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What the Heck, Episode 51: Josh Emmett, Leonard Garcia, Adrian Yanez and Manel Kape

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On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC bantamweight Adrian Yanez (11:44) to discuss his third-round KO win over Gustavo Lopez this past Saturday at UFC Vegas 22, the praise he has received from fellow fighters, Teddy Atlas and others, the importance of being calm, cool and collected, his coach Saul Soliz getting some shine once again, what competing at UFC 262 at the Toyota Center in Houston would mean to him, his callout of Nate Maness, thoughts on a potential matchup with Montel Jackson, and more.

UFC featherweight Josh Emmett (37:07) provides an update after being on the sidelines since his win over Shane Burgos in one of the most exciting fights of 2020, hiccups that have come along in his recovery, when he hopes to return, thoughts on Max Holloway’s performance against Calvin Kattar, and what kinds of matchups he’s hoping to get when he’s cleared to compete.

Former UFC and WEC featherweight Leonard Garcia (1:03:46) reflects on his career following his unanimous decision win over Joe Elmore in the main event of BKFC 16 this past Friday and subsequently announcing his retirement from combat sports, discusses when he made that decision, what he’s taken away from his BKFC experience and why he believes it’s better than the UFC, his two-fight series with The Korean Zombie—including their all-time classic at WEC 40 in April 2010—and if he regrets not getting a trilogy fight, and what advice he wants to pass on to the next generation of fighters.

Finally, UFC flyweight Manel Kape (1:36:32) recaps his split decision loss to Matheus Nicolau at UFC Vegas 21 earlier this month, talks what he’s learned in his first two fights in the octagon since moving over from RIZIN, why he felt he was robbed by the judges, reacts to Nicolau’s interview with MMA Fighting stating that Daniel Cormier’s commentary is the reason why people thought Kape was robbed, wanting to take a short break from the sport to find the love for it again, what he wants upon his return, and what it was like working with Khabib Nurmagomedov at AKA.

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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