01 Jan Video: What the Heck, Episode 21: Marlon Vera, Derek Brunson, Vinc Pichel and Daniel Pineda
On this week’s episode of MMA Fighting’s What the Heck, Mike Heck speaks with UFC bantamweight Marlon Vera (5:25) to recap his first-round TKO win over Sean O’Malley in the co-main event of UFC 252. “Chito” also discusses the pre-fight trash talk, what was said during their intense weigh-in face off, the ending of the fight, being vindicated shortly after the event with how the finish actually played out, and what he wants next.
UFC featherweight Daniel Pineda (33:18) talks his impressive second-round TKO win over Herbert Burns at UFC 252, his six-plus year road back to the octagon, what the last year has been like for him, how he reacted to Burns missing weight, helping his friends and family win hundreds of thousands of dollars at the betting window, and more.
UFC lightweight Vinc Pichel (55:11) breaks down his unanimous decision win over Jim Miller at UFC 252, talks being as healthy as he’s been in his entire career at 37 years of age, what he took away from sharing the octagon with the man who has had more UFC fights than anyone in history, when he’d like to return, and his thoughts on the upcoming 155-pound title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
Finally, No. 7-ranked UFC middleweight Derek Brunson (1:14:45) gives his take on some of the top storylines coming out of UFC 252, Stipe Miocic’s win over Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight, talks if he was pondering a move up to light heavyweight, and believing a fight with Jack Hermansson makes the most sense following his TKO win over Edmen Shahbazyan earlier this month.
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