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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

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