Heavy Hands

2019 feels like it's been off to a strong start for fans of face-punching, and UFC 235 is one of the best cards of the year so far. This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking down six of the top fights.

  • Jon Jones needs to eat, and Anthony Smith is just crazy enough to get eaten
  • Can Kamaru Usman keep the pressure on Tyron Woodley without getting flatlined?
  • How good does Ben Askren need to be to take advantage of Robbie Lawler's lifelong hatred of boring wrestlers?
  • Cody Garbrandt takes a big risk returning against Pedro Munhoz
  • Misha Cirkunov vs Johnny Walker, just to remind you what the REST of light heavyweight looks like
Direct download: 252_Feeding_Jones.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:41pm EST

This week on Heavy Hands, we're breaking down the most light heavyweight of matchups, by which we mean a fight between an old white guy and a middleweight. That's right, Jan Blachowicz and Thiago Santos are fighting in Prague, and we're just sad that one of 'em has to lose. 

Topics this week include:

- Does Jan Blachowicz have enough in common with the likes of Gegard Mousasi to outsmart Marreta?

- How will Petr Yan deal with John Dodson, his craftiest (and most frustrating) opponent to date?

- Damir Hadzovic vs Polo Reyes: your Luque-Barberena of the week

- Last week's very brief main event, Ngannou vs Velasquez, and Connor's abiding shame for having picked Cain to win

- Brilliant performances in challenging matchups: the gameplans of Paul Felder, Andre Fili, and Aljamain Sterling

Direct download: 251_HEROES_COLLIDE.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

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

Connor and Phil discuss Anderson Silva's valiant loss to Israel Adesanya, and also take some time to preview Bellator 216's MVP vs Paul Daley. This is a teaser for our latest bonus episode. You can hear the episode in full over on the Heavy Hands Patreon.

Direct download: bonus_35_teaser.mp3
Category:Bonus Episode Teasers -- posted at: 3:11pm 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

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