Fans are in for a treat at UFC 128. Not only does the card feature a headliner between possibly the best light heavyweight of all time and the fastest rising star in the sport, it's stacked top to bottom with proven performers who bring the highest level of skills to Mixed Martial arts.
If you doubt me, check out all the Judo Chops we have devoted to breaking down the skills of these stars:
- The Pride Striking of Mauricio Shogun Rua
- Can "Shogun" Rua Thrive Without Soccer Kicks?
- Jon Jones' Greco-Roman (and Judo) Clinic
- The Integrated Game of Jon Jones
- Jon Jones Unleashes the Salaverry on Matyushenko
- Nate Marquardt's Crazy Karate/Muay Thai Combination
- The Instinctive Judo of Yoshihiro Akiyama
- Escapes and Scrambles with Jim Miller and David Baron
- The Dangerous Spinning Back Strike with Urijah Faber
- Anderson Silva Pulls a Wrestling Switch on Nate Marquardt
- Luiz Cane Has No Answer for Antonio Rogerio Nogueira's Left
Let's start with the champ (gifs are from his Pride Total Elimination 2005 bout with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson) PLEASE NOTE The analysis below predates either of Shogun's fights with Machida.
Devante from Sherdog: The thing about (Rua) is alot of his success standing is based on athleticism, not so much technical excellence. His Muay Thai is ok, his boxing is terrible and his overall kickboxing is so so; the best thing about him is the unpredictable aspect of his standup AND his explosiveness/dynamic quality.
Devante from Sherdog: Rua isn't as precise or defensively aware in regards to actual parries, blocks, slips or even control of range. His defense is his offense which handcuffs opponents who don't want to get countered as a result of his ability to overwhelm and the variety of strikes he uses. Also he fights in spots, he isn't consistent; he explodes at different points in a fight and if you're in range or not well rounded in your striking you usually get caught and dropped or stopped.
Kid Nate: Note how Shogun's swarming of Rampage Jackson in their 2005 bout at PRIDE's Total Elimination 2005. Shogun fires off a winging capoeira kick that may be called the Martelo Rodado (in TKD a very similar move is called a Tornado Kick) that is partially blocked by Jackson but also wacks him with a fair amount of impact. The kick starts with a feint that has Jackson looking to check a leg kick, taking him a bit off balance. The second gif shows how deadly Shogun can be in the clinch. He comes in from an awkward angle, lands a nasty uppercut then establishes the Thai plum with both hands behind Jackson's neck and begins firing knees.
And now, the challenger (gifs are from his UFC 94 bout with Stephan Bonnar)
From Smoogy on the UG (Smoogy made the gifs and identified the moves, the information about each move is stuff I found online:
Smoogy: Here is my breakdown after consulting with UGer Yatsuzaki, who actually trains UFC:
- Harai Goshi/Sweeping Hip Throw.
Nate:"Harai goshi starts like ogoshi, but involves also swinging the leg and hip to the outside of the opponent's hip. This modification requires slightly better balance, but pays off by giving the throw more power while simultaneously blocking one of the opponent's escape routes."
- Deashi Harai/Forward Foot Sweep
Nate: "One common method used in Danzan-ryu Jujitsu is the outside-in method of sweeping an opponent's foot. It is accomplished by initially having a firm grip on the opponent while facing him or her. The attacker then moves the foot to the opposite side of his opponent (right foot to opponent's left side, or vice versa), to sweep the opponent's opposite leg out from underneath him. Simultaneously the upper body must compliment this push-pull motion with a great deal of power being generated from the rotation of the hips."
- Arm spin
Nate: "The arm spin in wrestling allows you to throw an opponent off balance, setting up the next move. This technique is all about speed and accuracy. Performed well, the arm spin is a useful tool in the wrestling toolbox. "
- German Suplex
Nate: "Technically known as a belly to back waist lock suplex, the wrestler stands behind the opponent, grabs them around their waist, lifts them up, and falls backwards while bridging his back and legs, slamming the opponent down to the mat shoulder and upper back first. The wrestler keeps the waistlock and continues bridging with their back and legs, pinning the opponent's shoulders down against the mat. The regular pinning variation can be referred to as the German suplex pin. The wrestler can also release the opponent in mid arch, which is referred to as a release German suplex. Sometimes, rather than bridging for a pin, the wrestler may roll himself into another position to perform the move again, often referred to as multiple or rolling German suplexes."
- Lateral Drop
See the original post.
- Martian Manslam (aka Deashi Harai with some serious oomph on it)