01 Jan Video: What the Heck, Episode 49: Laura Sanko, Dan Ige, Rob Font, Sean Brady and Tim Elliott
On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC reporter Laura Sanko (5:04) to recap the major storylines coming out of UFC 259, Jan Blachowicz’s title defense over Israel Adesanya, Glover Teixeira getting his title shot next, Aljamain Sterling’s DQ win over Petr Yan to become bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes’ submission win over Megan Anderson and what “The Lioness” has done for the sport, her thoughts on the UFC Vegas 21 headliner between Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad, and more.
UFC featherweight Dan Ige (32:38) previews his upcoming matchup with Gavin Tucker this Saturday at UFC Vegas 21, talks how he reacted to losing Ryan Hall as his originally scheduled opponent, what he took away from most recent fight against Calvin Kattar in July, becoming a dad next month, how he sees the fight with Tucker playing out, and a look back at his MMA debut a decade ago.
No. 3 ranked UFC bantamweight Rob Font (50:42) reacts to the UFC 259 bantamweight title fight ending, discusses why the result upset him, jumping up two more spots in the 135-pound rankings, pitches a bantamweight super card in May, and how setting up the matchmaking for the division moving forward would land on himself taking on Cody Garbrandt.
UFC welterweight Sean Brady (1:02:22) recaps his third-round submission win over Jake Matthews at UFC 259, some of the hurdles he had to overcome to get to the octagon this past Saturday, talks how his strategy worked out, jumping into the top-15 with the win, sending a message to the entire division, what sticks out to him next, and tattoos.
Finally, UFC flyweight Tim Elliott (1:22:48) discusses his unanimous decision win over Jordan Espinosa at UFC 259, the trust he has built towards his head coach James Krause, the trash talk in the second round becoming a bigger storyline than the performance, having heat with Espinosa even before fight week, what he would do different, having his eye on Kai Kara-France and Manel Kape for his next appearance, and his wife Gina Mazany’s successful drop to 125, and her upcoming fight in May.
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