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What the Heck, Episode 19: Marlon Vera, Kevin Holland, Ashley Yoder and Mike Hamel

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On this week’s episode of What the Heck, UFC bantamweight Marlon Vera (3:56) previews his upcoming co-main event bout with Sean O’Malley at UFC 252 next Saturday, talks how he reacted to the news of getting the fight, top-ranked 135ers feeding into O’Malley’s trash talk, and why he believes Aljamain Sterling should be next to challenge Petr Yan for the bantamweight title.

Bellator featherweight signee Mike Hamel (23:21) discusses stepping in on short notice against Adam Borics at Friday night’s Bellator 243 event, sharing his promotional debut with teammate Benson Henderson, his plans for The MMA Lab to go 2-0, while Sanford MMA goes 0-2, and why a career as a professional rollerblader never happened.

UFC middleweight Kevin Holland talks his chaotic week as he prepares to welcome Joaquin Buckley to the organization this Saturday at UFC Vegas 6, what really happened between him and Ed Herman, plans to move to 170, and why he hopes he can fight Marvin Vettori, Derek Brunson and Mike Perry.

Finally, UFC strawweight Ashley Yoder (56:26) previews her UFC 252 fight with Livinha Souza, having a long break between fights, how her experience on The Ultimate Fighter has prepared her for competing in an empty arena, and more.

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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