01 Jan Video: What the Heck, Episode 36: Kevin Holland, Marlon Vera, Brandon Vera and Montana De La Rosa
On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck chats with UFC middleweight Kevin Holland (5:28) as he discusses being removed from this Saturday’s UFC Vegas 16 headliner with Jack Hermansson due to a positive COVID-19 test, getting booked a week later against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC 256, thoughts on Marvin Vettori taking his spot this Saturday, and volunteering his services to face Khamzat Chimaev on Dec. 19.
UFC bantamweight Marlon Vera (31:41) previews his upcoming matchup with Jose Aldo at the UFC’s Dec. 19 event, talks finding out the former featherweight champion would be his opponent, who else was in consideration along with Aldo for “Chito’s” next fight following his win over Sean O’Malley, and his thoughts on the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. event.
ONE Championship heavyweight titleholder Brandon Vera (51:58) discusses life as a new father, not being able to compete in 2020 due to the pandemic, his hopes to face Arjan Bhullar in the first quarter of 2021, his role on The Apprentice: ONE Championship edition, thoughts on Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight, wanting to get another crack at Jones, and how losing their fight in March 2010 changed him as an athlete.
Finally, UFC flyweight Montana De La Rosa (1:21:32) previews her upcoming bout with Taila Santos this Saturday at UFC Vegas 16, explains why she’s had to have daily Zoom sessions with her Elevation Fight Team coach Eliot Marshall instead of doing her camp in Colorado, working with Lauren Murphy ahead of the fight, and her excitement about the future of the 125-pound division.
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