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Over the weekend we had a lot of meaningful MMA bouts and, more importantly, some really fun ones as well. In addition to the five round heavyweight war between former champion Junior Dos Santos and new fan-favorite Stipe Miocic, Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas fought to decide who would be the UFC's inaugural women's strawweight champion. Rafael Dos Anjos also put an entertaining beating on the enigmatic Nate Diaz.

What stood out in all of these bouts was footwork--the good and the bad, and so Pat and Connor decided to break down footwork in all its forms. What is footwork, exactly, and how do different fighters use it differently?

It's a good old fashioned technique breakdown, and you're invited. Enjoy!

Direct download: 31_footwork_dos_santos_namajunas_rda.mp3
Category:Technique Breakdown -- posted at: 7:57 PM

The controversy surrounding UFC 181 can't go without some discussion, so that's the first topic on the table for Connor and Pat on today's episode of Heavy Hands.

After that, however, it's time to talk international fight styles. There are a number of regional schools in both boxing and wrestling, and today your hosts break them down. In addition, there are the three branches of "Muay Thai" that should be familiar to fans of MMA: the Dutch style, the Brazilian style, and of course the Thai style. What makes them different? From where do the different approaches to the same art stem, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

All of that and more on this episode of Heavy Hands!

Direct download: 30_Regional_Fight_styles.mp3
Category:Technique Breakdown -- posted at: 7:59 PM

When it comes to breaking down a fight, who better to ask than a world-renowned film junkie and MMA trainer who has prepared fighters for both of the competitors? That's why Connor and Pat asked Firas Zahabi, head of the world class Tristar Gym and trainer of such men as Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald, to analyze the main event of UFC 181, a welterweight title clash between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.

Zahabi cornered Rory MacDonald against Robbie Lawler last year, a fight which Lawler ultimately won, sealing his claim to a shot at the belt. Before that, Zahabi prepared then-champion Georges St-Pierre for now-champion Johny Hendricks, a bout that would prove to be GSP's toughest, and final title defense.

Firas breaks down both men for Pat and Connor on today's episode, and then your hosts discuss in detail their own thoughts on UFC  181, including both Hendricks-Lawler II, and the co-main event, a lightweight title fight between Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez.

Direct download: 29_Zahabi_and_UFC_181.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:28 PM

We've got a very special guest for you this week!

Connor and Pat are joined by Steven "The Warman" Wright, striking coach of Team Takedown, and most notably of UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. December 6th, Hendricks defends his title for the first time--in a rematch with the man over whom he won it. Robbie Lawler came very close to finishing Hendricks in the first bout, but Hendricks proved too tough, too skilled, and too determined to be the champ.

Steven details some of the improvements that Johny has made as a striker, and goes in-depth into his method for turning a wrestler, Team Takedown's stock and trade, into a killer kickboxer.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 28_steven_the_warman.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:05 PM

Connor and Pat have some truly exciting fights to discuss this week.

First up on the docket is Pacquiao vs Algieri--Algieri is a bit unheralded, but he is one of the more interesting stylistic matchups Pacquiao has seen in some time. A long-limbed boxer, Algieri's greatest limitation against Pacquiao would seem to be his inexperience and proneness to inactivity.

On the MMA side of combat sports, yet another UFC Fight Night offers a surprisingly tantalizing night of martial action, as top featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson duke it out for some sort of number one contendership--no one really knows with Conor McGregor in the mix these days.

All of that and more are broken down in exhaustive, technical detail on this episode of Heavy Hands!

Direct download: 27_-_pacquiao_and_edgar_swanson.mp3
Category:Boxing -- posted at: 7:17 PM

It's a weekend full of fantastic fights, but you'll have to do a bit of channel changing to ensure consistent quality. First Connor and Pat break down the impromptu slugfest that is Hunt vs Werdum for the interim heavyweight title. That's the main event of UFC 180, which is co-headlined by Jake Ellenberger vs Kelvin Gastelum, an intriguing fight that should tell us once and for all if Ellenberger is done as a potential contender, and if Gastelum is the new man to watch at welterweight.

Over on Spike we've got a very interesting rematch between Michael Chandler and Will Brooks for the Bellator lightweight belt. Pat predicts this one will look like a more athletic Dustin Poirier (Brooks) against a less athletic Chad Mendes (Chandler), but at lightweight, which... sounds great to me! 

Also, one of the sport's best prospects in Justin Gaethje defends his WSOF lightweight belt against Melvin Guillard. Lots of great action, with some really interesting analysis to boot--just keep your remote handy.

Direct download: 26_-_UFC_180_and_Bellator_131.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 8:07 PM

It's a weekend packed with UFC fights, and Pat and Connor have a unique way of looking at them. Today your hosts discuss the concept of "style." What is a fighting style? How does it impact an analysts perceptions of a fight, and how does it affect a fighter's performance against another athlete of a same or different style?

We focus this discussion on many fighters, but featured heavily are some of this weekend's most prominent competitors, including Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, John Lineker, and Ian McCall.

All of that and more on this episode of Heavy Hands!

Direct download: 25_-_Styles_Make_Fights.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 7:33 PM

Coach Mike Riordan joins Connor and Pat on today's episode of Heavy Hands to talk about wrestling, that weird sport in which two guys roll around in unitards.

Of course, wrestling is also a fundamental aspect of MMA, and plays into just about every phase of the sport, be it striking on the feet, on the ground, or riding and pinning opponents to find opportunities for submissions and control.

The crew also discusses UFC 179. In particular, the wrestling clinic put on by Phil Davis (with a bit of discussion about where Davis' coaches may be going wrong in training him to strike on the outside) and the insane defensive wrestling of featherweight champ Jose Aldo. All of that and more on today's Heavy Hands!

Direct download: 24_-_Coach_Mike.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:22 PM

Pat Wyman of Sherdog.com joins Connor to co-host a discussion about the place of strategy and tactics in MMA. Which is better, a head coach who strategizes, or one who understands the moment-by-moment adjustments of a tactician?

And what about this weekend's impending matchup between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes? Aldo's coach, Andre Pederneiras, is a strategist, while Duane "Bang" Ludwig, the trainer of Mendes, is one of the best tacticians in the sport. Who will win in this battle of wits and wills?

Listen in to find out what Connor and Pat think!

Direct download: 23_-_Strategist_vs_Tactician.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 5:08 PM

Duane Ludwig is knowledgeable, talented, and very hard to keep up with.

After TJ Dillashaw overcame 7-to-1 odds and not only beat but crushed Renan Barao to win the UFC bantamweight title, I sat down to talk to his coach, Duane "Bang" Ludwig, himself a veteran of the UFC and K-1.

Ludwig talks about turning the Alpha Male crew into martial artists rather than just athletes, and explains the difference between the two. He goes into detail regarding his system, Bang Muay Thai, and what sets it above the rest of the riff-raff in MMA. He is proud of his fighters, unashamed of claiming credit for some of their successes, and a hell of an interview. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

 

Direct download: 21-Duane_Bang_Ludwig.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:56 AM