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304 - Felder vs Hooker vs Barboza vs VickFeb 20, 2020 01:35:37
Heavy Hands is back with a particularly ramble-y episode, in which we look forward to Paul Felder vs Dan Hooker, and try not to think too deeply about Diego Sanchez.Can Paul Felder's gritty wear Dan Hooker down, or will he get shot to pieces at range? Jimmy Crute vs Michael Oleksiejczuk, a light heavyweight matchup which is simultaneously very dumb and very intriguing Jan of Rivia avenges another defeat Diego Sanchez funny! And sad. Very FUNNY, though hahahaha! but sad
303 Reyes Rex feat. Tom ElliottFeb 13, 2020 01:28:37
This week on Heavy Hands we are very pleased to be joined by Tom Elliott (@Muay_Khaoboy), who made an excellent study of Jon Jones in his Elements of Dominance series. And while we planned to talk about lots more, we ended up spending (more than) an hour and a half just talking about Jones vs Reyes and the results of UFC 247.What to make of this current version of Jon Jones? What isn't working, and what still impresses the hell out of us? Dominick Reyes obviously had the tools to beat Jones--but what could he do better next time? How many dully predictable wins will it take for Phil to stop haunting Valentina Shevchenko's Instagram comments? Get well soon, Derrick Lewis! and Ilir Latifi's future at heavyweight Has Mirsad Bektic Phil Davis'd himself?
302 - Can Reyes really beat Jones?Feb 5, 2020 01:24:22
This week on Heavy Hands, we're figuring Dominick Reyes' chances against the light heavyweight GOAT, and saying a prayer so that Katlyn Chookagian's soul might find peace in the afterlife.Is Dominick Reyes as good as the light heavyweight champion, Thiago Santos? The question is not whether Katlyn Chookagian loses, but whether she looks more like Holm or Carmouche in the effort Is Dan Ige scrappy enough to take Mirsad Bektic out of his comfort zone? Derrick Lewis betrayed us by becoming Actually Good, but he's still probably gonna win
301 - RIP RDA & JDSJan 29, 2020 01:22:41
We've got a bit of a grab bag for you on this week's episode of Heavy Hands, what with so little of interest happening last weekend in Raleigh, and UFC 247 still a week away (and looking remarkably thin, at that).Rafael Dos Anjos was supposed to blow Michael Chiesa out of the water. He should have. What happened? Three years ago Junior Dos Santos would have given Curtis Blaydes serious problems. Is he officially over the hill? What good are pound-for-pound rankings? In particular, what good are pound-for-pound rankings when they include the likes of Jessica Eye and Katlyn Chookagian? Kamaru Usman: his chances of putting together a legendary reign, and the challengers most likely to stop him
300 - UFC 246 feat. Sriram MuralidaranJan 22, 2020 01:16:36
The vaping scooter gang takeover continues, as the Fight Site's Srirarm Muralidaran joins us to break down last week's fights, and (surprise) next week's fights, too. It's a good one, folks!Conor McGregor did the thing he was always going to do to Donald Cerrone, who reacted in the way he always has Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington conspired to put on a fight even more boring than their first one Carlos Diego Ferreira surprised us, not by beating Anthony Pettis, but by using his best Nate Diaz impression to do it How awesome is Roxanne Modafferi? Is JDS a secret poison matchup for Curtis Blaydes? Would it be funnier for RDA to finish Michael Chiesa with body shots, or leg kicks?
299 - UFC 246: Star PRJan 15, 2020 01:07:42
The UFC is back after a three-week hiatus, and so is Conor McGregor, though his own break was both longer and significantly more full of sexual assault allegations. MMA, folks! Our topics this week:McGregor's gonna knock Cerrone out in round one--but what if HE DOESN'T?! Does Claudia Gadelha have the physicality to stop Alexa Grasso overwhelming her down the stretch? Carlos Diego Ferreira's long-overdue opportunity to break out Drew Dober makes for a great foil, but does he actually have a shot at beating Nasrat Haqparast?
298 - Bellator vs UFC (flu edition)Jan 9, 2020 01:20:14
Connor and Phil claw their ways out of bed to compare Bellator champs to UFC champs. Then they die.
297 - The 2019 HandiesJan 3, 2020 01:39:25
Billy Crystal and Phil Mackenzie join forces once again to celebrate another absurd(ly technical) year in the world of MMA.
That's right: here we are, once again, giving out Handies. And you're about to listen to it. Who had the best knockout of 2019? The best gameplan? What about the best gameplan that didn't actually work? Will Cody Garbrandt hold onto the coveted Worst Brain Thinking Award for the second year in the row? Who will take home the Patrick Wyman Memorial Award for Explosive Muscularity, and how could it not be Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa?
All of these burning questions answered, with only the slightest chance that you will experience a burning sensation in the bathroom. What better way to kick off 2020?
296 - Crankie Edgar's ChristmasDec 26, 2019 01:02:30
Audio issues and cynicism abound! We spend the day before Christmas talking about the UFC. YOU'RE WELCOMEKorean Zombie ends 2019 by giving us our first accurate prediction of the year. Better late than never! "Is Aleksander Rakic good?" we asked. In answer, the light heavyweight division laughed 2019 was the year in which all of our old favorites either started falling apart (Jose Aldo) or were finally ground into dust (Anderson Silva) Also this was the year we found out that Henry Cejudo is the greatest fighter on earth. Merry Christmas
295 - Jawbreak Jamboree & KZ vs EdgarDec 18, 2019 01:14:26
This week on Heavy Hands, UFC 245 was awesome! And we've got Frankie Edgar vs Korean Zombie coming up next week. It's all good stuff, folks.
We only had room for the main and co-main of UFC 245 on this episode, but don't despair: we did break down just about every other undercard bout, and you'll be able to find those over on our Patreon, where all of our bonus episodes are available for just $3 a month. As for this ep:That nincompoop Ed may have convinced us there would be wrestling, but we did learn a lot about Kamaru Usman's striking Alexander Volkanovski proved himself a worthy champion with another brilliantly planned and executed strategy Does Edgar have the wrestling to get past Korean Zombie's laser-guided uppercut defense system? Aleksander Rakic: is he actually good?
294 - UFC 245 feat. Ed GalloDec 11, 2019 01:20:52
UFC 245 is finally upon us, and if it took seeing the inside of Alistair Overeem's face to get here, it was almost worth it. And The Fight Site's Ed Gallo joins the show once again specifically to break down the main event.What makes Alexander Volkanovski one of the smartest fighters in MMA today, and is that enough to beat Max Holloway? What do the college wrestling careers of Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington tell us about their UFC title fight? How insecure is Colby Covington, exactly? Germaine de Randamie is bantamweight's dark horse, but are reach and timing enough against the well-rounded attack of Amanda Nunes?
293 - Overstruik vs RozenreemDec 4, 2019 01:11:08
We're back on our bullshit. After two beautiful weeks off, we've got more UFC events to preview. The good news is, of all the fights on next week's card, only one of them is Overeem vs Rozenstruik.Does Alistair Overeem have the composure to take down a kickboxer with no wrestling ability? The answer may surprise you Marina Rodriguez wrecked Tecia Torres in her last fight; now how about a scrappier version of the same opponent Cody Stamann may lack Song Yadong's transcendent talent, but he does have a pretty solid wrestling game so... this is a great matchup. After years of waiting, Jose Aldo is finally changing weight classes! We can't wait to see the greatest featherweight of all time at ligh--wait
292 - Wrestling in MMA feat. Ed GalloNov 27, 2019 01:09:11
This week on Heavy Hands, Ed Gallo of Bloody Elbow, the Fight Site, and Twitter's own vaping scooter gang joins us to discuss wrestling, how it applies to MMA, and how it's killing the sport.Did Ben Askren's wrestling game prepare him so well for MMA that he was able to get away without learning any other skills? Why do we remember as a short-lived king of the punchers, and not one of the best wrestlers ever to grace the cage? And if Hendricks wasn't able to adopt a new wrestling style for his new sport, how the hell did Daniel Cormier do it? Stipe vs Fedor redux: Ed decides
291 - Sao Paulo and the GOATsNov 20, 2019 01:25:31
This week on Heavy Hands... we're FREEEEEE! Laughing and playing, frolicking like free-spirited children, yippeeeee!
Well, almost. Before enjoying these precious few weeks without a UFC event, we break down some of the (mostly abysmal) UFC Sao Paulo card, and then it's on to discussing our first juicy topic in what feels like forever.How do the GOATs of each division stack up against the current champions? Could Fedor beat Stipe? Could a prime Andy beat Adesanya? Would BJ Penn even survive a fight with Khabib (lol)? Jan Blachowicz and Jacare Souza conspired to shit the bed together, in the worst main event of the year. How did they cancel one another out so completely? Would it be sadder if Shogun Rua lost to Paul Craig, or if he won? Wrong. Bless Charles Oliveira for doing his best to save the card with a sensational (and remarkably technical) KO
290 - Mid-Month SmorgasbordNov 13, 2019 01:21:45
Compared to UFC Moscow, next week's Sao Paulo card really isn't bad. It's not great, but hey--it is the last UFC show of the month, after which will follow several episodes about the weather till things pick up again in December.Is Jacare Souza another middleweight destined for light heavyweight greatness, or is he ten years too far behind Luke Rockhold to survive the power of Jan of Rivia Shogun Rua is still fighting. Shogun Rua's recent record holds up remarkably well. Light heavyweight is a wasteland. Shogun Rua will probably win this fight. That is all. Skip this part of the episode Previewing three solid prelims: Sergio Moraes vs James Krause, Francisco Trinaldo vs Bobby Green, and Warlley Alves vs Randy Brown How Zabit beat Calvin, Ed Herman's savvy veteran win, and more
289 - Zabit vs Kattar & UFC 244Nov 6, 2019 01:16:44
This week on Heavy Hands, we're feeling inspired by the many dramatic performances of UFC 244, but before any of that, we simply have to talk about next weekend's main event.Can Zabit chop Kattar's legs out from under him? And how good, exactly, is Kattar's defensive wrestling? We guessed that Jorge Masvidal would appear to be slightly better at everything Nate Diaz wanted to do. In a stunning turn of events, we were kinda right Everyone was bored by Till vs Gastelum, but listen, damnit: Darren Till SHOWED UP STEPHEN THOMPSON. WONDERMAN FOREVER. GREATEST KICKBOXER IN HUMAN HISTORY Kevin Lee killed a man
288 - Big Mans FightOct 30, 2019 01:14:38
This week on Heavy Hands: UFC 244. That's it. Finally, we've got a card so strong we literally have no reason to discuss anything else. It feels good. On this episode we're covering...Was Nate Diaz showing his age in his last fight, and is there any reason to pick him over this newer, exceptionally more violent Jorge Masvidal? Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till, two men defined by their limitations. I don't know what that says about the fight, but it sure sounds smart Could a loss to Gregor Gillespie break Kevin Lee once and for all? Corey Anderson seems perfectly designed to beat Johnny Walker, which is precisely why Johnny Walker is gonna knock him out with a flying bicycle kick in 20 seconds. Don't even listen to this segment. That's what's gonna happen Plus: Burgos vs Amirkhani, Arce vs Dawodu, Connor vs Phil's livelihood
287 - Three Big FightsOct 24, 2019 01:03:07
This week on Heavy Hands, we're keeping things simple. No cramming to keep up with the schedule--instead, we're focusing solely on the big fights, including one from the main card of the upcoming (and absolutely stacked) UFC 244.Has Demian Maia finally found the wrestler he can beat, or is the old man doomed to stall out on another 10,000 single legs? Rory MacDonald is rematching Douglas Lima. We wish he weren't, but here we are The Stephen Thompson PR defense squad unites against the forces of evil (Lucas Bourdon, Anthony Pettis, etc). Vicente Luque has the power, but does he have the pressure to back it up?
286 - Chito Vera and some other stuffOct 16, 2019 01:19:32
This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking down Chris Weidman's long overdue (but likely ill-fated) light heavyweight debut, recapping Joanna Jedrzejczyk's dominant win over Michelle Waterson, and tearing our eyes away from the UFC hypno toad just long enough to mention Demetrious Johnson's win over Danny Kingad.Chris Weidman probably waited too long for this move up in weight--but then, Dominick Reyes has pretty much never fought a wrestler Jeremy Stephens vs Yair Rodriguez, abridged edition. Check out episode 281 for our original breakdown Joanna Jedrzejczyk brought back some of the old aggression, and revealed that, apparently, Mike Winkeljohn's fighters don't have very good boxing CHITO. VERA. He's getting better, bantamweights, and you're next And much more. Too much more, really. We need help.
285 - All Hail AdesanyaOct 9, 2019 01:20:36
Israel Adesanya did it, folks. He did beautifully, and brutally, and yes, our hearts are still pretty much broken but there's so much to talk about on this week's episode of Heavy Hands! We've got...What was Robert Whittaker thinking, and where did he go wrong? How does Israel Adesanya stack up against his future challenges? Dan Hooker's long guard, and his hidden right hand Is Joanna Jedrzejczyk still an easy pick over Michelle Waterson, or has something changed? Plus: previewing Chito Vera vs Andre Ewell, Deiveson Figueiredo vs Tim Elliott, and Niko Price vs James Vick!
284 - The Do-OverOct 3, 2019 01:20:14
In case you didn't notice, Heavy Hands was a little late this week. We did record a phenomenal discussion of Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya on Tuesday, but one power outage and a night wracked by evil dreams later, it was all gone. So we rescheduled, and did the damn thing over again, including:Whittaker-Adesanya Hooker-Iaquinta Literally nothing else from UFC 243 Almost everything from last weekend's UFC Copenhagen
282 - Finally... CopenhagenSep 25, 2019 01:21:50
We've gotten so used to the thin gruel the UFC is usually spooning out that, when we saw UFC Copenhagen sitting on the table in front of us--I'll admit--we went a little overboard, and tried to cover everything. Unbuckle your belt and enjoy the smorgasbord with us. There will be coffee after.What makes Jared Cannonier so dangerous at middleweight, and does Jack Hermansson have the well-rounded skillset to thwart him? Gunnar Nelson vs Gilbert Burns, aka SBG vs Team Evil. Michael Oleksiejczuk, a new light heavyweight who may in fact be Actually Good, takes on Ovince Saint Preux, who defiantly Isn't Nicolas Dalby returns! (to be sacrificed at the altar of athleticism) And a few quick words about the fantastic fight between Carla Esparza and Alexa Grasso, and the aborted one between Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens
281 - Sweet Style MatchupsSep 18, 2019 01:18:47
The fight cards stay thin, but this one has quite the layer of cream on top. Is that... is that gross? It's gross, isn't it.
On this week's ep:Rodriguez vs Stephens: whose footwork breaks down first? Grasso vs Esparza: can body shots really stop the (second) most determined wrestler at strawweight? Justin Gaethje's approach surprised most of us, but was it really misguided? Either way... wild man's got tricks Michel Pereira cheated his way to the funniest loss in MMA history. Tristan Connelly is a blue collar god And more!
280 - Friendship Ended with ATTSep 11, 2019 01:29:48
... now Fortis MMA is my best friend.
No, but seriously. UFC 242 didn't teach us anything new about Khabib Nurmagomedov (who is probably now the #1 p4p fighter in the world), but it gave us a whole lot to think about. Oh, and Justin Gaethje's fighting next week. On today's episode of Heavy Hands:What was up with Dustin Poirier? Freaked out? Ill prepared? Or just unsuited for the matchup? Paul Felder and Carlos Diego Ferreira both showed new skills and excellent gameplans, giving us the card's two best feelgood performances Is Justin Gaethje a bad matchup for Donald Cerrone? Yeah... yeah, probably Teixeira vs Krylov and Crute vs Cirkunov: alright, so maybe light heavyweight isn't getting better, after all ... and more!
279 - Dagestan vs The DiamondSep 4, 2019 01:22:40
This week on Heavy Hands, we talk for a long time. A very long time, and mostly just about one fight. But can you blame us? It's Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier, and we're kind of excited. Our topics:What's wrong with Khabib's striking, and how does he make it work so well? The evolution of Dustin Poirier, and the tests he's passed on the way here Paul Felder and Edson Barboza take on one of our favorite questions in their rematch: do style matchups ever change? Mairbek Taisumov is fighting a maniacal brawler. Take that in. How Weili Zhang wrested the title from Jessica Andrade, but more importantly, THE LEEEEECCCCCHHHH
278 - UFC Whatever & the Okay-ification of 205Aug 28, 2019 01:07:51
This week on Heavy Hands, we break down the upcoming fight between Jessica Andrade and Weili Zhang, chitter excitedly about Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs the Leech, and then get optimistic about the near future of the UFC's infamously abysmal light heavyweight division.
277 - All the UFC 241Aug 21, 2019 01:05:22
This week on Heavy Hands, we've got one of the best events of the year to discuss, and--would you believe it--no terrible fight night card to preview! UFC 241 delivered, and so have we:What adjustments did Stipe Miocic make for the rematch, and did any of them matter more than his seemingly impromptu decision to just whack Daniel Cormier's ribs until he was done Nate Diaz looked rusty, Anthony Pettis looked surprisingly good, and then Nate Diaz won anyway Borrachinha vs Romero, Yusuff vs Benitez--two thrilling fights in which everyone did their absolute best Kai Asakura teaches us about the risks of Kyoji Horiguchi's hybrid style, and Casey Kenney does his Frankie Edgar thing against a much bigger man
OH NO (Bonus Teaser)Aug 16, 2019 02:10
Connor and Phil talk themselves into a dire realization regarding Derek Brunson and Ian Heinisch.
This is a teaser for our latest bonus ep, which you can find on the Heavy Hands Patreon. In the full episode, we also break down the upcoming Gabriel Benitez vs Sodiq Yusuff, and give our thoughts on Valentina Shevchenko's SCINTILLATING win over Liz Carmouche.
276 - Big Bois, Big CardAug 14, 2019 01:09:47
You know how the cards have been absolutely whack for the last few weeks? Well, this is why. This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking down the big fights of UFC 241.How much does DC's win over Stipe tell us about a rematch? Can Nate Diaz do what he did to Cowboy Cerrone to one of the few guys who absolutely wrecked Cowboy Cerrone? Yoel Romero vs Borrachinha, aka the Patrick Wyman Memorial Muscle Dude Fight. Costa's crazy aggression vs Romero's wrestling and peerless mind powers Assuncao vs Sandhagen--a fascinating crossroads fight at 135
275 - Two EvilsAug 7, 2019 01:18:38
This week on Heavy Hands, we are surrounded by evildoers on all sides. Colby Covington dominated Robbie Lawler; Valentina Shevchenko is probably going to dominate Liz Carmouche, just much more patiently. Topics this ep:Can Shevchenko master her sinister nature and bring the fight to Liz Carmouche, or are we in for a serious staring match? Vicente Luque is sharper, more careful, and more methodical than Mike Perry, who might still knock him out. FIIIIRE Does Volkan Oezdemir have the takedown defense to stop Ilir Latifi doing his best Cormier impression? After shutting out Robbie Lawler, is it time to ask whether Covington might even be a tough fight for the likes of Kamaru Usman?
274 - Ruthless vs LovelessJul 31, 2019 01:16:29
This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking down Lawler vs Covington, and making ourselves a little sad in the process. That, and a look back at UFC 240.Does Robbie Lawler still have the anti-wrestler skills that made him UFC champ? Are Joaquim Silva's durability and power enough to trouble Nasrat Haqparast Frankie Edgar was robbed Did Max Holloway show some new skills, or was his old way enough to deal with Edgar? Cris Cyborg narrowly survives death via heat exhaustion to secure a close decision over Felicia Spencer Two absolute bangers to break down: Neal-Price and Figueiredo-Pantoja
273 - Max vs Frankie & very little elseJul 24, 2019 01:18:05
UFC 240 is a little thin on the ground, but the main event is something to get really excited about. Namely, a Max Holloway fight. A taste of what we talked about:Edgar is definitely the best wrestler Holloway will have ever faced--so why does it feel like a bad fight for Frankie? Felicia Spencer, and the style Cyborg has beaten several times before So... the flyweight division is sticking around? Well, Pantoja vs Figueiredo is a bout between two of its most exciting contenders Geoff Neal looks like champ material, but Niko Price is as powerful as he is weird and hittable Edwards defied our RDA picks and proved once again, in characteristically clinical fashion, how damn good he is Recapping Hooker vs Vick, Hernandez vs Trinaldo, and more
272 - RDA-Edwards preview, Ryan Hall-elujahJul 17, 2019 01:06:16
Things feel pretty good in the UFC world, right now. Last week's card seriously exceeded expectations, and next week's lineup looks pretty sweet. This week on Heavy Hands, we're talking about:Is Rafael Dos Anjos vs Leon Edwards one of the MOST SKILLED matchups possible in the welterweight division? James Vick & Dan Hooker are both tall fighters who excel at fighting shorter men. So... what happens when they fight each other? Does Alex Hernandez have the depth of skill to beat a crafty old puncher like Massaranduba? GDR and Urijah Faber's two (too) quick knockouts Josh Emmett proves he's just good enough to annoy the hell out of Phil, and Andre Fili proves that he's actually just pretty damn good Ryan Hall. Ryan Hall. Ryan Hall. The greatest fight of our times, equal parts hilarious, tragic, and genuinely impressive. RYAN. HALL.
271 - Heroic Deeds at UFC 239Jul 10, 2019 01:19:55
UFC 239 was a pretty strong card on paper. In practice, it was utterly fascinating--so we're dedicating this week's entire show to breaking down and discussing the results.Phil missed his pick, but only by a hair. Thiago Santos, middleweight maniac, was indeed one of the toughest challenges of Jon Jones' entire career That wasn't really Jones' gameplan, though, was it? But seriously, what was he doing How did Nunes so easily break Holly Holm apart? Jorge Masvidal, the nature of "flukes," and a good argument for starting every fight with a flying suicide attack It turns out that, at 205, Luke Rockhold is just a slightly bigger guy who doesn't know how to box
270 - UFC 239: Jones' Toughest Test to Date?Jul 3, 2019 01:13:11
This week on Heavy Hands, we're looking forward to two very big and very interesting fights, as well as reviewing the violence visited on our beloved boy Junior Dos Santos by Francis Ngannou last weekend. Topics:Has Jon Jones ever faced a fighter like Thiago Santos, and how much does that matter? Holly Holm is like a larger, less skilled Valentina Shevchenko. Is that enough to beat the double champ Nunes? (probably not) Demian Maia just barely beat Jorge Masvidal. Does Ben Askren have enough Maia in him to do the same? It's going to be super funny when Jan of Rivia just takes Luke Rockhold's head off all because he spent the last half decade ensuring that he'd leave his chin at 185 Junior Dos Santos, and the overhand he didn't throw hard enough Joe Benavidez rules, and Jussier Formiga looked better than ever, and WHY IS ALL OF THIS HAPPENING TO THIS AWESOME DIVISION
269 - Francis Ngannou GetchaJun 26, 2019 01:04:36
This week on Heavy Hands: heavyweights (confusing, depressing), featherweights (exciting, reaffirming), and more.Is Junior Dos Santos destined to follow his rival Cain into Francis Ngannou's skull collection? Has Jussier Formiga improved enough since 2013 to get his revenge on Joe Benavidez? The Korean Zombie, jab counters, and difficult lessons to learn More like Shill Mackenzie, right folks Oh yeah, and KEVIN HOLLAND
268 - Renato vs The Living DeadJun 19, 2019 01:02:20
This week, we're looking ahead to Moicano vs the Korean Zombie, and the rest of UFC Greenville.Moicano's attritive range tools vs the pressure and crushing counters of Korean Zombie. What a fight, folks Rob Font was short on experience the first time he fought John Lineker. Has he gathered enough since, and will it matter? THE GOAT RETURNS. What chance does Alessio Di Chirico have if Kevin Holland is already beating himself? Connor's new favorite Kevin Aguilar is gonna punch Dan Ige so hard
UNLOCKED: Aljo's Perfect FightJun 14, 2019 56:07
Our latest Patreon bonus episode, for your enjoyment. We look back at the stacked and absolutely stellar UFC 238 prelims, and evaluate the performances of Tatiana Suarez, Aljamain Sterling, Alexa Grasso, Calving Kattar, and their opponents.
So this is what a bonus episode sounds like. Some of them are shorter than this, and some of them are dedicated to topics rather than recent/upcoming fights, but it's pretty much just an unedited episode of Heavy Hands without music. Also, Phil has a tendency to share his more controversial (some might say offensive, or even sickening) opinions behind the paywall.
This, fight commentaries, and a breakdown of Horiguchi-Caldwell coming soon on the Heavy Hands Patreon.
267 - Cejudo & Shevchenko: Reigns of TerrorJun 12, 2019 01:09:47
We were looking forward to it, and UFC 238 delivered. Unfortunately, the delivery contained a spectacular win for Valentina Shevchenko, but hey, a tiny version of Tito Ortiz now holds two UFC belts, so it's not all bad. Our topics today:Did Henry Cejudo cleverly adjust after decisively losing the first round, or did Marlon Moraes throw the fight away while trying to knock him out? Valentina Shevchenko sustains herself by sucking the blood from newborn babies, but her KO of Jessica Eye was pretty cool, I guess Tony Ferguson is great, and he should not feel bad about it!
Catch the rest of our UFC 238 review on the Heavy Hands Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2439474
Keeping up with Don Yan (Bonus Teaser)Jun 7, 2019 55
Connor and Phil discuss the upcoming bout between Jimmie Rivera and cold-blooded murderer Petr Yan.
This is a teaser for our latest bonus ep, which you can find on the Heavy Hands Patreon. In the full episode, we also break down Suarez vs Ansaroff and Lamas vs Kattar, in addition to recapping Anthony Smith's win over Alexander Gustafsson last weekend.
266 - UFC 238 slapsJun 5, 2019 01:08:42
It's here, folks. UFC 238 is right around the bend. So close, and so good that we could lose half of the matchups between now and Saturday and still have one hell of a lineup to watch. On this week's Heavy Hands, we discuss:Does Henry Cejudo have the right wrestling style to keep Marlon Moraes on the floor? Does Jessica Eye have even a little bit of a chance against Valentina Shevchenko? And do we really have to watch? What did we do to deserve this? Is Tony Ferguson too much of a slow starter to get the jump on Cowboy Cerrone?
There's more to UFC 238 than we could handle for this episode. Head over to the Heavy Hands Patreon for more undercard previews--Rivera-Yan, Lamas-Kattar, Suarez-Ansaroff--as well as our look back at the shocking results of Gustafsson vs Smith. Of course, we also broke down Aljamain Sterling vs Pedro Munhoz on last week's main ep, so make sure to check that out if you missed it.
265 - Gustafsson vs Smith & UFC 238 part 1May 29, 2019 01:04:35
First, light heavyweights. The big boys are fighting, and none of them are quite as good as it as they'd like you to think. But next week... next week, folks, it's UFC 238, and it's been a long time since we've seen a lineup this good. Today on Heavy Hands:How much better is Alexander Gustafsson than Anthony Smith, really? Oezdemir vs Latifi: WHO WILL BOOP FIRST Did Devin Clark teach Aleksander Rakic enough to beat Jimi Manuwa? Aljamain Sterling vs Pedro Munhoz: a main event matchup that didn't even make the main card of UFC 238
264 - RDA's Revenge & the Heinisch HypeMay 22, 2019 01:17:17
This week on Heavy Hands, we're talking about UFC Rochester, a card with a mixed lineup that delivered nothing but consistent action, and more than a few surprising upsets. After that, it's on to the Heavy Bag. Here are our topics:RDA finally has enough experience to defeat a slightly unpolished wrestler Having survived the horrors of the Hyrkanian fighting pits, Ian Heinisch has no fear of muscly BJJ guys Give Charles Oliveira a step up in competition! Either that, or let him fight Nik Lentz over and over for the next ten years. We'll watch either Heavy Bag questions: what makes a fighter "UFC level?" what other analysts do we like? how valuable is body toughening for MMA?
263 - Rafael Dos Anjos vs Wrestler #47May 16, 2019 01:08:28
You didn't pray for Jose, did you? Any of you. If you had, he would have won last weekend. Whereas now... well, now all of you are dead to us. Anyway, this week's topics include:Can RDA finally defeat a big, strong wrestler? Antonio Carlos Junior vs Ian Heinisch Vicente Luque vs Neil Magny DERRICK KRANTZ Was Namajunas headed for a loss even before Andrade KO'd her? How Alex Volkanovski outsmarted Jose Aldo on the feet, and the revenge we have planned for him
Bellator Breakdown (Bonus Teaser)May 15, 2019 01:10
Connor and Phil share a harmless laugh over the long-awaited destruction of Michael Page. This is a teaser for our latest bonus episode. You can hear the episode in full over on the Heavy Hands Patreon.
This week's main episode will be published tomorrow, due to last minute card changes. We hope this bonus ep will keep you sated till then!
262 - Pray for JoseMay 8, 2019 01:23:24
Rose Namajunas has two wins over the greatest women's strawweight of all time. Now we're about to find out whether she's a fitting replacement. This week on Heavy Hands, we're talking about:Has Rose Namajunas gotten good enough to overcome the physicality and aggression of Jessica Andrade? Jose Aldo continues his quest to wipe out all the other featherweight contenders, this time against Alex Volkanovski. Pray for our boy Silva vs Cannonier, Trinaldo vs Ferreira How Donald Cerrone beat the rage out of Al Iaquinta Elias Theodorou vs Derek Brunson: an absolute masterpiece of a bad fight And Burgos vs Swanson, too
261 - Iaquinta-Cerrone & a Middleweight MessMay 1, 2019 01:24:10
This week on Heavy Hands, we have about a billion fights to talk to you about, and we're having a good time discussing each and every one. Next weekend, Al Iaquinta and Cowboy Cerrone throw down, whereas last weekend saw some fascinating action in both the UFC and Bellator cages. Our topics:Does Iaquinta have the footwork to stay in Cerrone's face? How does Derek Brunson manage to be terrified of Elias Theodorou? Shane Burgos and Cub Swanson--a repeat of Swanson's fight with Doo Ho Choi? Jack Hermansson fought a perfect fight, and that's great but we feel bad for Jacare Rory MacDonald's frustrating loss to a perfectly clean Jon Fitch Cory Sandhagen may not have deserved the victory over John Lineker, but he fougth a damn good fight
260 - Jacare and the JokerApr 24, 2019 01:12:57
This week on Heavy Hands, we're still in emotional recovery from UFC 236, but the almighty schedule marches on. Russia last week, Florida this week. Aside from Greg Hardy's vile presence, though, it's really hard to complain about this upcoming main card. Today's topics include:Does Jack Hermansson have the subtlety to beat an aging Jacare, or will aggression be enough? Is Cowboy Oliveira the latest bruiser to bury Perry? What does bantamweight's Carlos Condit have for John Lineker that Rob Font didn't? Has Ion Cutelaba grown enough to beat crusty old man Glover? Overeem! Tsarukyan! Shevchenko! Oleksiejczuk! So many consonants and so little time
259 - Brilliance & Brutality at UFC 236Apr 17, 2019 01:18:25
We were only really watching UFC 236 for the two fights at the top of the card, and now that we're four days removed, we can still hardly believe what we saw. This week on Heavy Hands, we discuss:Why did Dustin Poirier end up being such a tough foe for Max Holloway? Does Max have a future at 155? Kelvin Gastelum's valiant effort, and the lessons he hopefully learned from Adesanya Khalil Rountree's career-best performance, and Eryk Anders' worst Belal "Remember the Name" Muhammad--our dude does it again Alistair Overeem vs Aleksey Oleinik: yes, this fight is happening
258 - Holloway vs Poirier 2Apr 10, 2019 01:12:47
The main and co-main event of UFC 236 are so compelling, it feels downright cheap to think of the winner of either bout being rewarded with a UFC interim title. Might as well give 'em a UFC hotdog brander, while you're at it. Anyway, we're talking about all the good stuff on this week's episode of Heavy Hands.Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier--who's improved more over the last seven years? Does Kelvin Gastelum have the technical depth to trouble Israel Adesanya on the feet? OSP vs Nikki Thrillz: if there is a God, Von Preux Jalin Turner vs Matt Frevola--meaningless fun? Curtis Millender vs Belal Muhammad (we hope you remembered the name)
257 - Vacation, all we ever wantedApr 3, 2019 01:20:37
We have a UFC-less weekend ahead of us for what feels like the first time in an age, and that means finally answering your Heavy Bag questions. But before we can enjoy the nonviolence, we have to break down Justin Gaethje's huge KO of Edson Barboza last weekend.
Topics:Why was Justin Gaethje an underdog, again? Phil explains his irrational hatred of Josh Emmett Sodiq Yusuff beating Sheymon Moraes in just his 7th pro fight makes his Lloyd Irvin affiliation all the more disappointing. He's really good, guys KEVIN HOLLAND What is "anti-technique," and is there such a thing as "anti-style"? Why is striking defense so consistently poor in MMA, and how can it be trained more efficiently? How do we pick up so many details when we watch fights?
256 - Night of the Shattered FemursMar 27, 2019 01:06:07
Description:How can Edson Barboza survive a terrible style matchup against Justin Gaethje? What does Michelle Waterson have for Karolina Kowalkiewicz? It's a real shame Sodiq Yusuff is a Lloyd Irvin guy, because he looks really good What Anthony Pettis did well last weekend, and why he's still fundamentally the same guy Justin Willis' flat feet, and other reasons that he is not Francis Ngannou Maycee Barber's newfound grit
255 - Wondertime vs The ShowboyMar 20, 2019 01:37:05
Okay, so maybe, just maybe we're getting to the point where we could really use a break. This stretch of UFC cards has been pretty damn great, but uh... Stephen Thompson vs Anthony Pettis? What's up? This week on Heavy Hands, we're talking about...Is Anthony Pettis a sneakily tough matchup for Stephen Thompson? Does Justin Willis have the defensive wrestling to check the chin of Curtis Blaydes? Jussier Formiga vs Deiveson Figueiredo--a meaningless fight that should've been so, so meaningful Masvidal's KO of Till, and his backstage scuffle with Leon Edwards (Connor thinks it was cool, Phil thinks it was lame and is, therefore, a lame, himself) Why is Leon Edwards so good at fighting in his opponents' area of expertise? Did Oezdemir actually beat Dominick Reyes, and what does the fight tell us about two potential Jon Jones challengers? Nathaniel Wood, and Claudio Silva vs Danny Roberts
254 - Welterweight Wango TangoMar 13, 2019 01:15:40
This week on Heavy Hands, we've got a boatload of brilliant fight analysis for you. The UFC schedule continues, but we are thoroughly enjoying the start of the new UFC/ESPN era.
Topics include:Are Darren Till and Jorge Masivdal set to have another boring welterweight fight? Does Leon Edwards have the well-rounded skillset to nullify Gunnar Nelson's deadly specialties? Volkan Oezdemir is gonna boop Dominick Reyes. Isn't he. Why was Junior Dos Santos so uncharacteristically reckless against Derrick Lewis? Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos--grade A action fighter if the opponent is well-rounded; silent killer if they aren't Price vs Means, Dariush vs Dober, and Rocco Martin vs Moraes
253 - UFC 235 & JDS vs Derrick LewisMar 6, 2019 01:33:00
This week on Heavy Hands, there are far too many fights, in the best way possible. We're in the midst of a glut of exciting UFC cards, and if that means the episodes get a little long, well... hopefully you're the kind of weirdo who likes that. We discuss:Jon Jones' easy walk over Anthony Smith Kamaru Usman's brilliant performance, and how Tyron Woodley's gambit finally failed to pay off Is Derrick Lewis another easy opponent for late-career JDS? Getting excited about how similar Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos vs Curtis Millender looks to Ponz vs Taleb (an instant classic) Yes, we talk about Herb Dean's controversial premature stoppage of Lawler vs Askren And, somehow, more
252 - Three Cheers for Busy ChampsFeb 27, 2019 01:23:53
2019 feels like it's been off to a strong start for fans of face-punching, and UFC 235 is one of the best cards of the year so far. This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking down six of the top fights.Jon Jones needs to eat, and Anthony Smith is just crazy enough to get eaten Can Kamaru Usman keep the pressure on Tyron Woodley without getting flatlined? How good does Ben Askren need to be to take advantage of Robbie Lawler's lifelong hatred of boring wrestlers? Cody Garbrandt takes a big risk returning against Pedro Munhoz Misha Cirkunov vs Johnny Walker, just to remind you what the REST of light heavyweight looks like
251 - UFC Prague: HEROES COLLIDEFeb 20, 2019 01:16:01
This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking down the most light heavyweight of matchups, by which we mean a fight between an old white guy and a middleweight. That's right, Jan Blachowicz and Thiago Santos are fighting in Prague, and we're just sad that one of 'em has to lose.
Topics this week include:
- Does Jan Blachowicz have enough in common with the likes of Gegard Mousasi to outsmart Marreta?
- How will Petr Yan deal with John Dodson, his craftiest (and most frustrating) opponent to date?
- Damir Hadzovic vs Polo Reyes: your Luque-Barberena of the week
- Last week's very brief main event, Ngannou vs Velasquez, and Connor's abiding shame for having picked Cain to win
- Brilliant performances in challenging matchups: the gameplans of Paul Felder, Andre Fili, and Aljamain Sterling
250 - How Shot is Cain VelasquezFeb 13, 2019 01:18:50
You know how last week's card was shockingly bad for a pay-per-view? Well this next one looks shockingly excellent for something happening on cable TV. This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking down six of the biggest and most exciting matchups.
Topics include:Is Cain Velasquez simply too broken down to make good on the obvious stylistic advantage he has over Francis Ngannou? Is Paul Felder's best chance against James Vick to take him down? Cortney Casey's sluggish-strawweight-Condit stylings against the inconsistent peppering of Cynthia Calvillo Kron Gracie has earned two very credible wins so far, but can anything have prepared him for the directionless madness of Alex Caceres? Does Barberena have the horsepower to come back from a Vicente Luque beating in the first round? Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling: bantamweight fucking rules
Sunset of the Spider (Bonus Teaser)Feb 12, 2019 02:07
Connor and Phil discuss Anderson Silva's valiant loss to Israel Adesanya, and also take some time to preview Bellator 216's MVP vs Paul Daley. This is a teaser for our latest bonus episode. You can hear the episode in full over on the Heavy Hands Patreon.
249 - UFC 234: Middleweight Mismatches?Feb 6, 2019 01:14:18
The UFC returns to Australia with UFC 234 and, well... it's not quite as good as their last show down under, is it? Nonetheless, the main and co-main events feature a squadron of must-see fighters, and we still have Assuncao vs Moraes to recap, as well. This week, on Heavy Hands, we talk about...Why is Kelvin Gastelum so frustrating for fight nerds like us? Is Israel Adesanya the next Anderson Silva, and will the answer to that question have any bearing on how badly he batters the old Spider? Marlon Moraes' new slate of knockout wins Connor's shame at having picked against Jose Aldo, and his joy at seeing the featherweight GOAT get another landmark win Charles Oliveira, Demian Maia, and Johnny Walker
248 - Assuncao vs Moraes & the Fall of FedorJan 30, 2019 01:10:41
This week on Heavy Hands, we're looking forward to the (quite stacked) main card of UFC: Assuncao vs Moraes 2, and also looking back at Bellator: Fedor vs BaderDoes Raphael Assuncao have the fire to beat Marlon Moraes in another closely contested fight? Is Renato Moicano simply too big for an aging Jose Aldo? Maia vs Good, Oliveira vs Teymur, Walker vs Ledet Ryan Bader vs the mouldering corpse of Fedor Emelianenko Aaron Pico: what happens if you throw a blue chip talent against tough opposition from the very beginning of his career?
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247 - Coming up DillashortJan 23, 2019 01:12:43
UFC: Cejudo vs Dillashaw marked the promotion's first event on ESPN+, which is another thing you're supposed to buy to follow this sport. It was one hell of a good card, and it ended with an unexpected--but somewhat anticlimactic--bang. On this week's episode of Heavy Hands, we're breaking it all down.
Topics include:How come TJ Dillashaw got murked like that, and did the weight cut have anything to do with it (probably, yes) Has Henry Cejudo's win done anything to help save the UFC's flyweight division? Old man strength in action: breaking down Donald Cerrone, Joe Benavidez, and Glover Teixeira's crafty performances Geoff Neal, and other names you should get used to hearing You still have to remember Belal Muhammad's name, though
246 - Cejudo vs Dillashaw: The Last SuperfightJan 16, 2019 01:17:28
After a nice, long break, the UFC returns with the first card of their new deal with ESPN. As was the case in the early Fox days, they're breaking out the big guns for this one, delivering a card that looks all the better for the breather we got beforehand.
This week on Heavy Hands, topics include:
- What problems does TJ Dillashaw's unique (and uniquely limited) style pose to Cejudo?
- Is the UFC deliberately trying to match Gregor Gillespie up against the tallest lightweights possible, and is James Vick available?
- Has Dustin Ortiz improved enough to beat an all-time-great in Joe B?
- Is Donald Cerrone about to pass the torch, or is he a sneakily bad matchup for Alexander Hernandez?
And more. Too much more. Somebody stop us.
245 - The 2018 Handies!Jan 9, 2019 01:52:21
It's finally that time again, folks. Not only does the new year afford us a few blissful weeks of pretending that everything can be good again, it gives us a chance to look back, and reflect. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the third annual Heavy Hands year-end awards, the 2018 Handies.
Topics include (among many others):Fighter of the Year Knockout of the Year The Patrick Wyman Memorial Award for Explosive Muscularity Worst Brain Thinking in a Fight Award The B-Hop Award for Strategic Cheating
...and many more!
244 - How Jones & Nunes dominatedJan 2, 2019 01:14:29
UFC 232 has come and gone, but we are far from done thinking about it. Jon Jones and Amanda Nunes asserted themselves as two of MMA's most dominant fighters, and all the way down the card, wars were waged, contenders were made, and prospects were proving themselves.
This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking it all down in-depth. Topics include:How Jones' improvements as a boxer made Gustafsson far easier prey this time around, and how his style continues to develop and improve Amanda Nunes is scary But also, what the hell was Cyborg thinking How Alexander Volkanovski's sharp jab and intelligent pressure wore Chad Mendes down quickly Petr Yan's sensational-yet-simple combination punching Ryan Hall dooms Team Tristar to another generation of ill-advised Imanari roll attempts
243 - UFC 232: Turmoil and TechniqueDec 27, 2018 01:07:56
Merry Christmas and a happy new year! Fights are happening soon.
Up to now, UFC 232 has been a shambles. After yet another failed PED test for erstwhile light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, the UFC, and the commissions which are supposed to regulate them, conspired to move the card from Vegas to LA on a week's notice, not even bothering to tell most of the fighters on the undercard about the expensive change.
Of course, the fights are still happening, so we set (most) of our complaining aside and look at the matchups, as such. And--let's be real--UFC 232 is one hell of a good card. Just be sure to blame Jon Jones for this episode being late.
Topics this week include:How close was the first fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, really? Is greatness still within the Mauler's reach, or is a full, proper camp enough for Bones to overcome his size? Cris Cyborg's underrated technique, and Amanda Nunes' bantamweight physicality Is Alexander Volkanovski ready for Chad Mendes, and if not, would he ever be?
242 - Lee vs Iaquinta: what was Kevin thinking?Dec 19, 2018 01:19:10
The last UFC card to appear on big Fox came and went, and it left some of us scratching our heads. This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking down Kevin Lee vs Al Iaquinta, and answering some solid questions from our supporters.
Topics include:What exactly was going through Kevin Lee's mind when he chose to spend so much of the fight striking, and how much credit does Iaquinta deserve for getting him to fight that way? Helpful, violent reminder: Edson Barboza loses to big wrestlers, beats slow strikers who hang out at long range Sergio Pettis' perma-problems, and Rob Font's lovely jab Whatever happened to low kicks and Dutch kickboxing combos in MMA? What are the best examples of how to use gameplanning to defuse a pressure fighter? What about an out-fighter, a brawler, etc? And more
241 - Holloway, Shevchenko, & the Madness of Thiago SantosDec 12, 2018 59:12
This week on Heavy Hands, we're looking back at UFC 231. Keep your eyes peeled for a preview of next weekend's Lee vs Iaquinta on our Patreon.
Topics on this episode include:
- Max Holloway's dramatic beatdown of Brian Ortega--how he confused and outclassed T-City for the better part of four rounds
- Valentina Shevchenko beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Phil needs at least 15 minutes to gloat
- Gunnar Nelson continues to befuddle, dropping the first round badly only to get an uncharacteristic (and disgustingly gory) comeback win over Cowboy Oliveira
- Thiago Santos. THIAGO SANTOS.
- THIAAAAGOOOO SAAANTOOOOOS
240 - UFC 231: Is Holloway Healthy?Dec 5, 2018 01:16:40
It's time. IT IS TIME. UFC 231 is upon us, and that means two of the most intriguing title fights we've had in some time--and only one of them is a "superfight," and such a good one that no one has even bothered mentioning it.
This week on Heavy Hands:
- How fully has Max Holloway recovered, really, and can he still be a stylistic thorn in T-City's side?
- What would it take for Joanna Jedrzejczyk to beat Valentina Shevchenko, who bested her three times in Muay Thai?
- Cowboy Oliveira and Gunnar Nelson: what the hell is going on
- Jimi Manuwa vs Thiago Santos: will middleweights continue to take over the light heavyweight division?
- Claudia Gadelha vs Nina Ansaroff: a gimme for the grappler, or perfect timing for the up-and-comer?
239 - Too Many Fights (Again)Nov 28, 2018 01:12:35
With UFC Beijing behind us, and a dual-card weekend right on the horizon, we have a lot to choose from, this week. Then again, when the UFC's event schedule gets this crazy, you have to pick and choose. Fortunately, we'll have another bonus episode coming out soon to preview a few of the upcoming undercard bouts that we didn't have time for.
On this week's episode of Heavy Hands:Rafael dos Anjos pretty much always loses to aggressive wrestlers--but are there enough holes in Kamaru Usman's game to make the difference?
It's hard to trust Junior Dos Santos these days, but is Tai Tuivasa capable of testing his embedded weaknesses, or just his chin?
Jake Matthews is going through his fourth puberty, and he looks pretty scary, but fellow weight-gainer Tony Martin could be a sharp enough puncher to take him out
Bryan Caraway is fun to hate and fun to watch--but Pedro Munhoz looks like a terrible matchup for himFrancis Ngannou returned to form at UFC Beijing--but what does that mean for his future? Discussing the impressive, exciting wins of Overeem, Song Yadong, Li Jingliang, and Zhang Weili
Oleksandr Usyk, and Spence vs Garcia feat. Mookie Alexander (Bonus Teaser)Nov 25, 2018 03:12
Mookie Alexander of Bloody Elbow and the Three Amigos podcast joins Connor to discuss Oleksander Usyk's devastating knockout win over Tony Bellew, his unique fighting style, and a potential future at heavyweight. This is a teaser for our latest bonus episode. You can hear the episode in full over on the Heavy Hands Patreon.
238 - UFC: No SurprisesNov 20, 2018 01:15:01
UFC Buenos Aires wasn't a bad card, by any means. And UFC Beijing will doubtless have some very good fights on it. But let's be honest: we've all seen better lineups, and more interesting results. Here we are, friends, back in the shit.
Nonetheless, there was some good stuff to discuss on this week's episode of Heavy Hands. We had a good time, even if we weren't particularly surprised by anything. Topics include:
- The wreckless (or punitive) matchmaking that has Francis Ngannou rematching Curtis Blaydes while on a two-fight skid, and the many improvements Blaydes has made since their first meeting
- Song Yadong, super-athletic Chinese prospect, and the Contender Series loser who seems to stand a good chance of beating him
- Neil Magny's fruitless fight for survival, and the simple techniques that allowed Santiago Ponzinibbio to dominate him
- Ricardo Lamas. He's Actually Good, guys
- Johnny Walker, the latest violent weirdo to make his mark in the UFC
- Chito Vera--literally the best fighter on earth
- Should the UFC simply combine their light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions?
237 - UFC Denver: What the hell just happened?Nov 14, 2018 01:15:02
So, about Korean Zombie... he's okay. This week on Heavy Hands, we just wanted you to know that. He was terribly unlucky, and Yair Rodriguez was terribly tricky, but he's fine. It's fine. Everything is fine.
On this ep, your hosts discuss the whole gruesome fight leading up to the shocking finish, and look forward to next weekend's Neil Magny vs Santiago Ponzinibbio. Topics include:
- Whether or not Yair Rodriguez has taken any technical strides since his wipeout loss to Frankie Edgar last year
- The staying power of Donald Cerrone, and the falling star that is Mike Perry
- Maycee Barber's prospect potential, and the shark tank her winning UFC debut has cast her into
- Neil Magny's puzzling weirdness vs Santiago Ponizinibbio's Actually Good-ness
- Now that Mirsad Bektic has done it, will Darren Elkins be able to outwrestle Ricardo Lamas?
236 - UFC 230 & the return of Korean ZombieNov 7, 2018 01:15:15
Our brief respite has already given way to a dauntingly long stretch of UFC cards. Thank goodness for the vacation, though, because UFC 230 ticked all the right boxes, and next week's fight night in Denver looks similarly intriguing. Violence, violence everywhere--and we don't even get into the US midterms (look for the bonus episode to hear Phil's thoughts on gerrymandering).
Topics this week:
- Daniel Cormier is really, really good, and this was what was pretty much always going to happen. He's really good though
- Jacare Souza's unbreakable heart, surprisingly clever skills, and strong good guy vibes
- Israel Adesanya's thumping of Derek Brunson, the latest highlight in his breakout year
- Lando Vannata: the war magnet
- Korean Zombie vs Yair Rodriguez, the dojo war between Donald Cerrone and Mike Perry, and more...
235 - UFC 230 is siiiickOct 31, 2018 01:12:45
This week on Heavy Hands, one of the hosts is dying, but that still won't keep us from breaking down UFC 230. It feels strange to say this, but... it's a pretty good card! And with Anthony Smith achieving the impossible last weekend, it seems almost inevitable that his lord and master, Derrick Lewis, will be heavyweight champ by Sunday. Topics include:
- The fascinating, frustrating, and utterly functional style of Derrick Lewis
- DC is still gonna wreck him, isn't he?
- Is Jacare a sneakily bad matchup for Chris Weidman?
- Israel Adesanya's cocky cleverness vs Derek Brunson's weaponized insecurity (and wrestling)
- Julio Arce vs Sheymon Moraes, a prospect fight you shouldn't miss
234 - Smith vs Oezdemir: Only at Light HeavyweightOct 24, 2018 01:01:56
Another break from the UFC gives way to another eight-week stretch without a single reprieve--but that's okay, for now. We're feeling refreshed, and more excited than is appropriate to break down some classic(ally terrible) light heavyweight matchups! Topics for this week:
- Forget about whether Smith or Oezdemir is better... are either of them Actually Good?
- Deciding which, of his limitless powers, Artem Lobov should use to destroy Michael Johnson in the co-main event
- Gian Villante vs Ed Herman--just to remind ourselves that the main event isn't actually all that bad
- A topic from our patrons: what makes one effective in wild scrambles or exchanges, and who are the best at it?
233 - S U P E R F I G H T E ROct 17, 2018 01:27:20
This week on Heavy Hands, we're covering a topic which has consumed much of the online MMA sphere these last few weeks. Ever since Nate Diaz decided to announce his contention for the 165-pound UFC title, that weight class has captivated our collective imagination--even though Nate never really was scheduled to fight for the title, and is currently not scheduled to fight at all, and also there is no 165-pound division.
So this week, we draw up a list of 32 fighters of all stripes, who we think could benefit from a move to 165, and smash them together like action figures until only the hypothetical champion is left. Enjoy, sickos.
232 - UFC 229: Mauling, Brawling, and Hot BallingOct 10, 2018 01:03:54
UFC 229 gave us pretty much everything we could have asked for, given the lineup. In the main event, Khabib Nurmgomedov and Conor McGregor fought tooth-and-nail, with Nurmagomedov notching his greatest victory to date--after all, no one else has beaten Dillon Danis. Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis had an outrageous war of wills in the co-main event. Further down, Dominick Reyes showed veteran smarts and skills in a telling victory over Ovince Saint Preux, and Derrick Lewis was more Derrick Lewis than ever.
We break it all down on this week's Heavy Hands.
231 - The Big OneOct 3, 2018 01:14:20
Here it is, folks. The moment we've all been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for. Goodness, it feels like ages since we've had a matchup this compelling, doesn't it? Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon after an absence of two years, to take on the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov. Topics include:What makes McGregor-Khabib compelling is also what makes it sort of difficult to analyze We still argue about who will win for half an hour, though Is Anthony Pettis one of the worst winnable matchups out there for Tony Ferguson? Can Pretty Tony actually beat the Tony whom only a mother could love? Dominick Reyes looks like an exciting light heavyweight prospect. We refuse to get our hopes up. Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov, i.e. a much worse Anthony Johnson vs a slightly different kind of Alexander Gustafsson
And don't forget, if you will be watching UFC 229 live, Connor will be livecasting the fights on the new Youtube channel, which you can find right here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8uiE3gzYRYXWOM1aBTmORw
Previewing MacDonald vs Mousasi (Bonus Teaser)Sep 26, 2018 02:47
Connor and Phil discuss the champ vs champ fight between Rory MacDonald and Gegard Mousasi, the main event of Bellator 206. This is a teaser for our latest bonus episode. You can hear the episode in full over on the Heavy Hands Patreon.
230 - UFC Sao Paulo and the restSep 26, 2018 01:14:43
UFC 229 is right around the corner, and while we would normally split a massive, tentpole pay-per-view like that into two episodes, the undercard just doesn't merit it. So, you might be thinking, this is a perfect time to cover the upcoming Bellator 206! But, uh... we forgot about that one. Not to worry, though--keep your eyes glued to the Heavy Hands Patreon for a bonus episode breaking down the highlights of that stacked card. Until then, enjoy our discussion of UFC Sao Paulo, and a few questions from our patrons. Topics include:A pathologically violent Thiago Santos, and the bright future ahead of him at light heavyweight The sad, sad fall of Renan Barao Little Nog rides again! How we feel about watching a sport surrounded and populated by so many amoral/immoral people How the "average" fighter can overcome a far superior athlete
Also, an important note: you are likely reading this on BloodyElbow.com. If so, you should know that this will be the final episode of Heavy Hands to be featured at that address, and thus the last episode to be posted on a BE-associated Youtube channel. Future episodes will be published on the Connor Ruebusch Youtube channel, but also on all of the usual podcast distributors--now including Spotify!
229 - Dr Strangeglove, or: How I Learned to Stop Whining and Enjoy the FightSep 19, 2018 01:17:28
Well, there was a huge fight last weekend, and I'm sure you are all desperate to hear us break it down. Unfortunately, Blachowicz vs Krylov has to wait for the second segment. Instead, we kicked off this week's episode with an in-depth breakdown of the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, an instant classic that saw Golovkin pressured for the first time in a long time. After that, it's on to UFC Moscow, and the upcoming UFC event in Sao Paolo. Topics include:
- How Canelo tapped into Golovkin's internal stylistic struggle, and how GGG made him pay, anyway
- Jan Blachowicz's contender-making victory over Nikita Krylov. UFC GOLD AWAITS
- Petr Yan's exceptional striking skills
- Thiago Santos is fighting who, now? Eryk Anders? Okay, we talked about that.
- Andre Ewell would be Renan Barao's worst loss yet, but the giant bantamweight newcomer is dangerous. Can the baron recapture his old ferocity?
228 - UFC 228 was NOT BORINGSep 12, 2018 01:20:05
So, UFC 228 was pretty spectacular. From the early prelims to the main event, last weekend's lineup did everything in their power to deliver one truly memorable night of fights.
Now, did this have anything to do with Valentina Shevchenko's absence? We'll never know. but the answer is yes
We're breaking almost all of it down on this week's Heavy Hands, in addition to looking forward to next week's UFC Moscow, which is actually a little better than its lackluster main event might imply. Topics for this episode include:
- The two sides of Tyron Woodley
- The zero significant strikes of Darren Till
- How Jessica Andrade delivered the most stunning one-punch KO in UFC WMMA history
- Is it best to pump the brakes on Zabit Magomedsharipov?
- Tatiana Suarez, aka Kha-she-b Her-magomedov. Get it? Look, Phil didn't like it either, and I'll admit it's a little clumsy, but IT'S A GOOD PUN
- Next week, Jan of Rivia takes on the prodigal prospect, Nikita Krylov, and we could not be more excited
227 - The Pessimistic Preview of UFC 228Sep 5, 2018 01:11:18
Alright people, UFC 228 is just about here, so it's time to get extremely [clap] hyped [clap] for these [clap] fights!
Seriously, though, the highlights are great. Tyron Woodley, Darren Till, Nicco Montano, and Valentina Shevchenko are all capable of impressive feats of martial skill, and that makes this one easy to advertise. And in truth, all four of them could show up and put on a pair of truly fascinating fights. But looking back at their recent histories--Till vs Thompson (1 or 2, take your pick), Woodley vs Thompson, Shevchenko vs Nunes 2--how excited should we really be?
This week on Heavy Hands, we're all about UFC 228. Topics include:Tyron Woodley and Darren Till both want the same kind of fight, but we're not sure which will stick his neck out first Nicco Montano: UFC CHAMPION. Valentina Shevchenko: WMMA'S GREATEST COUNTER PUNCHER. The matchup between them: UNINTERESTING Zabit gets a chance to break out, as possibly the last exciting fighter viewers will see on the main card How does Jessica Andrade's freakish athleticism compare with the surprising strength of Karolina Kowalkiewicz?
226 - Midwest SlugfestAug 29, 2018 01:11:29
Last weekend the UFC went to Lincoln, Nebraska, and the result was a night of good old-fashioned corn-fed chaos. This week on Heavy Hands, your beloved hosts discuss all of the best action in detail. Topics include:James Vick's giant, ponderous defense, and the higher weight class that is so clearly calling him Angela Hill's controversial loss to Cortney Casey--how we saw it, and what we expect out of both fighters Deiveson Figuereido announcing himself in the flyweight division with a crushing win over perpetual tough-out John Moraga Eryk Anders, the guy who lost to Machida, is still sort of the dude who lost to Machida. Tim Williams ain't bad, though A career-best performance from (welterweight) James Krause, Cory Sandhagen's frankly disgusting determination to win, and more...
225 - TALL x BRAWL: Gaethje vs VickAug 22, 2018 01:18:36
After a two week hiatus, the UFC returns in modest fashion with a perfectly solid fight night card, and that means Heavy Hands is back to deliver more of the same perfectly adequate fight analysis you know and regard favorably. Totally fine! They're calling this one "UFC Lincoln, and the main event is Justin Gaethje vs James Vick. A crossroads kind of fight between the world's most exciting mixed martial artist and (perhaps) its most underrated light heavyweight.
Here's what we talked about this week.Can Justin Gaethje be a brawler, or will James Vick make him wish he was a little bit taller? Does featherweight make sense for Michael Johnson, and is Andre Fili a good enough athlete to beat him? Angela Hill will be trying to sort out her power problems against Cortney Casey, who is either strawweight's Thiago Santos or its Gian Villante--we can't tell John Moraga is the definition of a crafty vet, but is he savvy enough to stop Deiveson "Young Romero," Figueiredo from doing whatever crazy nonsense he likes? UFC "Lincoln", huh? So either this thing is going down in Nebraska, or at another one of Dana White's kids' birthday parties
224 - Weight Cutting. Huh. What is it good for?Aug 15, 2018 01:17:32
The latest episode of Heavy Hands comes at a rare time, betwixt two entire weekends utterly devoid of UFC content. Hell, even TUF and Dana White's Dancing with the Contenders are off the air at the moment. Shh... hear that? It's... silent. Wow.
And that means that this week, we get to talk about... well, whatever we want. And apparently we wanted to talk about... weight cutting? Oh. Phil's idea, I'm sure.
Anyway, topics includeWhat does a weight advantage actually do for a fighter, in the cage, and which styles make the most of the arduous cut? Fighters who simply refuse to move up in weight, even though it is so very clearly the right idea--yeah, JOSE AND YOEL, WE SEE YOU Fighters who stopped cutting weight and started smashing people Why isn't Hyung Gyu Lim currently making his 8th consecutive light heavyweight title defense? Listener questions
223 - The Snake and the GOATAug 9, 2018 01:36:07
This week on Heavy Hands, we are having computer troubles. But aside from that, we're coping. Yes, TJ Dillashaw closing out his rivalry with Cody Garbrandt was satisfying, but we have to be honest... UFC 227's co-main event, the 12th title defense of flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, left a strange taste in our mouths. Also, it was probably responsible for the computer troubles. Please send your complaints to Henry Cejudo.
Topics this week include:Is TJ the perfect foil for Garbrandt, or is Garbrandt the perfect foil for himself? Demetrious Johnson is EXPOSED. All you have to do to beat him is not lose too badly Oh, so when Willie Pep wins a round without throwing a punch, that's okay, but now that Henry Cejudo is doing it, you're upset Renato Moicano, Pedro Munhoz, and flyweight finisher Alex Perez
222 - UFC 227: improving on perfection?Aug 1, 2018 01:26:25
Though it lasted less than two rounds, Cody Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw I is already considered one of the most exciting bouts in bantamweight history. Likewise, Demetrious Johnson's destruction of Henry Cejudo is widely regarded as his finest hour--or rather, his finest two minutes and 49 seconds. In the main and co-main events of UFC 227, both matchups will play out for the second time.
This week on Heavy Hands, Connor and Phil are here with the in-depth technical preview, as well as a look back at some of the results of last weekend's UFC Calgary. Topics include:How good is Cody Garbrandt, really? Can he adapt to a rematch the way we expect TJ to do? Can Henry Cejudo make his improved striking work against Demetrious Johnson, or will it be death by clinch all over again? From UFC Calgary: the changing style of Dustin Poirier, and the adjustments he made to secure the finish this time around How “back” is Jose Aldo, and how much do we really care? because that shit was incredible
221 - The UFC's most violent matchup... AGAINJul 25, 2018 01:26:42
The UFC went to Hamburg, Germany last week, and on the latest episode of Heavy Hands, your hosts do everything in their power to avoid talking about it. Fortunately, next week's UFC on Fox card has some superb matchups to preview, analyze, and hopefully distract us from the thought of the brutal, pointless end that awaits every prizefighter, no matter how beloved.
No, but seriously. Eddie Alvarez vs Dustin Poirier... again! This week on Heavy Hands, we tuck into three top-notch fights, and more. Topics include:
- Eddie Alvarez is the reigning king of violence, and maybe the best lightweight there's ever been--but does his style still match up favorably with Poirier's?
- Jose Aldo certainly has the skills to do to Jeremy Stephens what he did to Frankie Edgar, but having lost 3 of his last 4, Stephens' own skills are not to be overlooked
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk had a tough time with the reach and pressure of Rose Namajunas. Can Tecia Torres present similar problems?
- The Assassination of Shogun Rua by the Coward Anthony Smith
- Nasrat Haqparast's style evolving in a dominant victory over Marc Diakiese
Afterparty with the Boise (Bonus teaser)Jul 19, 2018 02:04
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220 - Shogun Rua: future championJul 18, 2018 01:04:53
Alright, so off the bat, we’re not really saying that Mauricio Rua is going to be light heavyweight champion. I mean, it’s not totally unrealistic that he could, given that he is still here knocking people out, recently ranked as high as #4 in the light heavyweight division. But no, he won’t be champion again. Probably.
This week’s episode of Heavy Hands celebrates the things that are still great about former phenom Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who fights Anthony Smith this weekend in the main event of UFC Hamburg. We also break down some of the action that took place last Saturday at UFC Boise. Topics include:The Crafty Veteran™ that Shogun Rua has become, and the decrepit division he polices Anthony Smith: is he really better than Gian Villante? Does it matter? Does any of this matter? Blue chip prospect Nasrat Haqparast takes on derailed former blue chip prospect Marc Diakiese in a very interesting undercard bout Alex Volkanovski’s dominant victory over top featherweight Darren Elkins at UFC Boise, and where he stands among such stiff competition
Partying with tha Boise (Bonus Teaser)Jul 12, 2018 02:18
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219 - Mighty DC and the worst fight everJul 11, 2018 01:19:21
Well, we finally had enough confidence in Stipe Miocic to actually pick him, and then Daniel Cormier knocked his block off thirty seconds before the end of the first round. We're taking it all in on this episode of Heavy Hands, and our topics represent the full, balanced diet that was UFC 226:Daniel Cormier’s heavyweight brilliance, and the transitions that set him apart Connor and Phil offer to lift the HH curse: if Stipe Miocic subscribes to the Patreon, we’ll start picking against him again We knew we were in for a funhouse mirror-match, but Ngannou-Lewis was worse than we had ever imagined RE: our wayward son Mike Perry... this is kind of it for him, isn’t it Paulo Costa a.k.a. "Borrachinha" a.k.a. “Uberlandiareem” was very good and very scary in his fight against a particularly sharp Uriah Hall Raphael Assuncao, and the much deserved love he got for his total domination of Rob Font
218 - UFC 226, and farewell Dr. WymanJul 4, 2018 01:41:00
UFC 226 feels like a bright beginning. A true superfight between current light heavyweight and heavyweight champions is enough to get any fight fan's blood pumping. Add to that a title defense, in which one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on earth faces a creative challenger who has finished every one of his last seven opponents. And then there is the undercard, a worthy appetizer.
We couldn't ask for a better event to preview for Dr. Patrick Wyman's final episode as co-host of this podcast. Pat has been a regular part of the show for nearly four years, and his insightful analysis, good humor, and passionate fury will all be missed. We are joined once again by new co-host Phil Mackenzie, and since this is a landmark episode, I didn't try to hard to edit it down. That's right, prepare yourselves for an hour and a half of the analysis you crave, including such topics as:Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier: can DC still take heavyweight power, and can Stipe wrestle with the crotch lift king? Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega: holy hell, this fight But really, Ortega could've gotten three times better since his last fight, in which he was markedly better than the fight before that And that still might not be enough against the combat genius of Holloway. THIS FIGHT. Francis Ngannou looks into a funhouse mirror and sees a chubbier version of himself. Who wins? Israel Adesanya, and the gentle-as-can-be test that is Brad Tavares Gokhan Saki and Khalil Rountree: two incredible athletes with skillsets no deeper than a sidewalk puddle--for Pat
217 - A Very Special EpisodeJun 27, 2018 01:25:33
This week on Heavy Hands, we are preparing for some pretty monumental changes. Pat Wyman has been a part of this show for nearly four years, during which time he has started a family, earned his doctorate, and started two history podcasts, both of which are vastly more successful than this rinky-dink operation. The man is busy, and the MMA schedule isn’t always forgiving. This, friends, will be the second-to-last time that Connor is joined “as always” by Dr. Patrick Wyman on Heavy Hands.
But don’t you worry. Heavy Hands will still be going strong, and this episode is not just for impending goodbyes. This week, we welcome Phil Mackenzie, who will be taking over as co-host. Phil is one of the most insightful analysts working in MMA today, a lyrical writer and a keen thinker. Plus, his British accent could earn us up to six (6) new female listeners in 2018, if our projections are correct.
And for this very special, two-co-host edition of Heavy Hands, we have chosen a special topic for you. The three of us have selected a total of six all-time classic fights to discuss. We break down the techniques and strategies on display, and celebrate some of the finest performances we have ever seen in this sport. The topics include:Fedor Emelianenko vs Mirko Cro Cop: the perfect (and first) anti-kicker gameplan? Eddie Alvarez vs Joachim Hansen: one of the first great wars in Eddie Alvarez’s career—a decade ago Rory MacDonald vs Tyron Woodley: The Waterboy/Ares/The Red King hands Woodley his most decisive loss, in a performance none since have replicated Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes II: the best fight of Jose Aldo’s career, and the very first fight that Pat and Connor ever broke down together on the show Rory MacDonald vs Robbie Lawler II: the greatest MMA fight of all time, and that’s that Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway: a memorable crossroads, where the best featherweight alive beat the best featherweight ever
216 - Is Cowboy still too good for Leon Edwards?Jun 20, 2018 01:04:43
The UFC returns to Singapore, but more importantly for most of us, the promotion has returned to an era of passable Fight Night cards. This lineup has quality sprinkled throughout, from established action fighters to promising prospects, and enough mid-level weirdness in between to keep things interesting. This week on Heavy Hands, we talk about...
- Does Leon Edwards have a deep enough game to trouble Donald Cerrone, even as Cowboy nears the end of his career?
- Tyson Pedro's developing style, and how Ovince Saint Preux could prove too tricky for him
- The UFC debut of blue chip prospect Petr Yan, against hard-hitting Teruto Ishihara
- Jake Matthews and a deceptively interesting matchup with the grimy, wrestle-boxing Shinsho Anzai
- Listener questions from the Heavy Bag!
215 - Whittaker-Romero 2 post-fight gleeJun 14, 2018 01:36:09
Remember how awesome the first fight between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero was? If you are reading this after watching UFC 225, the answer is probably no, as it would be were we to ask you to recall any other event prior to Whittaker vs Romero 2. These two bring the best out of one another, and this was every bit the rematch we were all hoping for, and then some. And then some more.
This week on Heavy Hands, we are absurdly excited to talk to you about it, and the rest of the weekend's UFC card. Topics include:
- Are there any middleweights in the world who can give Robert Whittaker more of a test than that? (we doubt it)
- The unfolding mystery of Yoel Romero, and what a future at light heavyweight could hold for the Vicar of Violence
- Colby Covington's obnoxious apotheosis
- Holly Holm, a damn professional, and Megan Anderson's terrible takedown defense
- CM Punk, and a reality check for 90% of MMA fans, or 99% of dudes in general who don't really care about fighting but still think they must be pretty good at it
- plus, Tai Tuivasa, Curtis Blaydes, Mirsad Bektic, and some words on the war between Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza
214 - Whittaker vs Romero 2, at long lastJun 6, 2018 01:11:58
The spring schedule has been a drag, in the sense that mustering any excitement for these cards has felt very much like wearing a plastered-on grin while being dragged through a field of thorns. But hey, our suffering is over, at long last. UFC 225 is here, and with it, a whole slate of intriguing and meaningful fights. This week on Heavy Hands, topics include:
- The rematch between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, whose first fight was a tactical war of epic proportions
- All of our hopes and dreams resting on Rafael Dos Anjos' capable shoulders
- Holly Holm as a stiff test for the still-relatively-untested Meeeeegan Anderson
- Seriously, RDA, please send Colby Covington to the netherworld
213 - Wonderboy vs Till was extremely badJun 6, 2018 01:16:30
Oh boy. UFC Liverpool came and went, and the cursed pattern held. Just like last weekend, and the weekend before that, this card looked too top heavy to stand, and yet the action on the undercard ended up far surpassing that of the main event. Yes, Thompson vs Till was a dreadful fight--but why? This, in addition to a preview of next week's Jimmie Rivera vs Marlon Moraes, is the focus of this week's episode of Heavy Hands.
- Why did Stephen Thompson once again fail to pull the trigger?
- What does this performance say about Darren Till, and is the welterweight division doomed?
- Arnold Allen's remarkable comeback, and the performance that should put Mads Burnell on the map
- Jimmie Rivera vs Marlon Moraes will be better than this. IT WILL
- Is Vinc Pichel a genuine test for Gregor Gillespie?
Blaydes vs Overeem & the UFC 225 undercard (Bonus Teaser)May 30, 2018 01:36
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212 - Wonderboy vs Darren Till previewMay 23, 2018 01:22:40
Just a few more weeks, folks. Just a couple more events until UFC 225 is finally upon us. Until then, we're wading our way through a spate of dangerously top-heavy cards. The good news is, they've been surprisingly fulfilling so far, for the dozen or so people watching, and that means there is always plenty to talk about after the fact. Topics for this week's episode include:
- Darren Till's rapid rise to relevance, and the questions he still needs to answer
- An interesting clash between two exciting pseudo-prospects in Makwan Amirkhani (Mr Finland vs Mr Mississippi, anyone?)
- Kamaru Usman's frustrating victory over Demian Maia at UFC Chile
- Tatiana Suarez's dominant performance in the co-main event
- Dominick Reyes: official badass
- Enrique Barzola: underappreciated badass, now 5-1 in the UFC
211 - Brilliant Boxing and Bad CorneringMay 16, 2018 01:15:41
Last weekend, some people fought, and it was good. Some parts were not so good, but other parts were especially good.Then, the weekend ended, and Connor Ruebusch and Patrick Wyman sat down to discuss it.
This week on Heavy Hands, the topics include:
- Raquel Pennington's corner, and the unnecessary fifth round they refused to save her from
- Jorge Linares, the first man since Orlando Salido to give Vasyl Lomachenko a stiff test
- Lomachenko passing that test in typically astounding fashion
- Kelvin Gastelum, middleweight's Anthony Pettis (it'll make more sense when you listen)
- previewing Kamaru Usman vs Demian Maia, and Alexa Grasso vs Tatiana Suarez
210 - UFC 224 is fine. It's fineMay 9, 2018 01:04:15
Our holiday away from UFC coverage is over. Fedor was fun, right? And how about Kyoji Horiguchi? He won his fight in about one tenth of one percent of the time we spent analyzing his style! Amazing! But now it's UFC season once again, and the world's premiere MMA promotion has gifted us with a card that is... well, it's fine.
This week, we discuss:
- Raquel Pennington: the best of a bad division, or a legitimate threat to Amanda Nunes' belt?
- Kelvin Gastelum's strangely static style
- Mackenzie Dern's pugilistic potential
- John Lineker vs Brian Kelleher
209 - Fedor Emelianenko and Kyoji HoriguchiMay 2, 2018 01:08:54
With one more blessed, UFC-less weekend left to us, the hosts of Heavy Hands turn to Bellator and Rizin for inspiration. That means talking about the heavyweight GOAT, and the only top five flyweight not currently fighting under the UFC banner. Topics include:
- How the MMA game of Fedor stacks up against todays heavyweights
- Kyoji Horiguchi's tricky rhythm and developing skillset
- Whether he will be able to beat Ian McCall at Rizin 10
- The difference between an "action fighter" and an exciting fighter
...and more, I swear.
208 - How Lee smashed Barboza, & how weight affects tacticsApr 24, 2018 01:15:35
Kevin Lee emulated Khabib Nurmagomedov in his dominant victory over Edson Barboza at UFC Atlantic City, and with a few non-UFC weeks ahead of us, we stretch our legs to discuss this and other face-punching topics. Your table of contents for this week's episode of Heavy Hands:
- Kevin Lee's vicious grappling, and ever-improving striking
- Frankie Edgar's triumphant comeback
- Aljamain Sterling, and the best performance of his career
- The bizarre and worrisome ending to Dvalishvili vs Simon, and a reminder that it was a sensational fight before all the controversy
- A discussion of how size and weight affect fighting style and tactics
207 - Lightweights on lightweights on lightweightsApr 18, 2018 01:33:53
This week on Heavy Hands, we're drowning in lightweights. Pat, at least, doesn't seem to mind. Our topics include:
- Justin Gaethje's brawling style, and whether it needs to change
- What allows Poirier to hang in the pocket with the likes of Gaethje and Alvarez? And can he beat Khabib?
- Israel Adesanya's road to contention--longer than we'd hoped?
- Edson Barboza vs Kevin Lee
- Is Frankie Edgar returning too soon from his first knockout loss, or does he simply have Cub Swanson's number?
- Do-or-die time for Aljamain Sterling, and the game of his 15-0 opponent, Brett Johns
206 - Khabib is EXPOSEDApr 11, 2018 01:32:40
On the latest Heavy Hands, your hosts discuss the absolute insanity of UFC 223, and preview the upcoming war of all wars between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje. Topics include:
- Khabib Nurmagomedov's disappointingly dominant win over Al Iaquinta
- The ever-improving skills of Rose Namajunas, and her masterful fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk
- Zabit Magomedsharipov's icy demeanor versus the burning fury of Kyle Bochniak
- Renato Moicano's contender-making win over Calvin Katter
- What Dustin Poirier can offer Justin Gaethje that other lightweights cannot, and vice versa
- Marvin Vettori: Israel Adesanaya's first big test
205 - Max Saves UFC 223... But Can He Win?Apr 4, 2018 01:21:42
UFC 223 is finally upon us, and there was simply no way we could come this close to the date without losing one half of the main event. MMA just doesn't work that way. But despite Tony Ferguson's last-minute, freak injury, the card is still rock solid, and we are more than ready for it. Topics of discussion include:
- Max Holloway: one of Khabib's toughest possible matchups... but on short notice?
- How Joanna Jedrzejczyk needs to adjust to Rose Namajunas to regain her title
- Trying to figure out who's good enough to beat Anthony Pettis as he gets older
- Paul Felder vs Al Iaquinta
And in case you missed it, we covered two other bouts set for the UFC 223 undercard on last week's show, namely Calvin Kattar vs Renato Moicano and Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Kyle Bochniak.
204 - Heavyweight boxing & MMAking them missMar 28, 2018 01:17:12
Our second sans-UFC weekend in a row gives Connor and Pat to discuss a wide variety of topics, including:
- Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker, two members of a new golden shiny age in heavyweight boxing
- Calvin Kattar vs Renato Moicano (!!!!!!)
- plus, Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Kyle Bochniak, another bantamweight featherweight showcase on the undercard of UFC 223
- The current state of striking defense in MMA
- Our favorite MMA slicksters, what made them great, and what's next
203 - Polish Power 2: The ReckoningMar 22, 2018 01:25:00
After a slight delay, Heavy Hands is back, and there is the matter of Jan Blachowicz to solve. Witness the thrilling conclusion of an argument you never particularly cared about. All of that, and:
- Is age finally catching up to Fabricio Werdum?
- Alexander Volkov's chances against the rest of the elite (and especially Stipe Miocic)
- How Jan Blachowicz's vaunted "technical striking" won him the day in an unexpected thriller with Jimi Manuwa
- Leon Edwards and Darren Till: complete fighters?
- Hakeem Dawodu, Magomed Ankalaev, and the archetypal Prospect Loss
- Listener questions from the Heavy Bag
All of that, and--need I say it--more! Enjoy the show, folks.
202 - Werdum vs Volkov, Wyman vs RuebuschMar 14, 2018 01:26:16
Your latest edition of Heavy Hands is a very spicy meatball. We cover fights. We shout at each other about one of them, and it's not even the one we care about. Then we talk about some of our favorite battles from MMA's mythic past. Topics include:
- Werdum's Brazilian Muay Thai vs Alexander Volkov's cold-blooded efficiency
- A big argument about whether or not Jan Blachowicz is Actually Good
- Related to the former, the long-awaited return of Passionate Pat, and his trusted sidekick, Incorrigible Connor
- Tom Duquesnoy on the comeback path
- The impending UFC debuts of hot prospects Hakeem Duwodu and Magomed Ankalaev
- Great fights that stand the test of time, and a conversation on the major differences between modern MMA and the bloodsport of old
201 - How Brian Ortega became the first to finish FrankieMar 7, 2018 01:25:19
Okay, so UFC 222 was a bit of a mixed bag, but think of it this way: it was the last UFC card for a full two weeks. That's right! Which means we had time to discuss all of the following on this week's Heavy Hands:
- Cyborg crushing Kunitskaya
- How Brian Ortega became the first man to ever finish Frankie Edgar
- Sean O'Malley's slick victory over Andre Soukhamthath
- Cody Stamann and Alex Hernandez notching big wins over ranked opponents
- Deontay Wilder's wonderfully weird and wild win over Luis Ortiz in the boxing ring
- And three thought-provoking questions from our listeners!
200 - A Sacrifice to CyborgFeb 28, 2018 01:26:55
Still mourning the loss of Holloway-Edgar, your hosts discuss:
- Yana Kunitskaya's style, and her chances against Cyborg the soul-taker
- The fascinating dynamics of Frankie Edgar vs Brian Ortega
- Sean O'Malley's tricky rhythm, and what he needs to improve
- Jeremy Stephens' knockout of Josh Emmett at UFC on Fox 28
- Mike Perry, and the vacation he so desperately needs
199 - Stephens vs Emmett, and fuming at FightpassFeb 21, 2018 01:19:29
This week, on Heavy Hands, your hosts cover a number of topics, including:
- Screaming at Fightpass
- Jeremy Stephens' fluidity in contrast to Josh Emmett
- Jessica Andrade's unstoppable killer instinct
- Swearing at Fightpass
- Donald Cerrone's quality preparation for Yancy Medeiros
- Stabbing the computer monitor with a knife
- James Vick's steadily improving boxing
And more! Including a couple of top-notch questions from our listeners.
198 - Romero loves (murdering) RockholdFeb 14, 2018 01:17:52
The main even of UFC 221 was fascinating. Luke Rockhold showed off some much improved boxing, but Yoel Romero stifled the former champion's work with a brilliant strategy and yet another vicious knockout in the third round (his eighth of that description). Connor and Pat break it down in detail, before covering the other highlights of a very entertaining pay-per-view, including Curtis Blaydes' impressive win in the co-main event, Jake Matthews finally putting the pieces together on the undercard, and the electrifying UFC debut of Israel Adesanya.
After that, a preview of next week's main event, Donald Cerrone vs Yancy Medeiros, plus a quick look at a compelling matchup between Francisco Trinaldo and the surging James Vick.
197 - Romero vs Rockhold for the interim interim titleFeb 7, 2018 01:21:43
UFC 221 is right around the corner, and while it may not be the superbowl of MMA (it's definitely not), Connor and Pat are still intensely interested in its main event, a scrap between middleweight mystery Yoel Romero, and former UFC and Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold. Also of interest: Mark Hunt vs Curtis Blaydes, the co-main event, the UFC debut of eye-catching kickboxer Israel Adesanya, and the continuing adventures of featherweight fireplug Alexander Volkanovski.
Finally, a look back at Machida vs Anders from last weekend, and the controversial outcome of Valentina Shevchenko vs Squash Match Victim 2B Priscila Cachoeira.
196 - Can Machida best Ya Boy?Jan 31, 2018 01:36:21
Are you a fan of Bloody Elbow’s MMA Vivisection? Do you like how long it always is? Well then you’re going to love this episode of Heavy Hands!
BE’s Zane Simon joins Connor and Pat on this week’s episode to discuss what could be the definitive end to Lyoto Machida’s long tenure as a UFC contender, as the Dragon prepares to take on untested prospect Eryk Anders in the main event of UFC Belem. The power trio also breaks down the co-main event, John Dodson vs Pedro Munhoz, as well as the flyweight debut of Valentina Shevchenko.
After that, a recap of last weekend’s UFC on Fox card, which, while deservedly underwatched, did give us some quality fights, and reminded us all that, yes, Jacare Souza is a man to be feared.
195 - Begging Stipe's ForgivenessJan 24, 2018 01:23:17
Francis Ngannou looked dangerous. In fact, he was. But, as it became clear within the first three minutes of his UFC 220 main event, the Cameroonian crusher was simply not prepared for the experience and craft of Stipe Miocic. So this week's episode of Heavy Hands is all about groveling, and begging forgiveness of the only man to ever defend the UFC heavyweight strap three times in a row.
But between sobs, we still manage to break down a whole heck of a lot of MMA action. There's Miocic vs Ngannou, of course, but also UFC 220's co-main event between light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir. We break down the brilliant war between Calvin Kattar and Shane Burgos and Rob Font's win over Thomas Almeida from the same card. Then, a look at former UFC contender Rory MacDonald, who withstood terrible punishment to take the Bellator welterweight title from Douglas Lima, as well as Aaron Pico, owner of the body shot heard round the world. Finally, we wrap things up with a quick preview of next weekend's UFC show, focusing on the main event, Jacare Souza vs Derek Brunson.
194 - HEAVYWEIGHT HYPE for Miocic vs NgannouJan 17, 2018 01:26:42
We are extremely excited for UFC 220. And no, it's not because the card is great, as a whole. It's because Francis Ngannou is a terrifying mystery, and if Miocic beats him, he will have officially compiled the best championship run in UFC heavyweight title history.
We tap into the mystery of Ngannou on this week's edition of Heavy Hands, and explore the options which Miocic might have against him. Daniel Cormier's title fight with Volkan Oezdemir doesn't evoke the same giddy, can't-wait sensation as the main event, but we break that one down, too, in addition to our two favorite undercard fights: Calvin Kattar vs Shane Burgos (probable fight of the night) and Thomas Almeida vs Rob Font (probable second-best fight of the night).
After that, it's onto our analysis of the events of UFC St Louis, namely Jeremy Stephens' crushing victory over "Korean Superboy" Doo Ho Choi in the main event, Kamaru Usman's troubled climb through the welterweight ranks, and Darren Elkins' mastery of the art of the comeback.
193 - Doo Ho Choi vs Jeremy Stephens previewJan 10, 2018 01:24:32
This week on Heavy Hands, we're looking forward to UFC St. Louis, main-evented by a mouthwatering matchup between "Korean Superboy" Doo Ho Choi and "Extremely Dangerous Veteran" Jeremy Stephens. Sure, Stephens may only be a fringe contender in the division, but that didn't prevent him from staggering current challenger Frankie Edgar when the two met in 2016, nor did it enable current champ Max Holloway to style on Stephens the way he does most opponents. Stephens is a threat, and that makes this fight very interesting.
We also touch on Uriah Hall vs Vitor Belfort, the return of Paige VanZant, and Michael Johnson's impending featherweight debut--plus, a few questions from our subscribers.
Which fighters stood out in a year short on narrative? (Bonus teaser)Jan 5, 2018 01:43
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192 - Who can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov now?Jan 3, 2018 01:10:42
2017 was a rough year for UFC pay-per-views, and fight fans questioned whether UFC 219 was on par with some of the promotion's other year-end shows. Nevertheless, the main event showdown between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm maintained an entertaining simmer for five rounds, and in the co-main, undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov made Edson Barboza's name the 25th on his ledger.
For the first Heavy Hands of 2018, Connor and Pat break them both down in detail, plus three undercard fights.
191 - Murdering the New Year with CyborgDec 28, 2017 01:19:33
Merry CRISmas, everyone. The holidays are upon us and another year comes to an end, but as usual, there is one more UFC event to watch just before the new year rolls in. The main event is a featherweight title fight between champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino and former bantamweight champion Holly Holm. We're fairly certain some Holly will be decked, but you'll have to listen in to hear the particulars, as well as our breakdown of the also-very-exciting clash between lightweight elites Khabib Nurmagomedov and Edson Barboza, plus some other stuff, too.
I don't know, we're all still drunk.
190 - Can Rafael Dos Anjos beat Tyron Woodley?Dec 20, 2017 01:19:41
Last week on Heavy Hands, your hosts predicted a win for Robbie Lawler over Rafael Dos Anjos. This week, they pray that Dos Anjos wasn't listening.
Not only did RDA take the fight to the former welterweight champion early and often, but he maintained his trademark, breakneck pace for the full 25 minutes. On this week's episode, the boys ask whether this win makes Dos Anjos an all-time great, and preview the expected matchup between him and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
After highlighting our favorite moments from the rest of the card, Connor and Pat discuss the role of matchmaking, in a promotion in desperate need of both stars, and a martial middle class.