Bloody Elbow Judo Chop: Uppercut to Left Hook Combination

A breakdown of a basic boxing combination.

Kimbocombo_medium I wasn't really surprised when the EliteXC Heat card failed to produce any action I considered "Judo Chop" worthy. But I was pleasantly surprised when TUF coach Ken Hahn's MMA Junkie column gave a great technical description of an uppercut to hook combination.

When you train a southpaw fighter (right-hand lead) like Shane for a fight against an orthodox fighter (left-hand lead) like Efrain, you must pay special attention to the fundamental differences in each fighter's stance.

On offense, the opposite stance provides your power punch a direct path to your opponent, but on defense you stand directly in the line of fire of his power hand.

To combat the risk of his orthodox opponent's power hand, Shane must constantly work to keep his right-lead foot on the outside of Efrain's left-lead foot. Shane will "circle to the outside," which will keep him out of danger of Efrain's right power hand.

Shane should stay aware of Efrain's right uppercut, left hook combination. That is one of the best offensive methods involving the hands that Efrain can use against Shane's southpaw stance.

Between fighters with opposite stances, the rear-uppercut, front-hook combo is an excellent technique because if the defensive fighter tries to avoid the rear uppercut by slipping toward the punch, he will likely get hit by it. If he steps to the outside like most fighters are trained to do, he will have trouble seeing the front hook that is heading his way.

Even better, the only gif I could come up with to illustrate the technique was Kimbo Slice using it against James Thompson (note: I'm aware that both fighters are right handed so its not exactly what Hahn's describing but its as close as I could find.)

Seeing good boxing technique make its way into MMA over the past few years has been very enjoyable and I look forward to seeing even more in the future.

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