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

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.

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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