Video: What the Heck, Episode 24: Stephen Thompson, Mackenzie Dern, Gerald Meerschaert, Julia Avila and William Knight

On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC middleweight Gerald Meerschaert (5:23) to preview his upcoming fight with Khamzat Chimaev on Sept. 19, plus he talks about being a sizable underdog, Dana White’s response to Chimaev’s double booking and how the UFC president says it’s not meant to be disrespectful, how he plans to stop the prospect’s hype train, and preparing for the fight with Tyron Woodley. UFC bantamweight Julia Avila (22:10) checks in to talk about her newly booked fight with Sijara Eubanks this Saturday at UFC Vegas 10, how it came to be from her perspective, what happened with her Oct. 3 fight with Nicco Montano and why she’s no longer being interested in facing the former 125-pound champion. William Knight (33:14) recaps his first-round finish of Cody Brundage on DWCS Season 4: Week 5 to turn his developmental deal into a full-on UFC light heavyweight roster spot, reacts to claims from fans that he’s on performance enhancing drugs, plus he talks about having his octagon debut set against Aleksa Camur at UFC 253, and why he was thrilled Camur was his opponent. UFC strawweight Mackenzie Dern (1:01:30) previews her upcoming fight with Randa Markos on Sept. 19, and discusses balancing being a professional fighter and mom during a pandemic, the crazy story of why she left Black House MMA in the middle of training camp, how working with Jason Parillo has opened her eyes in the striking game, negotiating a new deal ahead of the fight, and being nearly on weight already—which is a narrative that she hopes will carry over throughout fight week. Finally, UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson (1:29:19) gives an update on when he’d like to return, plus he shares his thoughts on Nick Diaz’s potential comeback, why he’s interested in that matchup, Leon Edwards, Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley on Sept. 19, Kamaru Usman’s targeted next title defense against Gilbert Burns, the rumored rematch for the BMF title between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, and more. Check out the video above, or the audio-only podcast can be found below, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher.

Video: What the Heck, Episode 24: Stephen Thompson, Mackenzie Dern, Gerald Meerschaert, Julia Avila and William Knight

On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC middleweight Gerald Meerschaert (5:23) to preview his upcoming fight with Khamzat Chimaev on Sept. 19, plus he talks about being a sizable underdog, Dana White’s response to Chimaev’s double booking and how the UFC president says it’s not meant to be disrespectful, how he plans to stop the prospect’s hype train, and preparing for the fight with Tyron Woodley.

UFC bantamweight Julia Avila (22:10) checks in to talk about her newly booked fight with Sijara Eubanks this Saturday at UFC Vegas 10, how it came to be from her perspective, what happened with her Oct. 3 fight with Nicco Montano and why she’s no longer being interested in facing the former 125-pound champion.

William Knight (33:14) recaps his first-round finish of Cody Brundage on DWCS Season 4: Week 5 to turn his developmental deal into a full-on UFC light heavyweight roster spot, reacts to claims from fans that he’s on performance enhancing drugs, plus he talks about having his octagon debut set against Aleksa Camur at UFC 253, and why he was thrilled Camur was his opponent.

UFC strawweight Mackenzie Dern (1:01:30) previews her upcoming fight with Randa Markos on Sept. 19, and discusses balancing being a professional fighter and mom during a pandemic, the crazy story of why she left Black House MMA in the middle of training camp, how working with Jason Parillo has opened her eyes in the striking game, negotiating a new deal ahead of the fight, and being nearly on weight already—which is a narrative that she hopes will carry over throughout fight week.

Finally, UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson (1:29:19) gives an update on when he’d like to return, plus he shares his thoughts on Nick Diaz’s potential comeback, why he’s interested in that matchup, Leon Edwards, Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley on Sept. 19, Kamaru Usman’s targeted next title defense against Gilbert Burns, the rumored rematch for the BMF title between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, and more.

Check out the video above, or the audio-only podcast can be found below, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher.

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Morning Report: Dustin Poirier vs. Tony Ferguson still not official, Poirier says ‘the prize needs to be right’

Dustin Poirier | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Dustin Poirier vs. Tony Ferguson isn’t signed, sealed, and delivered just yet. A bout between the two former interim lightweight champions has been rumored for some time now, with the UFC targeting it to serve as the co-main event to UFC 254’s lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. But with the event only six weeks away now, the bout still isn’t official yet and Poirier says the holdup is with the UFC. “I’m in,” Poirier told ESPN. “... I just need to be compensated if they want this fight. Simple as that. I’m a prize fighter and the prize needs to be right.” Reportedly, Ferguson has verbally agreed to the terms proposed by the UFC, meaning Poirier represents the final hurdle to getting this bout made official. But unfortunately, the UFC and Poirier have still been unable to come to terms for the fight. But though the two sides have yet to settle, there is still a general belief the contract negotiations will ultimately resolve themselves in time for the bout to occur at UFC 254. Last week, Poirier revealed he had already begun his fight camp for Ferguson, despite not having an official offer from the UFC. Now that he at least has an offer, things seem to be trending in the right direction for the fight to be signed. Perhaps even more interesting than Poirier’s hold out is a potential stipulation ESPN is also reporting as being discussed: that if Gaethje withdraws from the title bout, Tony Ferguson will step in to replace him but if Khabib is forced out of the bout, Poirier will step in. It’s an interesting proposition and one that makes sense. After all, Khabib submitted Poirier last year, meanwhile a bout between Khabib and Ferguson has been booked and fallen through on five separate occasions. Conversely, Gaethje stopped Ferguson earlier this year but was stopped by Poirier in 2018. But if none of that comes to pass, a bout between Poirier and Ferguson remains one of the very best fights the UFC can put on right now. Poirier is currently the second-ranked fighter in the lightweight division with a record of 26-6, 1 NC while Ferguson is the third-ranked fighter in the division with a record of 25-4. The two men have combined for 23 post-fight bonuses in their UFC careers. MUST-READ STORIES His best. Dana White responds to UFC Vegas 9 COVID-19 related shakeups: ‘This thing is f*ckin wacky and you do the best you can’. Planning. Dana White explains Khamzat Chimaev’s double booking, confirms fight with Demian Maia will happen in Las Vegas. Stay ready. Jared Cannonier staying ready for UFC 253 just in case Israel Adesanya or Paulo Costa can’t fight. Happy. Cat Zingano: ‘It was a very good decision’ to part ways with the UFC and move to Bellator. VIDEO STEW Fighters you should know for UFC Vegas 10. Free fights. Michelle Waterson on E:60. Every Kayla Harrison finish in PFL. LISTEN UP Heavy Hands. Discussing the best fights at UFC Vegas 10. UFC Unfiltered. Interviews with Angela Hill and Michelle Waterson. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE Respect. What a fight that was. You’re a true warrior @AugustoSakai wishing you a speedy recovery. Osh! pic.twitter.com/3ND5wbSKlz— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) September 9, 2020 Neil trying to get on that Khamzat plan. View this post on Instagram Let's go ahead and book me for the rest of the year! I'll take one every 3 weeks....who wants A post shared by Neil Magny (@neil_magny170) on Sep 9, 2020 at 10:03am PDT Leon reacting the only way you can. They’re all afraid to say my name pic.twitter.com/H3iuAqVFHX— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) September 9, 2020 Not giving up. Dear @danawhite a beg you to allow me to introduce myself to the world as C4! #bendtheknee pic.twitter.com/hKokjxvzV9— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) September 10, 2020 Paulo Costa attacking from all angles. Precision x Power? I don’t think so pic.twitter.com/3Tyi5DpQlo— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) September 10, 2020 Throwing shade. Not now, but every single time you fought! https://t.co/crlAeqfc8e— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) September 9, 2020 Diego looking to fight Masvidal? Unsure what he’s pitching here honestly. BMF vs OGMF— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) September 10, 2020 The fight to make. Diaz vs Lawler II OS rematch would still be cool— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) September 9, 2020 Khamzat. @danawhite huge honor meeting this legend thank you for the hospitality pic.twitter.com/GZPFO8IwCC— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) September 10, 2020 LOL. UFC left Lyoto off their list of best karate fighters in MMA. View this post on Instagram [ @KarateHottieMMA returns Saturday on ESPN+ ] A post shared by ufc (@ufc) on Sep 9, 2020 at 3:46pm PDT FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS N/A. FINAL THOUGHTS Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow. EXIT POLL If you find something you’d like to see in the

Morning Report: Dustin Poirier vs. Tony Ferguson still not official, Poirier says ‘the prize needs to be right’
Dustin Poirier | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Dustin Poirier vs. Tony Ferguson isn’t signed, sealed, and delivered just yet.

A bout between the two former interim lightweight champions has been rumored for some time now, with the UFC targeting it to serve as the co-main event to UFC 254’s lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. But with the event only six weeks away now, the bout still isn’t official yet and Poirier says the holdup is with the UFC.

“I’m in,” Poirier told ESPN. “... I just need to be compensated if they want this fight. Simple as that. I’m a prize fighter and the prize needs to be right.”

Reportedly, Ferguson has verbally agreed to the terms proposed by the UFC, meaning Poirier represents the final hurdle to getting this bout made official. But unfortunately, the UFC and Poirier have still been unable to come to terms for the fight.

But though the two sides have yet to settle, there is still a general belief the contract negotiations will ultimately resolve themselves in time for the bout to occur at UFC 254. Last week, Poirier revealed he had already begun his fight camp for Ferguson, despite not having an official offer from the UFC. Now that he at least has an offer, things seem to be trending in the right direction for the fight to be signed.

Perhaps even more interesting than Poirier’s hold out is a potential stipulation ESPN is also reporting as being discussed: that if Gaethje withdraws from the title bout, Tony Ferguson will step in to replace him but if Khabib is forced out of the bout, Poirier will step in. It’s an interesting proposition and one that makes sense. After all, Khabib submitted Poirier last year, meanwhile a bout between Khabib and Ferguson has been booked and fallen through on five separate occasions. Conversely, Gaethje stopped Ferguson earlier this year but was stopped by Poirier in 2018.

But if none of that comes to pass, a bout between Poirier and Ferguson remains one of the very best fights the UFC can put on right now. Poirier is currently the second-ranked fighter in the lightweight division with a record of 26-6, 1 NC while Ferguson is the third-ranked fighter in the division with a record of 25-4. The two men have combined for 23 post-fight bonuses in their UFC careers.


MUST-READ STORIES

His best. Dana White responds to UFC Vegas 9 COVID-19 related shakeups: ‘This thing is f*ckin wacky and you do the best you can’.

Planning. Dana White explains Khamzat Chimaev’s double booking, confirms fight with Demian Maia will happen in Las Vegas.

Stay ready. Jared Cannonier staying ready for UFC 253 just in case Israel Adesanya or Paulo Costa can’t fight.

Happy. Cat Zingano: ‘It was a very good decision’ to part ways with the UFC and move to Bellator.


VIDEO STEW

Fighters you should know for UFC Vegas 10.

Free fights.

Michelle Waterson on E:60.

Every Kayla Harrison finish in PFL.


LISTEN UP

Heavy Hands. Discussing the best fights at UFC Vegas 10.

UFC Unfiltered. Interviews with Angela Hill and Michelle Waterson.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Respect.

Neil trying to get on that Khamzat plan.

View this post on Instagram

Let's go ahead and book me for the rest of the year! I'll take one every 3 weeks....who wants

A post shared by Neil Magny (@neil_magny170) on

Leon reacting the only way you can.

Not giving up.

Paulo Costa attacking from all angles.

Throwing shade.

Diego looking to fight Masvidal? Unsure what he’s pitching here honestly.

The fight to make.

Khamzat.

LOL. UFC left Lyoto off their list of best karate fighters in MMA.

View this post on Instagram

[ @KarateHottieMMA returns Saturday on ESPN+ ]

A post shared by ufc (@ufc) on


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

N/A.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL


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