Heavy Hands (technique breakdown)
41 - Styles Make Fights, part one

Styles make fights. We've all heard that before, right?

Well, it's true. But styles also make fighters, and there is no fighter on earth who doesn't, in one way or another, express the attributes of one of fighting's central archetypes. This week Pat and Connor are breaking down those archetypes--out-boxer, counter fighter, pressure fighter, and boxer-puncher--and kicking off a new series in the process. A series called (you guessed it) Styles Make Fights.

In this first installment, your hosts try to answer the fundamental questions: what makes a style a style, and why do we create these archetypes in the first place? What follows is a lengthy, enthusiastic discussion of the facets of style, what separates one form the next, and even some lively debate as to how many styles there really are. 

 

Direct download: 41_styles_make_fights.mp3
Category:Technique Breakdown -- posted at: 1:58pm EST

39 - The Small Steps of Gennady Golovkin & Michael Johnson

Today your hosts are obsessed with the small, subtle things that make high level combat so beautiful. Small steps, tiny shifts in rhythm. These are the things that separate the great from the merely good. 

Gennady Golovkin fights Martin Murray this Saturday on HBO, and whil few are expecting Murray to get the win, there is the distinct possibility that he will prove tough enough to take the fight into the late rounds which, for technique geeks, is a good thing. More fight time means more opportunities to study how Golovkin inches his way in and out of range, and from side to side, keeping himself balanced and poised for the knockout blow. Pat and Connor spend some time drooling over this aspect of the Kazakh's game. 

Then, this Sunday, Michael Johnson will use many of the same principles, toying with angles and rhythm to shoot long, straight punches at Edson Barboza who, while a very exciting fighter, lacks the technical finesse and depth of athletic talent possessed by his opponent. 

It's a good weekend for fight fans, and hopefully this episode of Heavy Hands gets you all the more excited. 

Direct download: 39_golovkin_and_johnson.mp3
Category:Technique Breakdown -- posted at: 8:21pm EST

38 - Rhythm Is Gonna Get You

Rhythm.

What is it? How does it apply to fighting? Do you have to be born with it, or can it be learned? Why did Connor choose a Gloria Estefan song as the title for this episode?

All of these questions and more are answered on this latest installment of Heavy Hands. Your hosts discuss the importance of rhythm in combat sports, why fighters need it, and how it can be manipulated and used against an opponent. Nieky Holzken and Ben Henderson feature as masters of difficult timing.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 38_rrrrhythm.mp3
Category:Technique Breakdown -- posted at: 10:43am EST

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 EST

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 EST

Corey returns from his mystical spirit quest to break down the fights of UFC 170. Remember Corey? He's that guy that used to be on the show all the time. Yeah. Connor and Corey get all excited about Raphael Assuncao, Connor pats himself on the back for coming up with the idea for Stephen Thompson vs. Mike Pyle, and Ronda Rousey is ten times better at phase-shifting than Demian Maia, apparently.

It's episode 17 of Heavy Hands--enjoy!

Direct download: 17-UFC_170_Recap.mp3
Category:Technique Breakdown -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

15 - Breaking Down Machida vs. Mousasi w/ Dallas Winston

Dallas Winston is back again, and this time he joins Connor to get all nerdy and excited about Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi. Also covered are the two fights preceding that, Erick Silva vs. Takanori Sato and Jacare Souza vs. Francis Carmont, and none of the other fights from the card--thank the heavens!

This one's short and sweet, so enjoy!

Direct download: 15-Breaking_Down_Machida_vs._Mousasi_with_Dallas_Winston.mp3
Category:Technique Breakdown -- posted at: 7:25pm EST

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 EST

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 EST