Video: What the Heck, Episode 70: Mads Burnell, Taylor Starling, Alex Perez and Casey Kenney

On this week’s edition of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with Bellator featherweight Mads Burnell (8:15) following his unanimous decision win over Emmanuel Sanchez in the co-main event of Bellator 263 to discuss his seventh straight victory, how much fun he had in there with Sanchez, the importance of understanding defense when it comes to how judges should score fights, not being surprised about A.J. McKee’s finish of Patricio Pitbull, and wanting to return in November when Bellator returns to Ireland. BKFC standout Taylor Starling (24:34) recaps her 28-second finish of Cassie Robb at BKFC 19, talks not being able to celebrate the win after testing positive for COVID-19 following the event, how being bullied in school led to the beginning of her combat sports journey, initially choosing MMA over boxing, how doubters motivated her to return to fighting after becoming a mother, when she hopes to return to the ring, thoughts on a potential fight with Paige VanZant, and believing she’s in the conversation to crown the promotion’s first women’s champion. UFC flyweight Alex Perez (1:03:39) previews his Aug. 28 matchup with Matt Schnell, discusses what he took away from his loss to Devieson Figueiredo at UFC 255 in his first opportunity to fight for a world title, his reaction to Brandon Moreno becoming champion and if that opened the door to getting back to a title shot, Askar Askarov being forced to withdraw from their scheduled matchup in July, Carla Esparza’s title hopes after her most recent performance, and his relationship with the media. Finally, UFC bantamweight Casey Kenney (1:34:36) talks his UFC 265 matchup with Song Yadong this Saturday, his most recent fight with Dominick Cruz at UFC 259 and feeling like he won the first two rounds, if he feels like he picked up a moral victory, having a feeling he’d be matched up with Yadong in his next fight, hopes that the bonuses get increased to $75,000 once again, and his predictions for the co-main event between Jose Aldo and Pedro Munhoz, along with the interim heavyweight championship main event between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane. 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 70: Mads Burnell, Taylor Starling, Alex Perez and Casey Kenney

On this week’s edition of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with Bellator featherweight Mads Burnell (8:15) following his unanimous decision win over Emmanuel Sanchez in the co-main event of Bellator 263 to discuss his seventh straight victory, how much fun he had in there with Sanchez, the importance of understanding defense when it comes to how judges should score fights, not being surprised about A.J. McKee’s finish of Patricio Pitbull, and wanting to return in November when Bellator returns to Ireland.

BKFC standout Taylor Starling (24:34) recaps her 28-second finish of Cassie Robb at BKFC 19, talks not being able to celebrate the win after testing positive for COVID-19 following the event, how being bullied in school led to the beginning of her combat sports journey, initially choosing MMA over boxing, how doubters motivated her to return to fighting after becoming a mother, when she hopes to return to the ring, thoughts on a potential fight with Paige VanZant, and believing she’s in the conversation to crown the promotion’s first women’s champion.

UFC flyweight Alex Perez (1:03:39) previews his Aug. 28 matchup with Matt Schnell, discusses what he took away from his loss to Devieson Figueiredo at UFC 255 in his first opportunity to fight for a world title, his reaction to Brandon Moreno becoming champion and if that opened the door to getting back to a title shot, Askar Askarov being forced to withdraw from their scheduled matchup in July, Carla Esparza’s title hopes after her most recent performance, and his relationship with the media.

Finally, UFC bantamweight Casey Kenney (1:34:36) talks his UFC 265 matchup with Song Yadong this Saturday, his most recent fight with Dominick Cruz at UFC 259 and feeling like he won the first two rounds, if he feels like he picked up a moral victory, having a feeling he’d be matched up with Yadong in his next fight, hopes that the bonuses get increased to $75,000 once again, and his predictions for the co-main event between Jose Aldo and Pedro Munhoz, along with the interim heavyweight championship main event between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane.

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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PFL announces full card for second playoff event headlined by Kayla Harrison vs. Genah Fabian on Aug. 19

Kayla Harrison | PFLThe Kayla Harrison show rolls on in two weeks. On Tuesday, the PFL announced the lineup for its second playoff card of the season, which takes place on Aug. 19 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and will be headlined by a lightweight bout between tournament semifinalists Harrison and Genah Fabian. Harrison, the only two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo in the history of the United States, enters her second PFL playoffs unbeaten in 10 pro bouts. She submitted her two opponents Cindy Dandois and Mariana Morais inside of a round earlier this year to advance towards her second straight league championship. This is the second time that Harrison and Fabian have been scheduled to fight in the PFL. They were set to meet in the 2019 semifinals in October of that year, but Fabian withdrew due to an illness after issues with her weight cut. Fabian holds a 4-1 record and she won both of her PFL regular season bouts against Julija Pajic and Laura Sanchez to advance to the playoffs. The other lightweight semifinal features 2019 finalist Larissa Pacheco and former Invicta FC fighter Taylor Guardado. The heavyweight finals will also be decided on Aug. 19. Top seed Bruno Cappelozza takes on Jamelle Jones, who qualified for the playoffs with a spectacular knockout of UFC vet Klidson Abreu after stepping in as an alternate, and Denis Goltsov vs. Ante Delija. The winners of each PFL tournament will not only be crowned season champion, but also be awarded a $1,000,000 prize. Boxing superstar Claressa Shields was previously reported to be competing on this card in a non-playoff bout, but an official told MMA Fighting on Tuesday that she will not be fighting Aug. 19. An update on her next bout is expected to be announced soon. Shields made her MMA debut in June for the PFL, defeating Brittney Elkin by third-round TKO in a comeback after being controlled on the ground for the majority of the contest. Here’s the full card for the PFL Playoff 2 card on Aug. 19 with the main card airing on ESPN MAIN CARD Kayla Harrison vs. Genah Fabian Bruno Cappelozza vs. Jamelle Jones Larissa Pacheco vs. Taylor Guardado Denis Goltsov vs. Ante Delija PRELIMS on ESPN+ Renan Ferreira vs. Stuart Austin Kaitlin Young vs. Marina Mokhnatkina Carl Seumanutafa vs. Muhammed DeReese Mariana Morais vs. Zamzagul Fayzallanova Cynthia Vescan vs. Amanda Leve TBD vs. TBD

PFL announces full card for second playoff event headlined by Kayla Harrison vs. Genah Fabian on Aug. 19
Kayla Harrison | PFL

The Kayla Harrison show rolls on in two weeks.

On Tuesday, the PFL announced the lineup for its second playoff card of the season, which takes place on Aug. 19 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and will be headlined by a lightweight bout between tournament semifinalists Harrison and Genah Fabian.

Harrison, the only two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo in the history of the United States, enters her second PFL playoffs unbeaten in 10 pro bouts. She submitted her two opponents Cindy Dandois and Mariana Morais inside of a round earlier this year to advance towards her second straight league championship.

This is the second time that Harrison and Fabian have been scheduled to fight in the PFL. They were set to meet in the 2019 semifinals in October of that year, but Fabian withdrew due to an illness after issues with her weight cut.

Fabian holds a 4-1 record and she won both of her PFL regular season bouts against Julija Pajic and Laura Sanchez to advance to the playoffs.

The other lightweight semifinal features 2019 finalist Larissa Pacheco and former Invicta FC fighter Taylor Guardado.

The heavyweight finals will also be decided on Aug. 19. Top seed Bruno Cappelozza takes on Jamelle Jones, who qualified for the playoffs with a spectacular knockout of UFC vet Klidson Abreu after stepping in as an alternate, and Denis Goltsov vs. Ante Delija.

The winners of each PFL tournament will not only be crowned season champion, but also be awarded a $1,000,000 prize.

Boxing superstar Claressa Shields was previously reported to be competing on this card in a non-playoff bout, but an official told MMA Fighting on Tuesday that she will not be fighting Aug. 19. An update on her next bout is expected to be announced soon.

Shields made her MMA debut in June for the PFL, defeating Brittney Elkin by third-round TKO in a comeback after being controlled on the ground for the majority of the contest.

Here’s the full card for the PFL Playoff 2 card on Aug. 19 with the main card airing on ESPN

MAIN CARD

Kayla Harrison vs. Genah Fabian

Bruno Cappelozza vs. Jamelle Jones

Larissa Pacheco vs. Taylor Guardado

Denis Goltsov vs. Ante Delija

PRELIMS on ESPN+

Renan Ferreira vs. Stuart Austin

Kaitlin Young vs. Marina Mokhnatkina

Carl Seumanutafa vs. Muhammed DeReese

Mariana Morais vs. Zamzagul Fayzallanova

Cynthia Vescan vs. Amanda Leve

TBD vs. TBD

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