MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #216: Khabib + Felder Win At UFC 242, Bader vs Kongo Eye Poke, Cowboy vs Gaethje Preview

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On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, UFC On ESPN anchor Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the action that went down at UFC 242, where Lightweight Champ Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended the title with a third-round submission of interim champ Dustin Poirier in the main event. They also discuss Paul Felder’s win over Edson Barboza in the co-main event of UFC 242, as well as the controversial ending to the Bellator 226 title fight between Champ Ryan Bader and challenger Cheick Kongo. In addition, Karyn and Alan preview the UFC Vancouver main event between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Justin Gaethje.

Bellator 226 Results: Bader vs Kongo Heavyweight Championship Highlights

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80 Comments on "MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #216: Khabib + Felder Win At UFC 242, Bader vs Kongo Eye Poke, Cowboy vs Gaethje Preview"

  1. Karen bryant, i know You are more experienced than most mma fans and casuals added together. When have u seen a fighter looked better fighting Khabib than his previous fights???? Michael Johnson was mauled throught the fight, same goes Barboza, Al iaquinta, dos anjos and conor. To say that Humidity was the reason he couldnt perform at his highest level KS just a terrible excuse to make. So IF Dustin wins would You have Said the same thing ABOUT Khabib???

    • Think OF it as this. IF You fight against a 5 year old and a 30 year old. Which circumstance Will You look better and harder. Exactly!!!! Just because he looked better against other opponents doesnt mean he Will look the same against Khabib. Same has Said againtst FLOYD MAYWEATHER. Once they retire and are long gone or even dead, then Flows the praise and how he looked good against Dustin.

  2. Who has Khabib fought that is a legit elite wrestler? It's too easy for him fighting strikers who don't have elite wrestling skills. He has a massive technical advantage from the start against strikers.

  3. This is what happens to a good fighter when he’s getting mauled by Khabib. Let this be a lesson to all the fools out there, especially this idiot talking …… all you fighters will have an off night when fighting the savage Khabib.
    Even tony would get mauled.

    Tony got man handled by Castillo so stop with this bullshit Tony would fight Khabib from the ground lol.

  4. These two are closet khabib haters…both are yapping about heat…how heat made dustin underperform n totally discounting this heat factor about khabib..infact khabib being a grappler comin from much colder place than dustin heat made him underperform otherwise dustin woulda been submitted in 1st round…Heat worked in Dustin's favor by makin him slippery so it should have been easy for him to escape khabib n stand up to stick to his striking game even khabib said it while talkin to putin that he was very slippery ..plus khabib was under immense pressure as well as nervous seeing his fellow russian fighter lose as javier told in an interview..he had everything to lose unlike dustin…N these guys also ignoring dustin's statements..he said " i was ready, i knew what was coming" he prepared for the grappling ,he believed stars were aligned to favor him..n he was so confident .But khabib made him look like just another ordinary fighter.The factor that made dustin look not himself wasnt heat or anything it was his opponent Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov.
    Edit: havent these guys heard khabib saying that before the fight he told his friend that he is planning to give Dustin guillotine just to make him tired.

  5. Alan seems pretty close to Dustin so it's understandable that they saw and reviewed it from his point of view. And I thought it's reasonably fair because it wasn't about downplaying khabib, as they mention. They weren't disrespectful, even complimentary, so let's not dislike just because you disagree.

  6. That was not the heat who got Dustin to slow down, it was Khabib who did it to everybody. Dustin said the heat wasn't a problem, I would say that if the weather was an issue it should be worse for Khabib then Dustin because Khabib comes from Russia Duguestin. Be claire what you saying . Please, no more excuses. Thanks for the conversation.

  7. Wow what great content speaking in circles about nothing and then admitting that you do day drinking like you're some kind of demigod no lady drinking alcohol is bad for you why are you bragging about such an idiotic thing it's because your program is so bad you have nothing to talk about.

  8. These fighters was all about kicking and punching each other..then came Khabib and turned their world upside down..only fighters with more braun then brain,just stand and trade blow for blow..yes it pleases the crowds and increases "pay per view" sales..but fighting is a "ART"…Khabib with his style has just put the spotlight back onto that fact,that was forgotten by having too many loud mouths who was just primarily basic in most disciplines but master of none,in Khabib you have a "true master of his art"..

  9. It is more or less the Media that keeps Connor on everybody's lips, beside him doing stupid shit, most fans have moved on and don`t care unless he comes back and show something real, it is the Media that brings Connor up aaall the time, over and over, if the media listen to what people say and don`t throw his name in all the time he would really need to do some fighting to get back..kind of strange really….

  10. An off night? Cmon! Dustin was looking to his corner for instruction every chance he got. I couldn't believe he was doing that in the first round. I knew he was finished after he went to his corner and his coaches big instruction was, "it's ok! You're doing great!" lol

  11. Here is the card for UFC Fight Night 158- Cerrone vs Gaethje
    (whole card on ESPN+)
    Prelims at 5pm/2pm
    Featherweight Division
    Kyle Preoplec 12-6:0-1 vs. Austin Hubbard 10-3: 0-1

    Bantamweight Division
    Louis Smolka 15-6; 6-6 vs. Ryan McDonald 10-1

    Featherweight Division
    Chas Skelley 17-4:6-4 vs. Jordan Griffin 17-6:0-1

    Bantamweight Division
    Brad Katona 8-1: 2-1 vs. Hunter Azure 7-0

    Middleweight Division
    Marvin Vettori 13-4-1: 3-2-1 vs. Andrew Sanchez 11-4:4-2

    Bantamweight Division
    Cole Smith 7-0:1-0 vs. Miles Johns 8-0

    Heavyweight Division
    14. Marcin Tybura 17-5:4-4 vs. 15. Augusto Sakai 13-1-1: 2-0

    Main Card @ 8pm/5pm
    Light Heavyweight Division
    15. Misha Cirunkov 14-5:5-3 vs. Jimmy Crute 10-0: 2-0

    Middleweight Division
    12. Uriah Hall 14-9:7-7 vs. 13. Antonio Carlos Junior 10-3, 1NC: 7-3, 1NC

    Welterweight Division
    Michel Periera 22-9, 2NC: 1-0 vs. Tristian Connely 13-6

    Heavyweight Division
    Todd Duffee 9-3: 3-2 vs. Jeff Hughes 10-2: 0-1

    Light Heavyweight Division
    9. Glover Teixeria 21-7: 12-5 vs. 13. Nikita Krylov 25-6: 7-4

    Lightweight Division
    4. Donald Cerrone 36-12, 1NC: 23-9 vs. 5. Justin Gaethje 20-2: 3-2

  12. H K

    wow i love fighter analyst if they are so right in their thoughts they would be in top positions..lol, also tony this tony that thats what people said about mcfagget and dustin as well and look how that ended. respect when due

  13. Hey Alan,

    Everyone is a better version of themselves when not fighting Khabib. Do you think that’s a coincidence?

    Sure, you’ve trained with Dustin. But have you trained with Khabib? Also, Dustin got controlled on the ground by Eddie Alvarez. He couldn’t get out and was helped out by that stupid 12-6 elbow that really did no damage by Eddie. Calm down dude. I know you’re Cajun as well but damn…..

  14. elc

    I like Khabib but I gotta admit too many of his fans are so fanatical that any suggestion of honest observation or question sets them off & it's getting old. Conor fans were, & some still are, just as ridiculous.

  15. Dot 1 : Dustin has an amazing fight IQ
    He is a great grappler

    Dot 2 : he was looking for advice evrytine khabib got hold of him. …he never did they before

    Let me connect the dots for you idiot …it wasn't an off night for Dustin it was khabib on top of him …his grappling is below average compared to khabib

  16. Average fighters look bad against good fighters, good fighters look average against great fighters. The Truly Best can make even great fighters look subpar. It's not that Dustin didn't perform to the best he could, it's that Khabib took him out of his game.

  17. Heat is more disadvantageous for Khabib if anything. Grappling is harder when the opponent is sweaty. Plus in terms of pressure, all the pressure was on Khabib. The card was built around him, in the middle East where everyone came to see him , with his father in his corner after so many years, being such a prohibitive favorite. Dustin had virtually no pressure on him compared to Khabib. The crowd never booed him once, during the weigh-in or walkout to the cage or post fight octagon interview. He was such an underdog very few people expected him to win. And the reason Dustin didn't look himself is because he was in there with Khabib. Jon Jones's opponents say the exact same thing after they face him, that they didn't feel like themselves etc etc.

  18. Heat is more disadvantageous for Khabib if anything. Grappling is harder when the opponent is sweaty. Plus in terms of pressure, all the pressure was on Khabib. The card was built around him, in the middle East where everyone came to see him , with his father in his corner after so many years, being such a prohibitive favorite. Dustin had virtually no pressure on him compared to Khabib. The crowd never booed him once, during the weigh-in or walkout to the cage or post fight octagon interview. He was such an underdog very few people expected him to win. And the reason Dustin didn't look himself is because he was in there with Khabib. Jon Jones's opponents say the exact same thing after they face him, that they didn't feel like themselves etc etc.

  19. I had edson 1 clearly, felder 2 barely, felder 3 clearly.

    Rewatch round 2. Edson got hurt twice and backed up the entire round. Edson landed more shots, but Felder landed the cleaner blows. Since the striking is so close we have to score the grappling, aggression, octagon control which was 100% Paul. Edson got elbowed and landed zero offense in Felder's guard. Aggression and octagon control clearly Paul.

    Edson's corner screwed him imo. They told him to coast in rd 3 when he absolutely needed that round.

  20. Dustin looked slow because of the heat..Hahaha…..U dont know anything abt MMA Karyn..Habib was fighting in the same heat…U gave the excuse i am not sure dustin will agree with u…Dustin said between rounds he was not able to seperate himself from habib..thats how good fighter habib is…
    U need tons of knowledge before commenting on world class fighters

  21. WTF is he talking about. Dustin did his best.. That's what happen with all opponents when they fight Khabib. Kahbib made them look like they are no one. That's how good Khabib is. Even Khabib flinches they all consider it as a big thing to capitalize. That shows who Khabib is

  22. Heat is more disadvantageous for Khabib if anything. Grappling is harder when the opponent is sweaty. Plus in terms of pressure, all the pressure was on Khabib. The card was built around him, in the middle East where everyone came to see him , with his father in his corner after so many years, being such a prohibitive favourite. Dustin had virtually no pressure on him compared to Khabib. The crowd never booed him once, during the weigh-in or walkout to the cage or post fight octagon interview. He was such an underdog very few people expected him to win. And the reason Dustin didn't look himself is because he was in there with Khabib. Jon Jones's opponents say the exact same thing after they face him, that they didn't feel like themselves etc etc.

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