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Get all the mixed martial arts fighting news and analysis you need from the award-winning team at MMA Fighting. Produced by MMA Fighting and SB Nation, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.




On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 46

How close is Calvin Kattar to a UFC featherweight title shot after his bounce back win over Giga Chikadze, and what fight could get him over that hump? That question is discussed on the first matchmaking edition of On To the Next One for 2022 following Saturday's UFC Vegas 46 event. In addition, future matchups are discussed for Chikadze, Jake Collier, Brandon Royval, Katlyn Chookagian, Viacheslav Borshchev, Bill Algeo, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee:...


UFC Vegas 46 Post-Fight Show | Is Calvin Kattar Title Contender After Battering Giga Chikadze?

Calvin Kattar silenced all of the critics with a dominant performance in the UFC’s first main event of 2022. Kattar returned to the octagon after a year layoff to batter Giga Chikadze and hand the Georgian standout his first UFC loss in the headliner of UFC Vegas. Did the victory put the New England Cartel fighter in featherweight championship contention? That question is discussed, along with other notable storylines from Saturday’s fight card at the UFC APEX with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck,...


UFC Vegas 46 Preview Show | Does Calvin Kattar Need Main Event Win More Than Giga Chikadze?

Giga Chikadze and Calvin Kattar will battle it out in the UFC’s first main event of 2022. Does a surging Chikadze need a win more than Kattar, who is looking to bounce back from his loss to Max Holloway a year prior? That question is discussed, along with other top storylines ahead of UFC Vegas 46 with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Follow E. Casey Leydon: @ekc Subscribe:...


BTL Roundtable | Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Korean Zombie, UFC Vegas 46 Preview

One of the sport’s most heated rivalries will be settled in March, but was it the right call by the UFC to put the matchup between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal in a PPV main event slot? The new main event for UFC 272 between Covington and Masvidal will be discussed on this week’s edition of Between the Links. In addition, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Jed Meshew will talk the new featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273 in April following the...


We Got Next | Ben 'Big Tuna' Parrish & Jasmine Jasudavicius

If the Paul brothers really want to make the move to MMA, "Big Tuna" would be happy to welcome either one of them. Ben Parrish (12:33) returns to We Got Next to preview his light heavyweight matchup with Sullivan Cauley at Bellator 273 on Jan. 29, discusses making his second promotional appearance at the reaction from MMA fans following his memorable Bellator debut in September, feeling like win, lose, or draw, Bellator will sign him to an exclusive deal, how he sees the fight playing out,...


Trocação Franca | Deiveson Figueiredo, Rodolfo Vieira & Vitor Miranda

O Trocação Franca está pesado. Ex-campeão peso mosca do UFC, Deiveson Figueiredo analisa a trilogia com Brandon Moreno e os treinos com o ex-rival Henry Cejudo, enquanto Rodolfo Vieira comenta o duelo brasileiro com Wellington Turman no mesmo card, o UFC 270 de 22 de janeiro. Vitor Miranda, veterano e analista de lutas da organização, prevê o ano do Brasil no UFC e quem pode faturar cinturões em 2022. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista...


Fighter vs. Writer: Paul Felder Predicts Biggest Threats To Every UFC Champion In 2022

Paul Felder joins The Fighter vs. The Writer for the official 2022 preview show as he helps break down his favorite fights already booked for the year ahead, along with his picks for the biggest threats to each and every champion currently reigning in the UFC. Felder also addresses some bold predictions, including Francis Ngannou’s future with the UFC and whether or not Jon Jones will return before the end of the year. All that and much more on the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The...


On To the Next One | 2022 Predictions Extravaganza

Could 2022 see both Jon Jones and Conor McGregor fight for UFC titles? Will Khamzat Chimaev get himself into a title fight as well? This week on On To the Next One, those questions are presented during the 2022 predictions extravaganza. Hosts Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee will go through a slew of buy/sell questions presented by listeners about a variety of topics — including whether Jake Paul's next fight will be against a current member of the UFC roster, Kayla Harrison's free agency...


Trocação Franca | Q&A: Futuro Do UFC, Jornalismo, E O Que Mais Vocês Perguntaram

O episódio dessa semana do Trocação Franca está um pouquinho diferente. Vocês atenderam ao meu chamado nas redes sociais e enviaram dezenas de ótimas perguntas (e ruins também, claro) sobre sobre tudo o que está rolando por aí no mundo do MMA, do futuro do Brasil no esporte ao trabalho como jornalista de MMA, e eu respondi a cada uma delas. Clica aí e vem conversar comigo. O melhor do MMA brasileiro no Trocação Franca, toda quarta-feira, com o jornalista Guilherme Cruz e convidados. This...


BTL Championship | Dana White vs. Jake Paul, Poirier vs. Diaz Talks, UFC 272 Title Bouts, More

Dana White and Jake Paul kicked off 2022 with a back-and-forth war of words — which is something that happened quite frequently in 2021. But what does it all mean and can any actual good come from it? That topic will be discussed by on the finale of the Between the Links championship tournament. In addition, the title competitors will talk the potential of a fight between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz after the former interim lightweight champ recently stated he had agreed to the bout, UFC...


We Got Next | Cheyanne Vlismas & Brandon Royval

Cheyanne Vlismas would love to get back inside the octagon before the summer, but she can't say for sure if that will be a reality. Vlismas (4:41) kicks off this week's episode of We Got Next to recap her impressive unanimous decision win over Mallory Martin in December at UFC Vegas 44, discusses spending the new year in an undisclosed location, a rollercoaster ride throughout 2021 that included a loss in her UFC debut, a horrible bout of COVID-19, a divorce, and consecutive octagon wins...


Rankings Show | Conor McGregor Plummets Out Of Top 15 + Predicting 2022's Biggest Movers

Co-hosts Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee ring in the new year by rummaging through the chaos left by an unforgettable run in December, anointing a new women's pound-for-pound No. 1 atop MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings and more. Then, the duo are joined by old friends Mike Heck and Jed Meshew around (24:30) to discuss Conor McGregor finally falling out of the rankings, play a round of "Ever Again?" to examine the futures of some down-on-their luck veterans, predict three names each...


On To the Next One | 2021 Predictions Recap

With 2021 being such a wacky year in the world of mixed martial arts, we felt it was important to look back at the predictions that were made heading into one of the most memorable years in the history of the sport. In part one of our two-part predictions extravaganza, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee look back on some of the responses they had to listener question in regards to what 2021 was going to bring. Topics include Conor McGregor's activity for the year, whether or not...


2021 Year-End Awards | Celebrating The Best From An Unforgettable MMA Year

Join the MMA Fighting staff as we look back at the biggest highs and most jaw-dropping moments of 2021 in a special year-end retrospective. We’re honoring the nights that defined a roller-coaster 12-month sprint — and handing out plenty of hardware for the athletes whose incredible accomplishments will stand the test of time when we remember 2021. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti @ShaunAlShatti Follow Mike Heck @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee @AlexanderKLee Follow José Youngs @JoseYoungs Follow...


BTL Roundtable | Jon Anik Recaps UFC’s 2021, Explains Why Khamzat Chimaev is 2022’s Most Intriguing Storyline

On a very special episode of MMA Fighting’s Between the Links, Jon Anik recaps a memorable 2021 campaign for the UFC and looks ahead to what could be in store for the new year. Anik discusses why 2022 can be a fascinating year for the UFC in-terms of unresolved storylines, Max Holloway’s 2021 campaign not getting enough respect following his wins over Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez, Charles Oliveira being his Fighter of the Year, calling championship wins for Oliveira, Francis Ngannou,...


We Got Next | Ricky Simon Explains Sean O'Malley Callout, Responds To Michael Bisping

This week on We Got Next, Ricky Simon to recap his KO victory over Raphael Assuncao at UFC Vegas 45, having Ed Herman call him a “veteran” in the gym recently, if he felt weight lifted off of his shoulders after the finish with memories of his loss to Urijah Faber in the back of people’s minds, his awkward exchange with Michael Bisping and the former middleweight champion’s claims that Simon tried to make him look silly, why he changed course and called out O’Malley, his response to O'Malley...


Trocação Franca | Rickson Gracie Como Você Nunca Viu

Nada melhor que terminar 2021 com uma entrevista histórica, e para isso o Trocação Franca convidou a lenda Rickson Gracie. Um dos maiores nomes da história das lutas, Rickson abriu o jogo sobre tudo: como a “poligamia” deu origem ao clã Gracie e sua relação com a babá Isabel, sua mãe de sangue, sobre as tais 400 lutas de invencibilidade, qual lutador ficou entalado por nunca ter enfrentado, como um jovem Rickson se sairia no MMA atual, os erros e acertos do filho Kron Gracie no UFC, e muito...


On To the Next One | Ask Mike & AK Anything Returns

How would Dustin Poirier fare in the UFC's welterweight division? Who will Conor McGregor fight next in his return to action? Those questions are answered on a special edition of On To the Next One. This week, hosts Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee answer questions from the listeners about MMA and beyond with topics including favorite sports to watch outside of mixed martial arts, fantasy boxing matchups, the strength of the UFC women's flyweight division moving forward, what Jimmy Flick has...


BTL Roundtable | Jake Paul KOs Tyron Woodley, Wonderboy's Future, Promotional Airing of Grievances

Did Jake Paul land a $1 billion KO punch on Tyron Woodley this past Saturday night following a lackluster six-plus rounds of boxing in Tampa? This week on Between the Links, that question is discussed, along with what could be next for Paul after one of the most violent knockouts of the year, Derrick Lewis getting back on track with a vicious stoppage of Chris Daukaus in the main event of UFC Vegas 45 and whether or not Daukaus might be better served at light heavyweight, has father time...


Trocação Franca | Amanda Nunes Subestimou Julianna Peña, Diz Treinador (+ Amanda Ribas)

Julianna Peña quebrou a banca e finalizou Amanda Nunes para levar o cinturão peso-galo no UFC 265 e Luiz Claudio, treinador de jiu-jitsu da venezuelana, conversou com o podcast sobre a zebra histórica em Las Vegas. O brasileiro, faixa-preta formado por Rickson Gracie, acredita que Nunes subestimou sua aluna no UFC 265, mas espera luta mais dura na revanche. Luiz Claudio também falou do retorno de Yair Rodriguez contra Max Holloway e seus próximos passos na organização. O podcast falou,...