On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with reigning UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan (3:34) ahead of his first title defense against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 on March 6, talks training at American Top Team for this camp, the rivalry that has been built on social media over the last several months with Sterling, TJ Dillashaw returning from suspension, and more.
UFC lightweight Mike Davis (17:53) recaps his “Fight of the Night” earning victory over Mason Jones at UFC Fight Island 8 this past month, his chaotic 2020 that kept him out of action for the entire year, discusses how healthy he actually was for the fight with the former Cage Warriors champion, people believing the fight was closer than it actually was in his eyes, and when he’s hoping to return.
UFC flyweight Joanne Calderwood (53:44) discusses her unanimous decision win over Jessica Eye at UFC 257, if punching Eye in the face felt as good as she had hoped, the burp heard on the broadcast, thoughts on Lauren Murphy as a potential next opponent, and Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier’s big finishes after her victory.
Finally, Tyson Chartier (1:44:03)—the head coach of UFC featherweight Calvin Kattar—explains why he didn’t stop the UFC Fight Island 7 headliner with Max Holloway, how Kattar is feeling after the fight, what they’ll take away from it, Rob Font’s big win over Marlon Moraes in December, and upcoming bouts involving his fighters such as Mike Rodriguez and Parker Porter.
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