BTL | PFL-Bellator Merger, PFL World Championship, UFC Vegas 82, More Image

BTL | PFL-Bellator Merger, PFL World Championship, UFC Vegas 82, More

23 November 2023 - 1 hour 4 mins explicit
Podcast Series MMA Fighting

The PFL has officially absorbed Bellator MMA in a blockbuster deal made official on Monday morning, and then PFL co-founder Donn Davis joined Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour to answer a lot of the burning questions surrounding it. While the news is certainly big, did Davis do himself and the promotion a disservice with some of the things he said?

On a special Thanksgiving edition of Between the Links, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Jed Meshew discuss the deal a few days later and what it all means, Davis suggesting PFL now a "co-leader" with the UFC, why Dana White likely isn't worried about it, and how feasible the structure is for the PFL moving into 2024. Additionally, they discuss the Frida...

1 hour 4 mins

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On To the Next One | Matches To Make After UFC Vegas 87

The UFC returned to the APEX for one last stop on the road to Miami and UFC 299, and in the main event of Saturday's UFC Vegas 87, Jairzinho Rozenstruik outclassed Shamil Gaziev and earned a fourth-round referee stoppage TKO. Is it now time to book the fight for "Bigi Boi" that fans have been asking to see for years with Derrick Lewis? 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 Rozenstruik from a matchmaking perspective following his bounce back victory. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Vitor Petrino following his co-main event decision win, Muhammad Mokaev after his victory over one-time title challenger Alex Perez, Umar Nurmagomedov following his dominant win over a game Bekzat Almakhan, Steve Erceg after knocking out Matt Schnell, and more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Jairzinho Rozenstruik capped off Saturday's UFC Vegas 87 event at the APEX with a referee stoppage TKO victory after the fourth round against previously undefeated Shamil Gaziev. While that fight was the main event, the bout with the highest stakes in most people's minds was the flyweight fight that saw Muhammad Mokaev defeat Alex Perez via unanimous decision. With flyweight champ Alexandre Pantoja potentially needing an opponent for UFC 301, did Mokaev do enough to get him that shot? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck and Eric Jackman react to Rozenstruik's big win and what should be next, if Mokaev's performance warrants that championship opportunity, and if not, who could be the guy. Additionally, they discuss Umar Nurmagomedov's win over a game Bekzat Almakhan and if a rebooking against Cory Sandhagen could be in play, Vinicius Oliveira's knockout of the year contender, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Eric Jackman: @NewYorkRic Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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UFC Vegas 87 Preview Show | Can Muhammad Mokaev Earn A Title Shot? + Umar Nurmagomedov's Return

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Jairzinho Rozenstruik will look to stop the impressive 12-fight undefeated streak of Shamil Gaziev in the main event of Saturday's UFC Vegas 87 event. Will the result have a giant effect on the state of the UFC's heavyweight division, especially with two fighters in the division holding UFC titles? MMA Fighting's Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and Alexander K. Lee preview this weekend's UFC event at the APEX in Las Vegas, the Rozenstruik vs. Gaziev, the stakes attached to it, and whether or not a potential fight with someone like a Derrick Lewis be awaiting the winner. Additionally, they'll grade the card as a whole, the big opportunity for Muhammad Mokaev at 125 pounds against Alex Perez, Umar Nurmagomedov's return against a dangerous newcomer, and much more. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Follow Jed Meshew: @JedKMeshew Follow Alexander K. Lee: @AlexanderKLee Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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HOAM | Who Will Islam Makhachev, Ilia Topuria Face In Next Title Defenses?

HOAM | Who Will Islam Makhachev, Ilia Topuria Face In Next Title Defenses?

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With huge fights on the horizon — most notably the UFC 300 "BMF" title fight between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway — it leads to a lot of questions in regard to who lightweight champion Islam Makhachev and new featherweight champion Ilia Topuria will face when they put their titles on the line in their next outings. On an all-new edition of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting's Mike Heck discusses what could be next for both champions, and if the Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint Denis fight could play a role in determining Makhachev's next opponent. Additionally, listener topics include UFC Vegas 87, the UFC APEX as a Fight Night arena for the promotion, who Alexandre Pantoja could defend his flyweight title against at UFC 301 if Muhammad Mokaev loses to Alex Perez on Saturday, and more. You can listen live to Heck of a Morning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. ET on the MMA Fighting Twitter Spaces. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Mobwife: One Fighter’s Stand In The Face Of Unfathomable Heartbreak

Mobwife: One Fighter’s Stand In The Face Of Unfathomable Heartbreak

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Ashlee Gambino has always been a fighter at heart, but little did she know that she would be in the biggest fight of her life with a rare and deadly disease, while also dealing with unfathomable loss. MMA Fighting's Mike Heck brings you the story of "Mobwife," and how her life was flipped upside down in a matter of months, losing her three-year-old daughter to acute leukemia cancer, getting diagnosed with the uncureable severe idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension — a rare heart and lung disease — having to lose another daughter before she was born, yet using her heartbreak to inspire others. This mini-documentary shares Gambino's story, along with appearances from Bellator fighter Cat Zingano, social media influencer Liver King, and features some incredible surprises. If you would like to donate to help Ashlee and her family in this time of need, you can do so here on the GoFundMe set up by her husband Travis. Follow Mike Heck: @MikeHeck_JR Subscribe to MMA Fighting Check out our full video catalog Like MMA Fighting on Facebook Follow on Twitter Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31 mins

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No Bets Barred: Can All Five Unbeaten Prospects Keep Their 0s At UFC Vegas 87?

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