Heavy Hands

Heavy Hands is happy to bring the biggest opportunity for the show yet, an interview with Matt "The Immortal" Brown. Matt was kind enough to give us a little time to discuss the finer points of his game. Though he even defines himself as a "technical brawler," there is a depth of strategic and technical understanding to Matt's style. There is also a deadly simplicity to his fighting approach. He tells us how he approaches every fight with the mindset of reacting and adapting to the opponent, going wherever the fight takes him and trying always to finish the opponent.

We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.

Direct download: 9-Matt_Brown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

Today Heavy Hands was lucky enough to have Lyte Burly on the show, a practitioner and trainer of boxing and the little-known New York-bred art of 52 Blocks, a.k.a. Jailhouse Rock, which was born in the prisons of 70s and 80s New York. Mr. Burly tells about his training philosophies, the fighters he looks up to and tries to emulate, and the defensive mentality that makes 52 the best system for street defense, and one that breeds better-disciplined boxers and mixed martial artists.

We're very happy to have Mr. Burly on the show, so we hope you enjoy the interview!

Direct download: 8-Interview_with_Lyte_Burly.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

Bloody Elbow's Dallas Winston joins Connor and Corey this week for an in-depth look at the most controversial UFC main event since, well... Gustafsson vs. Jones. Prepare for a long one, because you're in for about two hours of discussion on Johny Hendricks, Georges St-Pierre, and the many other fighters to grace the 167 card with impressive performances (split into three manageable segments, of course).

As always, let us know what you think, and enjoy!

Direct download: 7-UFC_167_feat._Dallas_Winston.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

Episode six is finally here, and it's a big one because we're about to witness a big fight. That's right, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre rides again, and this time he aims to defend his belt in his eleventh consecutive title fight.

Your hosts get into the techniques that make GSP's relatively simple game so effective, even at the top of one of the toughest divisions in MMA. We also discuss the chances of challenger Johny Hendricks, but our hopes aren't high for the bearded one.

Enjoy!

Direct download: 6-Analyzing_GSP.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 5:39pm EDT

Part two of this week's episode features Bloody Elbow writer T. P. Grant, a specialist in the the grappling aspects of MMA. He and Connor discuss the evolution of the guillotine in MMA, from the last resort of those with no takedown defense, to the top position killer of modern mixed martial artists.

Direct download: 5.2-TP_Grant.mp3
Category:Technique Breakdown -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

Part one of Heavy Hands this week brings back boxing trainer Luis Monda to discuss the results of Timothy Bradley vs Juan Manuel Marquez, and how Tim Bradley is becoming, like Bernard Hopkins and Floyd Mayweather, a master spoiler.

Luis also explains the differences between pure boxing and boxing for MMA, and the similarities.

Finally, a discussion of the "hard right hand" that Luis teaches, as requeste by listeners, including a harrowing tale of Connor hurting his shoulders because he's scared of the punching bag.

Direct download: 5.1-Luis_Monda.mp3
Category:Boxing -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT

Corey's back in Connor's life this week, and the reunion is a happy one. 

Today your beloved hosts talk Erick Silva and his nearly unstoppable counter-wrestling style, while examining the holes that John Fitch was able to exploit in their entertaining fight.

Next we discuss Miguel Cotto's win over Delvin Rodriguez, and discuss whether or not Miguel Cotto has the perfect style of boxing for MMA. Fair warning: it gets a little heated at the end.

Let us know what you think, and thanks for listening!

Direct download: 4-Erick_Silva_Miguel_Cotto_Boxing_for_MMA.mp3
Category:Technique Breakdown -- posted at: 8:30pm EDT

It's just lonely ol' Connor this week, sitting in his underwear and rambling about the best fight to happen all year. Jon Jones just recently took a decision over Alexander Gustafsson, but not without getting his ass kicked. Connor breaks down the finer points of the fight, particularly the flaws exhibited by both opponents that made the decision such a close one. 

Then Connor gets into the nuances of defense, with a little help from Jack Dempsey, focusing on that one key element of effective defense: positioning.

It's lonely without Corey here, but at least there's awesome MMA to cover!

Direct download: 3-Jon_Jones__the_First_Line_of_Defense.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:17am EDT

One of the most underappreciated aspects of combat sports is a good trainer. Behind every Joe Louis there is a Jack Blackburn, behind every Manny Pacquiao a Freddie Roach, and behind Las Vegas trainer Luis Monda are Mike McCallum and Merqui Sosa. Connor and Corey sit down for a long talk with Luis about his training background and his views on training.

We get to hear some fantastic insights about a fighter's personality determining his/her style and the process of training new students as well as experienced ones.

And then we coerce Luis into breaking down Mayweather vs. Alvarez as well as Matthysse vs. Garcia)

Much thanks to Luis for the fantastic interview, and we hope you like it.

Direct download: 2-Luis_Monda.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

It's finally here! The inaugural episode of Heavy Hands is ready for your enjoyment. In today's episode, Corey and I talk about the Machida-Davis fight, the problems that have stunted Overeem's UFC career, and the skills (and secret powers) that have put former perennial gatekeeper Matt Brown into the welterweight top ten.

A word of caution: it's a little rough. Keep in mind that this is our first attempt at podcasting. Ever. So if some things seem a little unstructured or a little confusing, give us the benefit of the doubt. I promise we'll be improving as we continue to record and watch fights. And the best thing you can do is give us your criticism, constructive or otherwise. Hit me up on this here website, or on Twitter @ConnorRuebusch, and let me know how we can improve for future episodes. Segment ideas, production notes, reasons why our voices annoy you--it's all welcome.

So thanks for listening, and here's to many future episodes! Enjoy the show.

Direct download: heavy_hands_1.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT

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