01 Jan Video: What the Heck, Episode 16: Gilbert Burns, Rob Font, Devonte Smith and John Castaneda
On this week’s episode of What the Heck, Mike Heck speaks with No. 1 ranked UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns (5:50) to discuss the UFC 251 main event between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal, losing his opportunity to fight Usman following a positive COVID-19 test, why he deserves the next title shot over Leon Edwards and being willing to wait despite being one of the more active fighters on the roster.
UFC lightweight Devonte Smith (35:55) talks his recovery following a torn achilles tendon that required surgery, what he’s been doing with his time off, things he has learned about himself throughout the process, when he might return to the octagon, and why it’s important to not rush back too quickly.
Note: This interview took place the morning before a tragic incident took place in Columbus, Ohio when Devonte’s 23-year-old sister Dariene Smith was caught in a crossfire and tragically lost her life. If you would like to donate to help with funeral costs, and in support of her two children left behind, you can do so via GoFundMe.
The UFC’s newest bantamweight signee John Castaneda (1:00:18) previews his octagon debut against Nathaniel Wood set for July 25, talks how he received the news, getting calls to the UFC in the past and why he elected to turn them down, how much he has grown over the years, and how he sees the fight playing out.
Finally, No. 10 ranked UFC bantamweight Rob Font (1:18:47) discusses the injury he suffered in his most recent fight against Ricky Simon, what the road to recovery looks like, what quarantine was like in Abu Dhabi, when he believes he’ll return to the octagon and more.
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