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What the Heck, Episode 20: Colby Covington, Michael Chandler, Valerie Loureda, Youssef Zalal and Brian Hayes

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On this week’s episode of MMA Fighting’s What the Heck, Mike Heck speaks with former three-time Bellator lightweight Michael Chandler (11:50) about his first-round finish of Ben Henderson in the main event of Bellator 243 this past Friday night, the pressure he felt heading into his final promotional fight, free agency, when we can expect a decision to be made, and having his finger on the pulse of all the speculation surround his next move.

Bellator women’s flyweight Valerie Loureda (43:38) recaps her second-round TKO win over Tara Graff at Bellator 243, talks dealing with her opponent’s constant trash talk since January, the difficult road she traveled to get to the fight itself, having a chip on her shoulder, the viral post-fight dance, and when she’d like to return.

UFC featherweight Youssef Zalal (1:05:24) discusses his unanimous decision win over Peter Barrett this past weekend at UFC Vegas 6, becoming the first fighter on the roster to win three fights in 2020, the spinning back kick that nearly finished the fight, dedicating the win to his teammate Devonte Smith, his enthusiastic cornering, and what’s next.

Brian Hayes (1:31:25), creative director for the brand new EA UFC 4 video game set for worldwide launch on Friday, discusses the development of the game, the changes made compared to UFC 3, being a longtime combat sports fan, what life is like the week of the release, and addresses the current roster of fighters currently in the game that has caused a lot of discussion on social media.

Finally, we replay our conversation with UFC welterweight Colby Covington (1:53:58) as he gives an update on the targeted bout with Tyron Woodley for Sept. 19, how close they are to the fight getting done, gives his take on Kamaru Usman’s win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251, and the heavyweight championship trilogy fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier this Saturday at UFC 252.

Check out the video above, or the audio-only podcast can be found below, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher.

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