Connor Ruebusch and Patrick Wyman review the stunning wins of Kelvin Gastelum and Edson Barboza from Fortaleza Brazil, before heading to London, England to discuss Gunnar Nelson’s potential barnburner with Alan Jouban, and more.
Matchmaking is a difficult job, so let this week’s episode of Heavy Hands stand as a celebration of good matchmaking. Sure. UFC Fortaleza’s main event felt like a bit of a letdown–Vitor Belfort was essentially fed to Kelvin Gastelum, name value and all, and the fight played out just as expected. And UFC London’s main event is similarly uninspiring, with a well-matched but lowkey scrap between Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson taking pole position.
The undercards, though…
Last weekend’s undercard was full of entertaining battles, and next week’s promises more of the same. We are discussing the main events on this show, but we’re also paying special attention to the flying knee knockout of Edson Barboza, and the valiant defense put up by Shogun Rua. Then it’s on to London, where Alan Jouban and Gunnar Nelson are set for a classic war of styles, Arnold Allen and Makwan Amirkhani will seek to prove whose star is brighter, and Joe Duffy and Tom Breese attempt to regain momentum and put the name “Tristar Gym” back on everybody’s lips.
Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard have been doing an excellent job in Joe Silva’s absence, and this week’s show celebrates that. It’s a fight smorgasbord, people, so come ready to tuck in.
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