Episode number two of our Heavy Hands UFC Fight Week extravaganza (patent pending) delves into the Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, main evented by a fantastic rematch between strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha, two women who, even in a talent-rich division, stand in a league of their own. But UFC 200 is the big one we’re all looking forward to, and to that end we’re also discussing the OTHER fantastic rematch of the weekend–no, not Cormier-Jones II nor TJ Dillashaw vs Raphael Assuncao II, but former featherweight champ Jose Aldo’s second fight with former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar.
In discussing these fights, we talk about the integral role that punishment plays in successful takedown defense, and explore the vicious gamesmanship that sets fighters like Jedrzejczyk and Aldo apart–while acknowledging that both fighters find themselves matched with a pair of ruthless opponents.
Doo Ho Choi and Will Brooks get a bit of shine at the end of the episode, and why not? Brooks, a former Bellator champ, makes his highly-anticipated UFC debut against savvy vet Ross Pearson. Choi, the Korean Superboy, is set to clobber Thiago Tavares, but should the young fighter make a mistake, the well-rounded skills of the Brazilian will be there to punish him.
These are just a few of the fantastic fights we’re covering as part of this wonderful week of combat action. Check out the rest of our schedule below.
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HEAVY HANDS SCHEDULE
Previous episode (June 29): Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt, Rafael Dos Anjos vs Eddie Alvarez, Joe Duffy vs Mitch Clarke, Anthony Birchak vs Dileno Lopes
Next episode (July 5): Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones II, Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes, Johny Hendricks vs Kelvin Gastelum, TJ Dillashaw vs Raphael Assuncao II, Gegard Mousasi vs Thiago Santos
And a special thanks to Edward John Charles Foster for the new video intro you see above (if you watched the Youtube version).