Since my first video analysis, I've been working diligently to smooth out my video editing and concision. Of course, videos are less descriptive and more visual than an article, but maybe they balance each other out in the end.
Urijah Faber: The Bang-Crafted Overhand
This video was inspired by Faber's most recent bout. I've not paid too much attention to Urijah before, despite his "exciting" aura. In the past, I thought of him as someone who forced a lot of his strikes with athleticism and brute force.
Now I know Ludwig has been working extensively with Faber, and in this fight I was blown away with the setups. Feints, draws, and TEEPS! It was beautiful, and I knew I had to highlight it. Teeps are making it into the big fights now. If you recall, GSP effectively controlled Hendricks for many moments of their bout with his teeps. It's no coincidence—GSP and Faber both had authentic Muay Thai coaching.
What was most impressive was that Ludwig effectively combined Faber's big punch with awesome setups.
So it only seemed fair that Ludwig should be credited with Faber's new execution, and Mr. Ludwig seemed to appreciate this.
Samart is an absolute legend. He is at times defensively, stylistically, and strategically similar to Anderson Silva (he can do more than Silva of course). And for good reasons, he did not taunt as explicitly—Thais would not approve of such behavior.
Samart is known as one of the few legendary Thai superstars in combat sports. Four Luminpee Stadium titles (think of Superbowl in States, but in Thailand for Muay Thai). WBC boxing champion, star singer and star actor.
Coming from the legendary Sidyodtong camp, they are known for their ability to both box and fight Thai. This made some of their fighters very different in the Thai world. This video is basically just one technique/strategy from Samart, but so very worth highlighting.
Ernesto Hoost: Seamless Weight Transition
And back to Ernesto "Mr. Perfect" Hoost. This video analyzes his seamless transition between punching and kicking—the Dutch way. When he is doing something it's so many things going on at once, so I figured it'd be better highlighted and showcased individually rather than all at once.
In the future, there will be plenty about Samart Payakaroon and Ernest Hoost—they are so brilliant in so many ways.
As always, thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the videos.