The card of the year is almost upon us. Touch my hand; I’m shaking.
Junior Dos Santos defeated Stipe Miocic in 2014, but that was before Miocic became UFC heavyweight champion, and before Dos Santos was sent tumbling to the canvas by Alistair Overeem. Miocic has grown into his role as champ, and Dos Santos has made serious strides to fine-tune his dangerous boxing game. On this edition of Heavy Hands, we break down this rerun of a classic heavyweight fight, and give our predictions for the contest.
But this is UFC 211, so you know that’s not all. In the co-main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes on Jessica Andrade, who just might be her most dangerous opponent yet. Can Jedrzejczyk overcome the power and volume of the Brazilian, or will The Pile Driver take the title away from WMMA’s most dominant champ? As with the main event, we give this scrap the full-segment treatment it deserves. Spoilers: one of our picks pay surprise you.
But, uh . . . this is UFC 211. So yeah, the fun ain’t over. Henry Cejudo and Sergio Pettis will open the main card with a fascinating fight, the winner of whom will very likely earn a shot at Demetrious Johnson’s title. For Cejudo, it would be a chance at redemption, and if the crazy aggression he brought to bear against Joseph Benavidez is any indication, he is ready for another shot at the belt. The little brother of Anthony Pettis has been quietly compiling an impressive win streak, however, and Cejudo’s name would be the one he needs to prove that championship talent runs in the family.
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And hey, we put out exclusive bonus episodes every month. The latest is—you guessed it—about UFC 211. Your intrepid hosts take a look at the prelims and break down Eddie Alvarez vs Dustin Poirier, Chas Skelly vs Jason Knight, and Krzysztof Jotko vs Dave Branch. All great fights, and all fun topics of discussion for two dedicated fight nerds. 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 here.
Oh, and if that isn’t enough, Bloody Elbow’s Phil Mackenzie joined Connor Ruebusch this week to analyze even more UFC 211 fights. In the first episode of The Underdogs, Phil and Connor talk about the more esoteric fighters populating the prelims, talented journeymen and would-be contenders like James Vick, Jessica Aguilar, and Enrique Barzola. Future episodes of this sub-series will be available only to $3 patrons, but you can listen to the first edition of The Underdogs in full right here.
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