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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.

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July 21, 2024 64 mins
Virna Jandiroba may have punched her ticket to a UFC strawweight title fight against champion Zhang Weili with an incredibly impressive second-round submission victory over past title challenger Amanda Lemos in her first ever UFC headliner. Did Jandiroba's performance at UFC Vegas 94 jump her over Tatiana Suarez at 115 pounds? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what's ...
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While many in the MMA community hoped Mike Perry would be the one to stop Jake Paul, it wasn't meant to be as Paul delivered a one-sided performance against the durable BKFC star en route to a sixth-round finish. Paul then called out UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira, and new BKFC owner Conor McGregor says he's firing Perry. What in the world is going on? Following a weekend doubleheader, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Mes...
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Is Mike Perry about to spoil the Jake Paul party? Join Shaun Al-Shatti, Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and E. Casey Leydon as we preview a double-header weekend between Paul vs. Perry and UFC Vegas 94. The gang breaks down the circus that has taken over Tampa, Perry's star-making moment, whether Paul is making a mistake by casting BKFC's King of Violence as a bridge fight, and more. We also touch on UFC Vegas 94's strawweight headliner bet...
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The UFC 304 lightweight bout between Paddy Pimblett and King Green might be the most intriguing fight on the entire pay-per-view slate with Pimblett taking another step up. On top of that, Pimblett says he's fighting out his contract which puts a lot at risk for him potentially. On an all-new Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses that, Jake Paul vs. Mike Perry, the UFC Vegas 94 card, PFL continuing to fall way behin...
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Mike Perry finally gets his chance to face Jake Paul in the boxing ring this Saturday in Tampa. While it seems as if the BKFC star is in a great situation, what happens if he beats Paul — and how bad would it be for the YouTube star if he loses? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the panel answers your questions about the Paul vs. Perry matchup, the stakes involved, and if Paul is putting the Mike Tyson fight in jeopardy. ...
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Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler seemed to be on the same page this past weekend in regards to the rebooking of their matchup, but UFC CEO Dana White says he hopes it can happen before the end of the year. Will we see the fight happen before the calendar shifts to 2025? Will it happen at all at this point? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to White's comments about the fight on Monday's ...
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On the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer, Matt Brown and Damon Martin discuss Dana White’s recent statements on Ronda Rousey and why her evolution may have been stunted by her obligations outside the cage, Nate Diaz filing a lawsuit and our picks for Jake Paul vs. Mike Perry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Rose Namajunas picked up her second straight main event victory this past Saturday at UFC Denver, earning a dominant unanimous decision over Tracy Cortez. What's next on the road to a hopeful flyweight title shot for the former strawweight champion — and is in a shot at 125-pound gold immediately? On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what's next for Namajunas following h...
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Rose Namajunas capped off Saturday's UFC Denver event with a one-sided victory over Tracy Cortez to earn her second straight win at 125 pounds. Following the win, Namajunas expressed her interest in fighting for the flyweight title, or a women's BMF title, but are any of those realistically possible for the former strawweight champion? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Eric Jackman react to the UFC's latest Fight Night car...
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Former UFC champion Rose Namajunas has a new opponent for Saturday's UFC Denver headliner as it shifts from Maycee Barber to Tracy Cortez. Are the stakes the same for "Thug Rose" in a hometown fight, and if Cortez can pull off the upset, where would that put her at 125-pounds? Ahead of this weekend's UFC Fight Night event, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, José Youngs, and Alexander K. Lee preview the card, the headliner between Namajunas ...
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Dustin Poirier has had himself quite the week on Twitter with impeccable timing, while Michael Chandler has been opportunistic as well — although, it apparently hasn't gone over as well as his past opponent. The fans have seemed to turn on Chandler as of late, but why is that? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses the ongoing Poirier and Chandler beef, Chandler getting a lot of negativity am...
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While some years in MMA seem like they go by so quickly, for some reason, 2024 has already seemed like three years have gone by with the highs and lows the sport has had to offer. But it's all about the best of the best through the first half of the year. Join MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew as they discuss the staff picks for Best Fighter, Fight, Knockout, Submission, and more so far this year. Who will take home these pre...
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After a rare week off, the UFC returns this Saturday with UFC Denver, headlined by a women's flyweight fight between former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, and short notice replacement Tracy Cortez, so of course the No Bets Barred boys return with a full breakdown of this weeks' action. Co-hosts Conner Burks and Jed Meshew kick things off with a brief recap UFC 303 before diving into the the card at hand. Does Namajunas still ...
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Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal wrote the second chapter of their combat sports rivalry this past Saturday night in the boxing ring. This time, Diaz got the victory over Masvidal in a very fun 10-rounder. How do you grade the fight between one-time UFC competitors, and what is next for both guys? On an all-new edition of Between the Links, the MMA Fighting panel reacts to the Diaz vs. Masvidal fight, if a third meeting should be next,...
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Nate Diaz got the job done this past Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif., earning a majority decision win over Jorge Masvidal in a rematch from their UFC 244 main event in November 2019. With Diaz evening the series at one win apiece, what is next for the Stockton superstar, and could his next fight be in the UFC? On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck reacts to Diaz's win over Masvidal, the scorecards, ...
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On the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer, UFC legend Matt Brown details the worst injuries he suffered during his career, plus we talk about the latest with Stipe Miocic vs. Jon Jones and if that is still the fight to make in the heavyweight division plus much more. Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastcho...
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Wouldn't ya know it ... Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal was actually pretty damn fun! MMA Fighting's Shaun Al-Shatti, Mike Heck, and Eric Jackman react to Diaz's majority decision win over Masvidal in their boxing rematch, debate the scoring of the bout, discuss an incredibly bizarre fight week and where both men go from here, plus much more. Follow Shaun Al-Shatti: @ShaunAlShatti Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Eric Jackma...
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This Saturday, Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal will run it back nearly four years removed from their UFC bout — but this time, they'll do it in the boxing ring. While there certainly seemed to, at least, have some intrigue for the bout, the fight week — from the open workouts, to the final press conference — has been underwhelming. Will the fight itself deliver the goods? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and José Youngs preview Saturday's DIa...
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Michael Chandler recently said he was offered a lightweight title shot against champion Islam Makhachev, but still left the door open for Conor McGregor to face him in September. With Arman Tsarukyan in prime position to get his crack at lightweight gold, Chandler getting the shot over him coming off of a stoppage loss and a near two-year layoff would certainly merit some loud reactions from the MMA community. MMA Fighting's Mike H...
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Dan Ige reveals how the shortest notice fight in UFC history came together after he got a call asking if he was interested in facing Diego Lopes in just a few hours after Brian Ortega dropped out of the UFC 303 co-main event. Ige details how he got ready, his coaches and teammates who stepped up for him, and how he felt the fight against Lopes went without any actual preparation to get ready for that matchup. Ige also discusses wha...
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