Ryan Jimmo: He can grapple too.
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On July 21st, 2012 Ryan Jimmo will make his UFC debut in Calgary Canada against Anthony Perosh. He was originally slated to take on Karlos Vemola earlier this year, but was forced to resign due to an injury. While many casual fans have not heard of him, Jimmo has been making waves up north. He has earned a record of sixteen wins, and one loss.
His first and only loss was over five years ago, and since then Jimmo has accumulated a sixteen fight win streak. Through that win streak, Jimmo did the majority of his fighting in Canada’s largest promotion MFC. In his pre-UFC career Jimmo defeated the likes of Wilson Gouveia, Marvin Eastmen, Rick Roufus, and Sokoudjou. Jimmo a long time practitioner of Karate has made it quite obvious that he loves to strike, but here we will discuss why he is no slouch on the ground.
He is very methodical when it comes to how he moves around on the canvas, and does not brawl with his opponents. Jimmo batters the bodies of his opponents with kicks, and leaps in with his jab breaking his opponents down, allowing him to trip his opponent constantly. Though not the ‘Canadian Machida’ he in his own right is a very dangerous and versatile striker, who has been quite a riddle for his opponents to figure out. As of late Jimmo hasn’t been finishing everyone, but he has been winning dominant decisions for the most part. Still with his recent decision streak he still posts a fifty percent finishing rate. No one can deny the fact that he has a conservative style, but has tons of movement, and loads up with tons of power, and will be one of the faster light heavyweights in the UFC ranks. Still, Jimmo is always looking for the knock out when he jumps through his opponents guard he looks to do damage. Jimmo does have an underrated ground game, scoring multiple take downs on his opponents, as well as great transitions. His striking is still his ‘bread and butter’, but has no qualms tripping his opponent, and laying down heavy strikes to the surface his opponents face. Over his career he has become very proficient with his take down defense allowing him to keep the fight on the feet unless he chooses otherwise. This combination of an emphasis on his wrestling game has allowed him to excel in the striking.
In this article we will examine the techniques that carried Ryan Jimmo to a UFC debut against Anthony Perosh.
The tools we will examine:
In the exchange below, Jimmo shoots right past and hits his opponent with the right cross, then swims into the double under-hook position. Initially Jimmo attempts to lock his hands, but his opponent counters with deep over-hooks. While this is solid, and technical, finishing this move requires plenty of strength to walk the opponent down. Jimmo keeps his back straight, and his hips under him to avoid the counter. Right at the end of the push, Jimmo bumps his opponent into the ropes, and bounces him off, changing direction just like Khabib Nurmagomedov does with his single legs. This causes the opponent to become a bit disoriented, and create an opening for the take down, and here that would be the outside trip. A minor move to watch is right at the end. Jimmo has his leg in position before he ever bounces his opponent, almost guaranteeing his take-down, and pass right into half-guard.
Again Jimmo clinches with his opponent, this time with the over-under position. In this instance he does a few different things to get his opponent down. The first being that, Jimmo's opponent sits back, and is actually trying to pull away. Standing straight up while his opponent sits back would leave him open, and unbalanced for a trip attempt on himself. So Jimmo sits back as well, which creates a 'tug of war' situation. In the end someone has to win 'tug of war' and Jimmo wins. Notice Jimmo raises the shoulder of his opponent on the same side as the leg he will attempt to trip. This causes his opponent to put his weight on opposite leg, drawing him closer. He pulls his opponent in enough to allow himself to posture and place his left leg behind his opponents right leg.
Jimmo does uses real basic, but solid techniques here. He keeps his hips down, and his weight distributed well, maintaining a lot of surface area contact with his opponent. This creates friction, and reduces escape attempts, and the movement of his opponent. Jimmo posts his right arm to avoid being bucked off, and lays down some heavy elbows, and punches into the face of his adversary. Notice between the ground and pound, and the choke Jimmo uses a text book half nelson (shoot his opposite hand across, and behind his opponents head/neck to give control). Jimmo uses this to land a few extra strikes before his opponent gives up the back, and allows him to capitalize on a classic rear naked choke.
I have discussed this in other articles, more specifically here. Passing is overlooked constantly by many people, because tons of scrambles end up giving fighters solid position. Which is not bad, but there is an art to passing no matter how simple it may look from the outside. The key is Jimmo does not give his opponent much time to react. Timing is everything at the professional level. Jimmo forces down his opponents right leg, and shoots his left leg over. He does not throw it over in a big elliptical motion. There is nothing flashy about it. He keeps in contact nearly the whole time with his opponents body, not allowing for any holes or openings for his opponent to capitalize.
Back control, one of the more unforgiving, and difficult positions to earn, and maintain. Here Jimmo's opponent manages to get out of the mount, but gives up his back instead. His opponent is in such fear of the choke he does not see Jimmo is to high on his back, and instead guards his neck. This is a huge mistake, and allows Jimmo to post his right arm, and regain his balance, and stability on the back (his opponent should have looked for the '2 on 1' position, controlling one arm so to not be choke). After Jimmo sits back, look at where he places his right leg. His shin rests over the Achilles, and back of the calf of his opponent. This is solid wrestling, though it is not the most common technique. Placing his shin on the his opponents leg is done in wrestling, when the top man is not comfortable with a leg ride, and sits back as much as he can. This pins his opponents leg to the canvas, and allows him to work for the pin, or head control. In MMA this allows Jimmo to throw punches, and work more steadily for the Rear Naked Choke, garnering much more control.
Towards the end of the round Jimmo's opponent looks for a late takedown, aiming for the double-leg he falls short. Jimmo hits his switch as soon as they hit the ropes. A switch is technique in which the man defending the shot already has lost a bit of position, and shoots his opposite side arm up the inside thigh of the opponent. This is a technical answer to defending leg shots, rather than many men who just trying to muscle off opponents or pull guard. Putting the arm in the opposite side thigh will create space breaking the opponents grip, and cause the two men to become perpendicular, rather than facing each other. Many men will get the single or double leg takedown from here. Jimmo instead sprawls out, pushes off the arm, and takes the back. Its a circular motion, that requires very little strength to accomplish when done correctly, unless both men hit a switch(but that is for another article).
Now at the end of the article, I would hope some have become more acquainted with Ryan Jimmo and his abilities. The man has earned his place in the UFC, again I will reiterate a sixteen fight win streak. His fight this weekend is one to watch for, and do not be surprised if he gets the KO of the night.
Every other gif I am just leaving for anyone to create an article of their own on the striking. I can box/kickbox, and have competed in Karate but is not my forte and will not be able to do him justice in the striking department. So enjoy.
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