Heavy Hands

This week on Heavy Hands, Ed Gallo of Bloody Elbow, the Fight Site, and Twitter's own vaping scooter gang joins us to discuss wrestling, how it applies to MMA, and how it's killing the sport.

  • Did Ben Askren's wrestling game prepare him so well for MMA that he was able to get away without learning any other skills?
  • Why do we remember as a short-lived king of the punchers, and not one of the best wrestlers ever to grace the cage?
  • And if Hendricks wasn't able to adopt a new wrestling style for his new sport, how the hell did Daniel Cormier do it? 
  • Stipe vs Fedor redux: Ed decides
Direct download: 292_Ed_Gallo.mp3
Category:Technique Breakdown -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

This week on Heavy Hands... we're FREEEEEE! Laughing and playing, frolicking like free-spirited children, yippeeeee!

Well, almost. Before enjoying these precious few weeks without a UFC event, we break down some of the (mostly abysmal) UFC Sao Paulo card, and then it's on to discussing our first juicy topic in what feels like forever. 

  • How do the GOATs of each division stack up against the current champions? Could Fedor beat Stipe? Could a prime Andy beat Adesanya? Would BJ Penn even survive a fight with Khabib (lol)?
  • Jan Blachowicz and Jacare Souza conspired to shit the bed together, in the worst main event of the year. How did they cancel one another out so completely?
  • Would it be sadder if Shogun Rua lost to Paul Craig, or if he won? Wrong.
  • Bless Charles Oliveira for doing his best to save the card with a sensational (and remarkably technical) KO
Direct download: 291_Sao_Paulo_and_the_GOATs.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

Compared to UFC Moscow, next week's Sao Paulo card really isn't bad. It's not great, but hey--it is the last UFC show of the month, after which will follow several episodes about the weather till things pick up again in December.

  • Is Jacare Souza another middleweight destined for light heavyweight greatness, or is he ten years too far behind Luke Rockhold to survive the power of Jan of Rivia
  • Shogun Rua is still fighting. Shogun Rua's recent record holds up remarkably well. Light heavyweight is a wasteland. Shogun Rua will probably win this fight. That is all. Skip this part of the episode
  • Previewing three solid prelims: Sergio Moraes vs James Krause, Francisco Trinaldo vs Bobby Green, and Warlley Alves vs Randy Brown
  • How Zabit beat Calvin, Ed Herman's savvy veteran win, and more
Direct download: 290_Phoning_it_in.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

This week on Heavy Hands, we're feeling inspired by the many dramatic performances of UFC 244, but before any of that, we simply have to talk about next weekend's main event. 

  • Can Zabit chop Kattar's legs out from under him? And how good, exactly, is Kattar's defensive wrestling?
  • We guessed that Jorge Masvidal would appear to be slightly better at everything Nate Diaz wanted to do. In a stunning turn of events, we were kinda right
  • Everyone was bored by Till vs Gastelum, but listen, damnit: Darren Till SHOWED UP
  • Kevin Lee killed a man
Direct download: 289_Zabit_vs_Kattar_and_UFC_244.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT