 296

UFC play-by-play voice Jon Anik joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to preview Saturday's UFC 296 event, the main event between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington and what's at stake for both guys, talks the Alexandre Pantoja vs. Brandon Royval co-main event flying under the radar, what the reaction would be if Stephen Thompson upsets Shavkat Rakhmonov, the UFC booking Tony Ferguson vs. Paddy Pimblett, the potential pressure on Ian Machado Garry, 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
11/12/2333m 12s

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 83

Song Yadong and Khalil Rountree closed the final UFC Fight Night event of 2023 off with importan wins, and callouts for bigger fights, including the surging light heavyweight shooting his shot at Alex Pereira and a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title. Will either Song — with his callout of former bantamweight champ Petr Yan — or Rountree get what they want? 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 Song following his main event decision win over Chris Gutierrez. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Rountree after stopping Anthony Smith in the co-main event. Nasrat Haqparast following his first-round finish of Jamie Mullarkey, Tim Elliott following his short notice opening-round submission win, Andre Muniz after putting an end to his two-fight skid in the main card opener, 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
10/12/231h 24m

UFC Vegas 83 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Khalil Rountree's Nasty KO, Song Yadong's Main Event Win

While Song Yadong swept the scorecards in the bantamweight main event against Chris Gutierrez, it was Khalil Rountree who stole the show at UFC Vegas 83 with his emphatic third-round finish of Anthony Smith in the co-main event before calling out new light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira. If timing is his friend, could Rountree somehow get what he wants? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Eric Jackman react to the UFC's final Fight Night event of 2023, Song's dominant win over Gutierrez, whether or not he'll get his wish and face Petr Yan next, Gutierrez's frustrations throughout the fight, Rountree hitting his stride following the biggest win of his career, and his title prospects heading into 2024. Additionally, they discuss the post-fight bonus winners, Andre Muniz getting back on track against Jun Yong Park, Tatsuro Taira picking up another stoppage victory to remain undefeated, 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
10/12/2345m 52s

UFC Vegas 83 Preview Show | Could Anthony Smith Earn Title Shot With Upset Win? | Song vs. Gutierrez

Song Yadong and Chris Gutierrez will battle it out in the main event of Saturday's UFC Vegas 83 event at the APEX, but the storylines seem to be centered on the co-main event in the UFC's light heavyweight division between Anthony Smith — who steps in on short notice — to face the surging Khalil Rountree. Could a win propel Smith to a title shot against Alex Pereira should the new champ want to stay active? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Jed Meshew preview the promotion's final stop before UFC 296, the 135-pound headliner between Song and Gutierrez and the stakes attached to the fight, Smith possibly sneaking into a title fight with Pereira if he upsets Rountree, Andre Muniz looking to get back on track against Jun Yong Park, Tatsuro Taira's bright future, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs 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
08/12/231h 6m

HOAM | Should Charles Oliveira or Justin Gaethje Get Next Title Fight vs. Islam Makhachev?

With Arman Tsarukyan's huge win in the main event of UFC Austin, there's been a lot of debate on how to matchmake the top of the lightweight division, including who Islam Makhachev should defend his lightweight title against next — Charles Oliveira or Justin Gaethje. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the loaded 155-pound division, who Makhachev should face in his next title defense, and who Tsarukyan should face following his 64 second finish of Beneil Dariush. Additionally, listener topics include the future of UFC APEX cards, UFC Vegas 83, the flyweight development of Muhammad Mokaev and Tatsuro Taira, KSW and Oktagon MMA making big moves in 2023, 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
08/12/231h 11m

BTL | Mike Perry's Next Move, Tsarukyan Shines, Dana White Blasts PFL Deal, Jon Jones Fires Back w/ Luke Thomas

This past Saturday delivered a fun and chaotic day in the world of MMA and combat sports as Arman Tsarukyan and Mike Perry ended UFC Austin and BKFC 56 with main event stoppages. With both men vying for big fights next, where will Tsarukyan and Perry go from their big wins? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel attempts to answer those questions following the latest offerings from the UFC and BKFC, discuss what 2024 could look like for Tsarukyan, and Perry's future as the face of bare-knuckle fighting. Additionally, topics include Dana White's response to PFL's acquisition of Bellator, Donn Davis' answer the next day, Jon Jones reacting to Tom Aspinall's call for Jones to be stripped of the heavyweight title, UFC Vegas 83 this Saturday headlined by Song Yadong vs. Chris Gutierrez, who has the most to gain on the card, and much more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Morning Kombat's Luke Thomas. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Luke Thomas: @lthomasnews 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
07/12/231h 19m

HOAM | What Is the Most Compelling Non-Title Fight For UFC 296?

The UFC is ending 2023 with a loaded UFC 296 pay-per-view event that features two world title fights, and a slew of compelling storylines outside of the top-two bouts. Of all of the non-title fights, what is the most intriguing on the card? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the UFC 296 card, the low-key storylines, and if Ian Machado Garry vs. Vicente Luque could be the big talking point outside of the championship bouts at night's end. Additionally, listener questions include the UFC Vegas 83 main event between Song Yadong and Chris Gutierrez and if the betting lines may be too wide, Anthony Smith's future following his co-main event bout with Khalil Rountree, if Tom Aspinall will ever get the chance to fight Jon Jones, the UFC anti-trust lawsuit, 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
07/12/231h 22m

Trocação Franca | Alexandre Pantoja explica finalização de olhos fechados no UFC

No auge da sua carreira e sem se deixar levar pela modinha de trash talk do MMA atual, Alexandre Pantoja quer fazer história no UFC. Campeão dos moscas, Pantoja falou ao Trocação Franca sobre a defesa de título contra Brandon Royval, na próxima semana, explicou por que finaliza de olhos fechados no MMA, se cogita subir ao peso galo para enfrentar Sean O’Malley e Deiveson Figueiredo, e muito mais. O podcast traz ainda uma entrevista com Luana Santos, que volta ao octógono sábado em Las Vegas. In his prime and uninterested in joining MMA’s trash-talk trend, Alexandre Pantoja vows to make history in the UFC. The flyweight champion returns to Trocação Franca to discuss his upcoming rematch with Brandon Royval at next week’s UFC 296, why he closes his eyes to work on submissions, if he’s into the idea of moving up to bantamweight to fight Sean O’Malley or Deiveson Figueiredo, and more. The podcast also features an interview with Luana Santos ahead of Saturday’s UFC Vegas event. 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
07/12/2347m 1s

DAMN! They Were Good | Remembering Mark Hunt, The King Of The Walk Off KO

DAMN! They Were Good celebrates the careers of the most exciting and influential fighters in MMA history. This episode covers Mark Hunt, The King of the Walkoff KO and a criminally underrated action fighter. Moving to MMA in 2004 after a short but accomplished career in kickboxing, the "Super Samoan" had immediate success in Pride, beating Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop to establish himself as a serious threat. Then came a down period though as Hunt lost six in a row, including a UFC debut that the company begrudgingly gave him after he refused a buyout on his contract. What followed was one of the greatest second acts in MMA history as Hunt established himself as one of the best in the world and became a bona fide star, before an ugly late career period marred by a prolonged legal battle with the UFC ultimately left Hunt with less of a reputation that he deserves. What were the most iconic performances and what were our favorite memories from Hunt's career? Listen in as the MMA Fighting crews remembers remembers the man who gave MMA the Atomic Butt Drop. 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
07/12/233h 10m

No Bets Barred: Best Bets For UFC Shang-Vegas Plus Pour One Out For The Georgia Bulldogs Dynasty

UFC returns to action this weekend with UFC Vegas 83 taking place at the Apex on Saturday evening and headlined by a bantamweight matchup between Song Yadong and Chris Gutierrez. Originally planned for Shanghai, the fight card was shifted to the Apex and despite the chance in venue, the No Bets Barred boys still have a full breakdown of all their favorite bets. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick the episode off with a sad eulogy for the University of Georgia Bulldogs Dynasty, as the boys' beloved Dawgs fell to Alabama (and the incompetence of Mike Bobo) in the SEC Championship game. Then it's on to fight business where the boys discuss Gutierrez's chances at pulling off the upset, Anthony Smith stepping in on short notice for the co-main event, Tatsuro Taira as a flyweight prospect, and just how smart a Song Gimmick Parlay is. Tune in for episode 72 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
06/12/2348m 50s

HOAM | What's Next For Arman Tsarukyan After Quick Finish Of Beneil Dariush At UFC Austin?

Arman Tsarukyan solidified himself as a major player in the UFC's lightweight division with his incredibly impressive 64 second finish of Beneil Dariush in the main event of UFC Austin this past Saturday. The 27-year-old called for a fight with Justin Gaethje next, but will he get something of that magnitude, or will he have to fight backwards when he returns to the octagon? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Tsarukyan's unreal showing against Dariush, where he could go after picking up the biggest win of his career, and if UFC pivot in regards to the division's next title fight. Additionally, listener questions include Jalin Turner's finish of Bobby Green, the likely end of Green and Dariush's title hopes, Miesha Tate's one-sided win against Julia Avila, where Mike Perry goes from his BKFC 56 win over Eddie Alvarez, Josh Emmett needing a new opponent for UFC 296, 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
05/12/231h 21m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Reacts to Turner vs. Green Stoppage, Mike Perry’s Win, PFL Taking Lessons From BKFC

On the heels of UFC Austin and BKFC 56, The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discussing the fallout from both events. Arman Tsarukyan capped off the UFC card with a stunning knockout over Beneil Dariush but was that enough to earn him a title shot or who should he face next instead? Brown also gives his opinion on the late stoppage involving Jalin Turner and Bobby Green and his preference for referees in his own fight career. We’ll also discuss BKFC 56 where Mike Perry remained undefeated in bare-knuckle fighting with a win over Eddie Alvarez in a wild fight that only lasted two rounds. Plus we’ll detail how BKFC has managed to carve out a niche in combat sports while promotions like the PFL are still trying to gain traction while attempting to goad the UFC into a war of words. 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
05/12/231h 51m

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

Arman Tsarukyan is now likely a win away from getting to a lightweight title shot, and a potential rematch with Islam Makhachev following his absolute drubbing of Beneil Dariush in the main event of UFC Austin on Saturday. With the 155-pound division being in a wild place, Tsarukyan finds himself in an interesting spot following the biggest win of his career. 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 Tsarukyan after stopping Dariush in just over a minute in the headliner. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Jalin Turner after his brutal finish of Bobby Green in the co-main event, Deiveson Figueiredo after his dominant decision win over Rob Font in his bantamweight debut, Sean Brady following his one-sided submission win over Kelvin Gastelum, along with fellow main card winners Joaquim Silva, Dustin Stoltzfus, 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
03/12/231h 31m

UFC Austin Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Arman Tsarukyan's Quick Destruction Of Beneil Dariush

Arman Tsarukyan sent a message to Islam Makahchev, and the rest of the UFC's lightweight division after a devastating knockout of Beneil Dariush in the main event of UFC Austin. Where does the title contender go following the biggest win of his career? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Shaheen Al-Shatti react to a chaotic return to Texas for the UFC, Tsarukyan's incredibly impressive performance, the fascination for a rematch between Makhachev and Tsarkyan, and Dariush's title hopes officially coming to an end. Additionally, they discuss Jalin Turner's vicious finish of Bobby Green and referee Kerry Hatley's awful stoppage, Deiveson Figueiredo and Sean Brady's big wins, Miesha Tate's bounce back performance against Julia Avila, multiple slam knockouts on the card, and much 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
03/12/2357m 28s

UFC Austin & BKFC 56 Preview Show: Perry vs. Alvarez Perfection + Dariush vs. Tsarukyan & The Bobby Green Renaissance

Saturday will serve as a fun night of combat sports action for fans as the UFC returns to Texas for a loaded UFC Austin event, and BKFC brings BKFC 56 to Salt Lake City headlined by the most exciting fight of the weekend between Mike Perry and Eddie Alvarez. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Jed Meshew preview both fight cards, the pivotal UFC headliner in the lightweight division between Beneil Dariush and Arman Tsarukyan, discuss whether or not it's do-or-die for Beneil Dariush's title hopes, the Bobby Green vs. Jalin Turner co-main event, and more from Saturday afternoon's event. Additionally, they'll discuss the Perry vs. Alvarez bout, the rest of the bouts featuring recognizable names to MMA fans, which event has the best chance to be the lead story next week, listener questions, and much 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
01/12/231h 35m

HOAM | What UFC 'Superfight' Could Dana White Be Teasing?

In a recent interview, UFC CEO Dana White teased that he is working on a "superfight" for 2024, which has sparked some conversation. What could that fight be that White says he's trying to put together, and what actually constitutes a superfight in today's modern age of mixed martial arts? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck gives his thoughts on potential options for what could get matched up for 2024, his definition of what a superfight is these days, and what the reaction could be if it involves Ronda Rousey or Georges St-Pierre. Additionally, listener topics include the importance of Beneil Dariush's main event bout with Arman Tsarukyan at UFC Austin and why saying that he gains nothing from the bout is absolutely incorrect, what could be in store for the PFL in 2024 and their vision for Bellator, who Alex Pereira could fight next after capturing the UFC light heavyweight title, 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
01/12/231h 31m

Mike Perry Wants To Retire Eddie Alvarez At BKFC 56

Mike Perry discusses his upcoming fight against Eddie Alvarez while declaring his intention to retire the former UFC lightweight champion when they clash in a bare-knuckle brawl at BKFC 56. Perry also addresses his recent backup role for the boxing match between Logan Paul and Dillon Danis while casting doubts on playing backup again after his name was used for promotion but he didn't actually get to fight. 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
01/12/2320m 34s

BTL | Mike Perry vs. Eddie Alvarez, UFC Austin, PFL Championship, Dana White's Holiday Fight News

After a rare weekend off for the UFC, they return this Saturday for UFC Austin, which is one of the best Fight Night offerings of the year, while BKFC may be bringing the craziest fight of the weekend between Mike Perry and Eddie Alvarez.  On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel will discuss Saturday’s UFC card in Texas, the main event between Beneil Dariush and Arman Tsarukyan, the new lightweight co-main event between Bobby Green and short notice replacement Jalin Turner, and more. Additionally, they’ll discuss a loaded BKFC 56 card headlined by Perry vs. Alvarez, former UFC heavyweights Ben Rothwell and Todd Duffee in the co-main event, Dana White’s holiday weekend announcements this past week — and a possible leak for Kevin Holland vs. Michael Page — grading the PFL World Championship event and the improvements that need to be made, 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 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
30/11/231h 29m

HOAM | Could Bobby Green Embark On Jorge Masvidal-like Run With UFC Austin Win?

In 2019, Jorge Masvidal went from respected, gritty veteran, to megastar and world title contender, seemingly out of nowhere. Could Bobby Green find himself embarking on a similar path should he pick up another big win this weekend? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses Green's upcoming bout with Jalin Turner this Saturday at UFC Austin, and if a win can help push Green to a Masvidal-like run with the UFC in the loaded lightweight division. Additionally, listener topics include the Beneil Dariush vs. Arman Tsarukyan main event, the UFC Austin card as a whole, PFL renewing with ESPN, Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington at UFC 296, Tony Ferguson's chances against Paddy Pimblett in their upcoming bout, 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
30/11/231h 11m

No Bets Barred: Is Arman Tsarukyan Ready For The Big Time Or Will Beneil Dariush Rebound At UFC Austin?

On Saturday, the UFC returns to action with UFC Austin headlined by a lightweight matchup between Beneil Dariush and Arman Tsarukyan, with another ranked lightweight fight between Jalin Turner and Bobby Green serving as the co-main event, and the No Bets Barred boys are here to break down their favorite bets of the weekend. Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a brief discussion of college football and their beloved Georgia Bulldogs (who play Alabama in the SEC championship game on Saturday) before diving into this stacked event. Topics discussed include Dariush's chances as an underdog, Jalin Turner stepping in on short notice, what former flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo is going to look like up at bantamweight, and wither now is the time to get off the Sean Brady bandwagon. Tune in for episode 71 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
29/11/2356m 30s

Trocação Franca | Mayra Sheetara: Cinturão para ‘destronar’ Amanda Nunes

Mayra Sheetara vai do doping ao cinturão do UFC, mas não contra a rival que imaginava. A peso-galo falou ao Trocação Franca sobre a missão de assumir o posto de melhor do mundo após a aposentadoria de Amanda Nunes, o desafio com Raquel Pennington, a rivalidade com Julianna Peña, e mais. O podcast fala ainda com Allan Puro Osso sobre sua próxima luta no UFC e o trabalho como córner na Chute Boxe, e Rodolfo Bellato sobre os treinos com Alex Poatan e a estreia no UFC diante do homem que aposentou Maurício Shogun. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Mayra Bueno Silva went from a dealing with a doping suspension to fighting for a UFC belt, but not against the opponent she hoped for. “Sheetara” returns to Trocação Franca to discuss her quest for UFC greatness after Amanda Nunes’ retirement, as well as her upcoming title match with Raquel Pennington and growing rivalry with Julianna Peña. The podcast also features chats with Allan Nascimento about his next UFC bout and working as a cornerman for fellow Chute Boxe fighters, plus Rodolfo Bellator on training with UFC champion Alex Pereira and debuting against the man that retired Shogun Rua. 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
29/11/2339m 52s

HOAM | How Do You Grade PFL's World Championship Event?

The PFL completed its 2023 season by crowning six $1 million champions with the promotion's World Championship event this past Friday. In addition to the six title fights, the card also included the long awaited return of Kayla Harrison, along with the PFL debut of Derek Brunson, and more. While there were interesting storylines, and great moments for the new champs, does the promotion need to take a deeper look at their annual championship pay-per-view event structure? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the card, talks why it gets a mid-level grade, and multiple improvements that need to be made to make it successful in the future. Additionally, listener questions include Cris Cyborg's reaction to not being in attendance for the card and a potential matchup with Harrison, Saturday's UFC Austin fight card, the stakes in the Beneil Dariush vs. Arman Tsarukyan main event, Jalin Turner stepping in to fight Bobby Green on short notice in the co-main event, Dana White announcing Anthony Smith will now face Khalil Rountree Dec. 9, 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
28/11/2354m 38s

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Gives Surprising Take on Paul vs. Diaz in MMA, Advice to Fighters Considering Short-Notice Bouts

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin looking ahead at the UFC Austin card on Saturday and the biggest storylines ahead of that event. Beneil Dariush will attempt to get back on track in the main event when he faces Arman Tsarukyan and we’ll discuss the importance of this fight as both lightweights attempt to enter the title talk conversation. In the co-main event, Jalin Turner steps up on short notice to face Bobby Green and Brown offers his advice to fighters considering similar opportunities from the UFC in a risk versus reward situation. Plus we’ll discuss fights involving Kelvin Gastelum vs. Sean Brady, Rob Font vs. Deveison Figueiredo and Miesha Tate’s return against Julia Avila. We’ll also talk about the fallout from the PFL Championship card this past fight and the continued push for Jake Paul to make his MMA debut against Nate Diaz. Would that fight be a recipe for disaster for Paul in his first MMA fight? Brown’s take might surprise you. 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
27/11/231h 37m

DAMN! They Were Good | Was Brock Lesnar The Most Athletic Fighter In UFC History?

DAMN! They Were Good celebrates the careers of the most exciting and influential fighters in MMA history and on this episode it celebrates the career of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, an athletic marvel and one of the biggest stars in the history of the sport. A national champion collegiate wrestler, Lesnar made his bones as a professional wrestling superstar before shifting to MMA in 2007 (after a brief flirtation with the NFL!). What followed was a transformative four year run where Lesnar won the UFC heavyweight title in just his fourth professional fight, and helped usher the promotion fully into the mainstream. What were the most iconic performances, what were our favorite memories, and what did we miss out on in Lesnar's short but remarkably significant run? Listen in as the MMA Fighting crews remembers one of the biggest anomalies in the history of MMA. Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaheen Al-Shatti: @shaunalshatti Follow Steven Marrocco: @MMAFightingSM 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
23/11/232h 31m

BTL | PFL-Bellator Merger, PFL World Championship, UFC Vegas 82, More

The PFL has officially absorbed Bellator MMA in a blockbuster deal made official on Monday morning, and then PFL co-founder Donn Davis joined Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour to answer a lot of the burning questions surrounding it. While the news is certainly big, did Davis do himself and the promotion a disservice with some of the things he said? On a special Thanksgiving edition of Between the Links, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew discuss the deal a few days later and what it all means, Davis suggesting PFL now a "co-leader" with the UFC, why Dana White likely isn't worried about it, and how feasible the structure is for the PFL moving into 2024. Additionally, they discuss the Friday's PFL World Championship card, the $49.99 price tag, Brendan Allen's UFC Vegas 82 main event win over Paul Craig, how close Allen is to a title shot, what they're thankful for in MMA, and much 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
23/11/231h 4m

No Bets Barred: Who Will Win $1 Million At The Special Thanksgiving PFL Championship Feast?

The No Bets Barred boys are back this week with a deep dive into the PFL Championship card on this special Thanksgiving Week episode. On Friday, the 2023 PFL Championships go down in Washington D.C. and co-hosts Connor Burks and Jed Meshew are here to break down all the big fights on this special holiday fight week. Topics discussed include the wisdom of Wiki-capping, which underdogs are worth throwing a few units on, and even another All-In bet from Jed. Will this one backfire like he last All-In bet did? Tune in Friday to find out. Tune in for episode 70 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
22/11/2341m 30s

Trocação Franca | Bellator + PFL x UFC: O que muda no esporte?

A PFL finalmente oficializou a compra do Bellator após meses de novela e especulação, e o Trocação Franca recebe Patrício Pitbull e Juliana Velasquez, campeão e ex-campeã do Bellator, para desmembrar todos os detalhes já anunciados dos planos da PFL para 2024, e se a nova mega-organização tem condições de bater de frente com o UFC pelo posto de número um do MMA. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. It’s finally official that PFL has acquired Bellator, and Trocação Franca welcomes Bellator stars Patricio Pitbull and Juliana Velasquez to react to the news and break down all the details on the deal, plus preview what PFL has in store for 2024. Can the company clash heads with the UFC for the No. 1 spot in mixed martial arts? 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
22/11/2335m 46s

HOAM | Is Dana White Losing Any Sleep Over PFL-Bellator Merger?

The PFL absorbing Bellator was massive news on Monday with an expanded roster, a "reimagined" Bellator, and Donn Davis stating that PFL is now on the verge of being a "co-leader" in the MMA space alongside the UFC — even saying that UFC CEO Dana White is now "worried" about this new merger. But did White, or anyone in the UFC, lose any sleep with this news? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the big news of the week, Davis' interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, his claims about the move making PFL an equal powerhouse to the UFC, and White being worried — which is likely is not. Additionally, more listener questions about the deal, the future of Bellator champions, potential interesting matchups between PFL and Bellator champions, how the deal was announced, Brendan Allen's title hopes at 185 pounds following hiis UFC Vegas 82 win over Paul Craig, 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
21/11/231h 24m

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Reacts to PFL Buying Bellator MMA; Patchy Mix Reveals Who He Wants Next and His Future Under the PFL Banner

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin reacting to the news that the PFL has purchased Bellator MMA as well as everything that unfolded at UFC Vegas 82 and what’s coming up at UFC Austin. Of course, the biggest news of the day came with the PFL acquiring Bellator MMA with plans to promote a champion versus champion card in 2024. The PFL gets a massively improved roster with all of the fighters from Bellator MMA but does this actually make them a legitimate threat to the UFC? PFL founder Donn Davis believes UFC CEO Dana White is “worried” but is that actually true? Does the UFC even see the PFL as a true competitor? Plus we’ll discuss Brendan Allen’s big win over Paul Craig and the new look UFC Fight Night cards in the UFC APEX that aren’t exactly the most stacked events in the world. Plus new Bellator bantamweight champion Patchy Mix joins the show for his first interview since defeating Sergio Pettis to claim the title this past Friday at Bellator 301. Mix reveals who he wants next in his first title defense while also detailing his future plans now that the PFL has purchased Bellator. 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
21/11/231h 46m

Emergency Reaction: Bellator Is Dead, Long Live Bellator | PFL Acquisition FINALLY Official

Bellator as we know it is dead. MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti, Jed Meshew, and Damon Martin react to another crazy day in MMA following PFL's long-awaited acquisition of Bellator and PFL chairman Donn Davis' interview on The MMA Hour about the vision of PFL/Bellator moving forward. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew 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
21/11/2355m 3s

On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 82

Brendan Allen continued his impressive run in the UFC's middleweight division with a dominant performance, and finish over Paul Craig in the main event of UFC Vegas 82. "All-In" called for a No. 1 contender fight in the aftermath, and with the streak he's on, it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility, but will he get it? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss where Allen could go from a matchmaking perspective following his show closing submission win at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Michael Morales following his decision win over Jake Matthews, Chase Hooper after submitting Jordan Leavitt, Amanda Ribas following her stunning third-round knockout of Luana Pinheiro, along with fellow main card winners Peyton Talbott, Myktybek Orolbai, 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
19/11/231h 11m

UFC Vegas 82 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Brendan Allen's Lopsided Submission Win, Referee Controversy

Brendan Allen kept his impressive winning streak going in his first scheduled UFC main event on Saturday as he dominated and finished Paul Craig to cap off UFC Vegas 82. With another finish under his belt, is Allen a true championship threat moving forward at 185, and what should be next for "All-In"? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Jed Meshew react to Allen's impressive showing, discuss who he could fight next, and Craig's future at 185 pounds. Additionally, they discuss Michael Morales' victory over Jake Matthews, Amanda Ribas' incredible third-round finish of Luana Pinheiro and where she could go at 115, Mike Beltran's controversial stoppage of the Trey Ogden vs. Nikolas Motta fight and it being ruled a no contest, the APEX continuing to be a thing, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs 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
19/11/231h 10m

UFC Vegas 82 Preview Show | Will Brendan Allen, Paul Craig Emerge As Future Title Contender?

Following a memorable UFC 295 event, the UFC returns to their home base for UFC Vegas 82, which will be headlined by a pivotal matchup in the middleweight division between surging contender Brendan Allen, and the always-exciting Paul Craig.  MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, and José Youngs preview Saturday's card, including the Allen vs. Craig main event, the stakes attached to it, and what could be awaiting the winner. Additionally, they'll discuss the card quality as a whole, the low-key interesting matchups, some of the exciting prospects on the promotion's second-to-last trip to the APEX for 2023, 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
17/11/2355m 34s

HOAM | Is UFC 'Champ-Champ' Talk Getting Too Watered Down?

Alex Pereira became a two-division UFC champion this past Saturday when he finished Jiri Prochazka in the UFC 295 main event, but he accomplished that feat after leaving the middleweight division behind for good to take on a new challenge. With many current fighters talking about possibly moving up weight classes to challenge for titles being in the news, has the conversation become too watered down? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses why the idea of "champ-champ" status has lost its luster, but how it can become interesting again with two different additions to the conversation. Additionally, listener topics include Bellator 301 likely being the promotion's final event under the current regime, what matchups between Bellator 301 fighters and current UFC competitors would be interesting, Aljamain Sterling teasing working on a matchup with Max Holloway in his featherweight debut, 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
17/11/231h 6m

BTL | Alex Pereira & Tom Aspinall Crowned At UFC 295, Jon Jones, Bellator's Last Dance?

UFC 295 delivered an exciting event at Madison Square Garden, and when the dust settled in the World’s Most Famous Arena, Alex Pereira entered the two-division champion club, while Tom Aspinall stated his case to be MMA’s best heavyweight when he ran over Sergei Pavlovich in just over a minute. Where does Pereira go from here? And could we get a fight between Aspinall and Jon Jones? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel recaps UFC 295, discusses what could be next for Pereira in his first title defense at 205, if the Israel Adesanya trilogy fight could happen, and Jamahal Hill feeling disrespected ahead of a potential matchup between the former champ and Pereira. Additionally, topics include Aspinall’s interim title win, if he could have enough juice to change the UFC’s plans away from a fight between Jones and Stipe Miocic, other standouts from UFC 295, Saturday’s UFC Vegas 82 headlined by Brendan Allen vs. Paul Craig, Bellator 301 being a great card on paper — but possibly the final one for the promotion — and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and recent Gamebred Bareknuckle winner Randy Costa. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Randy Costa: @RandyCosta135 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
16/11/231h 24m

HOAM | What's Next For Alex Pereira While Jamahal Hill Recovers From Injury?

Alex Pereira vs. Jamahal Hill for the UFC light heavyweight title will be a super intriguing matchup, but it's doubtful that Pereira will sit on the sidelines for that long while Hill recovers from his achilles injury. If the UFC chooses to keep Pereira active, will he get his third fight with Israel Adesanya, or will there be a new challenger for the title? On an all-new Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck attempts to answer that question, talks options for Pereira, and why the UFC probably won't wait for Hill before booking the UFC's newest two-division champion. Additionally, listener questions include Bellator 301 possibly being the final promotional event, Scott Coker's run as the promotional face of the organization, Benoit Saint-Denis' future in the UFC's lightweight division, the UFC Vegas 82 main event between Brendan Allen and Paul Craig, Allen's ceiling at 185, 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
16/11/231h 1m

No Bets Barred: Finding Value On A Lackluster UFC Vegas Card, Plus The Final Bellator Event Ever?

The No Bets Barred boys are back this week with a full breakdown of UFC Vegas 82 and plenty of Bellator discussion as on Friday, Bellator 301 takes place in what may end up being the final event in promotional history. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a small recap of UFC 295 before diving into the double header this weekend. Topics discussed include Paul Craig's chances at pulling off the upset over Brendan Allen, Chase Hooper being such a big betting favorite, the shocking lack of quality betting opportunities on the UFC card, and the wisdom of putting together one final Bellator favorite parlay that is sure to get busted. Tune in for episode 69 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
15/11/2346m 30s

Trial Of The Century! Tom Aspinall vs. Jon Jones | Plus, Pereira Burns It All Down AGAIN | Rankings Show

Court is officially in session! Mike Heck and Jed Meshew (plus a special guest) join co-hosts Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee this week for the most important trial in MMA history. With UFC 295 in the rear-view, the gang hits the witness stand around (7:25) to settle once and for all whether Jon Jones or Tom Aspinall is the No. 1 heavyweight in the world. Then, the boys discuss how Alex Pereira has broken MMA — and Jed's brain — around (53:40), play another rollicking round of "What The F*** Are We Supposed To Do Next?" with the two heaviest and most confusing divisions in the sport around (1:11:50), and much, 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
15/11/231h 30m

Trocação Franca | O milagre de Alex Poatan (com Glover Teixeira, Renato Rebelo)

Alex Poatan fez história ao nocautear Jiri Prochazka e adicionar mais um cinturão do UFC ao seu legado, e o Trocação Franca repercute o feito na companhia de Glover Teixeira, seu fiel escudeiro, e o jornalista Renato Rebelo, do Sexto Round. O podcast traz ainda entrevistas com Amanda Ribas, Luana Pinheiro, Patricky Pitbull e Killys Mota, que lutam neste fim de semana no UFC e Bellator. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda semana, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Alex Pereira made history by knocking out Jiri Prochazka and adding another UFC belt to his legacy, and Trocação Franca reacts to his incredible feat alongside his longtime friend Glover Teixeira and Brazilian journalist Renato Rebelo. The podcast also features interviews with Amanda Ribas, Luana Pinheiro, Patricky Pitbull, and Killys Mota ahead of this weekend’s UFC and Bellator events. 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
15/11/231h 44m

HOAM | Will We Ever Get Jon Jones vs. Tom Aspinall? Plus, UFC 295 Fallout

While the idea of a Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic had little buzz ahead of their scheduled matchup at UFC 295 before Jones was forced to withdraw due to injury, whatever buzz was there seems to be fully gone after Tom Aspinall's 69 second destruction of Sergei Pavlovich to win the interim heavyweight title on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The MMA world now wants to see Jones vs. Aspinall, but will we ever get it? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Aspinall's performance, talks the likelihood of a Jones vs. Aspinall fight ever happening, and what Aspinall could likely do next. Additionally, listener questions include Alex Pereira's historic win at UFC 295 in the main event, his callout of Israel Adesanya, where Jamahal Hill fits in the light heavyweight title picture for the UFC, Leon Edwards aiming towards a middleweight title shot if he defeats Colby Covington at UFC 296, 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
14/11/231h 23m

Fighter vs. Writer: UFC 295 Reaction, Early Stoppage in the Main Event and Matt Brown Offers Advice to Mackenzie Dern

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with a new episode reacting to the fallout from UFC 295 where two new champions were crowned. UFC welterweight Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin discuss Tom Aspinall’s stunning first-round knockout win over Sergei Pavlovich and what likely comes next for him. Is there a chance Aspinall will get to fight Jon Jones or should he just give up that idea already? We’ll also discuss Alex Pereira becoming a two-division UFC champion in just his 11th MMA fight but did referee Marc Goddard make a mistake with his stoppage in the main event? Jiri Prochazka isn’t complaining but did the referee cost him the chance to make a comeback? Plus, Brown offers some sage advice to Mackenzie Dern after her knockout loss to Jessica Andrade and if she’s already hit the ceiling in her career after a 2-3 run in her past five fights in the UFC. 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
14/11/231h 36m

On To the Next One | What's Next For New Champs Alex Pereira, Tom Aspinall After UFC 295?

A new light heavyweight champion and interim heavyweight champion were crowned at the UFC's return to Madison Square Garden in New York City. Alex Pereira capped off the wild night with a second-round knockout of Jiri Prochazka to capture the light heavyweight championship. What's next for Pereira and Prochazka following the UFC 295 main event? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee attempt to answer those questions on a brand new live edition of On To the Next One. Additionally, future matchups will be discussed for new interim heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall after his stoppage victory, along with his opponent Sergei Pavlovich, Jessica Andrade after her finish of Mackenzie Dern, Benoit Saint-Denis following his vicious knockout of Matt Frevola, fellow main card finisher Diego Lopes, and more following Saturday's pay-per-view event.  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
12/11/231h 8m

UFC 295 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Alex Pereira, Tom Aspinall's Title Winning Finishes

UFC 295 will go down as one of the wildest UFC events of 2023 with a main card full of finishes — including championship victories for Alex Pereira and Tom Aspinall in the final two bouts, although the main event seemed to have ended with a bit of controversy. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Jed Meshew react to Pereira's historic light heavyweight championship knockout victory over Jiri Prochazka in the main event, whether or not referee Marc Goddard made the correct call in stopping the fight, Pereira's callout of Israel Adesanya, and where Prochazka goes from here. Additionally, they discuss Aspinall's quick knockout win over Sergei Pavlovich to win the interim heavyweight title in the co-main event, who Aspinall could face next, Jessica Andrade, Benoit Saint-Denis, and Diego Lopes' main card finishes, and much more following a chaotic trip to Madison Square Garden.  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
12/11/231h 21m

UFC 295 Watch Party Replay w/ Mike Heck & Conner Burks (And More Special Guests!)

Relive the magic of UFC 295's live watch party with Mike Heck, Conner Burks, plus a few special guests! Timestamps:  Steve Erceg vs. Alessandro Costa conclusion and decision (12:20) Diego Lopes vs. Pat Sabatini (34:55) Lopes stops Sabatini in Round 1 (36:40) Mike's prediction for Chronicles pack autographs (46:20) Matt Frevola vs. Benoit Saint-Danis (50:52) Saint-Denis knocks out Frevola in Round 1 (55:10) Ripping packs part 1 (59:55) Jessica Andrade vs. Mackenzie Dern (1:13:35) Andrade drops Dern in Round 1 (1:21:20) Andrade finishes Dern in Round 2 (1:24:55) Parker Porter joins the show (1:28:40) Ripping packs part 2 (1:36:20) Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tom Aspinall (1:45:42) Aspinall knocks out Pavlovich in Round 1 to win interim belt (1:49:19) Ripping packs part 3 (1:59:33) Mystic Mike nails the autograph prediction (2:02:28) Jiri Prochazka vs. Alex Pereira (2:10:30) Pereira stops Prochazka to win vacant title in Round 2 (2:24:20) Check out the original UFC 295 Watch Party video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgMt4hKWkYQ 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
12/11/232h 43m

UFC 295 Preview Show | Jiri Prochazka vs. Alex Pereira, Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tom Aspinall, More

The UFC returns to Madison Square Garden on Saturday with for UFC 295, which features an expected wild main event for the vacant light heavyweight title between the returning former champ Jiri Prochazka and prior middleweight champion Alex Pereira, along with an interim heavyweight championship bout between surging contenders Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall.  MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Alexander K. Lee preview Saturday's pay-per-view event, the main event between Prochazka and Pereira, what a win would mean for both men, and how interesting the seemingly cursed division could get moving into 2024 depending on who leaves MSG with the gold. Additionally, they'll discuss the co-main event title fight, the short notice nature of it, if either Pavlovich or Aspinall could entice Jon Jones to stick around for a unification bout down the line, the rest of the lineup, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun 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
10/11/231h 25m

HOAM | Where Does UFC 295 Lineup Rank Among Promotion's MSG Cards?

UFC 295 will take place at Madison Square Garden, a historic arena that has featured some of the biggest moments in combat sports, and memorable UFC events. While Saturday’s card is incredibly interesting for the hardcore MMA fan, the vibes for an MSG fight week don’t seem to be there compared to others. Where does UFC 295 rank on paper compared to the promotion’s other six events? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck discusses that topic and goes through the prior lineups for the UFC’s annual trip to The World’s Most Famous Arena. Additionally, topics include the UFC 297 lineup, possible underdog value from a betting perspective, the upcoming Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria title fight slated for UFC 298, 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
10/11/2350m 8s

BTL | Prochazka vs. Pereira, Pavlovich vs. Aspinall, UFC 295, Dana White Announces Title Fights

The UFC returns to Madison Square Garden this Saturday for UFC 295 with two world title fights — Jiri Prochazka vs. Alex Pereira for the vacant light heavyweight title, and Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tom Aspinall for the interim heavyweight title. With Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic no longer happening, how do these title fights, and the event as a whole, hold up on paper? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel will discuss the Prochazka vs. Pereira main event, what could be next for the winner, and if Pereira wins, what does that mean for his combat sports legacy as a two-division champ in just his 11th pro fight, along with being a two-division Glory champ? Additionally, they'll discuss Pavlovich vs. Aspinall, where the heavyweight division goes, if one of the participants could interest Jones enough to stick around after an eventual fight with Miocic, Dana White announcing Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria, and Sean O'Malley vs. Marlon Vera 2 to headline the first three pay-per-views of 2024, Jailton Almeida's win over Derrick Lewis, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and The Sporting News' Andreas Hale.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Andreas Hale: @AndreasHale 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
09/11/231h 10m

HOAM | Tony Ferguson Working With David Goggins, Fascinating UFC 295 Title Fights

Even with the loss of Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic, the UFC 295 title fights are incredibly fascinating with the returning Jiri Prochazka taking on former middleweight champ Alex Pereira, and Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall battling for the interim heavyweight title — both fights nearly pick 'ems from a betting perspective. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the top-two bouts ahead of this Saturday's UFC 295 event at Madison Square Garden, the intriguing and almost unpredictable nature of them, and Pereira's chance to become a first ballot UFC hall-of-famer in just his 11th pro MMA fight should he capture a second divisional title. Additionally, listener topics include the UFC 297 main event between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis, Tony Ferguson working with David Goggins ahead of his UFC 296 bout with Paddy Pimblett, 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
09/11/231h 5m

Daniel Cormier Previews UFC 295, Francis Ngannou’s Options After Fighting Tyson Fury, Laura Sanko Joining the Broadcast Team and More

Ahead of UFC 295 on Saturday, Daniel Cormier sits down with MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin to preview the upcoming event where he’ll call the fights alongside Jon Anik and Joe Rogan. Cormier gives his thoughts on Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tom Aspinall potentially being an even more competitive fight that the previously scheduled matchup between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic. Cormier also previews Alex Pereira going for his second UFC title while facing Jiri Prochazka in the main event. Cormier addresses Francis Ngannou’s recent performance against Tyson Fury while admitting his options to return to MMA are pretty limited right now. The former two-division UFC champion also addresses his work on the broadcast team and the recent addition of Laura Sanko to the rotation. All this and more with UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier ahead of UFC 295. 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
08/11/2338m 55s

No Bets Barred: Who Will Hear 'And New' At UFC 295 And How Can You Profit?

The No Bets Barred boys are back this week with a full breakdown of UFC 295 and the promotion's return to Madison Square Garden with two vacant title fights. In the co-main event, Sergei Pavlovich takes on Tom Aspinall for the interim heavyweight title and then in the main event, former light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka looks to reclaim the belt he never lost when he faces former middleweight champion Alex Pereira. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a small celebration for a major milestone before jumping into UFC 295 and all 13 fights set to take place in New York City. Topics include figuring out who exactly will get the W in the marquee fights, what should we make of Jessica Andrade's terrible 2023, and a minor flirtation with an old reliable. Tune in for episode 68 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
08/11/231h 26m

HOAM | Reaction To Taila Santos Exiting UFC, Strickland vs. Du Plessis Headlining UFC 297

Less than 18 months after taking Valentina Shevchenko to the limit in her only opportunity at UFC gold, Taila Santos is no longer on the UFC roster. While the news seems to be surprising to the MMA community, is Santos exiting the promotion actually a good thing for the 30-year-old fighter? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to the news of Santos' release, and makes the case that Santos continuing her career elsewhere may be the best thing for her at this time. Additionally, listener questions include Dana White's three title fights he announced on Monday, including the UFC 297 main event between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis for the middleweight title, if Sean O'Malley has the most to gain of all the six championship competitors from a star-power perspective, Islam Makhachev getting ranked No. 1 on the UFC's pound-for-pound list, 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
07/11/231h 28m

Jamahal Hill Updates Return Timeline, Previews Jiri Prochazka vs. Alex Pereira At UFC 295

Ahead of UFC 295 on Saturday, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill gives an update on his recovery and timeline to return to action after the suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon that forced him to relinquish his belt while recovering. Hill will detail his rehabilitation as well as compare his injury to New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who also suffered a torn Achilles with both athletes undergoing surgery from the same doctor. Hill also breaks down the upcoming title fight between Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira, which will crown a new light heavyweight champion in his absence while also revealing his plans to return and face the winner. 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
07/11/2329m 9s

Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Makes UFC 295 Picks, Reacts to New Title Fights Including O’Malley vs. Vera

The Fighter vs. The Writer returns with UFC legend Matt Brown and MMA Fighting senior reporter Damon Martin previewing the upcoming UFC 295 card including the two title fights at the top of the lineup. Jiri Prochazka will attempt to recapture the belt he never actually lost when he clashes with Alex Pereira in the main event. Prochazka returns after suffering a devastating shoulder injury that kept him out of action for over a year but he anxiously awaits the chance to reclaim that belt. But will Prochazka’s creativity and willingness to put himself in harm’s way help him win at UFC 295 or could that style come back to haunt him, especially while facing a lethal striker like Pereira? We’ll also look ahead at the interim heavyweight title fight as Sergei Pavlovich looks to extend his six-fight winning streak when he takes on Tom Aspinall. Pavlovich hasn’t seen a second round in any of his recent wins while demolishing every opponent he’s faced by knockout but does Aspinall serve as the perfect fighter to counter his devastating power? Plus we react to the news announced by UFC CEO Dana White on Monday with Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis scheduled at UFC 297, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria at UFC 298 and Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon “Chito” Vera at UFC 299. 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
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