On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC welterweight James Krause (6:13) as he recaps his unanimous decision win over Claudio Silva at UFC Fight Island 6, gives an update on his injured knee, talks how the rivalry with Joaquin Buckley came to be, and getting back to coaching now that he’s back in the U.S.

UFC play-by-play voice Jon Anik (24:25) previews some of the top storylines heading into UFC 254 this Saturday in Abu Dhabi, the significance of the lightweight main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje, what is at stake for both fighters, the middleweight co-main event between Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier, and more.

UFC flyweight Lauren Murphy (47:34) discusses how she reacted to losing Cynthia Calvillo as an opponent at UFC 254, taking on a newcomer in Liliya Shakirova at the event, Jessica Andrade’s win over Katlyn Chookagian at UFC Fight Island 6, and how that victory—as impressive as it was—shouldn’t lead to an immediate title shot against the winner of the Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jennifer Maia title fight at UFC 255.

Finally, UFC bantamweight Casey Kenney (1:12:46) talks his upcoming catchweight fight with Nathaniel Wood this Saturday at UFC 254, how he feels his decision win over Alateng Heili was more impactful than his submission of Louis Smolka, how he believes Wood is well-rounded in a basic way, his opponent’s comments during the media day, how he sees the fight playing out, and more.

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