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The Pessimistic Preview of UFC 228 (Heavy Hands #227)

Connor Ruebusch and Phil Mackenzie think back to a time when the notion of two UFC title fights on a single card would’ve kept them up at night in breathless anticipation. Then they talk about UFC 228.

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Alright people, UFC 228 is just about here, so it’s time to get extremely [clap] hyped [clap] for these [clap] fights!

Seriously, though, the highlights are great. Tyron Woodley, Darren Till, Nicco Montano, and Valentina Shevchenko are all capable of impressive feats of martial skill, and that makes this one easy to advertise. And in truth, all four of them could show up and put on a pair of truly fascinating fights. But looking back at their recent histories--Till vs Thompson (1 or 2, take your pick), Woodley vs Thompson, Shevchenko vs Nunes 2--how excited should we really be?

This week on Heavy Hands, we’re all about UFC 228. Topics include:

  • Tyron Woodley and Darren Till both want the same kind of fight, but we’re not sure which will stick his neck out first
  • Nicco Montano: UFC CHAMPION. Valentina Shevchenko: WMMA’S GREATEST COUNTER PUNCHER. The matchup between them: UNINTERESTING
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov gets a chance to break out, as possibly the last exciting fighter viewers will see on the main card
  • How does Jessica Andrade’s freakish athleticism compare with the surprising strength of Karolina Kowalkiewicz?

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