Heavy Hands

This week on Heavy Hands we are very pleased to be joined by Tom Elliott (@Muay_Khaoboy), who made an excellent study of Jon Jones in his Elements of Dominance series. And while we planned to talk about lots more, we ended up spending (more than) an hour and a half just talking about Jones vs Reyes and the results of UFC 247.

  • What to make of this current version of Jon Jones? What isn't working, and what still impresses the hell out of us?
  • Dominick Reyes obviously had the tools to beat Jones--but what could he do better next time?
  • How many dully predictable wins will it take for Phil to stop haunting Valentina Shevchenko's Instagram comments?
  • Get well soon, Derrick Lewis! and Ilir Latifi's future at heavyweight
  • Has Mirsad Bektic Phil Davis'd himself?
Direct download: 303_REYES_REX_feat._Tom_Elliott.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 7:55pm EST

This week on Heavy Hands, we're figuring Dominick Reyes' chances against the light heavyweight GOAT, and saying a prayer so that Katlyn Chookagian's soul might find peace in the afterlife.

  • Is Dominick Reyes as good as the light heavyweight champion, Thiago Santos?
  • The question is not whether Katlyn Chookagian loses, but whether she looks more like Holm or Carmouche in the effort
  • Is Dan Ige scrappy enough to take Mirsad Bektic out of his comfort zone?
  • Derrick Lewis betrayed us by becoming Actually Good, but he's still probably gonna win
Direct download: 302_Jones_vs_Reyes_and_NOTHIING_ELSE.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 6:45pm EST

We've got a bit of a grab bag for you on this week's episode of Heavy Hands, what with so little of interest happening last weekend in Raleigh, and UFC 247 still a week away (and looking remarkably thin, at that). 

  • Rafael Dos Anjos was supposed to blow Michael Chiesa out of the water. He should have. What happened?
  • Three years ago Junior Dos Santos would have given Curtis Blaydes serious problems. Is he officially over the hill?
  • What good are pound-for-pound rankings?
  • In particular, what good are pound-for-pound rankings when they include the likes of Jessica Eye and Katlyn Chookagian?
  • Kamaru Usman: his chances of putting together a legendary reign, and the challengers most likely to stop him
Direct download: 301_RIP_RDA__JDS.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 6:59pm EST

The vaping scooter gang takeover continues, as the Fight Site's Srirarm Muralidaran joins us to break down last week's fights, and (surprise) next week's fights, too. It's a good one, folks!

  • Conor McGregor did the thing he was always going to do to Donald Cerrone, who reacted in the way he always has
  • Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington conspired to put on a fight even more boring than their first one
  • Carlos Diego Ferreira surprised us, not by beating Anthony Pettis, but by using his best Nate Diaz impression to do it
  • How awesome is Roxanne Modafferi?
  • Is JDS a secret poison matchup for Curtis Blaydes?
  • Would it be funnier for RDA to finish Michael Chiesa with body shots, or leg kicks? 
Direct download: 300_UFC_246_feat_Sriram_Muralidaran.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 11:54am EST

The UFC is back after a three-week hiatus, and so is Conor McGregor, though his own break was both longer and significantly more full of sexual assault allegations. MMA, folks! Our topics this week:

  • McGregor's gonna knock Cerrone out in round one--but what if HE DOESN'T?!
  • Does Claudia Gadelha have the physicality to stop Alexa Grasso overwhelming her down the stretch?
  • Carlos Diego Ferreira's long-overdue opportunity to break out
  • Drew Dober makes for a great foil, but does he actually have a shot at beating Nasrat Haqparast?
Direct download: 299_UFC_PR.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

Connor and Phil claw their ways out of bed to compare Bellator champs to UFC champs. Then they die.

Direct download: 298_flu_edition.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33pm EST

Billy Crystal and Phil Mackenzie join forces once again to celebrate another absurd(ly technical) year in the world of MMA. 

That's right: here we are, once again, giving out Handies. And you're about to listen to it. Who had the best knockout of 2019? The best gameplan? What about the best gameplan that didn't actually work? Will Cody Garbrandt hold onto the coveted Worst Brain Thinking Award for the second year in the row? Who will take home the Patrick Wyman Memorial Award for Explosive Muscularity, and how could it not be Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa?

All of these burning questions answered, with only the slightest chance that you will experience a burning sensation in the bathroom. What better way to kick off 2020?

Direct download: 297_HANDIES.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 10:58am EST

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