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Last weekend we saw one of the greatest title fights in UFC history. Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, two men known for their punching power and chins, spent five rounds beating the tar out of one another in an instant classic. Hendricks earned the unanimous decision, and became the first NEW welterweight champ in over six years.

His trainer, a well-traveled kickboxer and martial artist by the name of Steven Wright, was kind enough to sit down with me and discuss the fight. Steven told me how Johny prepared for Hendricks, the techniques that he developed and the reason that he's still improving as a striker with every performance. Wright also talks about some of the other students he's trained, such as Rashid Magomedov and Kelvin Gastelum, both of whom also enjoyed impressive wins recently.

Thanks, as always, for listening, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: 19-Steven_Wright.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 4:50 PM

What's this? A Heavy Hands episode actually being released on Thursday, as advertised? That's right, folks. This one's up early (on time), and you definitely don't want to miss it. This week I was joined by Jimmy Smith, color commentator for MMA and co-host of Discovery Channel's popular show Fight Quest. Oh, and he used to beat people up for a living, too. Did you know that Jimmy holds a win over Jason Chambers, the co-host of the History Channel's competing series Human Weapon? Jimmy doesn't think so, but I suspect that's why Discovery hired him.

Anyway, the bulk of the show is spent breaking down the main card of UFC 171, which features a whole bunch of exciting matchups, in particular the battle for the recently vacated welterweight throne between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. Jimmy's analysis is excellent, as always.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 18-UFC_171_w_Jimmy_Smith.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 10:25 PM

Corey returns from his mystical spirit quest to break down the fights of UFC 170. Remember Corey? He's that guy that used to be on the show all the time. Yeah. Connor and Corey get all excited about Raphael Assuncao, Connor pats himself on the back for coming up with the idea for Stephen Thompson vs. Mike Pyle, and Ronda Rousey is ten times better at phase-shifting than Demian Maia, apparently.

It's episode 17 of Heavy Hands--enjoy!

Direct download: 17-UFC_170_Recap.mp3
Category:Technique Breakdown -- posted at: 12:14 AM

Zach Makovsky joins Connor today for the first half of the episode, in which he discusses his style of fighting and his approach to training. He explains how he models himself after other fighters and learns a lot from watching footage, and also discusses the value of experience in mixed martial arts, particularly as it pertains to fighting smoothly in transitions, something which Zach does very well.

Then, Connor breaks down the two most intriguing fights on the 170 main card, Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia and Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann. It's all about the ground game with these two matchups, but so much depends on how they choose to fight on their feet.

Enjoy, and join us again next Thursday for episode 17!

Direct download: 16-Zach_Makovsky_Interview_UFC_170_Preview.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:12 PM

Dallas Winston is back again, and this time he joins Connor to get all nerdy and excited about Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi. Also covered are the two fights preceding that, Erick Silva vs. Takanori Sato and Jacare Souza vs. Francis Carmont, and none of the other fights from the card--thank the heavens!

This one's short and sweet, so enjoy!


Bloody Elbow's Zane Simon, known for his series Hindsight and the Old School MMA Review, joins Connor for an in-depth breakdown of UFC 169. We go through the fights that interested us most, in chronological order, and shout at MMA fans for not appreciating the genius of Jose Aldo. Shame on you!

Direct download: 14-Breaking_Down_UFC_169_with_Zane_Simon.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 5:48 PM

On a cold dim Cincinnati morning, Connor sat down to chat with one Daði Ástþórsson, who was surely experiencing an even dimmer and colder morning in Iceland at the time. The friend, former trainer, and business partner of popular friend of the show Luis Monda, Daði is an incredibly knowledgeable trainer of many young boxers, and in many ways is the originator of many of the ideas that Connor professes on the show and in his articles. Enjoy this discussion with one of the finest craftsmen in the sport.

Direct download: 13-Dadi_Astthorsson_Interview.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:00 PM

A few weeks ago Connor sat down with Sifu Wilson Pitts, trainer extraordinaire of both boxing and Bagua Kung Fu, to talk about the ways in which those two martial arts overlap, and how principles from both can be better applied to MMA. Now Heavy Hands finally brings you this belated interview with one of the most knowledgable trainers around.

Direct download: 12-_Wilson_Pitts_Interview.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:20 PM

Connor and Corey sit down for an intimate episode focusing on you, the listener, and the questions and comments you've been sending over the course of the first ten historic episodes of Heavy Hands.

Connor has some suggestions for those of you looking to get into MMA or striking as a sport or form of self defense, and some words of advice on how to find the right gym and trainer for you.

We also fulfill a few listener requests to analyze the concept of footwork, and how it can be applied for defensive and offensive purposes in a fight.

Enjoy, and keep sending us your comments! We won't be satisfied until we finally get some hatemail.

Direct download: 11-Listener_Appreciation_Day.mp3
Category:Listener Mail -- posted at: 9:21 AM

Heavy Hands is back with the first episode of 2014! We ring in the new year with a recap of the startling, shocking, and just a little disgusting events of UFC 168, which saw middleweight champ Chris Weidman retain his title by snapping all-time-great Anderson Silva's shin across his own.

Joining us is Cincinnati's own Juice Lee, an emcee of real quality and an avid fan of mixed martial arts. We hope you're looking forward to more weekly episodes of Heavy Hands throughout the rest of 2014; we certainly are!

Direct download: 10-UFC_168_Recap_feat._Juice_Lee.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:43 AM