MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #158: UFC 224 Preview! Nunes/Pennington, Jacare/Gastelum + Machida/Belfort!

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On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the action that is set to go down at UFC 224 in Rio De Janeiro on May 12, 2018. They preview the Bantamweight title fight between Champ Amanda Nunes and challenger Raquel Pennington, the co-main event between Jacare Souza and Kelvin Gastelum, the strawweight fight featuring Mackenzie Dern and Amanda Bobby Cooper and the legend vs legend throw-down between Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort.

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14 Comments on "MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #158: UFC 224 Preview! Nunes/Pennington, Jacare/Gastelum + Machida/Belfort!"

  1. I can only speak for myself, but the main reason I don't really care that much about the Amanda Nunes fight is because of Amanda. I don't think she's the legitimate champ. I believe Shevchenko beat her at least one of those two times, and I believe she should have been stripped of the belt when she canceled the fight a day before fight night because of a tummy ache. I think she was either on a performance-enhancing drug and she pulled out of the fight so she didn't get caught, or she knew she was going to lose and so she pretended to be sick. Dana White stripped GDR of the featherweight belt because she was saying she didn't want to fight Cyborg, so how is that any different when Amanda backs out of a fight and pretends like she has a tummy ache when the doctors said she was healthy enough to fight? I don't have any respect for her I don't think she's the legitimate chance I think she lost those two fights to Shevchenko.

    • ZenRhinoMMA I think the main difference is GDR just flat refused to fight Cyborg….ever. Amanda didn't refuse to fight Valentina. She gave an excuse to pull from a fight and it was rescheduled. I agree with you that there was probably some suspicious reason she pulled out of the fight but we'll probably never know.

  2. pleasant surprise to get this podcast. didnt think we would get one since we finished a 2 week break with no UFC card. Amanda vs Rocky will kick off a busy summer session of the UFC. I cant believe Sean is trying to get Alan to fight in Hamburg Germany at UFC Fight Night 134 July 22nd. That card is main evented by 2. Volkan Oedezmir vs 5. Mauricio Rua. That is if Volkan can get his legal issues solved by then. Everybody and their mother is trying to get on UFC 226: Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier we are at 10 fights. UFC 227 TJ Dillashaw vs Cody Garbrandt is a good card for Alan to fight on. Also have Middleweight division fight between 7. Derek Bruson and 13. Antonio Carlos Junior, good old shoeface is getting a top 10 guy.

  3. Rocky has been out for 18 months due to injury. She has coached Tecia throughout her recovery. Also I think people loved what Uncle Dana wanted for UFC 224 he wanted Cristiane Cyborg Justino to defend her UFC Womens Featherweight Championship vs Amanda Nunes. Mind you Cris had saved UFC 222 vs Yana Kunskiya. UFC 224 is a card where Dana didnt get what he wanted. Rocky had won 4 fights in a row to get this shot at Amanda. Plus Amanda hasnt gotten no love as champion. Her fourth straight main event and she isnt getting recongition as champion. Amanda is on a 6 fight winning streak. Her last lost is to #6 Cat Zingano by TKo at UFC 178.

    The co main Jacare vs Gastelum is interesting to me. Potentially a title shot at the Middleweight Championship is on the line. If Jacare wins, he has losses to both Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker who are fighting for the title at UFC 225. If Kelvin wins, he has a victory over the guy who most people think should be champion. I think this fight will go to the cards for sure.

    Amanda Bobby Cooper vs Mackenzie Dern is a very interesting fight. In my opinion, I think Mackenzie was 'invited to leave The MMA Lab' because there was some holes in her game after she defeated Ashley Yoder in a fight where she got lucky and she didnt want to fix those issues. I think people might be sleeping on ABC cause of the hype behind Mackenzie.

    Lyoto vs Vitor is kicking off the main card of Amanda vs Rocky. I think this fight may be a pick up by the time the weigh ins air cause both are good fighters. This is a great showcase fight in the middleweight division. I am worried about the damage that Vitor can throw that Lyoto wont take much. This wont go to the judges. I think there will be a finish.

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