On this week’s edition of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck (2:55) reacts to the big news of Ariel Helwani and The MMA Hour returning beginning Aug. 16.
Then, Mike chats with Shaun Al-Shatti (7:03) to recap some of the top storylines coming out of this past weekend in the combat sports world—including Chan Sung Jung’s big win over Dan Ige in the UFC Vegas 29 headliner, where “The Korean Zombie” goes from here, and Anderson Silva’s decision win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in his return to pro boxing.
UFC light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux (34:32) discusses his return to the heavyweight division to face Tanner Boser this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 30, how the fight came together and why he ultimately agreed to the change after Maxim Grishin was forced to withdraw, missing weight for his most recent bout with Jamahal Hill and why he was very close to not competing, whether or not he would entertain a permanent move to heavyweight, what he expects to weigh in at on Friday, and what his ideal weight class would actually be.
Multi-time IBJJF world champion Talita Alencar (58:20) previews her upcoming MMA debut against Staci Vega at Titan FC 70 on July 2, explains why she made the decision to transition into MMA, what she hopes to show now that she can punch opponents in the face, Mackenzie Dern’s recent success, and wanting to take the fast track to the UFC.
Finally, UFC lightweight Ricky Glenn (1:15:40) recaps his 37-second KO win over Joaquim Silva at UFC Vegas 29, discusses what it felt like to have that kind of showing after nearly three years away, how fatherhood has changed him, not getting a bonus but being rewarded with a new four-fight deal, and being open to facing Donald Cerrone in the potential final fight for “Cowboy” in his career.