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What the Heck, Episode 53: Jon Anik, Mackenzie Dern, Joe Solecki and Colbey Northcutt

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On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC strawweight Mackenzie Dern (4:41) ahead of her big matchup with Nina Ansaroff this Saturday at UFC Vegas 23 and discuss being part of the first women’s MMA fight to air on ABC, sharing the octagon with a fellow mom and her hope to attract more women into watching the sport, what she took away from her hard fought victory over Virna Jandiroba at UFC 256, where a win over the No. 5 ranked Ansaroff will take her, and her thoughts on the upcoming title fight between Zhang Weili and Rose Namajunas at UFC 261.

ONE Championship flyweight Colbey Northcutt (21:12) previews her upcoming fight with Sovannahry Em at ONE on TNT 4 on April 28, talks picking up her first pro win in her promotional debut in November 2019, sharing the card with her brother Sage Northcutt, only being able to have one person in her corner for this fight, the impact her husband Raymond Daniels has had on her life and career, and more.

UFC lightweight Joe Solecki (38:03) discusses his big fight with Jim Miller this Saturday at UFC Vegas 23—which will serve as the featured prelim on ESPN and ESPN+— becoming a new father following his win over Austin Hubbard in August, how he reacted to taking on a fellow New Jersey native, being a fan of Miller’s growing up, and what he hopes to show against a well established name in the sport.

Finally, UFC commentator Jon Anik (57:48) discusses the fallout of Francis Ngannou’s heavyweight title win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 and a potential fight with Jon Jones, being part of the broadcast on ABC this Saturday, the return of a full house of fans at UFC 261, the addition of a five-round co-main event between Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards at UFC 262, and a plethora of other news and notes.

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