It was obvious that Koscheck's corner had no clue whatsoever as to how to counter Georges St. Pierre's jab, the main reason Koscheck lost. To me, that's baffling. I'm a lowly amateur fighter with dreams of one day turning pro and whatnot, but i could see the solution clear as day; The Inside Lowkick.
First of all, let's take a look at how GSP was throwing his jab and what made it so successful. It was obvious what Greg Jackson had planned. GSP was to stay outside, and use a 'leaping' jab and the occasional "supermanjab". (I've been taught an actual Superman Punch is with your rear hand). Add to that the threat of the takedown, some pitterpatter lowkicks and voila; the gameplan to beat Josh Koscheck (If you're GSP, of course).
I'm going focus on GSP's main weapon here and like everyone saw, it was the jab. The reason it was so successful is a) because GSP is way way faster than Koscheck in the stand-up department, so he could get away with keeping a lot of distance. b) Josh Koscheck has mediocre to bad stand-up. And finally c) Koscheck's corner had no clue.
I'm Dutch, and as most of you know, the Dutch are known for their kickboxing. In Dutch kickboxing there is a lot, and i mean of lot of focus on lowkicks. To set an example, amateur and pro kickboxing bouts are scored in a way that heavily favors the person that landed most kicks. If you land 10 serious blows to the head but eat 20 lowkicks, you can bet on the fact that you just lost the round. (numbers can be debated, not really the issue here.)
So while i'm not the Alpha and/or the Omega when it comes to lowkicks, i'd like to think i know a little about the subject. You see, GSP's jab's greatest strength was the fact that he could cover a lot of distance in a short amount of time because he made a small leap every time he threw it. If Koscheck, or his coaches had basic (Dutch) kickboxing knowledge, that strength could have became a major weakness. Because he leaps forward, his legs are apart by a good margin when the jabs is underway/lands. That made him very susceptible to the inside lowkick.
And mind you i'm not talking about the inside lowkicks most MMA fighters in the UFC are throwing, most of them throw them just to land something and score points. GSP's own inside lowkick in the Kosheck II fight was pretty bad, he kicks with his foot, he leads with it, there's no weight behind it etc. Hardly a damaging blow. The reason why you see so many nutshots in MMA is simply because of bad technique, nothing more, nothing less. If i watch a random kickboxing event here in the Netherlands, there usually are around 30 matches per event and the number of nutshots is neglectible. And they throw a lot more lowkicks than they do in the UFC.
So, if Koscheck threw a good inside lowkick ( upper part of your shin, not with the foot, upward motion instead of to the side ) every time he felt a jab land, or saw one coming, GSP would have at least had a harder time beating Josh Koscheck. The inside lowkick would be very damaging because it would be easy to land. - GSP's weight was on his front foot, so checking the kick would be near impossible. - And because when it lands, there's little you can do to counter it because you would be off-balance due to the fact your feet are far apart. Josh could have followed up with either a right highkick, a right hook, or my personal favorite after a well-landed inside lowkick, the right step through knee to the face.
Disclaimer: English is obviously not my first language so i apologize if i've made some dumb mistakes, also this is the first time ever i've written up something like this with the purpose of actually posting it on a MMA website. Hope you enjoyed it, and if not; go easy on me! :)
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