Heavy Hands

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: 2:57pm EDT

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: 2:59pm EDT

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: 10:28am EDT

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