Get all the mixed martial arts fighting news and analysis you need. On Tuesdays, Mike Heck pits journalist vs. journalist to break down news called "Between the Links." And on Wednesdays, Jose Youngs and others discuss the week's hot topics on "The A-Side Live Chat." Thursdays are Mike Heck's interview show called "What the Heck?" Produced by MMAFighting and SB Nation, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.
With UFC 251 just hours away, MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz and The Mac Life's Oscar Willis break down the top storyline heading to Saturday night's event on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, including the three title fights headlined by Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal for the welterweight championship.
Check out episode 15 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike speaks with Stephen Thompson (6:43) about being the last fighter to defeat Jorge Masvidal ahead of Saturday night's UFC 251 main event.
Leon Edwards (27:50) discusses his place in the UFC's welterweight division, having his UFC London main event with Tyron Woodley cancelled, being offered the UFC 251 main event bout with Kamaru Usman, Masvidal stepping in for Burns, and more.
In addition, former Cage Warriors light heavyweight champion Modestas Bukauskas (49:56) previews his UFC debut fight on July 15, and Grant Dawson (1:16:48) talks his upcoming fight with Nad Narimani set for July 18.
On this week’s episode of Between the Links, Mike Heck moderates the rematch between MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs and fellow journalist James Lynch as they discuss the new main event between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 for the welterweight title.
In addition, the panel discusses where Gilbert Burns now fits in the title picture, and debate on which “Fight Island” card—besides UFC 251—is the best overall from top to bottom.
Former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and gives his reaction to Jorge Masvidal replacing Gilbert Burns to face Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC 251, talks if he was an option, who he expects will leave Fight Island with the title, wanting a rematch with Usman and much more.
Moments after it was confirmed that Gilbert Burns was forced to withdraw from his welterweight title headliner with Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 following a positive COVID-19 test, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Jose Youngs react to the breaking news.
Paul Felder joins MMA Fighting's Mike Heck to recap the incredible lightweight matchup between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker, gives an update on whether or not he plans to return to the octagon, and previews the upcoming 'Fight Island' events--which he'll be part of the broadcast team for all four cards--beginning with a stacked UFC 251 lineup on July 11.
Check out episode 14 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike speaks with UFC lead commentator Jon Anik (4:49) to recap the promotion's crazy stretch of events during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a look ahead to 'Fight Island,' beginning with UFC 251 on July 11.
Khama Worthy (28:08) recaps his third-round submission win over Luis Pena at UFC on ESPN 12 and discusses what he wants next and in the future.
Maurice Greene (51:53) walks us through his wild third-round submission win over Gian Villante this past Saturday, and gives his take on Tanner Boser's call out.
Finally, Julian Erosa (1:10:38) shares his story of getting another shot with the UFC on short notice and putting away the previously unbeaten Sean Woodson this past weekend in Las Vegas. Was he the first choice to replace Kyle Nelson?
On a new episode of Between the Links, Mike Heck moderates the interim title matchup between Jose Youngs and Kristen King as they discuss the incredible #UFC on ESPN 12 main event between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker, Mike Perry's win over Mickey Gall in the co-main event, the best of the promotion's five-fight card slate at the APEX, and a look ahead to 'Fight Island.'
MMA Fighting's Damon Martin speaks with Daniel Cormier ahead of his heavyweight championship fight with Stipe Miocic at UFC 252. "DC" discusses the highly anticipated trilogy fight, why he will stick to his guns and retire after the bout and much more.
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Jose Youngs break down the top storylines following Saturday night’s memorable UFC on ESPN 12 event in Las Vegas, including Dustin Poirier’s main event victory over Dan Hooker in a Fight of the Year contender, and Mike Perry returning to the win column with a unanimous decision over Mickey Gall in the co-main event.
Check out episode 13 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike chats with Shane Burgos to recap his incredible co-main event bout with Josh Emmett at UFC on ESPN 11, the UFC rankings and more.
Justin Jaynes talks his 41-second TKO win in his short notice UFC debut over Frank Camacho this past weekend, the wild beginning of his career, and what he wants next.
Plus, Youssef Zalal and Sean Woodson preview their sophomore UFC appearances this Saturday at UFC on ESPN 12.
On this week’s episode of Between the Links, host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs and theScore’s James Lynch as they discuss Dana White’s criticism of Curtis Blaydes following his unanimous decision win over Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC on ESPN 11 this past weekend.
In addition, the panel gives their take on how the fight between Austin Hubbard and newcomer Max Rohskopf came to an end on Saturday and where the blame lies, where Jim Miller goes after his impressive opening round submission win over the highly touted Roosevelt Roberts, the significance of the UFC on ESPN 12 main event between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker, and more.
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alex K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s UFC on ESPN 11 event in Las Vegas, including Curtis Blaydes’ unanimous decision win over Alexander Volkov in the main event, along with the exciting featherweight co-main event that saw Josh Emmett defeat Shane Burgos.
With UFC on ESPN 11 just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck is joined by UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith to break down the top storylines heading into Saturday’s event at UFC APEX, including the main event between Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov.
Check out a loaded episode 12 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike chats with Petr Yan (4:57) to discuss his upcoming bantamweight title fight against Jose Aldo, talks Henry Cejudo retiring, training with Aldo several years ago, and the state of the division.
Cynthia Calvillo (19:30) recaps her win over Jessica Eye in the main event of UFC on ESPN 10 this past weekend, talks why she’s over her opponent missing weight, and what’s next.
Khama Worthy (35:29) previews his upcoming fight with Luis Pena at UFC on ESPN 12 June 27, gives his thoughts on what’s going on in the U.S. in the fight against racial injustice, and being inspired by watching the fight between Andre Fili and Charles Jourdain.
Pena (57:59) also joins the show to give his take on the matchup, the recent move to American Top Team, why the last couple of years—and meeting his biological father and brother—have put him at ease, as well as training with the likes of Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier--who headlines the event.
Mickey Gall (1:19:03) discusses his UFC on ESPN 12 co-main event fight with Mike Perry, his opponent’s pre-fight trash talk, the possibility of Perry having his girlfriend in his corner solely, how he sees the fight playing out, and explains why The Last Dance is a must-watch docuseries.
Frankie Edgar (1:34:36) returns to the show to preview his bantamweight debut against Pedro Munhoz in the co-main event of the UFC’s July 15 event, returning to the place where he became UFC champion 10 years ago, Cody Garbrandt’s UFC 250 win, and more.
Finally, Calvin Kattar (1:46:26) chats about his July 15 main event bout with Dan Ige, the reaction to the booking, signing a new deal with the UFC and why he’s not focused on the UFC 251 featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway.
This week on Between the Links, host Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting's Jose Youngs and TSN's Aaron Bronsteter as they discuss what is next for Cynthia Calvillo and Jessica Eye following the UFC on ESPN 10 main event this past weekend, Jorge Masvidal's public battle with the UFC, as well as past and present fighters, continuing on, a look ahead to this weekend's UFC on ESPN 11 card headlined by Curtis Blaydes vs. Alexander Volkov, and more.
MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines following Saturday night's UFC on ESPN 10 event, including Cynthia Calvillo's unanimous decision win over Jessica Eye in the main event.
With UFC on ESPN 10 just hours away, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jose Youngs break down the top storylines heading into Saturday night's event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, including the main event between Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo.
Check out episode 11 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike chats with Alex Perez (7:28) to recap his first-round TKO win over Jussier Formiga at UFC 250.
Devin Clark (25:50) talks his big win over Alonzo Menifield at UFC 250, engaging in protests against racial injustice before and after the victory, the relationship with his father, and teaming up with Jon Jones during the protests in Albuqurque.
Ian Heinisch (47:27) discusses his first finish in the UFC against Gerald Meerschaert on Saturday night, the craziness leading up to the event with his cornerman getting a false positive COVID-19 test, and already booking his next fight with Brendan Allen on June 27.
Gina Mazany (1:09:48) previews her return to the UFC this Saturday night, stepping in on short notice against Julia Avila at UFC on ESPN 10, talks how she found out seven months after the fact that she was released by the UFC after her last promotional fight, being the biggest underdog on the card, and more.
Finally, Roxanne Modafferi (1:27:00) caps of the show to preview her upcoming fight with Lauren Murphy June 20 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, talks her impressive win over Maycee Barber in January, and how strength and conditioning turned from a dislike to a love recently.
MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jose Youngs react to the big news of Dana White announcing multiple title fights for the summer, three of which will take place on "Fight Island" at UFC 251.
The UFC president also announced the location of the island, along with four fight cards in an eight day span, and the date for the trilogy fight for the heavyweight title between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.
Check out episode 2 of MMA Fighting's Between the Links. This week, host Mike Heck curates the matchup between defending champion Jose Youngs and, the man he called out after his victory, Damon Martin.
This week, the panel discusses the meaning behind Conor McGregor's latest retirement announcement. They also answer the question of who is the most likely, and least likely, to return to the octagon first: McGregor, Jon Jones, or Jorge Masvidal, plus the three stars of UFC 250, and the criticism of the UFC's event coming up this Saturday headlined by Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Calvillo.
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s UFC 250 event in Las Vegas, including Amanda Nunes’ historic title defense against Felicia Spencer in the main event, a banner night for the bantamweight division, and more.
With UFC 250 just hours away, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jose Youngs break down the top storylines heading into Saturday’s pay-per-view event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, including the main event between Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer for the women’s featherweight title.
Check out episode 10 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike chats with UFC flyweight Brandon Royval (7:18) to recap his 'Fight of the Night' winning submission victory over Tim Elliott in his promotional debut at UFC on ESPN 9.
UFC bantamweight Brian Kelleher (32:00) previews his short notice 145-pound fight with Cody Stamann this Saturday at UFC 250, being inspired by Jorge Masvidal's 2019 run, and hoping a fight with Sean O'Malley can come next with a win.
O'Malley (52:45) then joins the show to discuss his bantamweight fight with Eddie Wineland at UFC 250, his current contract status, and where he stands in one of the deepest divisions in the UFC.
Finally, UFC lightweight Roosevelt Roberts (1:06:10) returns to the show to recap his submission win over Brok Weaver at UFC on ESPN 9 and what is next after the best performance of his career this past weekend.
Check out the debut episode of MMA Fighting's newest debate show, Between the Links. Host Mike Heck is joined by Jose Youngs and Alex K. Lee to discuss Jon Jones vs. Dana White and the UFC, the three stars for this past weekend's UFC on ESPN 9 event, and a look ahead to UFC 250.
MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alex K. Lee break down the top storylines from UFC on ESPN 9, including Gilbert Burns' dominant decision win over former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the main event.
Check out episode 9 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike chats with Cynthia Calvillo (4:13) to discuss her main event bout with Jessica Eye at the UFC’s June 13 event, how the fans have reacted to the booking and moving her training camp to AKA.
UFC flyweight Tim Elliott (31:00) previews his fight with Brandon Royval this Saturday, reacts to not having friend and coach James Krause in his corner for the fight, and details a crazy story regarding his previous fight with Askar Askarov at UFC 246.
UFC lightweight Roosevelt Roberts (49:15) talks short notice preparation for his fight with Brok Weaver this Saturday, what he took away from his first international fight against Alexander Yakovlev and having a name in mind to call out with a win this weekend.
UFC welterweight Anthony Rocco Martin (1:04:48) reveals why he believes his fight with Neil Magny at UFC 250 on June 6 is the biggest fight of his career, talks having a hard time finding fights over the last several months, heading out to Las Vegas a week earlier and more.
Finally, UFC newcomer Gabriel Green (1:30:30) checks in from Las Vegas as he prepares to make his UFC debut on five days notice against Daniel Rodriguez this Saturday at UFC on ESPN 9.
Check out episode 8 of What the Heck with Mike Heck on MMA Fighting. This week, Mike speaks with UFC middleweight Kevin Holland (4:20) to recap his first-round TKO win at UFC on ESPN 8 and what he wants next.
Former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington (22:03) explains why a fight didn't happen with Tyron Woodley and wanting fights with Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal and WWE champion Drew McIntyre.
UFC heavyweight Chase Sherman (45:18) discusses his successful return to the promotion at UFC Jacksonville.
With UFC on ESPN 8 just hours away, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck is joined by UFC bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling to break down the top storylines.
In addition, "Funk Master" provides an update on a very interesting bantamweight title picture from his perspective following Henry Cejudo's retirement announcement at UFC 249.
This week on What the Heck, Mike Heck speaks with no. 10 UFC featherweight Shane Burgos (9:10) to give a fighter's perspective on a memorable UFC 249 event and when he'd like to return, Calvin Kattar (26:56) as he recaps a huge win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249, along with his crazy fight week in general, and top-10 UFC lightweight Diego Ferreira (46:06) to give his thoughts on the loaded 155-pound division.
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down all the top storylines from UFC Jacksonville, including Glover Teixeira’s big win over Anthony Smith in the main event.
Moments after the memorable UFC 249 came to an end, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and Casey Leydon discuss Justin Gaethje's win over Tony Ferguson to become the interim UFC lightweight champion, Henry Cejudo's defense of his bantamweight title over Dominick Cruz and subsequent retirement, and Francis Ngannou's frightening knockout of Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
This week on What the Heck, Mike Heck speaks with UFC middleweight Eryk Anders (4:58), UFC women’s bantamweight Julia Avila (23:32), No. 14 ranked UFC featherweight Ryan Hall (42:12), one of the newest members of the UFC roster, Ike Villanueva (1:19:51) and No. 8 ranked UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa (1:41:52).
This week on What the Heck, Mike Heck speaks with Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima (5:47), no. 1 ranked UFC bantamweight contender Marlon Moraes (18:43), and Bellator featherweight prospect Aaron Pico (39:41).
This week on What the Heck, Mike Heck speaks with UFC lightweight Alexander Hernandez (4:43), recent UFC light heavyweight title challenger Dominick Reyes (27:49), no. 6 UFC welterweight contender and current Twitter champion Gilbert Burns (46:02), UFC on ESPN reporter Laura Sanko (1:11:04) and former UFC lightweight champion -- and one of the newest additions to the bantamweight division -- Frankie Edgar (1:37:24).
For this episode, UFC middleweight contender Jared Cannonier joins José Youngs and Petesy Carroll to discuss some of the top story lines in the world of MMA. Some topics include Cannonier's life during quarantine, his surgically repaired shoulder, his fascination with "amplifying" crystals, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, the state of the UFC's 185-pound division, his most challenging opponents, and more.
This week on What the Heck, Mike Heck speaks with UFC featherweight Chase Hooper (3:52), the newest member of the UFC's flyweight division and former RIZIN bantamweight champion Manel Kape (31:27), UFC middleweight Gerald Meerscheart (53:58), as well as the manager and head coach for Calvin Kattar, Tyson Chartier (1:18:20).
For this episode, UFC flyweight Molly McCann joins José Youngs and Petesy Carroll to discuss some of the top story lines in the world of MMA. Some topics include the rumored UFC card on May 9, McCann's life during quarantine, the time she saved a woman from human trafficking, the origin of her name "Meatball," the MMA scene in Liverpool, and, of course, her dog Frank.
In this episode, UFC featherweight Andre Fili and UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber join José Youngs and Alex K. Lee to discuss some of the top story lines in the world of MMA. We’ll discuss Dana White announcing the postponement of UFC 249, the UFC roster’s reaction, “Fight Island,” Fili and Faber’s upcoming movie, Green Rush, and more.
In this episode, UFC bantamweight Brian Kelleher joins José Youngs and Petesy Carroll to discuss some of the top story lines in the world of MMA. Some topics include Dana White announcing the postponement of UFC 249, the UFC roster’s reaction, Fight Island, and more.
Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alex K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon react to the news that UFC 249 will no longer take place April 18, how MMA fans have handled the news, the impact that it will have for the immediate future and more.
In this episode, WWE and 205 Live superstar Gentleman Jack Gallagher joins José Youngs and Petesy Carroll to discuss some of the top story lines in the world of MMA. Some of the topics include Dana White’s recent unveiling of the entire UFC 249 lineup, Justin Gaethje filling in for Khabib Nurmagomedov against Tony Ferguson and more.
For this episode, UFC lightweight veteran Joe Lauzon joins José Youngs and Alexander K. Lee to break down some of the top story lines in the world of MMA. Some topics include UFC 249, Khabib Nurmagomedov stranded in Russia, a possible fight between Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje, and more.
For this episode, Brave CF flyweight contender Jose Torres returns with José Youngs and Petesy Carroll discusses down UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov being stranded in Russia, potential replacement opponents for Tony Ferguson, Jon Jones' recent DWI, and more.
Bellator champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane joins José Youngs and Alexander K. Lee to break down how the coronavirus affected her wedding plans, Bellator MMA's response to the pandemic, possible scenarios for UFC 249, possible replacements for Khabib Nurmagomedov, and more.
Our own Esther Linn is here to bring you up-to-date on all things involving the MMA world's reaction to COVID-19, the status of UFC 249, CW 113, Brave CF 35 & BKFC 12 as well as the UFC's recent fight announcements.
For this episode, UFC flyweight Ashlee Evans-Smith, Brave CF flyweight Jose Torres join José Youngs and Peter Carroll as they break down some of the top storylines in the world of MMA.
Some of the topics on deck include Smith and Torres’ recent fights falling out due to the coronavirus chaos, the future of UFC, Bellator, Cage Warriors and Brave CF events amid the pandemic, fighters’ reaction to the sweeping changes to their fight schedules, and more.