Wed, 18 July 2018
Alright, so off the bat, we’re not really saying that Mauricio Rua is going to be light heavyweight champion. I mean, it’s not totally unrealistic that he could, given that he is still here knocking people out, recently ranked as high as #4 in the light heavyweight division. But no, he won’t be champion again. Probably.
This week’s episode of Heavy Hands celebrates the things that are still great about former phenom Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who fights Anthony Smith this weekend in the main event of UFC Hamburg. We also break down some of the action that took place last Saturday at UFC Boise. Topics include:
Thu, 12 July 2018
This is a preview of our latest bonus episode. Connor and Phil talk about Darren Elkins vs Alexander Volkanovski, and the return of Chad Mendes against Myles Jury. Check out the whole thing on our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2439474
Wed, 11 July 2018
Well, we finally had enough confidence in Stipe Miocic to actually pick him, and then Daniel Cormier knocked his block off thirty seconds before the end of the first round. We're taking it all in on this episode of Heavy Hands, and our topics represent the full, balanced diet that was UFC 226:
Wed, 4 July 2018
UFC 226 feels like a bright beginning. A true superfight between current light heavyweight and heavyweight champions is enough to get any fight fan's blood pumping. Add to that a title defense, in which one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on earth faces a creative challenger who has finished every one of his last seven opponents. And then there is the undercard, a worthy appetizer.
We couldn't ask for a better event to preview for Dr. Patrick Wyman's final episode as co-host of this podcast. Pat has been a regular part of the show for nearly four years, and his insightful analysis, good humor, and passionate fury will all be missed. We are joined once again by new co-host Phil Mackenzie, and since this is a landmark episode, I didn't try to hard to edit it down. That's right, prepare yourselves for an hour and a half of the analysis you crave, including such topics as:
Wed, 27 June 2018
This week on Heavy Hands, we are preparing for some pretty monumental changes. Pat Wyman has been a part of this show for nearly four years, during which time he has started a family, earned his doctorate, and started two history podcasts, both of which are vastly more successful than this rinky-dink operation. The man is busy, and the MMA schedule isn’t always forgiving. This, friends, will be the second-to-last time that Connor is joined “as always” by Dr. Patrick Wyman on Heavy Hands.
But don’t you worry. Heavy Hands will still be going strong, and this episode is not just for impending goodbyes. This week, we welcome Phil Mackenzie, who will be taking over as co-host. Phil is one of the most insightful analysts working in MMA today, a lyrical writer and a keen thinker. Plus, his British accent could earn us up to six (6) new female listeners in 2018, if our projections are correct.
And for this very special, two-co-host edition of Heavy Hands, we have chosen a special topic for you. The three of us have selected a total of six all-time classic fights to discuss. We break down the techniques and strategies on display, and celebrate some of the finest performances we have ever seen in this sport. The topics include:
Wed, 20 June 2018
The UFC returns to Singapore, but more importantly for most of us, the promotion has returned to an era of passable Fight Night cards. This lineup has quality sprinkled throughout, from established action fighters to promising prospects, and enough mid-level weirdness in between to keep things interesting. This week on Heavy Hands, we talk about...
- Does Leon Edwards have a deep enough game to trouble Donald Cerrone, even as Cowboy nears the end of his career?
- Tyson Pedro's developing style, and how Ovince Saint Preux could prove too tricky for him
- The UFC debut of blue chip prospect Petr Yan, against hard-hitting Teruto Ishihara
- Jake Matthews and a deceptively interesting matchup with the grimy, wrestle-boxing Shinsho Anzai
- Listener questions from the Heavy Bag!
Thu, 14 June 2018
Remember how awesome the first fight between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero was? If you are reading this after watching UFC 225, the answer is probably no, as it would be were we to ask you to recall any other event prior to Whittaker vs Romero 2. These two bring the best out of one another, and this was every bit the rematch we were all hoping for, and then some. And then some more.
This week on Heavy Hands, we are absurdly excited to talk to you about it, and the rest of the weekend's UFC card. Topics include:
- Are there any middleweights in the world who can give Robert Whittaker more of a test than that? (we doubt it)
- The unfolding mystery of Yoel Romero, and what a future at light heavyweight could hold for the Vicar of Violence
- Colby Covington's obnoxious apotheosis
- Holly Holm, a damn professional, and Megan Anderson's terrible takedown defense
- CM Punk, and a reality check for 90% of MMA fans, or 99% of dudes in general who don't really care about fighting but still think they must be pretty good at it
- plus, Tai Tuivasa, Curtis Blaydes, Mirsad Bektic, and some words on the war between Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza
Wed, 6 June 2018
The spring schedule has been a drag, in the sense that mustering any excitement for these cards has felt very much like wearing a plastered-on grin while being dragged through a field of thorns. But hey, our suffering is over, at long last. UFC 225 is here, and with it, a whole slate of intriguing and meaningful fights. This week on Heavy Hands, topics include:
- The rematch between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, whose first fight was a tactical war of epic proportions
- All of our hopes and dreams resting on Rafael Dos Anjos' capable shoulders
- Holly Holm as a stiff test for the still-relatively-untested Meeeeegan Anderson
- Seriously, RDA, please send Colby Covington to the netherworld
Wed, 6 June 2018
Oh boy. UFC Liverpool came and went, and the cursed pattern held. Just like last weekend, and the weekend before that, this card looked too top heavy to stand, and yet the action on the undercard ended up far surpassing that of the main event. Yes, Thompson vs Till was a dreadful fight--but why? This, in addition to a preview of next week's Jimmie Rivera vs Marlon Moraes, is the focus of this week's episode of Heavy Hands.
- Why did Stephen Thompson once again fail to pull the trigger?
- What does this performance say about Darren Till, and is the welterweight division doomed?
- Arnold Allen's remarkable comeback, and the performance that should put Mads Burnell on the map
- Jimmie Rivera vs Marlon Moraes will be better than this. IT WILL
- Is Vinc Pichel a genuine test for Gregor Gillespie?
Wed, 30 May 2018
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