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What the Heck, Episode 41: Stephen Thompson, Casey Kenney, Tristan Connelly and Lerone Murphy

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On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck chats with UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson (4:57) to recap his unanimous decision win over Geoff Neal in the main event of UFC Vegas 17 this past month, gives an update on the leg injury suffered in the matchup, talks being one of the more underappreciated fighters in the promotion, his callout of Jorge Masvidal, thoughts on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement, and when he thinks he’ll be able to return.

UFC bantamweight Casey Kenney (26:12) previews his upcoming matchup with Dominick Cruz at UFC 259 on March 6, discusses what his reaction was to finding out he was fighting the former 135 pound champion, his thoughts on the stoppage of Henry Cejudo’s win over Cruz at UFC 249, what he took away from his recent win against Nathaniel Wood, and where a win over Cruz could take him.

UFC lightweight Tristan Connelly (43:16) gives an update on what has happened since his upset win over Michel Pereira at UFC Vancouver in September 2019, talks having his fight in April get called due to COVID-19 concerns, how he spoke with Chris Weidman to help him get through an injury that took a turn for the worse, his plans of having an active 2021, his thoughts on what Pereira has done since their fight and what happened the next time he saw Pereira—with help from Johnny Walker—in Las Vegas.

Finally, UFC featherweight Lerone Murphy (1:13:42) previews his upcoming matchup with Douglas Andrade at UFC Fight Island 8 on Jan. 20, discusses the moment that changed his life forever when he was 21 years old, his recent first-round finish of Ricardo Ramos in July, thoughts on Andrade as an opponent, his prediction for the fight, and which veteran he hopes to one day share the octagon with.

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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