MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #204: Alexander Gustafsson Retires After Loss To Smith, Rakic’s KO + UFC 238 Preview

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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 went down at UFC Stockholm, where Anthony Smith defeated Alexander Gustafsson via fourth-round submission in the main event. Karyn and Alan react to Gus’s decision to retire after the fight and what he meant to the UFC. They also discuss Aleksandar Rakic’s incredible head kick KO of Jimmy Manuwa and Christos Giagos’s win before previewing the upcoming UFC 238 title fights between Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes and Valetina Shevchenko and Jessica Eye.

UFC 238: Henry Cejudo On Moraes Title Fight, P4P Rankings, Dating Nikki Bella + Chael’s Advice

UFC 238: Tatiana Suarez Talks Nina Ansaroff Fight, Champ Andrade, Waterson As A Title Contender

UFC 238: Aljamain Sterling On Munhoz’s Pre-Fight Smack Talk, Early Retirement + Cejudo vs Moraes

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16 Comments on "MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #204: Alexander Gustafsson Retires After Loss To Smith, Rakic’s KO + UFC 238 Preview"

  1. I think Alex only retired cause of the fact that he fell to 2-4 in his last 6 fights. Most fighters tend to hide behind retirement in my opinion cause they dont want to get their walking papers. Alex is only 32 years old. I think he will be back in maybe a year or two when Bellator comes calling. Urijah Faber and Jordan Mein both retired than 2 years later they come back. So that tells me retirement dont mean jack shit. Bea Malecki vs Eduarda Santana was a completely unnecessary fight. It was a Womens Featherweight Division fight but it occured at Womens Bantamweight Division. Anthony and his team wanted to wipe the egg off their faces after Jon Jones embrassed them. To me Jessica Eye has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Everybody expects Valentina Shevenckho to retain her UFC Womens Flyweight Championship. Jessica is 13-1 at 125 lbs. At one point, she was the #1 ranked womens flyweight in the world. I hope Marlon beats Henry for the sake of both the bantamweight and flyweight divisions.

  2. Here is the card for UFC 237 (UFC 238)- Moraes vs Cejudo
    ESPN+ will carry early prelims at 615pm/315pm
    Women's Flyweight Division
    2. Kaitlyn Chookigan 11-2: 4-2 vs. 5. Joanne Calderwood 13-3: 5-3

    Bantamweight Division
    Eddie Wineland 23-13-1: 5-7 vs. Gregory Popov 13-1

    Middleweight Division
    Bevon Lewis 6-1: 0-1 vs. Darren Stewart 9-4, 1NC: 2-4, 1NC

    Women's Strawweight Division
    Angela Hill 9-6: 4-6 vs. Xianonan Yan 10-1, 1NC: 3-0

    Prelims on ESPN @ 8PM/5PM
    Featherweight Division
    10. Ricardo Lamas 19-7: 10-5 vs. 15. Calvin Kattar 19-3: 3-1

    Women's Strawweight Division
    10. Karolina Kowalickiez 12-4: 5-4 vs. 13. Alexa Grasso 10-2: 2-2

    Bantamweight Division
    3. Alijamin Sterling 17-3; 9-3 vs. 4. Pedro Munhoz 18-3, 1NC: 8-3, 1NC

    Women's Strawweight Division
    2. Tatiana Suarez 7-0: 4-0 vs. 3. Nina Ansaroff 10-5; 4-2

    Main Card on Pay per view @ 10pm/7pm
    Heavyweight Division
    11. Tai Tuisava 8-1: 3-1 vs. 13. Blagoy Ivantov 17-2, 1NC: 1-1

    Bantamweight Division
    7. Jimmie Rivera 22-3: 6-2 vs. 9. Petr Yan 12-1; 4-0

    Lightweight Division
    2. Tony Ferguson 24-3: 14-1 vs. 4. Donald Cerrone 36-11, 1nc: 23-8

    UFC Women's Flyweight Championship
    c. Valentina Shevenchenko 16-3; 5-2 vs. 1. Jessica Eye 14-6, 1NC: 4-5, 1nC

    UFC Bantamweight Championship
    1. Marlon Moraes 22-5-1: 4-1 vs. Henry Cejudo 14-2:8-2

  3. A podcast worth sitting through 2 full YT ads. Gotta make sure MMA HEAT team gets the $$$. The dreaded unforced errors almost got KB in tennis. Glad she shook it off and won. For me Gus is the UFC's Karl Malone. Made his opponents better but never won a championship. I honestly feel Manuwa is the UFC's Melvin Manhouf. Looking forward to UFC 238. Honestly Eye doesn't have the 1 hitter quitter power to take out Val. I've got Valentina all the way. Also I want Marlon to leg kick Cejudo into oblivion. No more ChampChamps.

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