Heavy Hands

First, light heavyweights. The big boys are fighting, and none of them are quite as good as it as they'd like you to think. But next week... next week, folks, it's UFC 238, and it's been a long time since we've seen a lineup this good. Today on Heavy Hands:

  • How much better is Alexander Gustafsson than Anthony Smith, really?
  • Oezdemir vs Latifi: WHO WILL BOOP FIRST
  • Did Devin Clark teach Aleksander Rakic enough to beat Jimi Manuwa?
  • Aljamain Sterling vs Pedro Munhoz: a main event matchup that didn't even make the main card of UFC 238
Direct download: 265_Some_stuff_before_UFC_238.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

This week on Heavy Hands, we're talking about UFC Rochester, a card with a mixed lineup that delivered nothing but consistent action, and more than a few surprising upsets. After that, it's on to the Heavy Bag. Here are our topics:

  • RDA finally has enough experience to defeat a slightly unpolished wrestler
  • Having survived the horrors of the Hyrkanian fighting pits, Ian Heinisch has no fear of muscly BJJ guys
  • Give Charles Oliveira a step up in competition! Either that, or let him fight Nik Lentz over and over for the next ten years. We'll watch either
  • Heavy Bag questions: what makes a fighter "UFC level?" what other analysts do we like? how valuable is body toughening for MMA? 
Direct download: 264_redux.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 3:39pm EDT

You didn't pray for Jose, did you? Any of you. If you had, he would have won last weekend. Whereas now... well, now all of you are dead to us. Anyway, this week's topics include:

  • Can RDA finally defeat a big, strong wrestler?
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs Ian Heinisch
  • Vicente Luque vs Neil Magny DERRICK KRANTZ
  • Was Namajunas headed for a loss even before Andrade KO'd her?
  • How Alex Volkanovski outsmarted Jose Aldo on the feet, and the revenge we have planned for him
Direct download: 263_YOU_DIDNT_PRAY_FOR_JOSE_DID_YOU.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

Connor and Phil share a harmless laugh over the long-awaited destruction of Michael Page. This is a teaser for our latest bonus episode. You can hear the episode in full over on the Heavy Hands Patreon.

This week's main episode will be published tomorrow, due to last minute card changes. We hope this bonus ep will keep you sated till then!

Direct download: bonus_38_teaser.mp3
Category:Bonus Episode Teasers -- posted at: 6:59pm EDT

Rose Namajunas has two wins over the greatest women's strawweight of all time. Now we're about to find out whether she's a fitting replacement. This week on Heavy Hands, we're talking about:

  • Has Rose Namajunas gotten good enough to overcome the physicality and aggression of Jessica Andrade?
  • Jose Aldo continues his quest to wipe out all the other featherweight contenders, this time against Alex Volkanovski. Pray for our boy
  • Silva vs Cannonier, Trinaldo vs Ferreira
  • How Donald Cerrone beat the rage out of Al Iaquinta
  • Elias Theodorou vs Derek Brunson: an absolute masterpiece of a bad fight
  • And Burgos vs Swanson, too
Direct download: 262_Pray_for_Jose.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

This week on Heavy Hands, we have about a billion fights to talk to you about, and we're having a good time discussing each and every one. Next weekend, Al Iaquinta and Cowboy Cerrone throw down, whereas last weekend saw some fascinating action in both the UFC and Bellator cages. Our topics:

  • Does Iaquinta have the footwork to stay in Cerrone's face?
  • How does Derek Brunson manage to be terrified of Elias Theodorou?
  • Shane Burgos and Cub Swanson--a repeat of Swanson's fight with Doo Ho Choi?
  • Jack Hermansson fought a perfect fight, and that's great but we feel bad for Jacare
  • Rory MacDonald's frustrating loss to a perfectly clean Jon Fitch
  • Cory Sandhagen may not have deserved the victory over John Lineker, but he fougth a damn good fight
Direct download: 261_Albert_vs_Donald.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

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