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Get all the mixed martial arts fighting news and analysis you need. On Mondays, the biggest names join Luke Thomas on "The MMA Hour" to discuss the biggest fights and breaking news. On Tuesdays, Peter Carroll and Niall McGrath tackle the latest news in Europe on "Eurobash." Wednesdays bring you Shau…

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    Trocação Franca | Amanda Nunes abre o jogo sobre saída da ATT e luta com Kayla Harrison

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 60:10

    Primeira mulher a conquistar dois cinturões no UFC, Amanda Nunes mudou tudo a caminho da revanche com Julianna Peña. Em entrevista exclusiva ao Trocação Franca, a Leoa explicou a saída da American Top Team, como a presença de possíveis rivais na academia a incomodou, se toparia revanche com Cris Cyborg, e muito mais. Na sessão Fight Week, entrevistas com Ketlen Vieira, Santiago Ponzinibbio e Jailton Malhadinho, que lutam sábado no UFC. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Amanda Nunes has changed everything heading into her rematch with Julianna Peña. In an exclusive interview with Trocação Franca, the first woman to win two UFC belts explains why she left American Top Team, why she was bothered by potential opponents training in the same gym, her thoughts on a rematch with soon-to-be free agent Cris Cyborg, and more. Today's episode also includes interviews with Ketlen Vieira, Santiago Ponzinibbio, and Jailton Almeida ahead of Saturday's UFC event. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every Wednesday to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz @Guicruzzz 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

    Heck of a Morning | Should Islam Makhachev Volunteer To Face Dustin Poirier At UFC 277?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 79:06

    Dustin Poirier is looking for a fight at UFC 277 on July 30 against "anybody that makes sense." With the lightweight title picture still a bit foggy with Charles Oliveira being stripped of the championship and needing an opponent for the vacant title, should Islam Makhachev volunteer his services to face Poirier and further separate himself from the pack? On this episode of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck is asked about the potential of Makhachev raising his hand to face "The Diamond" in Dallas following Poirier's recent appearance on The MMA Hour. In addition, questions include Jan Blachowicz's championship aspirations following his UFC Vegas 54 main event win against Aleksandar Rakic, Tatsuro Taira's debut win and what his ceiling could be, Logan Storley's win over Michael Page at Bellator 281 in London this past weekend, journalism in MMA, the current scoring criteria, and much more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    Fighter vs. Writer: Beneil Dariush Growing Frustrated With Charles Oliveira, Junior Dos Santos Happier Now After His UFC Exit

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 71:08

    Beneil Dariush returns to The Fighter vs. The Writer this week to discuss his growing frustration with Charles Oliveira as the now former UFC lightweight champion decides what's next in his career while teasing his interest in a showdown with Conor McGregor. With a seven-fight win streak and a past fight with Oliveira that already fell apart, Dariush details his problem with “Do Bronx” suddenly targeting somebody like McGregor rather than accepting a fight against him or Islam Makhachev to crown a lightweight champion now that the title has been vacated. Dariush will also give his thoughts on Oliveira's win over Justin Gaethje and an update on his return to action. Also on the show this week, ex-UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos stops by to preview his upcoming fight against Yorgan De Castro, which serves as the main event for Eagle FC 47 on Friday. Dos Santos will explain how he ended up with Eagle FC, his expectations for the future now that he's returning to action and he'll also address his exit from the UFC and how he's found a new kind of happiness with his freedom to fight whenever and wherever he wants. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify Read More: MMA Fighting Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 54

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 79:58

    Jan Blachowicz has made a case to get back to a UFC light heavyweight title fight following his third-round TKO win over Aleksandar Rakic, but will the promotion go in that direction after Blachowicz dropped the belt less than a year ago? This week on On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee give their thoughts in where the former champion goes following his main event victory at UFC Vegas 54 at the APEX. In addition, future matchups are discussed for Ryan Spann after quickly submitting Ion Cutelaba in the co-main event, Davey Grant following his third-round finish of Louis Smolka, Katlyn Chookagian following her split decision win against Amanda Ribas in the event's Fight of the Night, along with fellow main card winners Manuel Torres and Allan Nascimento. 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

    UFC Vegas 54 Post-Fight Show | Jan Blachowicz Wins, But Was It Enough To Get Back To A UFC Title Shot?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 50:21

    Jan Blachowicz is back in the win column, even though his UFC Vegas 54 victory over Aleksandar Rakic ended in an unfortunate way. Was it enough to put in him the position to try and regain the #UFC light heavyweight title against the winner of the UFC 275 main event between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, and Alexander K. Lee attempt to answer that question, react to the post-fight bonuses, Katlyn Chookagian picking up another victory at 125 pounds in a fun scrap with Amanda Ribas, and other storylines coming out of Saturday's card at the APEX.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs 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

    UFC Vegas 54 Preview Show | Will Jan Blachowicz Get Back To Title Fight With Upset Win?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 57:30

    Jan Blachowicz will compete in a non-title fight for the first time in nearly two years when he faces Aleksandar Rakic in the main event of UFC Vegas 54. Will a win get him right back into a championship fight, or will he still have more work to do? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew discuss the stakes in the pivotal headliner in the UFC light heavyweight division, where a win takes Rakic, the other main card fights that have their attention outside of the main event, along with other top storylines ahead of Saturday's promotional return to the APEX. 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

    Heck of a Morning | Is Alexander Volkanovski In Vacant Lightweight Title Discussion With Third Win Over Max Holloway At UFC 276?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 71:12

    If Alexander Volkanovski can defeat Max Holloway once again this summer, could he be factored into the conversation to face Charles Oliveira after that for the vacant UFC lightweight championship? On this week's Free-For-All Friday edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck takes questions about Volkanovski's potential to challenge for a second title should he be victorious for a third time against Holloway at UFC 276 on July 2. In addition, listeners chime in regarding Islam Makhachev and Beneil Dariush and whether or not the UFC should still go forward with plans to make that bout to determine the No. 1 contender in the division, the face-to-face interview hosted by Daniel Cormier with Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo, a hot take surrounding the Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas fight at UFC 274, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    BTL | Charles Oliveira's Wild Weekend, Next For Chandler & Ferguson, UFC vs. Bellator, More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 82:09

    Charles Oliveira may have won the UFC 274 main event with a first-round submission of Justin Gaethje, but he's still no longer the UFC lightweight champion.  This week on Between the Links, the panel will react to that being the case after Oliveira's historic weight miss this past weekend, and who top lightweight in the promotion should face next. In addition, the panelists will discuss where Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson go from their memorable matchup in Phoenix, if Bellator 281 is a better overall card than the UFC's offering this weekend, the upcoming UFC 276 lineup and if it moves the needle for an International Fight Week event, and more.  Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Conner Burks.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew 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

    Heck of a Morning | Reaction To Pat Barry & Rose Namajunas Interview, Chandler's Star Power, Houston Alexander Joins the Show

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 85:26

    Rose Namajunas and Pat Barry recently joined The MMA Hour to react to Namajunas' loss to Carla Esparza at UFC 274, and it's certainly been met with a lot of opinions. On this episode of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck answers questions about that interview from Wednesday's show with Ariel Helwani, along with Namajunas' post-fight comments regarding the scoring of the bout. In addition, listeners ask about what is next for Charles Oliveira, if the UFC should still move forward with a planned matchup between Islam Makhachev and Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler's star power following his sensational KO of Tony Ferguson, recently announced fights, and more. Finally, former UFC and Bellator fighter Houston Alexander (56:08) joins the show to preview his BKFC Fight Night: Omaha bout this Friday, and his motivation to continue fighting at the age of 50. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    No Bets Barred | UFC Vegas 54 Best Bets | Is Rakic The New Money-Maker In UFC's LHW Division?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 72:18

    Fresh on the heels of UFC 274, the No Bets Barred podcast returns to dissect UFC Vegas 54 and find value in a smaller card (by modern UFC standards). Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew break down the main event between Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic, debate the merits of putting money on Ryan Spann, and celebrate the clock-like consistency of Katlyn Chookagian. And while there are no Wolfpack Wagers this week, Conner and Jed do find themselves on opposites side of a fight for the first time, meaning the head-to-head battle finally begins... Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks 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

    Heck of a Morning | Who Should Charles Oliveira Fight For Vacant Lightweight Title After Being Stripped At UFC 274?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 66:56

    Charles Oliveira is no longer the UFC lightweight champion following his submission win over Justin Gaethje, but he is the No. 1 contender for the title he lost at the beginning of Saturday's main event. When he gets his chance to reclaim the championship, who should get the shot? On this episode of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck gives his thoughts on UFC 274, along with Oliveira's historic weight miss. In addition, questions come in regarding whether or not Islam Makhachev is the automatic choice to face Oliveira next for the vacant title, how Conor McGregor could factor into the discussion, where Gaethje goes from the submission loss, Rose Namajunas' corner during her strawweight title loss to Carla Esparza, Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France at UFC 277 for the interim flyweight title, recent fight announcements, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    Fighter vs. Writer: Matt Brown Reacts to Charles Oliveira Being Stripped of His Title Then Winning at UFC 274, Defends Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 54:11

    On episode 35 of The Fighter vs. The Writer, Matt Brown joins the show to react to the biggest moments at UFC 274 including Charles Oliveira being stripped of his title but then submitting Justin Gaethje in the main event. Brown will reveal his own story about the one time he missed weight in his career and how Oliveira deserved better than what happened when he lost his title before ultimately beating Gaethje just 24 hours later. Brown will also discuss Michael Chandler's jaw-dropping Knockout of the Year candidate with his finish over Tony Ferguson while defending both Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas for what is widely being called one of the worst title fights in UFC history. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer.    Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify Read More: MMA Fighting Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Trocação Franca | Exclusivo: Charles do Bronx comenta vitória, caos da pesagem e futuro no UFC

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 68:57

    O campeão tem nome e o nome dele é Charles do Bronx, e é claro que o melhor peso-leve do mundo estaria no podcast Trocação Franca após sua vitória maiúscula sobre Justin Gaethje no UFC 274. Em bate-papo exclusivo, Charles comentou a finalização diante do provocador Gaethje, o desafio feito a Conor McGregor e desafios recebidos de Nate Diaz e cia., o que levou à perda do título na pesagem, e se já pode ser considerado o maior peso-leve da história do MMA. Guilherme Cruz fala, ainda, com Bruno Caveira, que enfrenta a lenda Anderson Silva no boxe, neste final de semana, em Dubai. Na estreia da sessão Fight Week, entrevistas com Amanda Ribas, Leo Leite e Wendell Giacomo, que lutam neste final de semana no UFC, LFA e Bellator. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. The champion has a name and his name is Charles Oliveira, and he'd obviously stop by Trocação Franca to discuss his huge win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 274, his decision to call out Conor McGregor and being called out by Nate Diaz, what led to his title loss at the official weigh-ins, and whether or not he's already the greatest lightweight of all times. Guilherme Cruz also chats with Bruno Machado, who faces MMA legend Anderson Silva in a boxing match this weekend in Dubai. In the debut of the new segment “Fight Week”, where we interview fighters that are set to compete in the coming days, we chat with Amanda Ribas, Leo Leite and Wendell Giacomo. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every Wednesday to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz @Guicruzzz 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

    On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC 274

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 74:54

    Who will Charles Oliveira face when he fights for the title he was forced to vacate at the start of his submission win against Justin Gaethje on Saturday? This week on On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee try to make sense of a chaotic lightweight division following UFC 274 in Phoenix and attempt to figure out who "Du Bronx" may end up fighting for the title later this year. In addition, future matchups are discussed for Gaethje after falling short in his second bid to become undisputed champion, new champion Carla Esparza, former titleholder Rose Namajunas, Michael Chandler following his KO of the Year frontrunner, Tony Ferguson, Ovince Saint Preux, Randy Brown, 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

    UFC 274 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Charles Oliveira's Quick Finish, Michael Chandler's Scary KO

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 87:24

    Charles Oliveira may no longer be the UFC lightweight champion, but he's made a clear statement that he is currently the best lightweight in the world. But now who should Oliveira face for the now vacant title? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew attempt to answer that question following Oliveira's submission win over Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 274, along with Oliveira no longer being the champion following a historic weight miss on Friday. In addition, the crew talks Michael Chandler's incredible KO of Tony Ferguson, the bizarre co-main event that saw Carla Esparza capture the strawweight title from Rose Namajunas, and more.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew 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

    UFC 274 Preview Show: Will Charles Oliveira's Weight Miss Have Massive Impact vs. Justin Gaethje?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2022 90:13

    Charles Oliveira's weight miss led to him being stripped of the lightweight title before facing Justin Gaethje. Will Friday's drama have a significant impact on the result of the UFC 264 main event? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Jose Youngs attempt to answer that question ahead of Saturday's UFC PPV event in Phoenix, react to the historic weight miss from Oliveira, discuss the strawweight title fight between Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza, Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson, and more.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs 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

    Reaction: Charles Oliveira Stripped Of UFC Title After Historic UFC 274 Weight Miss

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 10:20

    Charles Oliveira is no longer the UFC lightweight champion. In a historic turn of events, Oliveira became the first champion to lose his UFC title on the scale after missing weight on Friday at UFC 274's official weigh-ins. Oliveira tipped the scales at 155.5 pounds on his first attempt, then hit 155.5 pounds again after being given another hour to make weight. As a result, the UFC lightweight title has officially been vacated and Oliveira will not be eligible to win it on Saturday at UFC 274. MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti and Jose Youngs react in Phoenix to Oliveira's historic weight miss ahead of his UFC 274 fight against Justin Gaethje. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs 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

    Heck of a Morning | Conor McGregor Takes Aim At Tony Ferguson, Volkanovski vs. Holloway 3, Gaethje vs. Oliveira

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 79:54

    Conor McGregor had a fiery response for Tony Ferguson on Thursday after the former interim lightweight champion's memorable UFC 274 media day scrum. On this episode of Heck of a Morning, it's a Free-For-All Friday as MMA Fighting's Mike Heck takes question about McGregor's response to Ferguson, how Dana White will answer when asked about "El Cucuy" next, the trilogy fight being agreed upon for UFC 276 on July 2 between featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway, where Holloway could go if he loses for a third time to Volkanovski, who Khamzat Chimaev could fight next if fights with Nate Diaz or Colby Covington aren't put together, where Rob Font goes from his loss to Marlon Vera at UFC Vegas 53, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    BTL | Tony Ferguson Unleashes On Dana White, UFC 274 Preview, Leaked Fights, More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 73:46

    Tony Ferguson did not mince words when it came to the UFC and promotional president Dana White ahead of his UFC 274 matchup with Michael Chandler.  This week on Between the Links, the panel will discuss Ferguson's memorable media day scrum, Saturday's title fights between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje, as well as Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza, Marlon Vera's incredible win over Rob Font at UFC Vegas 53 this past Saturday at the APEX, the leaked photos of the UFC war room that got everyone excited — most notably looking at the UFC 276 card in July, which included Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz as a potential matchup — and much more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Sherdog's Ben Duffy. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Benjamin Duffy: @benjaminduffy 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

    Jon Anik: Tony Ferguson Has 'Plenty Of Fight Left,' Previews UFC 274

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 22:46

    UFC commentator Jon Anik joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to preview UFC 274 and talk the lightweight championship main event between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje, Rose Namajunas vs. Carla Esparza 2, Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    Heck of a Morning | Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz, Tony Ferguson's UFC 274 Media Day, More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 67:52

    With the UFC war room screenshots taking social media by storm, could we actually see a fight between Khamzat Chimaev and Nate Diaz this summer? That question is discussed on an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, along with if the matchup is as one-sided as many people seem to think it will be, and if it's a smart move for Diaz to take the bout. In addition, listener questions include Tony Ferguson's memorable media day ahead of his UFC 274 fight with Michael Chandler and what an "El Cucuy" win could mean in the division, Rose Namajunas' legacy at 115 pounds as she prepares to defend her title against Carla Esparza, Francis Ngannou's future with the UFC, a potential fighter's union, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    No Bets Barred: Introducing MMA Fighting's New Gambling Show | UFC 274 Best Bets

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 97:57

    Charles Oliveira will battle Justin Gaethje in the main event of Saturday's UFC 274 event, while the strawweight title will also be on the line as Rose Namajunas defends against Carla Esparza. In the inaugural episode of No Bets Barred, Conner Burks and Jed Meshew breakdown the two title fights, and explain why Gaethje and Namajunas are the best bets to walk away with gold on Saturday. We also dive into Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson (hint, Chandler is going to win), and lament the main card bout featuring four fighters on the crispy side of cooked, Mauricio Rua, Ovince Saint Preux, Donald Cerrone, and Joe Lauzon. And finally, we talk about all the other bets we have down and debate their quality, including a special Bellator Wolfpack Wager. Follow Conner Burks: @connerburks 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

    Reaction: Tony Ferguson Goes Scorched Earth On UFC, Dana White; More From UFC 274 Media Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 35:43

    It had been a little bit since Tony Ferguson took part in a UFC media day and he certainly didn't disappoint on Wednesday. Ferguson unleashed during Wednesday's UFC 274 media scrum and discussed his frustrations with the promotion, along with UFC president Dana White in an over 20 minute sit down with members of the media ahead of his matchup with Michael Chandler. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck is joined by colleagues Shaun Al-Shatti and Jose Youngs — who are on the scene in Phoenix — to react to Ferguson's scrum, Chandler's response to it all, the demeanors of headliners Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje ahead of their title fight, Rose Namajunas's legacy meaning so much to her, and other memorable moments from Wednesday. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs 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

    Trocação Franca | Cigano e Yorgan comentam luta em evento de Khabib

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 52:14

    Junior Cigano volta à ação pela primeira vez desde que deixou o UFC para enfrentar Yorgan de Castro no evento promovido por Khabib Nurmagomedov, e os pesos-pesados batem ponto no Trocação Franca dessa semana. Natural de Cabo Verde e fã de novelas brasileiras, churrasco e cachaça, Yorgan fala da ajuda de Jon Jones nos treinos para o duelo com Cigano, enquanto o brasileiro comenta os planos de finalmente lutar boxe, reconhece erros nas lutas com Cain Velasquez, e analisa as chances de Francis Ngannou contra Tyson Fury no boxe. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. With Junior dos Santos returning to action for the first time since his UFC departure by facing Yorgan de Castro at Khabib Nurmagomedov's Eagle FC, both heavyweights stop by this week's episode of Trocação Franca. Born in Cape Verde and a fan of Brazilian soap operas, barbecue, and cachaça, de Castro discusses how Jon Jones helped him gear up for his fight against “Cigano”, while dos Santos unveils his boxing plans, Francis Ngannou's chances against Tyson Fury, and looks back at mistakes made against Cain Velasquez. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every Wednesday to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz @Guicruzzz 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

    Heck of a Morning | Is Justin Gaethje Overlooking Charles Oliveira? Marlon Vera's Title Hopes, More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 49:42

    Could Justin Gaethje be overlooking Charles Oliveira ahead of his shot at the UFC lightweight title this Saturday at UFC 274? That question is discussed following Gaethje's recent comments ahead of this weekend's pay-per-view event in Phoenix, Ariz. In addition, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck recaps Marlon Vera's biggest career win over Rob Font at UFC Vegas 53, along with Katie Taylor's split decision win over Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden, while also taking listener questions about Vera's title hopes, why I seemingly don't seem to care — at least, at this moment — about Henry Cejudo coming back and how he could learn something from Georges St-Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson's fight against Michael Chandler, the ongoing social media saga involving Canelo Alvarez and Kamaru Usman, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    Fighter vs. Writer: Beneil Dariush Previews Key UFC 274 Bouts; Kayla Harrison Talks Cyborg, Responds to Pena

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 76:18

    On episode 34 of The Fighter vs. The Writer, Beneil Dariush joins the show to give an update on his health following an injury that prevented him from competing in February as well as the timeline for his return with plans to settle some unfinished business with Islam Makhachev. Dariush will also breakdown the two key lightweight fights at UFC 274 as Charles Oliveira defends his title against Justin Gaethje while Michael Chandler faces Tony Ferguson. Two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison also joins the show to preview her upcoming return to action after she signed a new deal with the promotion following a stint in free agency. Harrison will detail what it was like being a free agent for the first time, the potential that she'll get the chance to face Cris Cyborg in the future and a fiery response to UFC champion Julianna Pena. All this and more on the latest edition of The Fighter vs. The Writer. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify Read More: MMA Fighting Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 53

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 90:42

    Marlon Vera picked up the biggest win of his career in the main event of UFC Vegas 53, so how close is "Chito" away from getting himself into a title fight in the bantamweight division? That question is discussed following Vera's dominant decision win over Rob Font in Saturday's main event at the APEX. In addition, future matchups are discussed for Andrei Arlovski following his controversial decision win over Jake Collier in the co-main event, Joanderson Brito after quickly finishing Andre Fili, Grant Dawson following his third-round submission over Jared Gordon, as well as Darren Elkins and Krzysztof Jotko following their main card wins, 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

    UFC Vegas 53 & Taylor vs. Serrano Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Katie Taylor, Marlon Vera's Shining Moments

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 74:06

    Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano made history on Saturday night in the boxing ring, while Marlon Vera officially inserted himself into the championship conversation in the UFC's bantamweight division.  Following Taylor's win over Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, Jose Youngs, and Alexander K. Lee reacted to the unbelievable atmosphere and fight in New York, along with the big moments from UFC Vegas 53, including Vera's big win over Rob Font in the main event, where both guys go from the five-round headliner, Alexandr Romanov's future, and more.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs 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

    UFC Vegas 53 Preview Show | Reaction To Rob Font's Weight Miss Ahead Of Main Event vs. Marlon Vera

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 93:00

    Rob Font and Marlon Vera will still headline Saturday's UFC Vegas 53 event despite the former missing weight for the first time in his career. Ahead of the pivotal showdown between Font and Vera, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew react to Font's weight miss and discuss whether it will make an impact on the fight itself, the other top storylines heading in, the historic Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano boxing match at MSG on Saturday night, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew 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

    Heck of a Morning | Aljamain Sterling vs. Jose Aldo, Romanov's Historic Betting Line, Raufeon Stots Joins the Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 93:02

    Should the UFC go with Jose Aldo as the next challenger to Aljamain Sterling's bantamweight championship? On this episode of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck leads a 'Free-For-All Friday,' taking your calls about a potential Sterling vs. Aldo bout and whether or not Aldo should get the shot over T.J. Dillashaw, Alexandr Romanov heading into his UFC Vegas 53 matchup with Chase Sherman as the biggest betting favorite in UFC history, the main event of Saturday's card at the APEX between Rob Font and Marlon Vera, how to improve judging in MMA, more MMA fantasy draft chatter, and more. In addition, the brand new interim Bellator bantamweight champion Raufeon Stots (1:13:10) joins the show to recap his third-round stoppage win over Juan Archuleta at Bellator 279 this past Saturday to capture the title, why he hopes Danny Sabatello defeats Leandro Higo in their upcoming grand prix matchup on June 24, Sergio Pettis, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    BTL | Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou, UFC vs. Bellator MVP, Cejudo's Comeback, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 78:30

    Will UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou get his wish and box Tyson Fury?  That question is discussed following Fury's sixth-round KO win over Dillian Whyte this past Saturday and the post-fight moment between the two combat sports champions. In addition, the panel will also react to the Bellator doubleheader and the UFC's event at the APEX over the weekend and which fighter was the MVP of the slate, Henry Cejudo's chances for a championship fight in his return to the UFC, UFC Vegas 53 this Saturday — which will be headlined by a bantamweight bout between Rob Font and Marlon Vera — the history making boxing match between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano and more.  Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jose Youngs and Jed Meshew.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs 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

    Heck of a Morning | MMA Draft Chatter, Usman vs. Canelo, Urijah Faber Joins the Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 69:44

    If you were promoting a brand new MMA organization and you were taking part in a multi-league draft, and all active fighters were available to be drafted, who would you choose first? That question is discussed by a lot of callers on this edition of Heck of a Morning with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck. Listeners give their thoughts where they would draft certain names such as Conor McGregor, Israel Adesanya, Max Holloway, and others. In addition, questions about the UFC Vegas 53 main event this Saturday between Rob Font and Marlon Vera, interest levels in a potential boxing bout between Kamaru Usman and Canelo Alvarez, and more. Also, former WEC champion and multi-time UFC title challenger Urijah Faber (51:08) joins the show to discuss his new MMA promotion Urijah Faber's A-1 Combat and their inaugural event this Sunday on UFC Fight Pass, Maycee Barber's recent win over Montana De La Rosa at UFC Vegas 52, how he would book Aljamain Sterling's next bantamweight title defense, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    The 2022 MMA Fantasy Draft | Which 25 Fighters Would You Build A Promotion Around?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 99:28

    Which 25 fighters would you build a promotion around if you had the chance? With the NFL Draft upon us, that's the question we set out to answer in our inaugural 2022 MMA Fantasy Draft. Listen as Jed Meshew guides the action and the staff drafts five fighters to their respective organizations: The UFC, Bellator, PFL, ONE Championship, and Eagle FC. Other promoters include Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, Damon Martin, and Alexander K. Lee. Who will be the first overall pick? And which drafter is best set up for the next five years? Find out right now. Follow Jed Meshew @JedKMeshew Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow Alexander K. Lee @AlexanderKLee Follow Damon Martin @DamonMartin Subscribe: http://goo.gl/dYpsgH Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/u8VvLi Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/eFhsvM Like MMAF on Facebook: http://goo.gl/uhdg7Z Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/nOATUI Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Rankings Show: Who Is The *Real* No. 1 LHW In MMA? | Plus Khamzat Ascends Into Top 3, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 93:46

    Will the *real* No. 1 light heavyweight in the world please stand up? The MMA Fighting Rankings Show returns after another monster month to debate the MVP of April, Khamzat Chimaev's torrid ascension up the welterweight ranks, and predict the breakout name of an action-packed May. Then, co-hosts Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee are joined by old pals Damon Martin and Jed Meshew for a round of "State Your Case" as we try to make sense of the bizarro world that is the 205-pound division. The gang also makes a few long overdue mea culpas, takes a few well deserved victory laps, and much more. Catch new episodes of the MMA Fighting Rankings Show on the first Wednesday of every month. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow Alexander K. Lee @AlexanderKLee 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

    Trocação Franca | Glover ignora estrela do Bellator, analisa Prochazka e Poatan x Strickland

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 58:55

    O campeão meio-pesado do UFC está de volta ao Trocação Franca. A caminho de sua primeira defesa de título no octógono, Glover Teixeira analisa o confronto com Jiri Prochazka na Singapura, Corey Anderson dizendo ser o melhor do mundo, e comenta sucesso de Alex Poatan a caminho da grande luta com Sean Strickland, que pode render chance ao título dos médios. O podcast recebe também o jornalista Raphael Marinho, produtor da TV Globo, para falar da reportagem do “Fantástico” sobre “Princesinha Dourada”, primeiro lutador de MMA brasileiro abertamente gay, e comentar tudo o que rolou no último final de semana no UFC e Bellator. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. The UFC light heavyweight champion is back to Trocação Franca. Ahead of his first title defense in the octagon, Glover Teixeira breaks down his clash with Jiri Prochazka in Singapore, Corey Anderson's claims of being the best in the world, and Alex Pereira's upcoming fight with Sean Strickland which may earn him a shot at the middleweight title. Brazilian journalist Raphael Marinho also joins the program to talk about the story he produced for TV Globo about “Golden Princess,” Brazil's first openly gay male MMA fighter, and everything that went down this past weekend in UFC and Bellator. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every Wednesday to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz @Guicruzzz 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

    Heck of a Morning | Interest Level in Henry Cejudo Comeback, Nate Diaz's Future, Anthony Taylor Joins the Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 62:40

    Henry Cejudo seems to be on track to a return to the octagon after announcing his retirement at UFC 249 in May 2020, but how much do people actually care? On Tuesday's edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck gives his thoughts on the potential return of "Triple C," answers questions in regards to who Nate Diaz should fight in his final contracted UFC bout and what his future could look like, what could headline UFC 275 to cap of International Fight Week in July, Cris Cyborg's next move after her successful title defense at Bellator 279, Tyson Fury's dominant KO win over Dillian Whyte and where Francis Ngannou fits in the conversation, and more. In addition, Anthony Taylor joins the program to give his thoughts on past opponent Tommy Fury's win in the boxing ring this past Saturday, why he doesn't believe a fight between Fury and Jake Paul will ever happen, and what could be next for "PrettyBoy," whether it be in boxing or MMA. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    Fighter vs. Writer: Joe Lauzon Reveals Differences Working with Joe Silva and Sean Shelby; Mike Jackson Brands Dean Barry as a ‘Cheater' After DQ

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 81:24

    On episode 33 of The Fighter vs. The Writer, Joe Lauzon stops by to preview his upcoming fight against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 274 and what led to his return after nearly three years away. Lauzon will also discuss the differences he's found with the UFC since the previous ownership team under Lorenzo Fertitta sold the company to Endeavor in 2016. Lauzon also details his plans for any future fights and if he'll ever actually use the word retirement when it comes to his career. Also on the show this week, Mike Jackson drops by following a disappointing end in his fight against Dean Barry at UFC Vegas 52. Jackson gives his side of a disqualification win after he suffered a brutal eye gouge in the first round that left him unable to compete. Jackson also offers a fiery response to Barry saying he was looking for a way out of the fight when he said he wasn't able to continue. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify Read More: MMA Fighting Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 52

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 81:45

    Did Jessica Andrade earn herself a title shot in her next fight after a first-round standing arm triangle choke submission win over Amanda Lemos in the main event of UFC Vegas 52? That question is discussed on a brand new edition of On To the Next One as MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaking hats following the UFC's most recent event this past Saturday at the APEX. In addition, future matchups are discussed for Claudio Puelles following his slick submission win over Clay Guida in the co-main event, Maycee Barber following her unanimous decision win over Montana De La Rosa, Charles Jourdain and Marc-Andre Barriault following this submission wins to kick off the main card, 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

    UFC Vegas 52 & Bellator 279 Post Show | Reaction To Cyborg, Andrade Main Event Wins, Fury vs. Ngannou Talk

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 84:27

    While Cris Cyborg went the distance in her main event bout, Jessica Andrade needed less than a round to get her hand raised. Following Saturday's UFC Vegas 52 and Bellator 279 events, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew discuss Cyborg's successful title defense, and whether or not challenger Arlene Blencowe should've found a way to take a disqualification win after the champion landed an illegal knee in the first round, Andrade's standing arm triangle submission win over Amanda Lemos and if that earned her a chance to regain the strawweight title in her next appearance. In addition, the panel talks Raufeon Stots' Bellator interim bantamweight championship finish of Juan Archuleta, Claudio Puelles' ceiling in the UFC lightweight division, if Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou could actually happen, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew 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

    UFC Vegas 52 & Bellator 279 Preview Show | Will This Be Cris Cyborg's Bellator Swan Song?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 80:36

    Will this be the final time we see Cris Cyborg compete in the Bellator cage when she faces Arlene Blencowe in the main event of Saturday's Bellator 279 event?  That question is discussed ahead of a busy day of combat sports action as MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, Alex K. Lee, and Jed K. Meshew preview that event — along with the bantamweight grand prix opening matchups with Raufeon Stots and Juan Archuleta battling it out for an interim title, along with Kyoji Horiguchi taking on Patchy Mix in Honolulu, Hawaii — UFC Vegas 52 at the APEX headlined by Jessica Andrade vs. Amanda Lemos, the Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte heavyweight boxing showdown in London, England, and much more.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew 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

    Heck of a Morning | Reaction To Dan Hardy vs. Diego Sanchez, Scott Coker Joins the Show, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 97:14

    Is the exhibition boxing match between Dan Hardy and Diego Sanchez something that was on your proverbial bingo card in 2022? Whether it was, or not, the bout has been slated for July 2 in Manchester, England, and has been met with mixed reviews at best. On this episode of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck gives his thoughts on the matchmaking of Hardy's first combat sports bout in nearly a decade. In addition, your calls about a potential fight between Colby Covington and Khamzat Chimaev, Belal Muhammad's championship hopes, the UFC's rumored return to London in July, Valentina Shevchenko's dominance at 125 and if the new wave of contenders could change that, the trio of events between Bellator and the UFC this weekend, the stakes of Jessica Andrade vs. Amanda Lemos, and more. Plus, Bellator president Scott Coker (1:14:13) checks in to preview Bellator 278 and Bellator 279, gives his reaction to the PFL calling for a cross-promotional fight between Cris Cyborg and Kayla Harrison, and AJ McKee's future. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    BTL | AJ McKee's Future, UFC Vegas 52 vs. Bellator Doubleheader, Jake Paul vs. Michael Bisping?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 75:49

    What does AJ McKee's stock look like following his Bellator 277 decision loss to once again featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull?  On this week's edition of Between the Links, the panel will attempt to answer that question, along with figuring out what could be next for the former champion. In addition, the panel will talk Belal Muhammad's win over Vicente Luque this past Saturday and grade his post-fight callout of Colby Covington, give their reaction to the PFL's 2022 season opener on Wednesday — which was capped off by an incredible battle between Clay Collard and Jeremy Stephens — the Bellator doubleheader with Bellator 278 and Bellator 279 going up against UFC Vegas 52, what the most intriguing bout of the weekend is in the world of MMA, Jake Paul and Michael Bisping going back-and-forth, perhaps towards a potential boxing bout, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti and Jose Youngs. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs 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

    Heck of a Morning | Jake Paul vs. Michael Bisping, Drakkar Klose Joins the Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 65:24

    Is former UFC champion Michael Bisping the right next opponent for Jake Paul? Both men have gone back-and-forth on social media for the past several days with Bisping answering Paul's challenges every step of the way. With Paul looking to put his undefeated boxing record on the line potentially this summer, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck answers listener questions about Bisping's chances if that bout was put together on Thursday's episode of Heck of a Morning. In addition, other topics include the PFL's 2022 season debut — which was capped off by a war between Clay Collard and Jeremy Stephens — Bellator's doubleheader this weekend, and Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte. Plus, UFC lightweight Drakkar Klose joins the show for a podcast exclusive interview to recap his UFC Vegas 51 KO win over Brandon Jenkins, his callout of Mark O. Madsen, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    Trocação Franca | Cris Cyborg, Amanda Lemos e Juliana Velasquez

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 39:33

    O MMA mundial terá suas atenções voltadas para as brasileiras neste fim de semana, com quatro das melhores do planeta em ação no UFC e Bellator, e três batem ponto no Trocação Franca: Cris Cyborg, que defende o título sábado, fala da revanche com Arlene Blencowe e a possibilidade de ainda enfrentar Kayla Harrison mesmo com a americana renovando com a PFL; Juliana Velasquez, que defende o trono do Bellator contra Liz Carmouche na véspera, comenta o sucesso no MMA e como seria um confronto com Valentina Shevchenko; pelo UFC, no sábado, a embalada Amanda Lemos analisa o duelo com Jessica Bate-Estaca e suas chances de cinturão. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. The MMA world will have their eyes on Brazilian talents this weekend as four of the best fighters on the planet headline the UFC and Bellator's cards — and three of them are stopping by Trocação Franca ahead of their bouts. Cris Cyborg, who rematches Arlene Blencowe at Saturday's Bellator 279, discusses the possibility of facing Kayla Harrison even though she has re-signed with PFL. Juliana Velasquez puts her Bellator title on the line the night before in Hawaii and discusses her unbeaten run in MMA and an “incredible” fight she would give Valentina Shevchenko. Then, set for her first UFC main event on Saturday, Amanda Lemos breaks down a five-round clash with Jessica Andrade and her title hopes. Listen to Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz every Wednesday to hear from the biggest names on the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world. Follow Guilherme Cruz @Guicruzzz 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

    Heck of a Morning | Bellator Wins the Weekend, AJ McKee's Future, Muhammad's Callout of Covington, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 84:21

    After a chaotic weekend in the world of MMA, there seem to be a lot of question in regards to two of the notable names coming out of the UFC Vegas 51 and Bellator 277 main events — one from the winning side, the other from the losing side. On this edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to this past weekend's fight cards, Patricio Pitbull's win over A.J. McKee in to regain the featherweight title, Belal Muhammad's great performance against Vicente Luque and his post-fight callout of Colby Covington, takes your calls on how Khamzat Chimaev factors into the equation, the potential Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards welterweight title fight, Petr Yan's next move, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    Fighter vs. Writer: Belal Muhammad Expects Khamzat Chimaev Next; Corey Anderson Confident He's Now the No. 1 Light Heavyweight in MMA

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 72:24

    Belal Muhammad and Corey Anderson join episode 32 of The Fighter vs. The Writer to discuss their fights from this past weekend. Muhammad joins the show after a statement win over Vicente Luque in the UFC Vegas 51 main event, which also avenged a loss from their first meeting back in 2016. Muhammad will address the game plan he used to beat Luque while also discussing what comes next for him in a busy welterweight division including a potential matchups against Khamzat Chimaev and why he believes that will be his next fight rather than Colby Covington. Corey Anderson will also stop by to detail what happened in his fight against Vadim Nemkov, which ended in controversial fashion following an accidental clash of heads that led to a no contest. Despite the anticlimactic ending does Anderson still feel like he did enough to prove himself as the best light heavyweight in the sport plus when he expects to see Nemkov again in the rematch. All this and more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Subscribe: Spotify Read More: MMA Fighting Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 51

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 74:02

    The Belal Muhammad train kept chugging along at UFC Vegas 51 after he gained a measure of revenge over Vicente Luque, the only man to ever finish him. "Remember the Name" is unbeaten in eight straight fights now and he went for a big callout after his win, targeting the infamous Colby Covington. Is this the right matchup for Muhammad or is there another path to the top of the welterweight division for him? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, we figure out what's next for Muhammad and the rest of Saturday's main card winners, which featured a bevy of newcomers and up-and-comers. Is it too early to start pushing Caio Borralho? What fun fights are ahead for Andre Fialho and Mayra Bueno Silva? And is it time for Pat Sabatini to face the grappling GOAT of the featherweight division? We answer these questions and more in a special edition of OTTNO as Alexander K. Lee is joined by guest matchmaker Jed Meshew who promised to bring the chaos hammer with his fight selections. Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee 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

    UFC Vegas 51 + Bellator 277 Post-Fight Show | Biggest Winners, Losers of a Bizarre MMA Weekend

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 61:57

    Well, that was certainly something. MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti, José Youngs, and Jed Meshew react to a bizarre MMA weekend that featured a cornucopia of absurdity between UFC Vegas 51 and Bellator 277, in which Belal Muhammad's main event win over Vicente Luque was practically the only fight that didn't come with a little bit of controversy. Is Muhammad a main player now in the UFC welterweight division? Did the judges get it right for Patricio Pitbull vs. A.J. McKee 2? Was there any more ridiculous way for Bellator's light heavyweight grand prix to end other than Corey Anderson vs. Vadim Nemkov's no contest? The crew hits every angle coming out of the latest MMA double-header. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs 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

    Heck of a Morning | No. 2 MMA Promotion Debate, Fight of the Weekend, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 59:20

    Is Bellator entering Friday's Bellator 277 event as the No. 2 promotion in the world, or has the PFL, or another organization surpassed them? That question is discussed on a Free-For-All Friday on Heck of a Morning with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, along with whether or not Aljamain Sterling has taken his victory tour too far, where a win over Corey Anderson at Bellator 277 would put Vadim Nemkov in the discussion for best light heavyweights in the world, RIZIN's card this weekend, Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    UFC Vegas 51 + Bellator 277 Preview Show | Best Fight of the Weekend? | Luque vs. Muhammad | Bellator's Bungling of McKee

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 77:48

    It's a double-header weekend with Bellator: McKee vs. Pitbull 2 on Friday and UFC Vegas 51 on Saturday, but which card is more worth your time? Can Vicente Luque or Belal Muhammad insert themselves into the Khamzat Chimaev conversation with a win? And what's going on with A.J. McKee — is Bellator on the verge of losing one of the brightest homegrown talents the promotion has ever known? Join MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti, José Youngs, Jed Meshew, and Damon Martin as they discuss the top storylines ahead of a busy MMA weekend. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs 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

    BTL | UFC 273 Fallout, Bellator 277 vs. UFC Vegas 51, Cejudo Says He's Coming Back — Do We Care?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 84:39

    Alexander Volkanovski, Aljamain Sterling, and Khamzat Chimaev all picked up big wins in the final three fights of UFC 273 this past Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. This week on a special roundtable edition of Between the Links, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew discuss Volkanovski's win over Chan Sung Jung and where his performance ranks in terms of great championship performances, as well as Volkanovski's chances to get a lightweight title fight anytime soon. In addition, the panel discusses Sterling's victory lap following his split decision win over Petr Yan to unify the bantamweight championship, what's next for Yan after coming up short, Chimaev's stock following his decision win over Gilbert Burns, the chances a fight between Chimaev and Colby Covington will be next, this weekend's Bellator 277 and UFC Vegas 51 cards, AJ McKee's future after this fight with Patricio Pitbull, and more. 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

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