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    BTL | Final Chase For 2022 Year-End Awards Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 68:30


    The pivotal final stretch for the UFC, Bellator, PFL, and more is vast approaching as the incredible athletes in the sport of MMA look to take home some hardware at the end of 2022. On an all-new edition of Between the Links, it's a special roundtable episode to discuss the frontrunners for MMA Fighting's 2022 year-end awards, and how things can change before the calendar changes to 2023. Topics include male fighter of the year, and if there's any chance Khamzat Chimaev could win the award, female fighter of the year, if that award go to a non-champion, the fight of the year, if the UFC 275 title fight between Jiri Prochazka and Glover Teixeira are the clear-cut clubhouse leaders, or if the UFC 273 bout between Chimaev and Gilbert Burns could take the trophy, KO of the year, if Leon Edwards' stunning finish of Kamaru Usman leads Michael Chandler's front-kick KO of Tony Ferguson, submission of the year, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the discussion that includes MMA Fighting's Damon Martin and Alexander K. Lee. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Damon Martin: @DamonMartin 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

    HOAM | Reliving Chaotic Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor Title Fight 4 Years Later

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 69:21


    Four years ago today, Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor to retain the UFC lightweight title in the highly anticipated main event of UFC 229, and then all hell broke loose. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck takes listener questions about the Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor bout from October 2018, the build to the matchup, and the aftermath — most notably, Nurmagomedov jumping out of the octagon into the crowd. Additionally, listener topics include the UFC's lightweight division, the chances Michael Chandler gets a title shot with a win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 281, Sodiq Yusuff's next opponent, UFC Vegas 62 and the main event stakes between Alexa Grasso and Viviane Araujo, Francis Ngannou, 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: 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

    Justin Gaethje Talks Conor McGregor, Nose Surgery, Oliveira vs. Makhachev, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 15:19


    UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje sits down with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to discuss teaming up with the UFC and Modelo for the gym revitalization program and his role in helping to renovate a local gym in Denver, his successful nose surgery, wanting to return in 2023, what opponents make sense, if he was offered a fight with Rafael Fiziev for December, what it would take for him to fight Conor McGregor, the UFC280 main event for the lightweight title between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev, 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

    HOAM | Reaction To Kevin Holland's Short-Lived Retirement, UFC Orlando Headliner vs. Stephen Thompson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 82:50


    Kevin Holland's retirement didn't last long, and now he's set for a huge fight against a two-time UFC title challenger in December. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Holland's short-lived retirement from the UFC, and his scheduled main event matchup against Stephen Thompson for Dec. 3 at UFC Orlando. Additionally, listener questions include Conor McGregor's comeback opponent, who Justin Gaethje should fight when he's ready to return to the octagon, the UFC lightweight division, Bo Nickal, the UFC's 30-year anniversary coming up in 2023, Paddy Pimblett, who should fight Frankie Edgar in his retirement fight at UFC 281 in November at Madison Square Garden, 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: 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 | O que esperar do UFC Rio (+ Thiago Marreta, Vivi Araújo)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 73:36


    O UFC começou a agendar as lutas para o próximo evento no Brasil, primeiro card no país em quase três anos, e já tem até campeão escalado. Com um terço já definido, o evento deve agradar um frustrar o fã brasileiro? O Trocação Franca dessa semana recebe o jornalista Carlos Antunes para debater o assunto, além de entrevistar Thiago Marreta, que deixou o UFC para assinar com a PFL, e Vivi Araújo, que faz a luta principal do UFC Vegas de 15 de outubro. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. The UFC is building the UFC 283 card for its return to Rio de Janeiro, the first show in Brazil in nearly three years, and a champion is already booked for Jan. 21. One third of the card is already set, but how good is the lineup so far? Trocação Franca welcomes journalist Carlos Antunes to discuss that and more. The podcast also interviews Thiago Santos on his departure from the UFC to PFL, and UFC Vegas 62 headliner Viviane Araujo on her clash with Alexa Grasso. 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

    HOAM | How Should the UFC Book Paddy Pimblett Next?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 88:30


    When Paddy Pimblett is ready to return to the octagon — whether it be at UFC 282 in December, or when the promotion heads back to London in 2023 — how should the UFC book him, and how much of a step up should he get? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses options for Pimblett, including his suggestion from this week's edition of On To the Next One with a fight against UFC Vegas 61 winner Mike Davis. Additionally, listener suggestions include referees allowing multiple infractions to go without any penalty, Bo Nickal's interview on The MMA Hour and his thoughts about fighting on the prelims, the lightweight title picture, Charles Oliveira being the underdog against Islam Makhachev at UFC 280, Mark Zuckerberg attending UFC Vegas 61, 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: 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: Anthony Smith Previews UFC 280, Offers Update on Complications After Leg Surgery

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 73:26


    Ahead of UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith joins The Fighter vs. The Writer to break down the biggest storylines heading into what should be a monumental pay-per-view in 2022. Smith will give his thoughts on the main event where Charles Oliveira clashes with Islam Makhachev to determine a new UFC lightweight champion. Makhachev has looked unbeatable during his current win streak but are people overlooking the dominance Oliveira has shown while taking out the best fighters in the world at 155 pounds? Smith will also explain why he believes Sean O'Malley ended up with the best possible fight to jump the line and potentially earn a title shot while facing former bantamweight champion Petr Yan. The breakdown will also include analysis for the co-main event between Aljamain Sterling and T.J. Dillashaw as well as Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot and Belal Muhammad vs. Sean Brady. In addition to making picks and predictions for UFC 280, Smith will also give an update on his current health after undergoing surgery on a broken leg following his most recent fight against Magomed Ankalaev. Smith reveals he's been dealing with some difficulties in the wake of his surgery and when he's hoping to return to action. 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 61

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 85:30


    Yan Xiaonan picked up a gutsy majority decision win over Mackenzie Dern in the main event of Saturday's UFC Vegas 61 event, snapping a two-fight skid in the process. But will she have to fight backwards in order to get back into the title picture the long way, or will she get a step up in the rankings next? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on the matchmaking hats following the UFC's latest event at the APEX and give their thoughts on what could be next for Yan after a much-needed victory, along with what could be next for Dern following a tough setback. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Randy Brown following his co-main event decision win over Francisco Trinaldo, Sodiq Yusuff after his quick finish of Don Shainis, Raoni Barcelos, and Mike Davis — which causes quite the debate on the difference in matchmaking suggestions between the co-hosts. 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 61 Post-Fight Show | Reaction to Yan Xiaonan's Survival Skills To Defeat Mackenzie Dern

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 49:41


    Yan Xiaonan picked up the biggest win of her career, and had to survive some tough spots against Mackenzie Dern in the main event of UFCVegas61. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Shaheen Al-Shatti react to Yan's majority decision win and the judges' scorecards as a whole, along with Dern's performance overall from a viewer's perspective. Additionally, the panel discusses Randy Brown's win over Francisco Trinaldo in the co-main event, Mark Zuckerberg taking in the event at the UFC APEX, the bonus winners, the card not being very memorable as a whole, Chelsea Chandler and Daniel Santos picking up their first octagon wins, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti 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 61 & Bellator 286 Preview Show | Does Bellator Have The Superior Card?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 61:33


    With the UFC Vegas 61 headlined by Mackenzie Dern and Yan Xiaonan, and Bellator 286 headlined by a featherweight title fight between Patricio Pitbull and Adam Borics, which promotion has the better slate? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Alexander K. Lee discuss preview the stakes in the pivotal strawweight matchup between Dern and Yan, if Dern's "A+ skill" will be enough to get the win over her opponent, and the low-key banger of the promotion's return to the APEX. Additionally, they discuss Pitbull vs. Borics and the challenger's chances to pull off the upset, A.J. McKee's lightweight debut against Spike Carlyle, Aaron Pico's biggest test against Jeremy Kennedy, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jose 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

    HOAM | Is Charles Oliveira Best Lightweight Ever With UFC 280 Win Over Islam Makhachev?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 100:30


    Charles Oliveira is likely in the conversation for the best lightweight in UFC history with his current run, but will a win over Islam Makhachev in the main event of UFC 280 next month cement his place officially? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck answers that question, and gives his opinion on whether or not an Oliveira win puts him over Khabib Nurmagomedov or B.J. Penn in that conversation. Additionally, listener questions include Bo Nickal's UFC debut being set for December against Jamie Pickett, the UFC Hall of Fame, Bellator 286, ONE on Prime Video 2's promotion, Khamzat Chimaev's next move, advice for up and coming members of the MMA media, Calvin Kattar vs. Arnold Allen, 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: 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 | Bo Nickal Arrives, Next For Yoel Romero, UFC Vegas 61 vs. Bellator 286

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 74:24


    Bo Nickal impressed the masses once again at Tuesday's season finale of Dana White's Contender Series, and then called out Khamzat Chimaev. We now know that Nickal will debut against Jamie Pickett, but did the matchmakers get his debut opponent right? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel reacts to Nickal's quick submission win and what his future looks like in the middleweight division. Additionally, topics include Yoel Romero's devastating KO of Melvin Manhoef at Bellator Dublin, and where the promotion should go with “Soldier of God” next, Bellator 286 this Saturday and if it is the best card of the weekend top to bottom, if the featherweight championship headliner is actually the most interesting fight on the card, UFC Vegas 61, the stakes in the main event between Mackenzie Dern and Yan Xiaonan, the event being closed off to fans and media, and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the BTL championship matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and the returning Phoenix Carnevale. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Phoenix Carnevale: @microphonephoen 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

    HOAM | Should Bo Nickal Get Top-15 UFC Opponent Right Away?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 72:43


    Bo Nickal is one of the sport's highly touted prospects, and ahead of his eventual UFC debut, how high should the promotion go in terms of his first opponent? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Nickal's incredible performance on Dana White's Contender Series on Tuesday, and whether or not he feels the UFC should throw him in against a top-15 opponent right away, or choose to build him up. Additionally, topics include the PFL's decision to put their season finale card in November on pay-per-view, the Shane Burgos vs. Marlon Moraes matchmaking and why it's not great matchmaking, the UFC's lightweight division, the matchup between Arman Tsarukyan and Damir Ismagulov, Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nassourdine Imavov being expected for the first main event of 2023 in the UFC, 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: 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: Should You Fade Mackenzie Dern At UFC Vegas 60? A Heated Debate

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 61:44


    It's a busy week in the world of MMA with the UFC returning for UFC Vegas 61 and Bellator putting out one of its better efforts of late with Bellator 286, and so the No Bets Barred boys are back to cover all of your gambling needs. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew get into a contentious discussion surrounding the UFC main event fight between Mackenzie Dern and Yan Xiaonan before diving into their full slate of bets which includes wagers on every single fight on the card, plus a chunk of Bellator action as well. And as an added bonus, Conner and Jed get derailed talking about their own experiences getting into fights on the mean streets of Athens, GA. 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

    Trocação Franca | Patricio Pitbull exalta José Aldo e busca status de ‘lenda' do MMA

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 46:45


    Rei dos penas do Bellator, Patrício Pitbull quer fazer história mais uma vez. Único brasileiro campeão duplo da história da organização, o potiguar disse ao Trocação Franca que mira repetir a façanha, agora entre os galos. No bate-papo, Pitbull apontou o próximo na fila após Adam Borics e elogiou o recém-aposentado José Aldo, revelando interesse em enfrentá-lo no MMA ou boxe. O podcast traz, ainda, entrevistas com Tabatha Ricci e Raoni Barcelos, que lutam sábado no UFC. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Bellator featherweight king Patricio Pitbull wants to make history again. Brazil's only two-division Bellator champion, Pitbull told Trocação Franca he wants to repeat the feat at bantamweight. The 145-pound great discussed who's next after Adam Borics and praised recently retired Jose Aldo, saying he's still interested in facing him in MMA or boxing. The podcast also chats with Tabatha Ricci and Raoni Barcelos, who compete Saturday at UFC Vegas 61. 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

    HOAM | What Should Headline UFC 282 and UFC 283?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 66:31


    With glaring holes in the main event slots for December's UFC 282 and January's UFC 283 events currently, what fights could fill those slots — especially with so much lack of clarity in the heavyweight division? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck answers questions about what could headline those two PPV events, how Jon Jones factors into things, what could happen if Francis Ngannou doesn't re-sign with the UFC, and more. Additionally, listener topics include Khamzat Chimaev's next move, where Eddie Alvarez could end up after parting ways with ONE, the stacked UFC 280 lineup in October, the loaded up weekend slate with upcoming events from the UFC, Bellator, ONE, BKFC, and more, what would be one singular main card to put together from those, some of the best women's fights of all-time, 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: 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: Aaron Pico Finally Ready To Be A Champion, Max Rohskopf Details Return After Being ‘Done' With Fighting

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 59:52


    On the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer, Bellator 286 fighters Aaron Pico and Max Rohskopf join the show. Once touted as possibly the best prospect to enter the sport of mixed martial arts, Pico faced more than a few hurdles living up to his full potential after starting his career with a 4-3 record. Nobody gave up hope on Pico but he still had to rebuild himself and now he stands on the precipice of title contention with his upcoming fight scheduled against Jeremy Kennedy. For all the wins Pico has amassed recently, is he finally ready to ascend to the top of the featherweight division and become champion? Pico addresses those expectations and he also offers some advice to another super prospect in Bo Nickal, who has been receiving similar praise early in his fight career. Also on the show this week, Max Rohskopf joins the show for the first time to preview his upcoming return to action after inking a deal to join the Bellator roster. Rohskopf is best remembered for his short stint with the UFC that ended after he wouldn't leave his corner at the end of the second round, and he was branded a quitter before being released from the promotion. At that point, Rohskopf was done with fighting and had no intentions of ever making a return to the cage, but what changed and how did it eventually lead him to Bellator? Hear that from Rohskopf along with his own struggles with mental health and how he wants to help fight back against the stigma for other fighters seeking similar help. 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

    HOAM | Khamzat Chimaev Hinting Move To 185 — Is That the Right Decision?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 107:39


    Khamzat Chimaev is teasing a return to the middleweight division after the massive weight miss that led to the top of the UFC 279 lineup being shuffled around. Since it was the first time Chimaev has ever missed weight, is it the right decision for him to make the move up now? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Chimaev's "185" tweet, a potential matchup with Paulo Costa, and if that be his next opponent should Chimaev want to return before the end of the year. Additionally, listener questions include the many roles the staff has at MMA Fighting, Bellator Dublin, Yoel Romero's future if he defeats Melvin Manhoef, the top fights to show newer fans, what the most intriguing fights are for the remainder of the year that are on the books, Raul Rosas Jr. and Bo Nickal's potential UFC debut opponents, 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: 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

    DAMN! They Were Good | Celebrating The Career Of Jose Aldo, 'The King of Rio' And The Featherweight GOAT

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 163:16


    DAMN! They Were Good celebrates the careers of the most exciting and influential fighters in MMA history, and this episode, we are covering the career of one of the greatest fighters of all time, Jose Aldo. During his 18-year career, Aldo was the undisputed featherweight champion of the world for 2,405 days — second most all-time behind only the great Anderson Silva — and amassed an incredible nine title defenses. The former UFC and WEC featherweight champion's career spanned multiple eras, establishing him as one of the all-time greats even if he had chosen to retire after UFC 200, as it was rumored he might. Instead, Aldo continued fighting and dropped down to the bantamweight division where he remained a top contender until his retirement this past weekend. Host Jed Meshew is joined by Shaheen Al-Shatti, Guilherme Cruz, Alexander K. Lee, and Steven Marrocco to remember one of the most important careers in MMA history. Follow Jed Meshew @JedKMeshew Follow Steven Marrocco @MMAFightingSM Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow Guilherme Cruz @guicruzzz 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

    BTL | Jose Aldo Retires, UFC Vegas 60 Fallout, Bellator Dublin, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 76:55


    Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is turning the page to the next chapter of his life after a stellar career inside the octagon. On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel reacts to Aldo's retirement, the legacy he left behind, and the matchup that got away. Additionally, topics include Cory Sandhagen's TKO win over Cory Sandhagen in the main event of UFC Vegas 60, his path to getting to a bantamweight title shot, and where he currently sits on the totem pole, the talking points of this past Saturday's card, Bellator Dublin this Friday — which includes Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally in the main event, along with Yoel Romero vs. Melvin Manhoef in the co-main event — and more. Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and Jose Youngs. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Subscribe: 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

    HOAM | Kevin Holland Retiring? Raul Rosas Jr. Makes History, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 100:55


    Kevin Holland took to social media on Thursday to tease that he's retiring from MMA. The question remains is if he's serious about it, or not. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Holland's retirement talk and what seems to have led up to that post. Additionally, listener questions include Dana White signing 17-year-old Raul Rosas to the UFC following his dominant win on the Contender Series, Bo Nickal returning on DWCS next week and where both guys could go to start their UFC runs, what could be next for Max Holloway moving forward, Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor 2 chatter, 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: 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: Creating The Official MMA Betting Rulebook

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 80:24


    It's a down week for the UFC but not for the No Bets Barred boys, who are back to cover all your gambling needs. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew give a recap of their bets at UFC Vegas 60, and then do a brief rundown of their plays for this weekend's Bellator Dublin event, before spending the bulk of the show creating arguably the most important document since the Magna Carta: The Official MMA Betting Rulebook. 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

    HOAM | Reacting To Jose Aldo's Retirement, Legendary Career

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 100:00


    José Aldo has retired from mixed martial arts, ending a long, and legendary career. Where does the former UFC and WEC featherweight rank amongst the all-time greats? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Aldo's decision to turn the page to the next chapter of his life, reflect on his incredible career, and why he's one of the top-five best fighters of all-time. Additionally, listener questions include Aldo's final UFC fight against Merab Dvalishvili, Khamzat Chimaev's next opponent options, Paulo Costa's babyface turn over the past 10 months, what's next for Cory Sandhagen and Gregory Rodrigues following their big wins at UFC Vegas 60, 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: 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

    Introducing 'Anything But Fighting' with José Youngs! | Joseph Benavidez Loves Movies | Episode 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 115:27


    Former UFC title challenger Joseph Benavidez joins MMA Fighting's José Youngs on the inaugural episode of Anything But Fighting to break down his love for the cinema, reflect on some of his favorite movies growing up, discuss some of the most overrated films in history, and which films should have won Best Picture over the years. He also tries his hand at the mysterious Bucket of Questions to close out the episode. Follow José Youngs: @JoseYoungs Follow Joseph Benavidez: @JoeJitsu 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 | O adeus a José Aldo

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 41:51


    Rei do Rio. Campeão do Povo. Maior peso-pena da história. José Aldo se aposentou do MMA no último final de semana e o clima de nostalgia paira no ar do mundo das lutas. O Trocação Franca traz, em edição especial, o depoimento de dezenas de lutadores sobre o ex-campeão do UFC. A íntegra das quase 50 mensagens está em uma reportagem no MMAFighting.com. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. King of Rio. People's champion. Featherweight GOAT. Jose Aldo retired from MMA this past weekend and nostalgia is in the air in the combat sports world, so Trocação Franca brings a special edition this week with dozens of fighters looking back at their favorite Jose Aldo moments. All the messages can be found on MMAFighting.com. 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

    Fighter vs. Writer: Mike Perry Calls Out Nate Diaz, Mackenzie Dern Picks Best Grappler in MMA

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 81:41


    On the latest edition of The Fighter vs. The Writer, BKFC star Mike Perry and one half of the UFC Vegas 61 main event joins the show as Mackenzie Dern stops by as well Fresh off a win over Michael “Venom” Page in London, Perry will call for another huge fight as he takes aim at Nate Diaz now that he's a free agent and able to sign anywhere he wants. Perry believes a fight against Diaz could be one of the biggest cards in all of combat sports but he wants to meet the Stockton bad boy in a bare-knuckle brawl in BKFC. Also on the show, Dern previews her upcoming fight against Yan Xiaonan as the strawweights prepare to headline the upcoming Vegas 61 card on Oct. 1. Dern will also look ahead to the title fight between Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili at UFC 281 as well as reveal who she believes is the best grappler in all of mixed martial arts today. All this plus paying tribute to Jose Aldo and much 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 60

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 77:43


    As if the bantamweight title conversation hasn't been confusing enough for the UFC brass, Cory Sandhagen provided a reminder to everybody on Saturday that future discussion involving the championship in one of the promotion's deepest divisions should have his name in the mix. On an all-new episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee give their thoughts on what should be next for Sandhagen following his fourth-round doctor's stoppage TKO win over Song Yadong in the main event of UFC Vegas 60 this past Saturday at the APEX. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Gregory Rodrigues following his second-round stoppage win over Chidi Njokuani in the co-main event, Andre Fili after earning a decision win over Bill Algeo in the featherweight featured bout, along with fellow main card winners Joe Pyfer, Rodrigo Nascimenio, Anthony Hernandez, 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 60 Post-Fight Show | Cory Sandhagen's TKO Win Caps Off Night Of Gnarly Gashes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 54:29


    Cory Sandhagen got back in the win column in the main event of Saturday's UFC Vegas 60 event, although the way it happened didn't make him all that happy. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Jed Meshew react to Sandhagen's fourth-round doctor's stoppage TKO win over Song Yadong — who had a nasty gash over his eye which led to the fight being stopped — to cap off the promotion's return to the UFC APEX, discuss who could and should be next for the one-time interim title challenger, Song's ceiling at 135, and more. Additionally, the panel talks Gregory Rodrigues' nasty gash on the bridge of his nose before coming back to finish Chidi Njokuani in the co-main event, Andre Fili's hard fought win over Bill Algeo, Anthony Hernandez's continued evolution, Damon Jackson's emotional finish of Pat Sabatini, and much more. 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

    UFC Vegas Preview Show | Is Cory Sandhagen In Must-Win Territory? Aspen Ladd Misses Weight Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 78:39


    Cory Sandhagen enters the UFC Vegas 60 main event on the heels of back-to-back losses to T.J. Dillashaw and Petr Yan. Does Sandhagen need to get his hand raised on Saturday if he hopes to fight for the undisputed UFC bantamweight title in the future? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew discuss the UFC's return to the APEX this weekend and the storylines heading into Sandhagen's five-round headliner with the surging Song Yadong, Aspen Ladd missing weight again leading to her scheduled bout with Sara McMann being cancelled, the co-main event stakes between Gregory Rodrigues and Chidi Njokuani, the low-key bangers on the slate, up and comers to watch, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR 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

    Canelo-GGG 3 Preview Show: Can Gennady Golovkin finally get his long-awaited victory over Canelo Álvarez?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 33:48


    The biggest fight in boxing is back! This Saturday, undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez puts his titles on the line against Gennady Golovkin in their long-awaited trilogy bout, and MMA Fighting's José Youngs and Jed Meshew are here to get you ready for it. José and Jed break down what happened in the first two encounters between Canelo and Triple G, discuss the different circumstances heading into this third fight, and predict what they believe will take place in The Trilogy. Will the loss to Dmitry Bivol affect Canelo? Will Golovkin's age be the determining factor? Or will Canelo's forays into heavier weight classes make the difference? Listen on to find out! 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

    HOAM | Why Colby Covington vs. Khamzat Chimaev Is Absolutely the Fight To Make

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 103:47


    Khamzat Chimaev is still making headlines after his massive weight miss, and dominant win over Kevin Holland at UFC 279. When Colby Covington is ready to return, and should Chimaev want to prove he can be a welterweight, the UFC should absolutely book that fight for a number of reasons. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, it's a Free-For-All Friday with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck who discusses why that should be the direction for both Covington and Chimaev, the stakes involved, and where it would make sense on the calendar should the bout be possible before the end of the year. Additionally, listener questions include Bryce Mitchell vs. Movsar Evloev being booked for Nov. 5, Tony Ferguson's future following his submission loss to Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 279, A.J. McKee's future, Marlon Moraes heading to the PFL, 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: 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 | What's Next For Nate Diaz, Khamzat Chimaev? Paul vs. Silva Build, UFC Vegas 60

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 79:54


    While Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev didn't end up fighting each other as planned in the main event of UFC 279, both men find themselves in very interesting positions following this past Saturday's event in Las Vegas. On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel will discuss the fallout of the UFC's most recent pay-per-view event that was capped off by Diaz's submission win over Tony Ferguson in the final fight of Diaz's contract. What will Diaz's fighting future look like moving forward? In addition, the panel will talk where Chimaev will go after badly missing weight before destroying Kevin Holland in the co-main event, the two kickoff press conferences between Jake Paul and Anderson Silva and if they helped build interest for the Oct. 29 boxing match, Saturday's UFC Vegas 60 card headlined by Cory Sandhagen and Song Yadong, and 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: 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

    HOAM | Who Has More Pressure Ahead of UFC 280 — Charles Oliveira or Islam Makhachev?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 70:34


    With the UFC's next pay-per-view event just over a month away in Abu Dhabi, a lightweight champion will be crowned in the main event between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev. While both fighters would love to have the title wrapped around their waists at the end of the card, who needs it more between the two high-level 155 pounders? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck answers questions about the pressures on Oliveira and Makhachev, along with the stakes involved long term. In addition, listener topics include the UFC's Oct. 29 targeted headliner between Calvin Kattar and Arnold Allen, Khamzat Chimaev's future at welterweight and middleweight, Leon Edwards' options, where Conor McGregor fits in title conversations, rules not being enforced enough in MMA, 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: 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: What The Hell Are We Supposed To Do With Khamzat Chimaev? + Is It Time To Stop Calling DJ A Flyweight, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 90:39


    What in the hell are we supposed to do with Khamzat Chimaev after his massive weight miss? Is it egregious to call Leon Edwards a top-4 pound-for-pound fighter in the world? And is it really time to stop calling Demetrious Johnson a flyweight because ONE Championship's unorthodox weight divisions? After a crazy few weeks, the gang is back to sort through the noise on the latest edition of the MMA Fighting Rankings Show. Co-hosts Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee are joined this month by Jed Meshew and Damon Martin to reckon with the fallout of UFC 279 and 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

    No Bets Barred: Can Cory Sandhagen Rebound With A Big Win At UFC Vegas 60?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 73:42


    The No Bets Barred boys are back to break down UFC Vegas 60 and the bantamweight main event bout between Cory Sandhagen and Song Yadong that takes place Saturday in Las Vegas. First co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew break down the insanity that was UFC 279 before diving into their numerous bets this weekend. Despite the lack of name value at UFC Vegas 60, Conner and Jed still end up with a number of bets, laying wagers down on 12 of the 14 fights on the card including Jed's ongoing experiment with heavyweight overs. 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

    Trocação Franca | Cris Cyborg não larga MMA, mas mira em fenómeno do boxe

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 50:21


    Cris Cyborg ficará livre no mercado do MMA em breve, e tem uma decisão a tomar: renovar com o Bellator, migrar para a PFL e enfrentar Kayla Harrison, ou voltar ao UFC. Em entrevista ao Trocação Franca, a curitibana contou o que pesará na decisão, mas revelou que suas próximas duas lutas serão no boxe, sem descartar a melhor do mundo na atualidade como possível rival. Na sessão Fight Week, o papo é com Gregory Robocop, Nikolas Motta e Denise Gomes, representantes brasileiros do UFC deste sábado em Las Vegas. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. Cris Cyborg will become a free agent soon in MMA and has a decision to make: re-sign with Bellator, join PFL and face Kayla Harrison, or return to the UFC. In an interview with Trocação Franca, the MMA star explained what's in her mind, but revealed her next two bouts will be in boxing — and doesn't rule out facing the No. 1 boxer today. The Fight Week segment features UFC Vegas 60 fighters Gregory Rodrigues, Nikolas Motta and Denise Gomes. 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

    HOAM | What's Next For Khamzat Chimaev After Wild UFC 279 Fight Week? Tanner Boser Joins the Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 123:40


    Khamzat Chimaev's talent and physical tools can't be called into question, but what transpired outside of the octagon during UFC 279 fight week can't be ignored. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck gives his thoughts on the insanity from his perspective from this past Friday heading into UFC 279 and the event itself as a whole, and answers a lot of question in regards to Chimaev's future after badly missing weight for his scheduled main event bout with Nate Diaz, and his dominant submission win of new opponent Kevin Holland on Saturday. Additionally, listener questions include thoughts on a potential Chimaev vs. Colby Covington fight, Nate Diaz's future after defeating Tony Ferguson, Li Jingliang's rising stock despite a split decision loss to Daniel Rodriguez, Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva, and more. Also, UFC heavyweight Tanner Boser (1:35:50) joins the show to preview his UFC Vegas 60 fight with Rodrigo Nascimento, talks Chimaev's weight miss, and clarifies something he said in a recent interview in regards to fighters that use mental coaches are weak. 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: 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: Tyron Woodley Talks Starring in ‘Cobra Kai' Season 5, Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 52:47


    On the latest edition of The Fighter vs. The Writer, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley joins the show to catch up with everything he's been doing lately including a starring role in Cobra Kai season 5. Woodley will reveal how he landed his role in the hit Netflix series and what it was like filming opposite stars like Ralph Macchio and William Zabka after he grew up watching them in films like The Karate Kid. Woodley also details how he was actually in the middle of filming Cobra Kai when he got the call to step into a short notice rematch against Jake Paul. With Paul now scheduled to face Anderson Silva in October, Woodley gives his thoughts on that matchup and why people shouldn't count out the 25-year-old social influencer from pulling off the upset against the UFC legend. 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 279

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 102:51


    Nate Diaz ended his UFC contract with his head held high, and with a Performance of the Night earning submission win in the main event of UFC 279. But was that the final time the popular competitor competes 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 is next for Diaz and Tony Ferguson following their welterweight headliner at UFC 279 to cap off one of the craziest fight weeks of all-time. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Khamzat Chimaev after his terrifying performance in the co-main event, Chimaev's opponent Kevin Holland, Daniel Rodriguez and Li Jingliang following their competitive featured bout, Irene Aldana and Johnny Walker after getting finishes 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 279 Post-Fight Show | Reaction To Nate Diaz's Perfect Exit, Khamzat Chimaev's Destruction

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 99:13


    Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev didn't end up fighting each other in the end, but both men ended their nights in the best possible way at UFC 279. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, Alexander K. Lee, and Jed Meshew react to Diaz's fourth-round submission win over Tony Ferguson in the main event of Saturday's card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and why, if that was his final UFC fight, he went out on the highest of notes. Additionally, the panel discusses Chimaev's complete destruction of Kevin Holland and whether or not his future could still be at welterweight, Daniel Rodriguez's split decision win over Li Jingliang, Irene Aldana's unique finish of Macy Chiasson, Chris Barnett's unbelievable win, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jose Youngs: @JoseYoungs Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow Jed K. 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 279 Preview Show: What The Hell Just Happened? | Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson, Khamzat Chimaev Misses Weight

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 78:30


    Nate Diaz is still headlining UFC 279. Other than that, everything's changed. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Alexander K. Lee react to one of the most chaotic days in MMA history following a flurry of last-second changes to Saturday's pay-per-view. With Diaz now fighting Tony Ferguson, what's at stake for the two UFC legends? How has Chimaev's stock changed over a 24-hour span that saw him brawl with his card-mates backstage then miss weight by a stunning margin of 7.5 pounds? And how just much of gangsters are Daniel Rodriguez and — particularly — Li Jingliang for rolling with the punches throughout a wacky and drama-filled week? The gang answers those questions and more after a day that will go down in MMA infamy. Follow Mike Heck @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti 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

    Reaction: Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson New UFC 279 Main Event, Khamzat Chimaev Misses Weight

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 11:15


    MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Shaun Al-Shatti react to Dana White's announcement of the new top-three fights of Saturday's UFC 279 main event, headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson after Khamzat Chimaev misses weight. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti 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

    HOAM | Did UFC 279 Presser Chaos Change Your Opinion On Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 87:30


    As everybody in the MMA community is likely aware of by now, Thursday's UFC 279 press conference was abruptly cancelled after chaos broke out backstage in Las Vegas. Both Khamzat Chimaev and Nate Diaz were allegedly involved — along with Kevin Holland — but does that change the way you look at Saturday's main event between Chimaev and Diaz? On an all-new Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck responds to questions about whether or not Chimaev may be a bit too emotional heading into the UFC 279 headliner, and if Diaz will be able to capitalize on that. Additionally, listener questions include Holland's future, and the stakes involved in the welterweight division for the winner of his fight with Daniel Rodriguez, reactions to the alleged altercations backstage, who Chimaev could face — at either 170 or 185 — next with a win over Diaz, Francis Ngannou and the heavyweight division, 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: 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 | UFC 279 Press Conference Cancelled By Dana White

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 15:14


    Dana White described the scene as an “absolute s*** show” before the UFC 279 press conference was set to kick off, and once it did, it didn't last very long.  MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and José Youngs — who joins from Las Vegas — react to the press conference being abruptly halted, what has been told to MMA Fighting about what may have went down backstage between Khamzat Chimaev, Kevin Holland, Nate Diaz, and more.  Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jose 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

    BTL | Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz, UFC 279, UFC Paris Fallout, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 64:23


    This Saturday, Nate Diaz will make the walk to the UFC octagon for the final time on his current contract. Does the popular Stockton-based fighter have another iconic moment in store? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel will discuss the UFC 279 main event between Diaz and the undefeated Khamzat Chimaev, what would be next for Chimaev with a win, and what a massive upset win could do for Diaz as he enters free agency. Additionally, the panel will talk Tony Ferguson's return to welterweight against Li Jingliang on Saturday, where Ciryl Gane and Robert Whittaker go following their impressive #UFCParis wins, plus, a game of 'What Would You Rather Watch?' Host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew and pro fighter Pearl Gonzalez. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed K. Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Pearl Gonzalez: @PearlGonzalez 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

    HOAM | What Is Tony Ferguson Fighting For At UFC 279?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 81:19


    Tony Ferguson returns to welterweight this Saturday to face Li Jingliang, but what is he actually fighting for at this point in his career? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the co-main event matchup for Saturday's UFC 279 event and where Ferguson could go regardless of the results. Additionally, listener questions include the heavyweight title picture, Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz, the UFC 278 payouts, fighter pay, Paulo Costa's future, Danyelle Wolf's UFC debut, what could be next for Ricky Simon following his finish of Jack Shore at UFC Long Island, UFC Paris, 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: 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: Can Nate Diaz Pull Off A Miracle Against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 82:23


    The No Bets Barred boys are back to break down UFC 279 which takes place Saturday September 10 in Las Vegas, headlined by a welterweight bout between Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev, in what could be the final fight of Diaz's illustrious UFC career. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew dive deep into UFC 279, with Conner posting bets on every single main card fight, and Jed taking a pair of long shot wagers on the main event. 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

    Chad Mendes Talks Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz, Fighting Future, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 21:51


    Retired UFC featherweight Chad Mendes speaks with MMA Fighting's Mike Heck about his fighting future following his successful BKFC debut in February, what it will take for him to get back in for another fight, his collaboration with Polaris RZR, Josh Emmett's place in the UFC featherweight title picture, the advice he would give Emmett if he gets the shot to face Alexander Volkanovski, Nate Diaz's final fight on his UFC contract at UFC 279 against Khamzat Chimaev and how he breaks it all down, 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

    Trocação Franca | Especial UFC 279: Johnny Walker, Norma Dumont e Jailton Malhadinho

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 68:48


    O UFC 279 agita Las Vegas neste sábado e o Trocação Franca conversa com as estrelas brasileiras do card. Johnny Walker abre o jogo sobre saúde mental e como o uso de CBD o prejudicou ao longo dos últimos anos. Norma Dumont, uma das poucas pesos-pesa do UFC, sonha desafiar Amanda Nunes pelo título. Jailton Malhadinho, o Khabib brasileiro, define categoria onde fará carreira no evento. O podcast conversa ainda com Ricardo Prasel, que disputa o título dos pesados do KSW. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. UFC 279 is around the corner in Las Vegas and Trocação Franca chats with the Brazilian stars of the card. Johnny Walker opens up on mental health and how the use of CBD oil hurt him for three years. Norma Dumont, one of the rare female featherweights in the UFC, hopes to challenge Amanda Nunes for the title. Jailton Almeida makes a decision on which weight class he'll compete at in the UFC. The podcast also welcomes Ricardo Prasel, who battles for the KSW heavyweight belt Saturday. 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

    HOAM | Will Nate Diaz Ever Fight In the UFC Again After UFC 279?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 73:00


    Nate Diaz will finish out his current UFC contract this Saturday against Khamzat Chimaev in the main event of UFC 279, but win or lose, will that be the final time Diaz steps inside the octagon? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck answers that question and what could be next for both guys following this weekend's PPV event. Additionally, listener topics include Diaz's new fight promotion, whether Chimaev should go up to 185 after UFC 279, Ciryl Gane's win over Tai Tuivasa and what could be next for him following UFC Paris this past weekend, Gane's back-of-the-head punch during the finishing sequence and the reactions to it, Robert Whittaker's sensational showing against Marvin Vettori in the co-main event, 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: 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: Nick Young on Going from the NBA to Boxing; Kevin Holland Reveals the Most ‘Gangster' Thing Nate Diaz Could Do at UFC 279

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 58:15


    On the latest edition of The Fighter vs. The Writer, NBA champion and former first-round pick Nick Young and Kevin Holland join the show. With his first boxing match scheduled on Saturday at the Social Gloves event in Los Angeles, Young will discuss how he got involved with the sport and his expectations after watching several other NBA players have varying levels of success when attempting this same move. Young will also address his upcoming fight against rapper Blueface and how trash talk in the fight game won't work against him after going up against legends like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett on the court. Also on the show, Holland previews his upcoming fight against Daniel Rodriguez at UFC 279 and how the short notice matchup came together. Holland will also look ahead to the UFC 279 main event while revealing what Nate Diaz could do in his fight against Khamzat Chimaev that would be the most “gangster” move possible. 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

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