The Bloody Elbow Judo Chop

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Judo Chop: Lyoto Machida's Mind Control

Lyoto Machida knows exactly how to get inside your head and make you do what he wants. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down how the Karate master reads his opponents so well.

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Judo Chop: Artem Levin and the Case for Boxing

BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the boxing-heavy game of Artem Levin, who just may be the new best kickboxer in the world.

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The Ringcraft of Miguel Cotto

BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch delves into the surprisingly deep bag of tricks possessed by Miguel Cotto, who faces Sergio Martinez this Saturday on HBO pay-per-view.

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Judo Chop: Backstrom's Too Cool for Hooks Choke

Niklas Backtrom showed off some grappling savvy after he hurt Tom Niinimaki with a knee. T.P. Grant breaks down his slick submission finish.

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The Climb: TJ Dillashaw, technical retrospective

Few fighters have experienced as much improvement in the space of two years as TJ Dillashaw has under Duane Ludwig. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down Dillashaw's technical progression.

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Pick your Poison: The Muay Thai of Matt Brown

Matt Brown might announce himself as a "technical brawler," but he possesses one of the most pure Muay Thai styles in MMA today. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down this unique striking style.

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Judo Chop: Amir Khan's dirty boxing

Saturday was a great night of boxing. Lest the controversy of the main event scorecards force us to forget that, BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the most interesting sequences from a great series of fights.

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UFC 172 Mini-Judo Chop: Jones' Shoulder Lock

Jon Jones busted out a very old school grappling technique on Glover Teixeira in the first round of their Championship fight and T.P. Grant takes a look at it.

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UFC 172 Judo Chop: Jon Jones's Muay Thai eye poke

At UFC 172, UFC champion Jon Jones repeatedly poked Glover Teixeira in the eye. Is this just a dirty technique, or is there something more to it? Fraser Coffeen looks at these eye pokes, tracing them back to classic Muay Thai, in this Bloody Elbow Judo Chop.

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Judo Chop: Jon Jones' In-fighting

Jon Jones retained his UFC light heavyweight title Saturday in a five-round decision over Glover Teixeira, using vicious in-fighting tactics to cut, bruise, and batter the Brazilian contender against the fence. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks it down.

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Judo Chop: Is Jon Jones a Finished Product?

Jon Jones is already the greatest light heavyweight of all time at 26 years old, but is he done developing as a fighter? BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch examines the champion's advancements--or lack thereof.

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The Grindstone: Glover Teixeira

Glover Teixeira will try to implement his dangerous pressure game against Jon Jones this Saturday in the main event of UFC 172. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the facets of his style.

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Judo Chop: Werdum's set-ups

Fabricio Werdum picked Travis Browne apart on the feet in Saturday's UFC on Fox main event. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the small details that made his big shots effective, and runs through the difference between techniques and "moves."

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Judo Chop: Werdum/Cordeiro vs. Browne/Winkeljohn

Saturday's UFC on Fox main event is not only a battle between top heavyweight contenders, but one between two of the sport's premier striking trainers. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down their coaching styles.

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Pacquiao vs Bradley 2: Fun with Angles, part 2

On Saturday Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley fought for the WBO welterweight title. What ensued was a spell-binding clinic in the fascinating subject of southpaw vs. orthodox footwork. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch brings you a breakdown of their techniques.

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Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2: Fun with Angles, part 1

On Saturday Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley fought for the WBO welterweight title. What ensued was a spell-binding clinic in the fascinating subject of southpaw vs. orthodox footwork.

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Pat Barry and a Very Bad Day in the Octagon

To flip the tradition of Judo Chops pointing out great technique in combat sports, we at Bloody Elbow asked ourselves "What went wrong for Pat Barry in his fight against Soa Palelei at Hunt vs. Bigfoot"? The answers covered the gamut from striking to grappling and hopefully, we show our respect for both Barry and Palelei throughout.

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Judo Chop: The Ashi-Waza of Hector Lombard

Grappling Team Judo bum Ananse takes a detailed look at the footsweeps used by Hector Lombard to rag-doll Jake Shields at UFC 171.

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Judo Chop: Hendricks, the Uncrowned King

This weekend, Johny Hendricks fights Robbie Lawler for the belt he believes is rightfully his, and he's almost certainly going to come in better than ever before. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch analyzes Hendricks' growth as a striker.

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Judo Chop: 'Ruthless' Robbie Lawler Rising

Robbie Lawler just might be the most unlikely title challenger ever, and yet he's got the necessary skills to become the UFC's new welterweight champ. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down his wily veteran ways.

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Judo Chop: Canelo Alvarez's Bag of Tricks

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez beat Alfredo Angulo in a dominant performance last Saturday, showing off an impressive array of techniques in the process. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down his bag of tricks.

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Judo Chop: Baiting the Trap with Gunnar Nelson

UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson show off his tactical mind as he led Omari AKhmedov right into a guillotine choke. T.P. Grant breaks down the sequence that led the submission.

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Judo Chop: Jimi Manuwa's Uphill Battle

Jimi Manuwa faces his toughest opponent to date in Alexander Gustafsson, the Swedish giant who came THIS close to stealing Jon Jones' light heavyweight belt in December. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch takes a look at how Manuwa could chop the big man down.

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Judo Chop: Gustafsson's Tall Man Boxing

Alexander Gustafsson is set to fight #11 ranked Jimi Manuwa this weekend. A win is expected to earn him a rematch against light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the long and tall style of boxing that the Swede employs.

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Judo Chop: Stun Gun's Berserker Rage

Whether by the aid of hallucinogenic drugs or bloodthirsty Norse gods, Dong Hyun Kim recently became an unstoppable berserker. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the hate-fueled elbow he used to KO John Hathaway.

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Judo Chop: Mike Pyle's Spinning Elbow

Mike Pyle reasserted himself as one of welterweight' most reliable action fighters with a knockout win over TJ Waldburger at UFC 170. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down his highlight reel spinning elbow.

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Judo Chop: Can Sara McMann-handle Rousey?

BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch has a gameplan in mind that would allow Sara McMann to dethrone Ronda Rousey--but does McMann have the skills and discipline to execute this strategy?

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Judo Chop: Lyoto Machida's Karate Rhythm

Lyoto Machida faces the unknown in the dangerous but somewhat unproven Gegard Mousasi in a bout that could earn him a shot at the middleweight title. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the unique rhythm Machida will use to get his opponent off his game.

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How to Trap a Dragon: Pressure Fighting w/ Mousasi

Gegard Mousasi may have won his UFC debut, but his first real test in the organization is one of the most feared counter strikers in the sport, Lyoto Machida. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch examines what Mousasi will need to do to get the win.

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Mikey Garcia & Luis Collazo: The Manipulators

BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch brings you a technique breakdown of two of January's standouts in the sport of boxing, WBO super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia and former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo.

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Judo Chop: Urijah Faber--Leader of the Pack?

Urijah Faber, so long the second-best, makes what might be his final run at the bantamweight title this Saturday. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch takes a look at his chances by breaking down the improvements Faber has made under coach Duane Ludwig.

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Benson Henderson and the Art of Bullsh*t

Many fans feel that Ben Henderson did not deserve his split decision win over Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 10. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch takes a look at what Bendo did to convince the judges.

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Judo Chop: The Nova Uniao Arm Triangle

UFC 169 features two of MMA's great champions in Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, who both hail from the Nova Uniao fight camp. T.P. Grant takes a look at that camp's favorite submission.

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Judo Chop: Josh Thomson's Seamless Takedowns

Denied an unlikely title shot by fate, Josh Thomson is now set to face former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson to reestablish himself as no. 1 contender. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the slick takedowns that could lead to a win for Thomson this weekend.

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Judo Chop: Luke Rockhold's Boxing Lesson

Once one of the hottest middleweight prospects in the world, Luke Rockhold suffered a brutal knockout at the hands of Vitor Belfort in his last fight. Now he seeks to redeem himself against Costa Philippou. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the set ups that led to the knockout.

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Judo Chop: Costa Philippou's Eye Poke

At UFC 155, Costa Philippou TKO'd Tim Boetsch after blinding one of his eyes with a dubious eye poke. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch takes a look at the incident and examines the history of fouls in combat sports.

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Ronda Chop III: Sacrifice Throws and Armbars

In the final installment of his look at Ronda Rousey's judo clinic at UFC 168 against Miesha Tate, T.P. Grant looks at her utilization of a little-used technique in MMA that eventually set up her fight-ending armbar.

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Ronda Chop II: Picture Perfect Harai Goshi

T.P. Grant continues his look at Ronda Rousey's Judo clinch from UFC 168 with her Harai Goshi throw of Miesha Tate.

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Ronda Chop I: The Counter Uchi-Mata

UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey put on a technical display in her UFC 168 title match against Miesha Tate and the Bloody Elbow Grappling team is breaking it all down starting with T.P. Grant looking her use of the Uchi-Mata throw.

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UFC 168 Judo Chop: The Rematch

BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch analyzes the strategic changes that Anderson Silva will need to make to reclaim the UFC middleweight title from Chris Weidman at UFC 168.

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Judo Chop: Kesa Gatame and Giving up the Back

T.P. Grant takes a look at a piece of Ronda's game that is a judo specialty, how she uses it, and how it can lead to her giving up her back.

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Judo Chop: Weidman and Silva Leglock Battle

In their first meeting at UFC 162, Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva had a high-level grappling exchange in the first round that warrants a further look heading into the Middleweight title rematch at UFC 168.

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Judo Chop: Joseph Benavidez, Unfettered Power

Joseph Benavidez lost a close fight to Demetrious Johnson the first time around. Will the changes he's made under new coach Duane Ludwig be enough to turn the tables in the rematch? BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks it down.

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Interview: Techniques & Strategies of Matt Brown

BE's striking analyst Connor Ruebusch and his co-host Corey Meyer sit down for an interview with UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown, who is set to battle Carlos Condit in a highly anticipated matchup at UFC on Fox 9, December 14th.

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Judo Chop: Maynard & Diaz, Boxing Strategy

Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz are set to compete their trilogy of fights this Saturday. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the striking skills of these two lightweight boxers, and the strategic elements of their styles.

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Judo Chop: Andy Ristie, Legend Killer

Andy Ristie accomplished the impossible at Glory 12 when he knocked out the greatest lightweight kickboxer in the world, and then the second best later on the same night. BE's Connor Ruebusch and Fraser Coffeen break down the fights.

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Judo Chop: Hendricks, Landing the Left Hand

Johny Hendricks aims to follow in the footsteps of legendary dark horse Matt Serra by becoming the second man to knock out Georges St-Pierre. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch takes a look at his chances.

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Judo Chop: Rustam Khabilov's Spinning Hook Kick

Rustam Khabilov, normally known for his grappling, shocked us all Wednesday night with a devastating spinning hook kick to the head of Jorge Masvidal. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the technique, and how it was set up.

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UFN 30 Judo Chop: Ross Pearson Rising

UFN 30 features a co-main event fight between two dangerous strikers attempting to regain a foothold in the competitive lightweight division. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the technical boxing of Ross Pearson who will be vying to extend his winning streak to 3 against Melvin Guillard this Saturday.

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Judo Chop: Cain Velasquez, Tactical Brawler

Cain Velasquez is determined to prove that his knockout loss to Junior Dos Santos was nothing more than a fluke with a second win at UFC 166. BE's Connor Ruebusch takes a look at the calculated risk that is his knock-down, drag-out style.

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UFC 166 Judo Chop: JDS and the lucky punch

Junior Dos Santos is headed into the most important fight of his career against Cain Velasquez at UFC 166. BE's Connor Ruebusch takes a look at the techniques and strategies that could make or break him in the conclusion to this epic trilogy.

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The Genius of Juan Manuel Marquez

Bloody Elbow's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch takes an in-depth look at the techniques of boxer Juan Manuel Marquez on the eve of his pay-per-view bout with Timothy Bradley.

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Judo Chop: Cotto, Klitschko, and the Jab

Connor breaks down the jabs of Miguel Cotto and Wladimir Klitschko, two boxers whose success is based on their ability to set up power shots with their quick and clever left hands.

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UFC 165 Judo Chop: Chris Clement's Sweep Kick

Chris Clements landed a slick spinning sweep kick before being knocked out by Stephen Thompson in the UC 165 prelims. Connor breaks down the application of this technique.

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UFC 165 Judo Chop: The Myth of Fighting Tall

For UFC 165 Jon Jones is finally being given another actual light heavyweight contender, and this is his most physically imposing opponent yet. Connor breaks down why height might not actually be as important as it seems, and how Jones and Gustafsson can maximize their advantages this Saturday.

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The Incomparable Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Connor and Fraser are back with Part 2 of this breakdown of Saturday's main event. This time it's a breakdown of Floyd Mayweather, whose unique skillset has made him the greatest boxer in the sport today.

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The Hybrid Style of Canelo Alvarez

BE's Connor Ruebusch and Fraser Coffeen break down the tools and tricks that have brought 23 year-old Saul "Canelo" Alvarez to the very top in the world of boxing, as he gets set to fight the greatest boxer in the sport, Floyd Mayweather Jr., this Saturday.

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UFC 164 Judo Chop: The Striking of Anthony Pettis

2013 brings us yet another highly anticipated rematch with UFC 164's title bout between Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson. Connor takes a look at the surprisingly simple keys to Pettis' celebrated striking game.

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UFN 27 Judo Chop: Carlos Condit's Killer Instincts

Tomorrow "The Natural Born Killer" Carlos Condit meets Martin Kampmann in a highly anticipated rematch. Connor breaks down the former UFC interim champ's potent striking game.

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UFN 27 Judo Chop: Martin Kampmann's Striking

This Wednesday Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann meets Carlos Condit in a highly anticipated rematch. Connor breaks down the wrinkles of Kampmann's kickboxing game.

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Judo Chop: Conor McGregor's Guard Passing

At the UFC Fight Night on FS1, Conor McGregor showed off a bit of his improved ground game, and T.P. Grant examines his pressure passing game.

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Judo Chop: The Striking of Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has the whole MMA world talking, and this Saturday he'll have the chance to prove that the hype surrounding him is well-deserved. Connor breaks down the unique and dangerous striking of this new prospect.

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UFC FS1 Judo Chop: Flying Scissors Invert Heelhook

Joe Lauzon does the gentlemanly thing at UFC 155 and tries to take Jim Miller's knee off with a beautiful flying scissors inverted heel hook chain. Ben Thapa takes a long look at the takedown in the context of judo, sambo and MMA history with GIFs, pictures and videos aplenty before Joe's next fight at UFC FS1: Shogun vs. Sonnen.

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Judo Chop: The Deep Half Guard with Shogun Rua

T.P. Grant takes a broad look at the deep half guard position, what it can accomplish and how it can be stopped.

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Judo Chop: The Marlon Moraes head kick KO at WSOF2

Who doesn't love a good head kick KO? In this Bloody Elbow Judo Chop, we break down the head kick KO by Marlon Moraes at WSOF 2, looking at his basic, but perfectly executed set up.

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UFC 163 Judo Chop: Jose Aldo's Sprawl & Brawl

Jose Aldo just might be the best striker in MMA. Connor breaks down the techniques and strategies that the Featherweight champ uses to maintain the distance, stuff the takedown, and get the KO.

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UFC 163 Judo Chop: Korean Zombie's Awkward Style

Fan favorite Chan Sung Jung, the Korean Zombie, faces fearsome featherweight champion Jose Aldo in UFC 163's main event this Saturday. Connor breaks down the unorthodox combination of striking and grappling that carried Jung to the top of the heap at 145.

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UFC 163 Judo Chop: The Brilliance of Lyoto Machida

UFC 163 features a co-main event fight between Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis. Connor first breaks down the techniques that have brought Machida so much success, and then breaks down completely in a fit of girlish excitement at the idea of seeing his favorite fighter in the Octagon again.

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Judo Chop: The Best and Worst of Mighty Mouse

This weekend's UFC on Fox card gives us the third flyweight title fight in the organization's history, an unheralded clash between champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson and John Moraga. Connor Ruebusch breaks down the striking skillset of the champ.

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Judo Chop: The Best and Worst of John Moraga

The UFC's eighth event on Fox gives us the second title defense of flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, against the unheralded John Moraga. Connor breaks down the impressive boxing skills of Moraga.

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UFC 162 Judo Chop: The Boxing of Cub Swanson

Cub Swanson is not only a new-made knockout artist, but an impressively technical boxer. Connor breaks down the attributes and skills that make him so dangerous on the feet.

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UFC 162 Judo Chop: How Weidman Squished the Spider

On July 6, Chris Weidman shocked the world by handing Anderson Silva his first ever KO loss. Connor and Fraser take a look at the finish and compare the finishing sequence to some of Anderson's other performances. Plus, boxing GIFs!

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UFC 162 Judo Chop: The Striking of Anderson Silva

One of the most highly anticipated fights of the year is happening this weekend. Connor Ruebusch breaks down the unrivaled striking skills of undisputed UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and how he matches up with Chris Weidman.

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UFC 162 Judo Chop: Chris Weidman's Head Control

As UFC 162 looms closer, Ben Thapa examines the ground game of Chris Weidman. How does this vaunted challenger to Anderson Silva operate as a submission grappler and takedown artist? Does he match up well with the weaknesses of Anderson, the all time great and champion?

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UFC 162 Judo Chop: The Striking of Chris Weidman

One of the most highly anticipated fights of the year is happening this weekend. Connor Ruebusch breaks down the striking of Chris Weidman, and the brilliance with which he combines it with his world class grappling.

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Judo Chop: Anderson Silva's Grappling

Heading into the UFC 162: Silva vs Weidman, T.P. Grant looks at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ability of UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.

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Judo Chop: Silva's Underrated Takedown Defense

Heading into the UFC 162: Silva vs Weidman, T.P. Grant looks at the often maligned and badly underestimated takedown defense of the UFC Middleweight Champion.

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UFC 161 Judo Chop: Krause hits a Cartwheel Kick

At UFC 161, James Krause made an impressive UFC debut, including landing a rare cartwheel kick. In this Bloody Elbow Judo Chop, Fraser Coffeen breaks down the cartwheel kick, what Krause did right, and how it could have been improved.

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Judo Chop: How Thiago Silva KO'd Feijao

Connor Ruebusch breaks down the sequence of brutal strikes that Thiago Silva used to separate Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante from consciousness at Saturday's UFC event, and the gameplan that preceded the finish.

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Judo Chop: Fabricio Werdum's Brazilian Muay Thai

Connor Ruebusch examines the new and improved Muay Thai of UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum.

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Judo Chop: The Best and Worst of Mark Hunt

Connor Ruebusch breaks down the devastating power that is the striking technique of the Super Samoan, Mark Hunt, now just two days away from his UFC 160 fight with Junior Dos Santos.

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Judo Chop: The Best and Worst of Junior Dos Santos

Connor Ruebusch breaks down the striking technique of Junior Dos Santos as he prepares to face Mark Hunt at UFC 160 in the matchup Bloody Elbow readers around the world have been waiting for.

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Judo Chop: Jacare Souza Plays Transitional Chess

A breakdown of Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza's impressive UFC debut win over Chris Camozzi at UFC on FX 8.

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Judo Chop: Jacare's Guard Passing

T.P. Grant looks at the guard passing game of Jacare Souza, one of the best BJJ fighters in MMA.

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Judo Chop: The Best and Worst of Vitor Belfort

Connor Ruebusch breaks down the striking of Vitor Belfort as the old, hormone-deficient lion prepares to face off against Luke Rockhold this Saturday.

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Judo Chop: The best & worst of Luke Rockhold

Connor Ruebusch breaks down the striking of Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold as he gets set to challenge Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 8.

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UFC 159 Judo Chop: Siler's Slick Tripod Sweep

Steven Siler and Kurt Holobaugh kicked off the UFC 159 with an excellent scrap on the the prelims and the second round featured a nice sweep and then a technical counter. T.P. Grant breaks it all down.

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Judo Chop: The Immortal Muay Thai of Matt Brown

Connor Ruebusch breaks down the unique clinch attack of "The Immortal" and the methods he used at UFC on Fox 7 to add prospect Jordan Mein to his five-fight winning streak.

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Judo Chop: The Striking of Benson Henderson

In part two of a two-part breakdown, Connor Ruebusch examines the holes in Ben Henderson's standup game, and discusses how challenger Gilbert Melendez might be able to exploit them.

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Judo Chop: The striking of Gil Melendez

The first part of a two-part breakdown of the main event of Saturday's UFC on Fox 7. This first installment examines the weaknesses in Gilbert Melendez' standup style, and the ways in which Ben Henderson could exploit those holes.

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Judo Chop: Waterson's Armbar Defense and Offense

Michelle Waterson showed some impressed grappling skills against a BJJ ace in Jessica Penne. T.P. Grant breaks down how the Karate Hottie survived an armbar and then turned the tables on Penne to take the Atomweight title.

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Judo Chop: Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Pat Curran

This Thursday at Bellator 95 Shahbulat Shamhalaev replaces the injured Daniel Straus to vie for the Bellator strap against champion Pat Curran. Both fighters bring a dangerous array of striking techniques to the table.

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Bloody Basics: Striking Stance

A new Bloody Elbow technical series, looking at the foundational techniques of different martial arts and those unique to Mixed Martial Arts. This installment explains the elements of an effective stance designed for striking.

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Bloody Basics: The Mount

Bloody Basics examines the mount position, one of the most dominant in all of combat sports. In this article T.P. Grant examines the basics of controlling and attacking from the position.

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Judo Chop: Georges St Pierre's Ground and Pound

A technical breakdown of the ground striking of the UFC's Weleterweight Champion Georges St Pierre

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Connor Ruebusch: The Holes in GSP's Striking

Heading into Georges St. Pierre's fight Nick Diaz, Connor Ruebusch looks at the striking of the UFC Welterweight champion.

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UFC 157: Machida vs Henderson - Open Guard 101

Jack Slack's last Bloody Elbow post event breakdown presents a look at the fundamental errors that prevented Dan Henderson from catching Lyoto Machida.

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Judo Chop! Kenny Robertson's splitting kneebar

With one of the more unique submissions seen in the UFC, Kenny Robertson defeated Brock Jardine with a modified kneebar on the UFC 157 Facebook prelims. A little over 10 years earlier however, this same submission won a fight on a much smaller stage.

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Henderson vs Machida: The Minimalists

Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson are men who use a couple of techniques better than anyone else in the world. They are truly minimalists but have beaten the stiffest competition out there. Today we have a look at some of the factors at play in their hotly anticipated match up.

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McDonald vs Barao - The Striking

Renan Barao and Michael McDonald meet at UFC on Fuel 7. Both are highly touted strikers so today we take a brief look at the favourite methods of each man.

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Bloody Basics: The Bridge

A new Bloody Elbow technical series, looking at the foundational techniques of different martial arts and those unique to Mixed Martial Arts. This second article looks at a technique present in all ground grappling arts, the bridge.

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Alistair Overeem and Discipline in Striking

Alistair Overeem's knockout loss to Bigfoot Silva highlighted the importance of discipline in striking. Even the best strikers in the world can be knocked out when they behave foolishly. We take a look at how Overeem threw away the fight.

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Killing the King: Jose Aldo

We take a look at the greatest featherweight in our young sport's history, Jose Aldo, as Frankie Edgar attempts to commit his second divisional regicide.

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UFC on Fox 6: The Jack Slack Breakdown

A look at how Anthony Pettis shut down Donald Cerrone, Glover Teixeira and Quinton Jackson's brawl, and Demetrious Johnson's Ong Bak elbows at UFC on Fox 6.

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Judo Chop! Ryan Bader's Arm-across Guillotine

Ryan Bader scored one of the only submission victories at UFC on Fox 6 this past weekend, with a unique looking choke hold that quickly defeated veteran Vladimir Matyushenko.

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The Striking of Pettis and Cerrone

Today we look at the most exciting match up in months. Will it be the chopping power kicks of Donald Cerrone that carry the day, or the spectacular kicks of 'Showtime' Anthony Pettis?

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How Belfort tricked and kicked Bisping

Vitor Belfort's high kicks seemed to come out of nowhere, but in truth Bisping had been ducking towards them from the first time he slipped Belfort's classic left straight. Today we look at the set up and some gifs from other great high kick finishes.

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The BE Judo Chops of Bellator champ Pat Curran

This Thursday, Bellator is live on Spike TV with Pat Curran vs. Patricio Pitbull. Get ready with a look back at the Bloody Elbow Judo Chops of Bellator champion Pat Curran, courtesy of Kid Nate, Jack Slack, Dallas Winston, Fraser Coffeen, and Patrick Tenney.

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Vitor Belfort: A Brawler Not a Boxer

Vitor Belfort is often credited as being an example of high level MMA boxing but lacks a great many of the fundamental skills which a good technical boxer or striker should use consistently. Today we examine why Vitor is more a brawler than a scientific boxer.

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How Saffiedine Battered Marquardt

We examine the techniques which Tarec Saffiedine used to take Nate Marquardt's Strikeforce welterweight title.

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Michael Bisping's Problematic Chin

Michael Bisping's ability to take a punch is the talk of the media before every Bisping fight. Today we look at the defensive flaws which leave Bisping's chin so exposed in his bouts.

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Edson Barboza: Style Over Substance?

Edson Barboza is remembered for his incredible wheel kick knockout of Terry Etim and for his numbing low kicks but there are substantial flaws in Barboza's game which have been exploited before. Today we take a look at the surprisingly simplistic striking of Barboza ahead of his UFC on FX 7 bout with Lucas Martins.

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Randy Couture: Boxing into the Clinch

The clinch has always been an important position - but many wrestlers still struggle to get to the clinch on their own terms without being hit. Today we look at drawing an opponent into the clinch with examples from Randy Couture and Floyd Mayweather.

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Bloody Basics: The Hip Escape

A new Bloody Elbow technical series, looking at the foundational techniques of different martial arts and those unique to Mixed Martial Arts. This first edition focuses on the hip escape, the corner stone of grappling from the bottom.

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Judo Chop Melvin Guillard's Last Minute Submission

In the closing minutes of his fight with Jamie Varner, Melvin Guillard launched a submission assault that came within seconds of finishing the fight.

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UFC 155: How Cain Killed the King

We take a look at the incredible UFC 155 main event with an eye for how Cain Velasquez took control of the fight early and out boxed Dos Santos.

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UFC 155: Brad Pickett in Brief

We take a brief look at Brad Pickett and his interesting striking techniques and flaws.

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Killing the King: Junior Dos Santos

We take a look at the opportunities for committing divisional regicide against heavyweight monarch, Junior dos Santos.

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Judo Chop: Junior Dos Santos' Take-Down Defense

Junior dos Santos is known for his knock out power, but striking only works in MMA if a fighter is able to stay on his feet. The UFC Heavyweight Champion is an expert boxer, but also possesses some of the best take-down defense in the entire sport.

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UFC 155 - Cain Velasquez: Easy to Hit

Cain Velasquez's heavy hands and hard kicks have led to the belief that he is an elite heavyweight striker. Today we look at just how often Cain gets caught.

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UFC on Fox 5: The Jack Slack Breakdown

A little later than intended, we examine some of the finer moments from UFC on Fox 5's undercard.

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Jack Slack's TUF 16 Finale Breakdown

We look at the heavyweight finishes from The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale including Pat Barry vs. Shane del Rosario and Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione,

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UFC on FX 6: The Jack Slack Breakdown

Ross Pearson put on a boxing masterclass against jab fanatic George Sotiropoulos. Today we look at Ross Pearson and the inside slip.

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Judo Chop: Dennis Siver wins Half Guard battle

Dennis Siver made excellent use fundamental half guard top position grappling in his match with Nam Phan and this Judo Chop will look at what he did to so throughly dominate the fight.

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Jack Slack's UFC on Fox 5 Breakdown

We take a look at the fights on the main card of UFC on Fox 5 including Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz, B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald, Alex Gustafsson vs. Shogun Rua and more.

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Jack Slack's Cheat Sheet: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua

How can Shogun go from out striking Chuck Liddell and Lyoto Machida with poise and grace, to swinging wild against Dan Henderson and Brandon Vera? Jack Slack addresses some of the issues with Shogun's game ahead of his bout with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5.

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Judo Chop: The Gracie Stomp and Distance Closing

Ben Thapa takes a look at the Gracie stomp, made famous by Royce Gracie at UFC 1 and subsequent tournaments, and the counters, variants and the overall goal of controlling distance in a fight.

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B.J. Penn Cheat Sheet

One of the greatest fighters of all time, B.J. Penn returns to action against Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5. Jack Slack takes a look at the strengths, weaknesses and quirks of B.J. Penn's game.

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Mauricio Shogun Rua's 5 Greatest Moments

Few fighters will ever accomplish as much in their weight division as Mauricio Rua has in his. Shogun's career has been full of ups and downs but Shogun has had so many truly spectacular moments that is is certainly worth counting down a few ahead of UFC on Fox 5.

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How Alexander Gustafsson beat Thiago Silva

Alexander Gustafsson is preparing for the biggest fight of his life against Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua. Is the hype around Gustafsson deserved? Jack Slack examines his bout against Thiago Silva.

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GSP's sub defense and stellar showing vs. Condit

This is a collaboration between T.P. Grant and Dallas Winston: Dallas will attempt to make amends for questioning GSP's submission grappling and T.P. will discuss the technical aspects of his submission defense.

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Judo Chop: Marcin Held & the Lost Art of Toe Holds

At Bellator 81, Marcin Held submitted Rich Clementi with a toe hold - a submission rarely seen in high level MMA. Ben Thapa explains with GIFs by Zombie Prophet just exactly how Held held Clementi and why the submission is so rare.

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Jack Slack's UFC 154 Breakdown

UFC 154 provided some exciting stoppages, a questionable decision and a brilliant five round title fight. There was also a ton of technique on display and as always Jack Slack breaks down some of the best bits.

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Jack Slack's Cheat Sheet: Carlos Condit

How will Condit's active BJJ guard and adventurous kicking abilities hold up against Georges St. Pierre: possibly the greatest wrestler in Mixed Martial Arts competition to date? Jack Slack analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the Natural Born Killer.

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UFC Macao: Post-Fight Breakdown Judo Chop

Jack Slack takes a look at some of the great technical feats and failures from the UFC's first excursion to China including Cung Le's win over Rich Franklin, Takanori Gomi's reaching hand against Mac Danzig and Thiago Silva's weak defense against Stanislav Nedkov.

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Killing the King: Georges St. Pierre

Georges St. Pierre is one of the best rounded fighters in mixed martial arts history but is returning from a year and a half hiatus due to injury. Jack Slack examines the weaknesses in St. Pierre's incredible game as GSP prepares to defend his title against Carlos Condit at UFC 154.

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Cung Le and MMA's all-time best kickers

Kicking is becoming a new force in MMA - the champion is no longer the guy with a sprawl and knockout power, but the man who has the kicks to keep the bout at range. Jack Slack lists some of his favourite kickers and their technical querks.

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UFC 154 Judo Chop: Carlos Condit Fights Back

Carlos Condit is a super-exciting fighter with a ton of finishes. How does he retain his finishing touch in a division filled with strong wrestlers? Ben Thapa explains the Natural Born Killer's tactics using in a picture-filled Judo Chop.

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UFC 154 Judo Chop: GSP and Guard Passing

Breaking down how Georges St. Pierre passes the guard so well and what his preferred tactics are. Still photos and GIFs of examples outside of MMA are used by Ben Thapa to explain in this UFC 154 Judo Chop.

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Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin: The Striking

Jack Slack breaks down the striking aspects of the main event at UFC Macau. Will Rich Franklin's goofy boxing or Cung Le's Sanshou be the story of the fight?

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Judo Chop: Gomi versus Kawajiri

Going into UFC Macau, Takanori Gomi is arguably the most accomplished lightweight in mixed martial arts history - defeating nine top 10 ranked lightweights throughout his career. Over the years his technique and ability have declined sharply but before the one note brawler there was a great striker. In this series we look at Gomi's memorable performances starting with Gomi vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri at Pride Bushido 9.

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Judo Chop: Anderson Silva, Cung Le & the side kick

Just three of four years ago it was impossible to think of side kicks as a practical technique in mixed martial arts, yet in modern MMA Anderson Silva, Cung Le and Jon Jones have brought the side kick back to prominence. Today Jack Slack examines the side kick in some detail.

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Judo Chop: Georges St. Pierre's Jab

In Jack Slack's first look at UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre, we discuss his stand up clinic against Josh Koscheck and the Safety Lead as a preview of UFC 154.

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Anderson Silva and the art of rolling with punches

Anderson Silva is the most well known roller of punches in MMA and his skill deserves appreciation. Today we look at the act of rolling with punches both by turning the head and by shoulder rolling. We will also see appearances from Muhammad Ali, Wilfredo Benitez and Niccolino Locche.

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How Carlos Condit out-struck Nick Diaz

Jack Slack examines the most controversial main event in recent history and details the techniques utilized by UFC Interim Welterweight Champion, Carlos Condit to defeat Nick Diaz at UFC 143.

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UFC 153 Judo Chop: Demian Maia Rear Naked Torque

Breaking down the "rear naked torque" - a neck crank variant - that Demian Maia used to submit Rick Story at UFC 153.

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Judo Chop: Eddie Alvarez's head kick

Eddie Alvarez triumphed at Bellator 77 with a first round high kick knockout of Patricky Freire. Today we look at how Alvarez used his signature right hand lead to set up the finish.

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Jack Slack breaks down Maldonado vs Texeira

Fabio Maldonado and Glover Teixeira put on a violent bloodbath in their bout at UFC 153 but all that was really revealed was Maldonado's obviously deficient boxing and Teixeira's inability to mix up his striking. Today we look at how the match played out.

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Jack Slack breaks downAnderson's Rope-a-Dope

Anderson Silva successfully defeated Stephan Bonnar while holding his own back to the fence for much of the fight. Silva then used the fence to rebound Bonnar into a fight finishing knee to the solar plexus. Today we examine Silva's use of the fence to tire his larger opponent.

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Anderson Silva: 5 Signature Moves

Anderson Silva's technical skill set is as wide and varied as anyone in Mixed Martial Arts. Today we take a look at some of Silva's under-appreciated techniques such as the body triangle from guard and the shoulder roll evasions.

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The Go To Techniques of Big Nog

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's career has been carved out of the same crafty techniques being used against every opponent he meets. Today we take a look at three of the most commonly recurring.

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The Overrated Boxing of Fabio Maldonado

Fabio Maldonado has been praised for his brilliant body work and punching power which he developed through his pre-UFC boxing career. However, punching power and effective body punching do not make a great technical boxer and Maldonado's boxing game has glaring holes. Jack Slack takes a critical look at Maldonado.

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Judo Chop: Patrick Tenney Teaches Triple Attack

The triple attack has three fundamental submissions: the Armbar, the Omoplata, and the Triangle. These attacks all take advantage of a sequence of positional/postural mistakes either forced by you against your opponent or by your opponent failing to work properly inside of the guard. Patrick Tenney explains in depth and with video.

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UFC 152 Judo Chop Vinny Magalhaes Juji Roll Armbar

At UFC 152, the brilliance of Vinny Magalhaes's juji roll armbar on Igor Pokrajac was overshadowed by the dramatic submissions in the Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort fight. Ben Thapa takes a look at the nifty details in a new Judo Chop.

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How Gilbert Melendez Out Boxed Tatsuya Kawajiri

Gilbert Melendez's boxing has always been among the cleanest and most functional in MMA. Jack Slack examines the counters that Melendez used against Japanese lightweight stand out, Tatsuya Kawajiri.

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Judo Chop: Braulio Estima Arm Triangle

Titan FC 24 Judo Chop: Braulio Estima puts Chris Holland to sleep with an Arm Triangle from the Half Guard. GIFs, video and analysis combine to explain why this worked and what principles of grappling were useful.

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Judo Chop: The Lost Art of the Double Leg

Bloody Elbow Judo Chop: Sean Sherk and the Lost Art of the Double Leg Takedown

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Judo Chop: Peek a Boo and Pinning the Clinch

This Bloody Elbow Judo Chop discusses the striking techniques Miguel Angel Torres used to defend his belt against Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 40.

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Judo Chop: Getting Inside With Takeya Mizugaki

This Bloody Elbow Judo Chop discusses the inside boxing technique of Takeya Mizugaki in his championship bout with Miguel Torres at WEC 40.

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Judo Chop: The Three Ranges of Fighting

This Bloody Elbow Judo Chop breaks down the techniques displayed in the Mac Danzig vs Josh Neer fight of the night at UFN 17.

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Judo Chop: Renato "Babalu" Sobral's D'arce Choke

A discussion of Renato "Babalu" Sobral's fight winning D'arce choke against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at Affliction Day of Reckoning.

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Judo Chop: Rousimar Palhares' Slamming Takedowns

The Bloody Elbow Judo Chop talks about the techniques of Mixed Martial Arts. This installment discusses Rousimar Palhares' use of solid wrestling technique to land impressive power slams.

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Judo Chop: Escapes and Scrambles with Jim Miller

UFC 89's Jim Miller vs David Baron featured several instances of great wrestling, jiu jitsu and judo technique.

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Judo Chop: Uppercut to Left Hook Combo

A breakdown of a basic boxing combination.

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