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What the Heck, Episode 43: Michael Chiesa, Alessio Di Chirico and Ike Villanueva

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On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck chats with UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa (10:27) to recap his UFC Fight Island 8 main event win over Neil Magny, feeling the healthiest he has felt in his career, his callout of Colby Covington, thoughts on popular matchmaking ideas against Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia, Dustin Poirier’s big win over Conor McGregor at UFC 257, and the upcoming UFC 258 title fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns.

UFC middleweight Alessio Di Chirico (38:50) discusses his first-round knockout victory over Joaquin Buckley on the main card of UFC Fight Island 7, snapping a three-fight losing streak with the victory, if he was bothered by the odds heading into the matchup, why he declined any post-fight interviews, when he would like to return, his dislike of Kevin Holland, as well as Holland’s upcoming matchup with Derek Brunson.

Finally, UFC light heavyweight Ike Villanueva (1:01:41) recaps his first octagon win—a second-round KO—over Vinicius Moreira at UFC Fight Island 8, being in the best condition of his career heading into a fight, finding out about his opponent getting a violation from the United States Anti-Doping Agency less than a week away from the fight and how it made him enjoy the finish even more, not getting a bonus, when he hopes to return, 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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