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How does one come back from the kind of beating TJ Dillashaw put on Renan Barao in their last fight? Well... BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch has some ideas that the former champ might be interested in.
BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch presents the Technique Recap, a collective technique breakdown the best sequences, exchanges, and slick techniques from last weekend's UFC double header.
BE's striking specialist breaks down the Muay Thai skills that Rafael Dos Anjos used to knock out Benson Henderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night Tulsa, the product of a better-than-ever trainer in Rafael Cordeiro of Kings MMA.
T.P. Grant looks at how Ben Saunders was able to finish off the first Omoplata in UFC history thanks to a few pointers from Eddie Bravo.
Benson Henderson isn't always exciting these days, but he's always imposing. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the rough 'em up, cage-based clinch game of the former WEC and UFC champion.
Gray Maynard and Ross Pearson put on a thoroughly entertaining display of boxing in their co-main event slot on the UFC's 47th Fight Night event in Bangor, Maine. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks it down.
BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch takes his first foray into grappling--well, kind of. Introducing a new series exploring the many facets of striking on the ground, arguably the true signature technique of mixed martial arts.
Title challenger one day, near-washout the next. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch analyzes the changes in Gray Maynard's approach to fighting that have contributed to his rapid decline.
T.P. Grant takes an in-depth look at Josh Barnett's wrestling tactics, adapted by his experience in BJJ and MMA to become something truly formidable and worthy of being called a catch wrestling base.
In this guest post by BJJ brown belt Kostas Fantaousakis we look at some of the catch wrestling techniques that Josh Barnett used to submit Dean Lister at Metamoris 4.
T.P. Grant kicks off a sub-series of Judo Chops with conceptual looks at transition grappling and starts off with the Flying Armbar.
BE's striking specialist breaks down the most intriguing sequences from Robbie Lawler's thrilling victory over Matt Brown from the main event of UFC on Fox 12.
BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down just what allowed Robbie Lawler to beat the best-ever incarnation of Matt Brown in the main event of UFC on Fox 12.
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.
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.
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.
Niklas Backtrom showed off some grappling savvy after he hurt Tom Niinimaki with a knee. T.P. Grant breaks down his slick submission finish.
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.
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.
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.
Part II in a two-part series on how Jon Jones is a pugilistic pioneer. In his UFC 172 fight against Glover Teixeira, Jones blazed new trails in using wrestling techniques to set up strikes.
Jon Jones is a pugilistic pioneer. In his UFC 172 fight against Glover Teixeira, he blazed new trails in using wrestling techniques to set up strikes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grappling Team Judo bum Ananse takes a detailed look at the footsweeps used by Hector Lombard to rag-doll Jake Shields at UFC 171.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
As UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey gets set to face what might be her toughest fight yet, BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the judo-centric boxing style that she used so effectively in her last fight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the main event of UFC on Fox 10, Ben Henderson hit a sweet foot sweep to takedown opponent Josh Thomson. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan provides the Judo Chop.
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.
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.
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.
When he's not relaxing on the ranch with Leonard Garcia, Donald Cerrone is usually kicking people in the head. BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down Cowboy's signature technique.
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.
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.
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.
In the main event of UFC 168, Chris Weidman took Anderson Silva down with a snatch single. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan explains the intricacies of even a seemingly simple wrestling technique.
T.P. Grant continues his look at Ronda Rousey's Judo clinch from UFC 168 with her Harai Goshi throw of Miesha Tate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Wednesday Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann meets Carlos Condit in a highly anticipated rematch. Connor breaks down the wrinkles of Kampmann's kickboxing game.
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.
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.
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.
T.P. Grant takes a broad look at the deep half guard position, what it can accomplish and how it can be stopped.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Heading into the UFC 162: Silva vs Weidman, T.P. Grant looks at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ability of UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
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.
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.
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.
Connor Ruebusch examines the new and improved Muay Thai of UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum.
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.
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.
A breakdown of Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza's impressive UFC debut win over Chris Camozzi at UFC on FX 8.
T.P. Grant looks at the guard passing game of Jacare Souza, one of the best BJJ fighters in MMA.
Connor Ruebusch breaks down the striking of Vitor Belfort as the old, hormone-deficient lion prepares to face off against Luke Rockhold this Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A technical breakdown of the ground striking of the UFC's Weleterweight Champion Georges St Pierre
Heading into Georges St. Pierre's fight Nick Diaz, Connor Ruebusch looks at the striking of the UFC Welterweight champion.
Jack Slack's last Bloody Elbow post event breakdown presents a look at the fundamental errors that prevented Dan Henderson from catching Lyoto Machida.
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.
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.
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.
In the main event of UFC 156, Jose Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar due, in part, to impeccable take down defense. A close look at the techniques used by Aldo in defending Edgar's take downs reveals a level of defensive wrestling skill which should give pause to any potential Aldo opponents who want to defeat him by taking him to the mat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
We examine the techniques which Tarec Saffiedine used to take Nate Marquardt's Strikeforce welterweight title.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the closing minutes of his fight with Jamie Varner, Melvin Guillard launched a submission assault that came within seconds of finishing the fight.
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.
We take a brief look at Brad Pickett and his interesting striking techniques and flaws.
We take a look at the opportunities for committing divisional regicide against heavyweight monarch, Junior dos Santos.
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.
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.
A little later than intended, we examine some of the finer moments from UFC on Fox 5's undercard.
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,
Ross Pearson put on a boxing masterclass against jab fanatic George Sotiropoulos. Today we look at Ross Pearson and the inside slip.
Every now and then we MMA fans get treated to a technique native to wrestling which is not a takedown. This very thing happened in Carlos Condit's UFC 154 main event loss to Georges St. Pierre. Condit hits a beautiful standing switch on the welterweight champ and ends up in half guard. In this Judo Chop, Mike Riordan team's up with the nation's premier wrestling school, Edge Wrestling, to explain the move in detail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Breaking down the "rear naked torque" - a neck crank variant - that Demian Maia used to submit Rick Story at UFC 153.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A look back on a historic move in UFC history: Mike Riordan brings us "UFC Judo Chop: Jon Jones Inside Trip From A Front Headlock On Rampage Jackson"
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.
Bloody Elbow Judo Chop: Sean Sherk and the Lost Art of the Double Leg Takedown
This Bloody Elbow Judo Chop discusses the striking techniques Miguel Angel Torres used to defend his belt against Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 40.
This Bloody Elbow Judo Chop discusses the inside boxing technique of Takeya Mizugaki in his championship bout with Miguel Torres at WEC 40.
This Bloody Elbow Judo Chop breaks down the techniques displayed in the Mac Danzig vs Josh Neer fight of the night at UFN 17.
A discussion of Renato "Babalu" Sobral's fight winning D'arce choke against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at Affliction Day of Reckoning.
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.
UFC 89's Jim Miller vs David Baron featured several instances of great wrestling, jiu jitsu and judo technique.
A breakdown of a basic boxing combination.
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