Heavy Hands (ufc)

You know how last week's card was shockingly bad for a pay-per-view? Well this next one looks shockingly excellent for something happening on cable TV. This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking down six of the biggest and most exciting matchups.

Topics include:

  • Is Cain Velasquez simply too broken down to make good on the obvious stylistic advantage he has over Francis Ngannou?
  • Is Paul Felder's best chance against James Vick to take him down?
  • Cortney Casey's sluggish-strawweight-Condit stylings against the inconsistent peppering of Cynthia Calvillo
  • Kron Gracie has earned two very credible wins so far, but can anything have prepared him for the directionless madness of Alex Caceres?
  • Does Barberena have the horsepower to come back from a Vicente Luque beating in the first round?
  • Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling: bantamweight fucking rules
Direct download: 250_Free_Willie_Velasquez.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

The UFC returns to Australia with UFC 234 and, well... it's not quite as good as their last show down under, is it? Nonetheless, the main and co-main events feature a squadron of must-see fighters, and we still have Assuncao vs Moraes to recap, as well. This week, on Heavy Hands, we talk about...

  • Why is Kelvin Gastelum so frustrating for fight nerds like us?
  • Is Israel Adesanya the next Anderson Silva, and will the answer to that question have any bearing on how badly he batters the old Spider?
  • Marlon Moraes' new slate of knockout wins
  • Connor's shame at having picked against Jose Aldo, and his joy at seeing the featherweight GOAT get another landmark win
  • Charles Oliveira, Demian Maia, and Johnny Walker
Direct download: 249_Whittaker_vs_Gastelum.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

This week on Heavy Hands, we're looking forward to the (quite stacked) main card of UFC: Assuncao vs Moraes 2, and also looking back at Bellator: Fedor vs Bader

  • Does Raphael Assuncao have the fire to beat Marlon Moraes in another closely contested fight?
  • Is Renato Moicano simply too big for an aging Jose Aldo?
  • Maia vs Good, Oliveira vs Teymur, Walker vs Ledet
  • Ryan Bader vs the mouldering corpse of Fedor Emelianenko
  • Aaron Pico: what happens if you throw a blue chip talent against tough opposition from the very beginning of his career? 

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Direct download: 248_Bad_Looks_for_Connors_Faves.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 4:19pm EST

UFC: Cejudo vs Dillashaw marked the promotion's first event on ESPN+, which is another thing you're supposed to buy to follow this sport. It was one hell of a good card, and it ended with an unexpected--but somewhat anticlimactic--bang. On this week's episode of Heavy Hands, we're breaking it all down. 

Topics include:

  • How come TJ Dillashaw got murked like that, and did the weight cut have anything to do with it (probably, yes)
  • Has Henry Cejudo's win done anything to help save the UFC's flyweight division?
  • Old man strength in action: breaking down Donald Cerrone, Joe Benavidez, and Glover Teixeira's crafty performances
  • Geoff Neal, and other names you should get used to hearing
  • You still have to remember Belal Muhammad's name, though
Direct download: 247_Coming_up_Dillashort.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 3:46pm EST

After a nice, long break, the UFC returns with the first card of their new deal with ESPN. As was the case in the early Fox days, they're breaking out the big guns for this one, delivering a card that looks all the better for the breather we got beforehand. 

This week on Heavy Hands, topics include:

- What problems does TJ Dillashaw's unique (and uniquely limited) style pose to Cejudo?

- Is the UFC deliberately trying to match Gregor Gillespie up against the tallest lightweights possible, and is James Vick available?

- Has Dustin Ortiz improved enough to beat an all-time-great in Joe B?

- Is Donald Cerrone about to pass the torch, or is he a sneakily bad matchup for Alexander Hernandez?

And more. Too much more. Somebody stop us.

Direct download: 246_The_Last_Superfight.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 6:51am EST

UFC 232 has come and gone, but we are far from done thinking about it. Jon Jones and Amanda Nunes asserted themselves as two of MMA's most dominant fighters, and all the way down the card, wars were waged, contenders were made, and prospects were proving themselves. 

This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking it all down in-depth. Topics include:

  • How Jones' improvements as a boxer made Gustafsson far easier prey this time around, and how his style continues to develop and improve
  • Amanda Nunes is scary
  • But also, what the hell was Cyborg thinking
  • How Alexander Volkanovski's sharp jab and intelligent pressure wore Chad Mendes down quickly
  • Petr Yan's sensational-yet-simple combination punching
  • Ryan Hall dooms Team Tristar to another generation of ill-advised Imanari roll attempts

...and more!

Direct download: 244_Jones_masterpiece_Nunes_slaughter.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:26pm EST

Merry Christmas and a happy new year! Fights are happening soon.

Up to now, UFC 232 has been a shambles. After yet another failed PED test for erstwhile light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, the UFC, and the commissions which are supposed to regulate them, conspired to move the card from Vegas to LA on a week's notice, not even bothering to tell most of the fighters on the undercard about the expensive change. 

Of course, the fights are still happening, so we set (most) of our complaining aside and look at the matchups, as such. And--let's be real--UFC 232 is one hell of a good card. Just be sure to blame Jon Jones for this episode being late.

Topics this week include:

  • How close was the first fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, really?
  • Is greatness still within the Mauler's reach, or is a full, proper camp enough for Bones to overcome his size?
  • Cris Cyborg's underrated technique, and Amanda Nunes' bantamweight physicality
  • Is Alexander Volkanovski ready for Chad Mendes, and if not, would he ever be?
Direct download: 243_Blame_Jon_Jones_for_the_episode_being_late.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 3:09pm EST

The last UFC card to appear on big Fox came and went, and it left some of us scratching our heads. This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking down Kevin Lee vs Al Iaquinta, and answering some solid questions from our supporters.

Topics include:

  • What exactly was going through Kevin Lee's mind when he chose to spend so much of the fight striking, and how much credit does Iaquinta deserve for getting him to fight that way?
  • Helpful, violent reminder: Edson Barboza loses to big wrestlers,  beats slow strikers who hang out at long range
  • Sergio Pettis' perma-problems, and Rob Font's lovely jab
  • Whatever happened to low kicks and Dutch kickboxing combos in MMA?
  • What are the best examples of how to use gameplanning to defuse a pressure fighter? What about an out-fighter, a brawler, etc?
  • And more
Direct download: 242_lee_iaquinta.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

This week on Heavy Hands, we're looking back at UFC 231. Keep your eyes peeled for a preview of next weekend's Lee vs Iaquinta on our Patreon. 

Topics on this episode include:

- Max Holloway's dramatic beatdown of Brian Ortega--how he confused and outclassed T-City for the better part of four rounds

- Valentina Shevchenko beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Phil needs at least 15 minutes to gloat

- Gunnar Nelson continues to befuddle, dropping the first round badly only to get an uncharacteristic (and disgustingly gory) comeback win over Cowboy Oliveira

- Thiago Santos. THIAGO SANTOS. 

- THIAAAAGOOOO SAAANTOOOOOS

Direct download: 241_THIAAAGOOO_SAAANTOOOOOOS.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 11:46am EST

It's time. IT IS TIME. UFC 231 is upon us, and that means two of the most intriguing title fights we've had in some time--and only one of them is a "superfight," and such a good one that no one has even bothered mentioning it. 

This week on Heavy Hands:

- How fully has Max Holloway recovered, really, and can he still be a stylistic thorn in T-City's side?

- What would it take for Joanna Jedrzejczyk to beat Valentina Shevchenko, who bested her three times in Muay Thai?

- Cowboy Oliveira and Gunnar Nelson: what the hell is going on

- Jimi Manuwa vs Thiago Santos: will middleweights continue to take over the light heavyweight division?

- Claudia Gadelha vs Nina Ansaroff: a gimme for the grappler, or perfect timing for the up-and-comer?

Direct download: 240_Bless_this_Mess.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:59pm EST