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As the quality of UFC cards continues to decline, Connor and Phil decide to cover a wider array of fights this week, including a discussion of Giorgio Petrosyan's stunning knockout loss, featuring Lucas Bourdon.

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Direct download: 391_cross_promotional_smorgasbord_feat._Lucas_Bourdon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:14pm EDT

Kyle McLachlan is back on the show to discuss an all-timer of a heavyweight boxing match, and then Connor and Phil get mad about Mackenzie Dern's striking.

Direct download: 390_Fury-Wilder_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:33pm EDT

Connor and Phil break down Mackenzie Dern vs Marina Rodriguez, and lament the fate of Johnny Walker, John Kavanagh's latest victim.

Direct download: 389_Dern_it_all.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:08pm EDT

Connor and Phil are joined by Ryan Wagner of the Fight Site to break down UFC 266's Volkanovski vs Ortega and Usyk vs Joshua.

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Direct download: 388_Feeling_Feint.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

Connor and Phil break down GOOD FIGHTS. Volkanovski vs Ortega is fascinating, Shevchenko vs Murphy is cruel (Phil likes that), and Diaz vs Lawler is... well, it's certainly something worth talking about.

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Direct download: 387_UFC_266.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

Connor and Phil grit their teeth and bear it, before talking about Anderson Silva knocking out Tito Ortiz and UFC 266's Dan Hooker vs Nasrat Haqparast.

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Direct download: 386_Spann_in_the_Works.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

With no UFC event next weekend and no desire to discuss the depressing Belfort-Holyfield fight, Connor and Phil stretch their legs with Till-Brunson and answer some listener questions.

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Direct download: 385_Go_Sleep_Till_Brunson.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

Connor and Phil break down a tighter-than-expected middleweight matchup between Darren Till and the recently reborn Derek Brunson.

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Direct download: 384_Pass_the_Brunt_son.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

Connor and Phil break down a TUF Finale card the way it deserves to be broken down: by ignoring every single TUF fight.

Direct download: 383_Missed_Connections.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:18am EDT

Connor and Phil have certainly seen worse UFC cards--but that isn't saying much. It's Cannonier-Gastelum and Pantoja-Royval, and then an evalutation of the UFC's 11.1 weight divisions.

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Direct download: 382_cannonier_gastelum.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

For this week's Heavy Hands, Connor welcomes Tumen-Erdeni Tushin of the Fight Site, the only man on earth who interrupts more than him. Meanwhile, Phil tries to talk about Jose Aldo, who is the GOAT.

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Direct download: 381_UFC_265_feat._Tumen-Erdeni_Tushin.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

Connor and Phil are delighted to break down Ciryl Gane vs Derrick Lewis, Jose Aldo vs Pedro Munhoz, and a main card full of fights that don't suck in the slightest.

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Direct download: 380_Gane_Lewis_Gane.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

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Connor and Phil break down the thrilling, brutal fight between TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen, and then try to wrap their heads around AJ McKee's long awaited title shot against long-time Bellator champ Patricio Pitbull.

 

Direct download: 379_STOP_SPINNING.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

Connor and Phil dig deep into Cory Sandhagen vs TJ Dillashaw, and later explore the question: can Makhachev follow in Khabib's footsteps, or will he always be the Rory Mac to Khabib's GSP?

Direct download: 378_true.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

Connor and Phil are joined by Sherdog's preview pro Tom Feely to discuss Conor McGregor's dramatic and floppy downfall.

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Direct download: 377_UFC_264_feat._Tom_Feely.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

Connor and Phil cover what we think we've learned from two McGregor-Poirier fights and ask: which of these dusty bitches is gonna lose the rubber match?

Direct download: 376_Dusty_Bitches.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

Connor and Phil marvel at the skills of Ciryl Gane, possibly the first Actually Good heavyweight in history. But we've both been hurt before.

Direct download: 375_gane_with_the_win.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:17am EDT

Phil tries his very best to remain measured while Connor jinxes the hell out of what looks to be a rare, good heavyweight main event: Ciryl Gane vs Alexander Volkov.

Direct download: 374_good_heavyweights.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

Connor and Phil crow and crow and crow about how right they were. Also some discussion about UFC 263 and Korean Zombie vs Dan Ige.

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Direct download: 373_Safety_in_Savagery.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

Connor and Phil assess the big fights of UFC 263, none of which need to happen, but most of which are good. Especially the flyweights.

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Direct download: 372_I_didnt_ask_for_this_but_I_like_it.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

Connor and Phil try their very best to be optimistic about one of the worst looking cards of the year. It could be worse. IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE.

Direct download: 371_Weve_got_mono.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:37am EDT

Connor and Phil talk Font vs Garbrandt, and then leverage the recent spate of horrific leg injuries into a discussion about technique trends in MMA.

Direct download: 370_Font_of_Wisdom.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT

Connor and Phil celebrate Champion Chucky--or should that be Chucky Olive-wreath?--and look forward to Rob Font vs Cody Garbrandt.

  • It was the most predictably exciting main event ever--except for the part where Chucky Olives proved once and for all that he can take a whooping and come back. Boy, can he.
  • Folks... Tony Ferguson ain't coming back, and Beneil Dariush ain't getting that car.
  • Does Cody Garbrandt have the chin (and the wits) to trade with a man John Lineker couldn't put away?
Direct download: 369_Champion_Chucky.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

Connor and Phil take a good, long look at UFC 262's Oliveira vs Chandler, and try to figure out which glass cannon shatters first.

Direct download: 368_Glass_Cannon_Fodder.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

This week on Heavy Hands, Connor and Phil marvel at the madness that is Jiri Prochazka before scratching their heads over the upcoming Waterson vs Rodriguez.

Direct download: 367_Bad_Czech.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 6:57pm EDT

Your hosts Phil Mackenzie and Ed Gallo break down UFC 261's three title fights and look ahead to Reyes vs Prochazka.

  • Kamaru Usman seems perfectly suited to Trevor Wittman's reliable process of boxing techniques. He may just be the athletic all-rounder Jorge Masvidal always hoped to be
  • Somehow Rose Namajunas delivered the one instant KO which nonetheless gives analysts like us plenty to talk about
  • Valentina Shevchenko has finally defeated Connor Ruebusch. RIP
  • In lighter news, this Jiri Prochazka guy seems pretty fun
Direct download: 366_RIP_in_Pain_feat._Ed_Gallo.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT

It is possibly Connor's last episode and, indeed, one of his last few days on earth. Please, Jessica. Save us. Save ME.

  • Jorge Masvidal doesn't deserve a second crack at Kamaru Usman, and no one really wanted to see it--but it will almost certainly be more interesting than their first fight
  • Does Weili Zhang have the counter punching to win at the end of Rose Namajunas' reach? Does Rose have the grit to win a decision at all? 
  • Jessica Andrade doesn't play by the rules on which Shevchenko's comfort depends, but does she have the defense and durability to survive her own assault?
Direct download: 365_Possibly_My_Last_Episode.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

Connor and Phil ask whether a renewed focus on wrestling is really the thing to beat Bobby Knuckles. That, and...

  • Kevin Holland isn't stylistically vulnerable to wrestlers--he literally doesn't know how to wrestle. We wonder why
  • Drakkar Klose has been a very solid lightweight, but does he have the power and grit to bang it out with Jeremy Stephens?
  • And more!

 

Direct download: 364_Learn_2_Wrestle.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT

Connor and Phil take a sensible look at Kevin Holland's latest last-minute fill in fight.

  • Is Kevin Holland better than he realizes? Does it matter against the most consistent man in the division?
  • Sodiq Yusuff seems like a certified future contender--but Arnold Allen lies down for no man
  • Plus Ansaroff vs Dern, Perry vs Rodriguez, Shore vs Azure
Direct download: 363_Here_We_Go_Again.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

Connor and Phil sit down to discuss the progress made at UFC 260, and the painful lessons learned.

  • Francis Ngannou was, for at least one fight, a new man. Process, composure, and even technique!
  • Tyron Woodley tried to do the impossible and discovered that it was, in fact, not possible
  • Plus O'Malley, Oleksiejczuk, and more!
Direct download: 362_Lessons_Learned.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

Ryan Wagner joins Phil and Connor this week to break down Miocic-Ngannou 2, Woodley-Luque, and Volkanovski-Ortega (shh... don't tell him).

  • Francis Ngannou has at least as big a chance of beating Miocic as he did the first time--which is strange, considering how utterly Miocic outfought him
  • Tyron Woodley faces another pressure fighter. WE WONDER WHAT WILL HAPPEN
  • Derek Brunson--top five middleweight at last. And Kevin Holland: still too weird for his own good
Direct download: 361_Wagnerian_analysis.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

  • Kyle helps us find perspective on Marvin Hagler's incredible career, and examine the things that set him apart from the other three kings of the 80s
  • Hoping against hope that Kevin Holland can evade and outlast Derek Brunson
  • Is Gregor Gillespie just another version of the test Brad Riddell has already passed, or is there something else to his wrestling game?
  • We discuss what little there is to take away from Edwards vs Muhammad that we didn't already know
  • Nasrat Haqparast: is he stagnating as a fighter, or is he still in the process of realizing that he can't just knock out everyone he faces?
Direct download: 360_RIP_Marvelous_Marvin.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

Connor and Phil stand in awe at Jan Blachowicz's brilliance, and look ahead to Belal Muhammad's big break. They grow up so fast!

  • Jan Blachowicz fought the smartest fight of his career to defend his belt from one of the best strikers the sport has ever seen. He's a LEGEND.
  • And the award for Worst Brain Thinking goes to... Petr Yan! 
  • Plus, Belal Muhammad seems like a dark horse to trouble Leon Edwards, but the Englishman hasn't lost since 2015, and that was against the current champion
Direct download: 359_Early_Frontrunner_for_Worst_Brain_Thinking.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

The Fight Site's Tom Elliott joins Connor and Phil to break down the three big fights of UFC 259.

  • The two-division champ fad burned itself out a year ago, but Jan Blachowicz may yet pose an interesting test for Adesanya. At the very least he can check a kick
  • Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling: the best fight the UFC can possibly make right now?
  • How does Aljo get it to the ground, or does he even have to?
  • Oh yeah, and Nunes vs Anderson too. Don't worry, it only took us about 5 minutes to get this one covered
Direct download: 358_Three_Title_Fights_feat._Tom_Elliott.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

Connor and Phil break down several heavyweight fights without getting even slightly depressed.

  • Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Cyril Gane is that rarest of treats: a heavyweight fight that is both meaningful, and skillful
  • Is there any hope for Nikita Krylov in his fight vs Magomed Ankalaev? Probably not, but Connor tries to find some
  • Almost six years later, Jimmie Rivera and Pedro Munhoz meet again. We are extremely hyped about this one
  • Plus: Lewis-Blaydes, Tom Aspinall, and Jared Gordon
Direct download: 357_Beef_Boys.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:15am EDT

Dan Tom of the Protect Ya Neck podcast joins Connor and Phil to discuss Kamaru Usman's thrilling win over Gilbert Burns, and preview the most heavyweight fight of all time: Curtis Blaydes vs Derrick Lewis.

  • Usman's jab answered Burns' kicks just like we thought it would--but the big picture was nothing like we expected. Is Trevor Wittman turning all of his fighters into backfoot jabbers, or what?
  • Maycee Barber isn't easy to love, but you shouldn't give up on her just yet
  • Curtis Blaydes is going to totally outwrestle Derrick Lewis--potentially right up until Lewis annihilates him
Direct download: 356_UFC_258_feat._Dan_Tom.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

Connor and Phil break down the main event of UFC 258. Two prodigal sons enter; only one will return.

  • Henri Hooft has done wonders with both Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns--but Team Evil only has room for one sweet boy.
  • Alexa Grasso can probably box Maycee Barber's head off--but for how long?
  • Kelvin Gastelum (overachiever) and Ian Heinish (underachiever) are poised to have a closely matched (and possibly very boring) battle for middleweight contention
  • And more
Direct download: 355_Hooft_vs_Hooft.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 4:27am EDT

On this episode of Heavy Hands, Connor and Phil try desperately to wrap their heads around a well-matched main card.

  • Will Overeem's new "relax & wrestle" strategy pan out, or is Volkov his ceiling? 
  • Frankie Edgar moves down another division, only to face one of the biggest men he's ever fought
  • Ferreira vs Dariush--predicting this one is like trying to wrap our heads around insanity itself. We love it
Direct download: 354_Reem_vs_Lkov.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

Connor and Phil stand in awe of Dustin Poirier's brilliant, ass-backwards rematch win over Conor McGregor.

  • Going backwards and standing on the end of McGregor's reach is supposed to be the worst thing you can do. At least, we thought it was
  • Michael Chandler's triumphant UFC debut
  • Marina Rodriguez's shocking KO, Arman Tsarukyan's being-good-at-everything
Direct download: 353_1_and_1.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

Connor and Phil are joined by the Fight Site's Julian Lung to break down UFC 257.

  • Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier are both different men than they were in 2016--so who got more better, and does it matter?
  • Max Holloway also continues to get better, a terrifying prospect for every featherweight in the division not named Alexander Volkanovski
  • Michael Chandler is finally making his UFC debut, and the UFC seem determined to make him just another Hector Lombard
Direct download: 352_McGregor-Poirier_2_feat._Julian_Lung.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 1:52pm EDT

Connor and Phil take a look at Max Holloway vs Calvin Kattar and Neil Magny vs Michael Chiesa, a pair of fights which seem at first surprisingly competitive, and then slightly predictable--which is a sure sign that something unexpected is about to happen.

Direct download: 351_new_year_new_fights.mp3
Category:UFC -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

The time has come, at last, for Handies. Connor and Phil liquor up, limber down, and give 2020 the treatment it deserves.

Shitty editing! Incredible disrespect for professional athletes! Phil uses the word "revenant!" 

Direct download: 350_2020_handies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:37am EDT

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