Heavy Hands (ufc)

It's a weekend full of fantastic fights, but you'll have to do a bit of channel changing to ensure consistent quality. First Connor and Pat break down the impromptu slugfest that is Hunt vs Werdum for the interim heavyweight title. That's the main event of UFC 180, which is co-headlined by Jake Ellenberger vs Kelvin Gastelum, an intriguing fight that should tell us once and for all if Ellenberger is done as a potential contender, and if Gastelum is the new man to watch at welterweight.

Over on Spike we've got a very interesting rematch between Michael Chandler and Will Brooks for the Bellator lightweight belt. Pat predicts this one will look like a more athletic Dustin Poirier (Brooks) against a less athletic Chad Mendes (Chandler), but at lightweight, which... sounds great to me! 

Also, one of the sport's best prospects in Justin Gaethje defends his WSOF lightweight belt against Melvin Guillard. Lots of great action, with some really interesting analysis to boot--just keep your remote handy.

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Category:UFC -- posted at: 3:07pm EDT

It's a weekend packed with UFC fights, and Pat and Connor have a unique way of looking at them. Today your hosts discuss the concept of "style." What is a fighting style? How does it impact an analysts perceptions of a fight, and how does it affect a fighter's performance against another athlete of a same or different style?

We focus this discussion on many fighters, but featured heavily are some of this weekend's most prominent competitors, including Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, John Lineker, and Ian McCall.

All of that and more on this episode of Heavy Hands!

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Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

23 - Strategists vs Tacticians with Patrick Wyman

Pat Wyman of Sherdog.com joins Connor to co-host a discussion about the place of strategy and tactics in MMA. Which is better, a head coach who strategizes, or one who understands the moment-by-moment adjustments of a tactician?

And what about this weekend's impending matchup between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes? Aldo's coach, Andre Pederneiras, is a strategist, while Duane "Bang" Ludwig, the trainer of Mendes, is one of the best tacticians in the sport. Who will win in this battle of wits and wills?

Listen in to find out what Connor and Pat think!

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Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

What's this? A Heavy Hands episode actually being released on Thursday, as advertised? That's right, folks. This one's up early (on time), and you definitely don't want to miss it. This week I was joined by Jimmy Smith, color commentator for MMA and co-host of Discovery Channel's popular show Fight Quest. Oh, and he used to beat people up for a living, too. Did you know that Jimmy holds a win over Jason Chambers, the co-host of the History Channel's competing series Human Weapon? Jimmy doesn't think so, but I suspect that's why Discovery hired him.

Anyway, the bulk of the show is spent breaking down the main card of UFC 171, which features a whole bunch of exciting matchups, in particular the battle for the recently vacated welterweight throne between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. Jimmy's analysis is excellent, as always.

Enjoy the show!

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Category:UFC -- posted at: 6:25pm EDT

Bloody Elbow's Zane Simon, known for his series Hindsight and the Old School MMA Review, joins Connor for an in-depth breakdown of UFC 169. We go through the fights that interested us most, in chronological order, and shout at MMA fans for not appreciating the genius of Jose Aldo. Shame on you!

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Category:UFC -- posted at: 12:48pm EDT

Heavy Hands is back with the first episode of 2014! We ring in the new year with a recap of the startling, shocking, and just a little disgusting events of UFC 168, which saw middleweight champ Chris Weidman retain his title by snapping all-time-great Anderson Silva's shin across his own.

Joining us is Cincinnati's own Juice Lee, an emcee of real quality and an avid fan of mixed martial arts. We hope you're looking forward to more weekly episodes of Heavy Hands throughout the rest of 2014; we certainly are!

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Category:UFC -- posted at: 8:43pm EDT

Bloody Elbow's Dallas Winston joins Connor and Corey this week for an in-depth look at the most controversial UFC main event since, well... Gustafsson vs. Jones. Prepare for a long one, because you're in for about two hours of discussion on Johny Hendricks, Georges St-Pierre, and the many other fighters to grace the 167 card with impressive performances (split into three manageable segments, of course).

As always, let us know what you think, and enjoy!

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Category:UFC -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

Episode six is finally here, and it's a big one because we're about to witness a big fight. That's right, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre rides again, and this time he aims to defend his belt in his eleventh consecutive title fight.

Your hosts get into the techniques that make GSP's relatively simple game so effective, even at the top of one of the toughest divisions in MMA. We also discuss the chances of challenger Johny Hendricks, but our hopes aren't high for the bearded one.

Enjoy!

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Category:UFC -- posted at: 5:39pm EDT

It's just lonely ol' Connor this week, sitting in his underwear and rambling about the best fight to happen all year. Jon Jones just recently took a decision over Alexander Gustafsson, but not without getting his ass kicked. Connor breaks down the finer points of the fight, particularly the flaws exhibited by both opponents that made the decision such a close one. 

Then Connor gets into the nuances of defense, with a little help from Jack Dempsey, focusing on that one key element of effective defense: positioning.

It's lonely without Corey here, but at least there's awesome MMA to cover!

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Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:17am EDT

It's finally here! The inaugural episode of Heavy Hands is ready for your enjoyment. In today's episode, Corey and I talk about the Machida-Davis fight, the problems that have stunted Overeem's UFC career, and the skills (and secret powers) that have put former perennial gatekeeper Matt Brown into the welterweight top ten.

A word of caution: it's a little rough. Keep in mind that this is our first attempt at podcasting. Ever. So if some things seem a little unstructured or a little confusing, give us the benefit of the doubt. I promise we'll be improving as we continue to record and watch fights. And the best thing you can do is give us your criticism, constructive or otherwise. Hit me up on this here website, or on Twitter @ConnorRuebusch, and let me know how we can improve for future episodes. Segment ideas, production notes, reasons why our voices annoy you--it's all welcome.

So thanks for listening, and here's to many future episodes! Enjoy the show.

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Category:UFC -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT