Video: What the Heck, Episode 26: Alex Volkanovski, Jessica-Rose Clark, Randy Costa and Jose Torres

On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC women’s bantamweight Jessica-Rose Clark (3:48) to recap her third-round TKO win over Sarah Alpar at UFC Vegas 11. “Jessy Jess” also discusses referee Chris Tognoni’s controversial break in the action, her reaction to not getting a bonus, her tweet of only having $17.70 in her bank account and when she got the notification, having the solar panel stolen off of her van, and random social media messages she’s received. UFC bantamweight Randy Costa (27:06) talks his impressive 41-second finish of Journey Newson this past Saturday night, his analytical approach to his fights while they’re happening, ballooning up to his highest weight ever during the quarantine, moving his training camp to American Top Team, and why he chooses not to call anybody out. Brave CF flyweight Jose “Shorty” Torres (57:34) previews his upcoming fight—which goes down on Thursday—against Sean Santella at Brave CF 42 in an opening round matchup in the promotions’ flyweight title tournament, discusses being in a great place mentally following the passing of his father this past year, when he turned the corner, returning after the longest layoff of his career, and how he sees the fight playing out. Finally, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (1:30:14) discusses life after his first successful title defense against Max Holloway at UFC 251, the road from UFC prelim fighter to world champion, not having a clear cut No. 1 contender currently, how he sees the fight between Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie playing out, and when he’d like to return should a top contender emerge. 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 26: Alex Volkanovski, Jessica-Rose Clark, Randy Costa and Jose Torres

On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC women’s bantamweight Jessica-Rose Clark (3:48) to recap her third-round TKO win over Sarah Alpar at UFC Vegas 11. “Jessy Jess” also discusses referee Chris Tognoni’s controversial break in the action, her reaction to not getting a bonus, her tweet of only having $17.70 in her bank account and when she got the notification, having the solar panel stolen off of her van, and random social media messages she’s received.

UFC bantamweight Randy Costa (27:06) talks his impressive 41-second finish of Journey Newson this past Saturday night, his analytical approach to his fights while they’re happening, ballooning up to his highest weight ever during the quarantine, moving his training camp to American Top Team, and why he chooses not to call anybody out.

Brave CF flyweight Jose “Shorty” Torres (57:34) previews his upcoming fight—which goes down on Thursday—against Sean Santella at Brave CF 42 in an opening round matchup in the promotions’ flyweight title tournament, discusses being in a great place mentally following the passing of his father this past year, when he turned the corner, returning after the longest layoff of his career, and how he sees the fight playing out.

Finally, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (1:30:14) discusses life after his first successful title defense against Max Holloway at UFC 251, the road from UFC prelim fighter to world champion, not having a clear cut No. 1 contender currently, how he sees the fight between Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie playing out, and when he’d like to return should a top contender emerge.

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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Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa set for UFC 254

Stefan Struve (pictured) fights Tai Tuivasa in a heavyweight bout at UFC 254 on Oct. 24 in Abu Dhabi | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Heavyweights are coming to Fight Island. Officials announced Thursday that Stefan Struve (29-12) is set to fight Tai Tuivasa (8-3) in a heavyweight bout at UFC 254, which takes place on Oct. 24 in Abu Dhabi. This is the first booking of the year for Struve, who is mired in a 1-4 slump. The veteran most recently fought at UFC on ESPN 7 in December, where he lost by second-round TKO to Ben Rothwell. Struve’s UFC record sits at 13-10. Tuivasa also seeks to break out of a bad stretch of results as he is currently on a three-fight losing streak. “Bam Bam” began his UFC career with three consecutive wins, including a unanimous decision nod over former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, but has now lost consecutive fights to Serghei Spivac, Blagoy Ivanov, and Junior dos Santos. UFC 254 is headlined by a lightweight title unification bout between undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje. The event will air exclusively on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa set for UFC 254
Stefan Struve (pictured) fights Tai Tuivasa in a heavyweight bout at UFC 254 on Oct. 24 in Abu Dhabi | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Heavyweights are coming to Fight Island.

Officials announced Thursday that Stefan Struve (29-12) is set to fight Tai Tuivasa (8-3) in a heavyweight bout at UFC 254, which takes place on Oct. 24 in Abu Dhabi.

This is the first booking of the year for Struve, who is mired in a 1-4 slump. The veteran most recently fought at UFC on ESPN 7 in December, where he lost by second-round TKO to Ben Rothwell. Struve’s UFC record sits at 13-10.

Tuivasa also seeks to break out of a bad stretch of results as he is currently on a three-fight losing streak. “Bam Bam” began his UFC career with three consecutive wins, including a unanimous decision nod over former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, but has now lost consecutive fights to Serghei Spivac, Blagoy Ivanov, and Junior dos Santos.

UFC 254 is headlined by a lightweight title unification bout between undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje. The event will air exclusively on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

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