Connor Ruebusch and Patrick Wyman preview Frankie Edgar vs Yair Rodriguez and Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal, both scheduled for UFC 211. Plus, analysis of the heavyweight thriller between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.
UFC 211 is so damn good that we have to spread it out over two—no, three, if you count our upcoming bonus episode—different episodes. This week, we’re looking at just two of the three fights on the main card with immediate title implications. If Yair Rodriguez gets past Frankie Edgar, a shot at the winner of Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway will probably be in order. And if Demian Maia beats Jorge Masvidal, not even an obviously hesitant UFC will be able to deny him a chance at Tyron Woodley’s welterweight belt. Both are compelling, competitive fights, and gosh darn it do we have a hard time picking them.
But that’s not all. This edition of Heavy Hands is capped off by a look back at last weekend’s heavyweight boxing showcase, a thrilling battle between star-in-the-making Anthony Joshua, and Wladimir Klitschko, who ruled the heavyweight division alone for the last decade. The fight was insanely good, with both men showing off their skills and their guts, and neither managing to take over decisively until Joshua knocked Klitschko out in the 11th round. A true classic of modern heavyweight boxing, and we invite you to share our excitement.
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And hey, we put out two exclusive bonus episodes every month. The latest is a discussion about fight length. We ask why there are not more five-rounders in MMA, to allow for the kind of epic momentum swings we witnessed in Joshua vs Klitschko. And then we ask why there are so damn many 12-rounders in boxing, to render more watchable all of the fights that aren’t Joshua vs Klitschko. For $3 a month you can get access to this and all of our other bonus content—just check us out on Patreon. Or, for a taste, listen to the teaser for our fight length discussion here.
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