On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC play-by-play voice Jon Anik (3:57) to discuss Ciryl Gane’s main event victory over Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC Vegas 20, Ronnie Lawrence’s impressive debut, Pedro Munhoz’s win over Jimmie Rivera and the surge of the calf kicking game in MMA, the upcoming title fights at UFC 259 between Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya for the light heavyweight title, Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson for the women’s featherweight title, Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling for the bantamweight championship, and Max Holloway’s win over Calvin Kattar.
UFC featherweight Julian Erosa (33:38) recaps his first-round knockout win over Nate Landwehr at UFC Vegas 19, talks the controversy surrounding the stoppage, not getting a bonus, teammate Casey O’Neill’s successful octagon debut, the succes at Xtreme Couture, hoping to face Alex Caceres next, and the topic of head trauma in mixed martial arts.
PFL lightweight Kaitlin Young (1:04:16) discusses being part of the upcoming season, taking nearly four years away from MMA competition and how it changed her perspective on the sport, hopes to fight Cindy Dandois and Kayla Harrison at some point, Stephen A. Smith’s recent comments, the Oklahoma bathroom brawl viral video, and former opponent Gina Carano’s recent issues.
Finally, a replay of our newly edited conversation with former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (1:29:04) to recap his incredible win over Calvin Kattar in January, talks his relationship with Daniel Cormier, the importance of separating himself from the fight game, the upcoming title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega at UFC 260, his stance on sparring, and more.
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