2017 was a rough year for UFC pay-per-views, and plenty of fight fans questioned whether UFC 219 was on par with some of the promotion’s other year-end shows. Nevertheless, the main event showdown between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm stayed at an entertaining simmer for five rounds, and in the co-main, undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov made Edson Barboza’s name the 25th on his ledger. Both performances were meaningful, and memorable.
For the first Heavy Hands of 2018, Connor and Pat break them both down in detail, plus three undercard fights.
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But wait! There’s more. The end of another year means another round of Handies! And, before you get too excited, I should note: that’s what we call our year-end awards. It’s all very official and ceremonial and serious. To hear our discussion of the mixed-bag that was 2017 in MMA, you’ll have to head over to the Heavy Hands Patreon, where, for just $3 a month, you can hear the whole awards show, along with all of our other bonus content. Or, for a sneak peek of the proceedings,