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Under Pressure: Styles of Rumble, Weidman, Golovkin, & Gonzalez (Heavy Hands)

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Connor Ruebusch and Patrick Wyman of BloodyElbow break down the pressure fighting styles of UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman, Anthony Johnson, and boxers Gennady Golovkin and Roman Gonzalez.

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So far on Heavy Hands we've talked about out-fighters and boxer-punchers. Today, Pat and I get the chance to talk about a fighting style close to both of our hearts: pressure fighting. Bouts involving a pressure fighter are almost guaranteed action, as the style calls for constant forward momentum and a nerve-wrackingly narrow gap between the two combatants. To understand the style, Pat and I break down four spectacular exemplars of the type: UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, light heavyweight contender Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, boxer Gennady Golovkin, and flyweight boxing champ Roman "El Chocolatito" Gonzalez.

Tune in to hear two self-professed pressure fighters talk about the art of pressure fighting.

To help us understand not only the fighters in question but pressure fighting as a style, we use a simplified version of Phil Mackenzie's "MMA fighting temperament cheeseblock." If the visual helps you to understand our analysis, you can find the cheeseblock chart below.

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