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Heavy Hands Episode 42 - Styles Make Fights: Out-fighting with Anthony Pettis

Connor Ruebusch and Patrick Wyman break down the style of out-fighting exemplified by the fighters defending their UFC titles this weekend, Anthony Pettis and Carla Esparza.

Hello, and welcome to Heavy Hands, now proudly brought to you by Bloody Elbow! This is the only podcast dedicated to the finer points of face-punching. No mere fight hype here. No trash talk, no rumors, no discussion of how many dollars the fighters make nor how much jail time they should serve. On Heavy Hands, all we care about is strategy, technique, training, and the little things that make our favorite fighters so great.

Today's episode constitutes part two of our new series, Styles Make Fights. On the first episode, myself and Pat Wyman ran through the archetypal fighting styles, and explored whether or not there might be others deserving of inclusion. Now we begin to make our way through those styles, starting with the out-fighters, and lucky for us, we've got one of the greatest out-fighters on earth preparing to entertain us this weekend.

I'm talking, of course, about Anthony Pettis, who will make his second defense of his UFC lightweight title as the main event of UFC 185. Pat and I break down the skills that Pettis uses, but more importantly why he uses them. What's the mentality of an out-fighter? Why does he throw the strikes he throws, and move the way he moves?

We go into all of this and more while predicting what Pettis will try to do to Rafael Dos Anjos this Saturday. After that, it's on to another archetypal out-fighter in Carla Esparza, who will attempt to outbox and outwrestle dangerous eight-limbed kickboxer Joanna Jedrzejczyk to make her first ever defense of the newly inaugurated women's strawweight title.

All of that and more on this episode of Heavy Hands.

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