Eddie Bravo Breaks Down Quinn Mulhern's Sweep of Rich Clementi at King of the Cage: Vengeance


There was some very interesting technique displayed in Friday night's Quinn Mulhern vs Rich Clementi bout at King of the Cage: Vengeance. Mulhern scored the upset win over the UFC vet Clementi by dominating him on the ground. Mulhern was very impressive and I hope to see him get a crack at some more high profile fights in the future. Perhaps even get the call up to Bellator, Strikeforce, DREAM or the UFC.

Part of it was the sweep above which appeared to the commentators (and me) to be an omaplata sweep. But Eddie Bravo went on the UG and broke it down as a rubber guard sweep:

1. Mission control (pulled his leg up and kept it up there with his left hand)
2. Zombie (forced his opponent's left hand to the mat by coming up and around the elbow)
3. Cleared the neck (he switched his left forearm to the other side of his opponent's neck)
4. Chill dog (re hooked his right leg with his left hand and kept pressure on his opponent's neck)
5. Kung fu move (brought his right foot over in front of his opponent's face, circled his left elbow above and around his foot and iron palmed his own foot into his opponent's face)
6. Da (forced his opponent to roll and rolled up with him to get the sweep)

The full fight is worth a look, so I've posted it in the extended entry. Twice Clementi reversed mount by grabbing Mulhern with both legs in a kind of body scissors. This led to an unusual position that announcer Jason "Mayhem" Miller called the "reverse scorpion mount".

There's also a video of Bravo breaking down his rubber guard approach.

BE coverage of King of the Cage "Vengeance"


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