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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

It's been a long time since the UFC was last in Cincinnati, but they've brought some serious talent along for their 2014 return. Connor sat down with two of the fighters on this weekend's main card to discuss training philosophies, fight strategies, and more.

First, middleweight Lorenz Larkin, who is known for his incredible array of strikes, including spinning wheel kicks, jumping round kicks, standing elbows, and many more. He describes the mentality that goes into throwing such unorthodox techniques, and why he's trying to move toward less pot-shotting and more volume striking in the future.

Next, Soa Palelei joins the show to describe the long road he's had that, once again, has brought him to the UFC. He talks about his unique conditioning program, the importance of pacing in a heavyweight fight, and explains why fundamental BJJ is one of the most important aspects of any fighter's game.

Direct download: larkin_palelei_interviews.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 2:28 PM

Luis Monda joins Connor for this, the 20th--or is it 19th?--episode of Heavy Hands. This is the second installment of "Listener Appreciation Day," in which Connor spends the episode answering questions from you, the fans of the show.

If you have questions, send them to connor@heavyhandspodcast.com, and he'll get to them when they start to pile up in the inbox again.

Enjoy!

Direct download: 20-Questions_w_Luis.mp3
Category:Listener Mail -- posted at: 9:10 PM

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