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You find yourself on the homepage of Heavy Hands, the only podcast geared toward the technical side of combat sports. MMA, submission grappling, boxing, and kickboxing–it’s all here. Whether you fancy yourself a student, or a master of whoopin’ ass, you’re in the right place.

Heavy Hands is the product of Connor Ruebusch, a dedicated fan and practitioner of martial arts, and fight analyst for Bloody Elbow. You can read his fight and fighter breakdowns there on a weekly basis. On Heavy Hands, Connor acts as your host and guide through the many skills and techniques necessary to succeed in combat sports, with a particular focus on MMA. Connor’s specialty is striking, but that doesn’t mean grappling won’t be covered.

Connor is assisted by Corey Meyer, professional co-host and Tekken expert. Though Corey isn’t currently training, he was the man who got Connor to watch his second ever UFC event (he loved seeing Roy Nelson flatten Brendan Schaub on the TUF: Heavyweights finale), and introduced him to DREAM, K-1, WEC, and more. Corey mainly watches boxing these days, and specializes in complaining about the stupid things fight fans and commentators say.

28 thoughts on “Home

  1. BillTed says:

    Really enjoyed your breakdown over at be.
    Love Jack too but I think you might be a better writer then he is.
    You made something that can easily come off kind of dry very entertaining.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Connor Connor says:

      Thanks very much for your kind words, Bill. That’s my goal. I’m a history student too, so I well understand how an interesting topic can come off as either dry or entertaining depending on the presentation. It’s a great compliment to hear that you think I’ve been successful making something as perilous as technical analysis entertaining.

  2. Dragon punch says:

    Really enjoying the podcast thanks!

  3. Tony says:

    I listened to my first podcast of your show (Cotto episode) and really enjoyed it. Finally heard someone verbalizing many of my opinions on boxing for mma. Plan to listen further.

    Also, love your idea of a GSP episode. He is one of the greatest martial artists/mma figters of all time and gets some unfair criticism in opinion. Hope you go through with the episode.

    Tony

    • Connor Connor says:

      Thanks for the kind words! The GSP episode will definitely be taking place. There are so many interesting facets to his style that I’d love to discuss. We’ll try to get that one out the week before his fight with Hendricks.

      • lolbbq says:

        Coming from a martial arts background, I can certainly appreciate the technical breakdowns you guys are doing. Great job and I plan to check back often.

        Regarding the topic of jabs, I’ve read a few bloody elbow articles on the topic, but they are always about a single fighter. I suggest maybe you guys do a combined analysis of the guys at tristar as a whole. The biggest ‘jab performances’ i can think of come from GSP, rory macdonald, and Robert Whittaker (How he drops his lead hand is really unique).

        • Connor Connor says:

          Solid idea! I’ll certainly try to work that in to a future episode. Perhaps we could discuss it as part of the GSP episode we’ll be doing soon.

          Thanks for listening. :) We’ve got two episodes coming out this week.

  4. Phil says:

    Is it just me or does the amazon click through not work? Tried briefly in both firefox and chrome…

  5. James says:

    Enjoying the podcast. I’ve only listened to a couple but love the insight, especially on boxing. Keep it up

  6. mike says:

    Gonna start listening to your podcasts for a second time, lots of gold in there

  7. Owen says:

    These podcasts are great. I have listened to all of them. I always learn a lot and it’s amazing to hear people who are articulate, knowledgeable and passionate about these sports.

    I also like that you avoid the drama, rumors and other stuff that other people seem to fixate on and stick to fight and technique analysis.

    Bravo

  8. Will says:

    Hi Connor,

    Great work, really enjoying the poscast so far. Two things:

    1. Wondering if you could recomend some literature (maybe 3 or 4 books) on stiking technique and instruction. In case its relevant, I’ve been training muy thai for roughly 6 months and looking to expand my limited knowledge and skills in anyway possible. Open to any type of striking, but particularly muy thai and boxing.

    2. Could we get a break down of Mousasi sometime, perhaps prior to his upcoming fight?

    Cheers

    • Connor Connor says:

      Sure! I’d love to talk about Mousasi as well as Machida. I’ll try to think of some books, but honestly I haven’t read many so my recommendations in that area won’t be anything special. Thanks for listening!

  9. jeff says:

    I like your guys show. I like to discuss technique so its nice to listen to an mma podcast that actually discusses technique. I especially like your choice in music. What bands are you playing on air? Is there a listing somewhere i can look at? Thanks

    • Connor Connor says:

      Thanks very much, Jeff! The band you hear on our shows is a local Cincy band called the Hiders. They graciously let us use their song free of charge, so please check them out if you like what you hear. Their album Valentine is one of my favorites (the intro song, “Bones in the Well,” is from that CD. http://www.thehiders.com/

  10. Clockworkrat says:

    I am enjoying your podcast thus far.

    I have one question for you, and that is who would win in a fight between Aldo and a chimpanzee at featherweight? What would be the best strategy?

  11. Potato Man says:

    Loving the podcasts. All of them are great and I always learn a lot from them. How do you guys go about breaking down fights? And what sort of questions are you guys asking yourselves when you’re watching a fight?

    • Connor Connor says:

      I usually end up watching the fight as a whole twice before I come up with something to break down. I kind of find something that stands out to me via osmosis. Often my breakdown begins with a momentous technique–a knockdown punch, big takedown, etc–and then I just reverse engineer it. Why did it land? Why didn’t the other guy see it coming? What opening did the offensive fighter see that made him throw it?

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