Yeah I've no idea why...but you watched the old WEC's when he'd come out when they were at the Arco Arena (against Jens?) People are nuts for Faber. I mean I'm a huge fan, but people that shouldn't even know MMA, know Faber. Plus I think he has a better winning record than the Kings. We gotta get the W somewhere.
The UFC is finally returning to the Land of the Rising Sun. After an eleven year absence from Japan, they will re-emerge on the scene with UFC 144 on February 25th in the Saitama Super Arena. The main event will see Frankie Edgar defend his UFC lightweight title against former WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will look to return to the win column when he faces TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader.
Along with that, there will be a plethora of fights featuring the best Japanese fighters in the UFC. Yoshihiro Akiyama will make his welterweight debut against Jake Shields, Hatsu Hioki will continue his march to a featherweight title shot when he takes on Bart Palaszewski, and much more. Here's the card as it stands right now (prelims after the jump):
Feb 25th, live on pay-per-view from Saitama, Japan:
Frankie Edgar (14-1) vs. Ben Henderson (15-2) [LW Title]
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-9) vs. Ryan Bader (13-2)
Cheick Kongo (17-6-2) vs. Mark Hunt (7-7)
Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-4, 2 NC) vs. Jake Shields (26-6-1)
Joe Lauzon (21-6) vs. Anthony Pettis (14-2)
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Tim Boetsch (14-4) vs. Yushin Okami (26-6)
Hatsu Hioki (25-4-2) vs. Bart Palaszewski (36-14)
Takeya Mizugaki (15-6-2) vs. Chris Cariaso (12-3)
Vaughan Lee (11-7-1) vs. Norifumi Yamamoto (18-5, 1 NC)
Steve Cantwell (7-5) vs. Riki Fukuda (17-5)
Takanori Gomi (32-8, 1 NC) vs. George Sotiropoulos (14-4)
Leonard Garcia (15-8-1) vs. Tiequan Zhang (15-2)
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Dana White has plans for just about everybody under Zuffa’s umbrella including UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva.At the present time those plans call for “The Spider” to rest up from a shoulder injury and face the winner of Chael Sonnen-Mark Munoz in 2012. After that, however, it may all be up to Silva.
White, though, wouldn’t mind seeing the 36-year-old Brazilian finish up his career after a few more fights, including a finale bout with either UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre or light heavyweight title-holder Jon Jones.
“He’s probably the greatest fighter in history. He hasn’t lost and has been champion since 2006. I think he has two more title defenses and I do not know what he’ll do next or if he will retire,” said White, in an interview with Brazilian website Alpha. “He could end his career with a super fight against Jon Jones or Georges St. Pierre. He could end his career like that – fight in a different weight class. I would be happy with that. Then he could take a boat and sail into the sunset.”
For Silva, the thrill of fighting seems to continue to drive him. While his body winds down, though, his skill set has not; Silva earned impressive victories over Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami with relative ease this year.
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Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir has heard about all the great heavyweights outside of the UFC for years now. Thanks to the addition of Strikeforce under the Zuffa banner, and the decision to include Strikeforce’s heavyweight division in the UFC in 2012, Mir will no longer have to dream about becoming the best in the world.
Mir, who recently defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the second time in his career, is excited about seeing the likes of Josh Barnett, Daniel Cormier, and Fabricio Werdum inside the Octagon.
“I think it’s only a benefit to move them over to us. I guess I have a bad taste in my mouth because of what happened when I first started my career. I had to always hear about, ‘Oh, you guys are good, but the PRIDE guys would kick your butt.’ And then that frustration of not being able to get to them,” said Mir, in an interview with ESPN’s MMA Insiders radio station. “I don’t want to hear that (who’s the best discussion anymore). I want to know that anybody in the division…’you think that you can beat me? Hey, Joe Silva, is he clear? Okay, cool, let’s fight.”
Mir has held both undisputed and interim championships. The Las Vegas native has won three straight fights since a loss to Shane Carwin back in 2010 including his “Submission of the Year” finish of “Minotauro” at UFC 140.
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When Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone meet in the co-main event of UFC 141 next Friday night fans should expect nothing but fireworks after fireworks after fireworks followed by, you guessed it – fireworks.
Diaz, who has won just two of his last four fights, will be trying to slow down the freight-train that is the “Cowboy.” Cerrone is on a current six-fight win streak that includes three submission wins and a TKO.
As far as Diaz, a student under Cesar Gracie who trains with his talented brother, Nick Diaz, and former champion Jake Shields, none of that matters.
“I feel like I’m better than all the guys in my division (155 pounds),” said the younger Diaz in a UFC interview promoting the upcoming event. “He is definitely a guy that likes to fight, but I think I’m better than him everywhere, honestly.”
Diaz has been involved in four “Fight of the Nights” during his time in the UFC, while Cerrone has one under the UFC banner and five while competing in the WEC. Diaz won his last bout over Takanori Gomi in his return to lightweight after competing as a welterweight for several years.
The main event of UFC 141 will feature Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar in a five-round war to become the #1 contender in the UFC’s heavyweight ranks.
Watch Diaz/Cerrone talk about their bout in the UFC 141 Preview starting about six minutes into the video:
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Very nice night of fights!
For the first time in forever I won't be working during a UFC fight, can't wait to watch this next one, on a FRIDAY, WOOT WOOT!
ANS PERFORMANCE REPRESENTATIVE
With consecutive wins over Fedor Emelianenko, Mike Kyle and Andrei Arlovski, former EliteXC champ Antonio Silva (16-3 MMA, 3-2 SF)
looked well on his way to establishing himself as one of MMA's top heavyweights.
Then he ran into Daniel Cormier, who booted Silva out of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix with a surprising first-round knockout.
As it turns out, the loss provided Silva with a valuable lesson he promises to carry with him for the remainder of his career – a career that looks as if may now play out in the UFC.
"Cormier is a good person and a great fighter, but he should have also payed the lotto that day," the Brazilian recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "The first punch he landed took me out, and I was unable to fight after it.
"I am from Paraiba, and we always come to fight and let it all hang out. But I learned a lesson: We should not fight for the money but for the love of fighting. After AlistairOvereem dropped out of the tournament, I wanted out of the grand prix, as well, but I continued for the money and God punished me. Money should never be the priority."
Silva's financial strains are perhaps understandable when you consider he spends thousands of dollars each month on life-saving medicine to treat acromegaly, a condition that causes Silva's body to produce excess growth hormone. Nevertheless, the 6-foot-4 American Top Team product insists the loss has changed his perspective.
A nagging shoulder injury has been addressed, and Silva is itching to get back into the cage and prove his worth.
"I had my shoulder operated on Nov. 22, and I am already 80 percent healed," Silva said. "My physical therapist says I am a mutant because of the speed of my recovery. My focus has been to stay in as good of shape as possible to make my recovery faster, and it worked."
But in exactly which cage Silva will step remains to be seen. UFC president Dana White recently revealed Strikeforce will host just two more heavyweight contests before disbanding the division. It's easy to assume that the UFC will absorb many of Strikeforce's top big men, but Silva says he's currently in the dark in regards to his future.
"I really want to fight in the best event in the world – where the best fighters are," Silva said. "It will be awesome if the Strikeforce heavyweights make it over to the UFC. There are many great fights to be made.
"It does not always depend on me, but the day the invitation comes, you may be certain that I will be ready to honor it and give it my best. When I receive the call form the UFC, I will fight who ever Joe Silva wants me to fight."
In the meantime, Silva is back in the gym and has resumed some light training while continuing to rehab his shoulder. The loss to Cormier was certainly shocking, but the 32-year-old Brazilian insists it was simply a brief setback and not an indicator of what's to come – hopefully in theoctagon.
"I thank everyone for the appreciation, even when I lost," Silva said. "I am thankful for the great training I have at Team Nogueira in Brazil, and the training I get in Florida with the Blackzilians, who are always helping me.
"I will come back with a great will to win and will continue to achieve important victories."
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Greg Jackson tried to teach Jon Jones a lesson at UFC 140 following his win over Lyoto Machida. He told Jones to tend to the fallen Machida and "go get some fans." Clearly, Jackson misspoke and the intended lesson was lost on most.
"You get to this post adrenaline dump after the fight. Jon did that too," Jackson said of Jones' decision to stoically walk away from the sleeping Machida. "As a coach, I wanted to bring him out of that and make sure that he followed ring decorum. I think it's really important to be a role model for the fans."
Jones' ultimate image is still unknown. A very good guy away from the cage, Jones heard more than a few boos in Toronto. Jackson told ESPN1100/98.9 FM that he doesn't know why Jones was getting it from the boo birds.
"It's for the fans' entertainment. If they want to boo him ... it's like WWE. Then they're going to love him again ... then they're going to hate him again. As long as everybody's having a good time. It is what it is," said Jackson. "For me, I just want him to stay positive, make sure that he can the best role model he can be and then the fans will decide what they want to decide."
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Next week's UFC 141 main event will remain intact.
After issues with a recent Nevada State Athletic Commission-mandated drug test, Alistair Overeem (35-11 MMA, 0-0 UFC) finally has taken and passed a test and been cleared to compete against Brock Lesnar (5-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC).
UFC president Dana White first hinted at the news today via Twitter, and an official later confirmed the passed test with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"Overeem is ready to go!!!" White tweeted. "Lesnar vs Overeem is on!"
"UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem" takes place next Friday, Dec. 29, at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and prelims air on Spike TV and stream on Facebook.
The five-round non-title fight, which will determine a No. 1 contender in the UFC's heavyweightdivision, was thrown into doubt this past week when Overeem missed an out-of-competition test the commission ordered him to undergo on Nov. 17. As it turned out, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer notified Overeem of the test the same day the fighter flew to Holland to attend to his mother, who is dealing with a possible cancer relapse.
As part of a conditional license that was issued on Dec. 12, Overeem was required to fly to London on Dec. 13 for a drug test at at a facility affiliated with Quest Diagnostics, which the NSAC often uses for drug tests conducted in Nevada. The results came back clean today.
In addition to two pre-fight tests for performance-enhancers, Overeem will be tested on fight night for performance-enhancers and drugs of abuse (per NSAC guidelines). Additionally, as part of the conditional license, he'll also be subject to two random tests taken at his expense within six months after the fight.
Upon initially hearing of the out-of-competition test requested by the NSAC, Overeem took a steroid test administered by his personal doctor on Nov. 23, which came back clean. However, it was a blood test, and the commission requires a urine test. Two weeks later, he submitted urine to his doctor that was shipped to a lab in Germany.
A commission meeting held this past week in Las Vegas made clear the circumstances of Overeem's case were unfamiliar territory for the NSAC, which reinstated out-of-competition testing in July after budgetary issues forced it to shut down the program this past year. nevertheless, Kizer said future cases will be handled on a case-by-case basis and speculated that major changes to the commission's policies regarding out-of-competition testing are unlikely beyond formalizing the notification of tests.
Although he's never failed a drug test, Overeem has been a frequent source of speculation. He spent much of his career in Japan, where little if any testing was done. However, he's competed in the U.S. for the past two years (first with Strikeforce and now with the UFC), and all of his tests have come back clean.
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WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has pled guilty on a domestic violence charge and has been sentenced to serve 90 days in jail according to Yahoo boxing writer Kevin Iole on Twitter:
Kevin Iole Judge sentences Floyd Mayweather Jr. to 90 days in jail after guilty plea to domestic violence charge. #boxing
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Kevin Iole In addition to 90 days in jail, Mayweather must pay $2500 fine, 100 hours of community service and enroll in domestic violence counseling
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Kevin Iole Should be noted that Mayweather will get credit for three days served, so he serves 87 days beginning on Jan. 6, 2012
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Bad Left Hook has all the background on the plea deal:
Floyd Mayweather Jr will be getting rid of a lot of his legal woes by pleading guilty to reduced charges on several misdemeanors on Wednesday, which knocks down one of the repeated concerns about Mayweather fight Manny Pacquiao on May 5, if indeed each side is really serious about making the fight happen.Note that BLH was writing before the 90 day sentence was announced. It's hard for me to see how Mayweather spends January, February and March in jail and still has time to train for a May bout with Manny Pacquiao.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has been fond of bringing up Mayweather's impending court cases when giving reasons why Floyd and Manny Pacquiao didn't fight in 2011 and maybe can't in 2012, so this ends that whole thing. Arum knew better, of course -- it was just an excuse, something to say, and a way to point out that Mayweather had a lot of legal trouble on his plate. At no point did Arum likely believe Floyd Mayweather was going to serve jail time or anything of the sort; Mayweather fought Victor Ortiz on September 17 with all of this hanging over his head, and he wasn't going to miss a May 5 date either.
The Washington Post has more:
The plea deal avoids trial on felony allegations that he hit his ex-girlfriend and threatened two of their children during an argument at her home in September 2010.
Prosecutor Lisa Luzaich told the judge Mayweather has been in trouble before and hasn't been punished.
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When is an instructional book for a highly physical activity worth your money? Pretty pictures and legendary names are nice, but we need to know that there is tons of actual content to sink our mental teeth into before cracking open our wallets for that hard-earned money. Rest assured that Marcelo Garcia, one of the most dominant figures in Brazilian jiu jitsu since the early 2000s, has delivered a massive dose of grappling brain candy in his most recent book, Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques.
Marcelo is a five time Mundials champion, four time ADCC gold medalist and perhaps one of the three or four most dominant figures ever in elite submission grappling competition. Many highlight clips show Marcelo's preferred strategy of constant offense, single leg takedowns, slick guillotines and tight back control. His 2010 and 2011 competition seasons ended with zero defeats and his opponents rarely scoring any points on him.
To get good at submission grappling requires an enormous bit of time on the mats in both drilling and live sparring situations. Drilling moves over and over under the watchful eyes of an instructor allows the grappler to embed the movements and timing into the lizard brain and and to get accustomed to doing this in that situation. Sparring gives us the opportunity to encounter live situations in which we progress through a series of actions and reactions until time is called. Often the live rolls end in submission or with one person having been in a dominant position for longer.
The body can be trained through hours and hours of mat time, instruction and physical training outside of the gym. However, it is the mind that is more important than the body. We need to see and recognize situations and tell our bodies to act accordingly. That is where videos, DVDs and books claim to help us improve. Ideally, a grappler wants to attack in a way that opens up a ton of options.
A couple of photos for evaluation:
This book is 320+ pages long, which is slightly smaller than the classic Jiu Jitsu University, which is 360+ pages in size. The biggest Advanced Techniques sections are on arm drags, back control, breaking guard and submissions. Back control, one of the highlights of his game, is covered in 68 pages. Breaking guard, perhaps the skill most in demand on the competition circuit, is covered in 63 pages. The 67 page long submissions section skips the usual armbars, triangles and leglocks. A separate 26 page section is devoted entirely to submissions from back control. Arm drags, one of Marcelo's staples, get 44 pages at the beginning of the book.
The breakdown of techniques follows the same exact format that Victory belt uses for all instructional manuals. There are multiple camera angles so the reader can get a feel for the body's placement instead of making an assumption. The book does focus on the gi but many of the techniques can easily translate to no-gi grappling scenarios.
Possibly the best thing about this book is that they understand that grappling matches begin standing. The 44 pages at the front of the book devoted to arm drags and single legs is a step away from the norm with Victory Belt. Other books they've published have just illustrated ground techniques without any discussion on how to get the fight there. It's a great change that hopefully continues in future books.
As far as the title, personal perspective is that nothing about this book really screams "advanced" in that everything showcased can be used by a competitor of any level. While some are more difficult than others, Garcia's grappling style is simple enough that there isn't a need to have certain physical traits such as when using the rubber guard.
- The biggest pro for myself and Ben is that the book really does cover everything. There's no wasted space and no matter what kind of jiu jitsu player you are, you'll find something in this that will help elevate your game.
- The multiple camera angles help with illustrating the different sequences.
- The amount of techniques actually discussed. As previously stated, the fact that the book shows different arm drags is a HUGE plus. The sheer volume of pages dedicated to certain aspects of Garcia's game make this book a grappler's bible.
- The biggest con for me is that the gi often blocks the camera from showing how the arms and hands are placed on an opponent. I understand that Garcia is a fantastic gi player but I just don't think the gi translates well for photographs.
- Adding to that, sometimes the sequences are too understated which sometimes means various steps often look the same.
I'd recommend this book, especially if you are serious about getting serious in jiu jitsu. There's something in it for everyone and it will help round out your jiu jitsu game.
Matthew Roth received a free review copy. It did not change his perspective. Ben Thapa paid for his copy. That did not change his perspective either.
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It didn’t take long for critics to voice their opinions after Jason “Mayhem” Miller fell miserably short against Michael Bisping earlier this month at the Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. While many of Miller’s detractors were of the anonymous internet or media variety, the biggest in the bunch was none other than his boss – UFC President Dana White.
White’s assessment of the 30-year old’s showing against Bisping was harsh to say the least, labeling Miller with possessing the worst stand-up he’d ever seen and calling it an incredibly “lopsided” bout.
While some fighters might get defensive about White’s comments or make excuses for a lackluster display it appears Miller actually agrees
with his employer’s take, writing about it recently on his blog.
“I am very disappointed about (the loss), but have used the past couple weeks to reflect on everything and have come to some conclusions,” Miller began before frankly stating, “Dana White was right. He made some disparaging comments about my performance, and I agree with him. I displayed the worst of everything that night in the Octagon. I was tense in round one and I locked up after that. I didn’t perform to my potential, and I take full responsibility for it. That wasn’t a UFC caliber performance, and I’m not happy about it”
Miller continued on to urge his fans to live and learn, talking about his own journey thus far in both MMA and the bigger picture.
“I made a lot of mistakes in this story – during the camp, during the fight- but the key to living life is learning from your mistakes and making positive change. I feel very positive right now, and I hope you feel the same way, I would be absolutely nothing without persistence and positive thinking…”
The colorful competitor didn’t elaborate on when he expected to fight again, only explaining he was in Holland training with Golden Glory (renowned for their striking as coincidence would have it). Miller’s loss to Bisping dropped his record to 23-8 and 2-2 in his last four fights with an additional defeat to Jake Shields and victories over Tim Stout/Kazushi Sakuraba.
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For all the flack he may take for being an "alpha male" almost to a fault, that part of Brock Lesnar's personality is just as responsible for his competitive drive as it is for that gruff persona. That drive is what has Lesnar still looking to compete in the UFC despite a beating in his last fight and multiple times being sidelined with complications due to diverticulitis.
According to coach Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros, fans should not expect to see a faded, damaged Lesnar in the Octagon on December 30 (via Graciemag):
"Brock is in great shape. Undergoing surgery was the best decision he could have made. I believe we'll be seeing Brock at full potential for the first time," Comprido told reporter Nalty Junior. "I'm truly excited about this fight. They're two giants, two monsters on a collision course-I don't think I've ever seen two guys as big and skillful as they are. If Alistair isn't 100%, he'd best not show up, because Brock is super well prepared; I guarantee it," added Comprido.
It's hard to say exactly what to expect in the end. Preparation is important but much of what Lesnar faces is beyond simply preparing. His body and mind have taken some damage over the past year and we won't know for sure until UFC 141 and his bout with Alistair Overeem to know if he truly is "back."
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In each and every sport there is a discussion between the effectiveness of a stampeding offense versus an impenetrable defense. The old cliché is "unstoppable force meets the immovable object."
In just over a week, on Dec. 30, 2011, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will host a larger than life main event for UFC 141 when massive heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem collide in what will be one of the most anticipated match-ups of the year.
Lesnar will bring with him his NCAA Division I wrestling background. With the explosion behind his 265-pound frame it is hard to stop a man of that size with just agility and technique. Lesnar has always been attributed to having freakish athleticism and deceptive speed and versatility.
With a record of 5-2, Lesnar has consistently fought top fighters but it still relatively young in the sport.
His opponent, Alistair Overeem, will be making his Octagon debut under the UFC banner. At 35-11, "The Reem" is no stranger to competition as he has fought from the light heavyweight division all the way to heavyweight since he started his career as a nineteen year old in 1999. With a primarily kickboxing style, this fight has so many possibilities.
For more on the breakdown follow me into the extended entry.
500+ pounds of professional fighter will occupy the Octagon in the main event of UFC 141. Not only is it one of the largest match-ups in terms of weight, but it may be one of the most important heavyweight bouts this year. Aside from the monumental title fight between now-champion Junior Dos Santos and the former, Cain Velasquez, this fight will be the most relevant to the division and sport.
Overeem is one of the biggest acquisitions for the UFC in recent years. In a year that saw the signing of Jake Shields and Nick Diaz, the potential that comes with Overeem could make him their most pivotal signing.
"Demolition Man" is a K-1 World Champion and has shown that he has the elite kickboxing skills to fight with success against the likes of Badr Hari, Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Tyrone Sprong. His clinch work has been amazing and his knees have been devastating. 12 of Overeem's victories have come from way of KO or TKO and especially in recent fights, he has shown how dangerous and powerful his striking is.
But let's not forget that Overeem is also a very accomplished grappler.
With a perfect 3-0 record for the ADCC tournament in which Overeem swept the field in 2005's European trials, he has long ago showed he w
as very versatile. Overeem has submitted 17 of his opponents in mixed martial arts. His "go-to" maneuver has long been a guillotine choke.
He finished all three ADCC trial matches with the choke as well as eight total victories in MMA coming via the submission.
The choke itself goes hand in hand when fighting a wrestler. In my breakdown of the Guillotine Choke, I detailed that sentiment:
The guillotine choke has long been a death sentence for wrestlers that would shoot in on a submission specialist. It is one of the most common chokes since it's possible to grab the choke from about any position you find yourself in during a mixed martial arts fight.Opposing the well rounded Overeem will be the wrestling based Brock Lesnar. With Lesnar being still so young to the sport it is almost inevitable to imagine that he will once again fall back to his roots and attempt to put Overeem on his back where Lesnar can attempt to get great position and unleash some ground and pound.
The guillotine is a choke favorable against wrestlers because it punishes your opponent if they shoot in for a takedown with their head down. While there are other ways to complete the choke, this is often the most common. The most basic way to describe the choke is when you reach around your opponent's neck when it is in range, grasp the choking side hand with the free hand and lift up.
You can complete the choke from a number of positions including the mount, full guard, the sprawl position and even standing up. The choke itself can actually be either a blood choke or an air choke depending on how you are placed onto your opponent's neck. If your forearm pressure is putting force into the wind pipes it will be an air choke and if it is placed more on the arteries you have a blood choke.
Regardless, the guillotine will usually force your opponent quickly into unconsciousness if s/he doesn't tap.
Lesnar has been able to land 12 of 17 takedown attempts.
In each of his seven professional fights he has been able to get his opponent to the ground. With an accomplished striker like Overeem staring at him from across the cage, it is a safe bet to assume Lesnar has not polished his striking game enough to abandon his bread and butter.
But what happens when Lesnar shoots in for that inevitable takedown?
Overeem will be able to counter Lesnar's takedowns with a sprawl and brawl mentality. Looking to keep the fight standing with a strong sprawl will do a lot for how the fight ends up in its conclusion.
A sprawl in technical terms is when the fighter scoots his legs backwards and comes down heavy on the upper back and neck of the fighter shooting in for a takedown. Most often, the "sprawler" arches his back as much as possible and attempts to keep the leverage by staying on his toes.
So many options come from this position that range from submissions to landing strikes to even grabbing the opponents ankle in attempt to transition to the back mount. In this scenario I believe Overeem will be looking for a choke.
In a breakdown from the UFC on Versus 5, two fighters were able to secure guillotine choke victories from the sprawl position. The two victories came when the winning fighters were able to utilize a sprawl to latch under for a choke.
Overeem will have a very big factor to use towards his advantage. While Lesnar is a very strong, freak athlete, when being sprawled he will lose leverage. Overeem added with the leverage is already a considerably strong fighter. His tossing of Brett Rogers and back-to-back standing guillotine choke victories visibly displays that to be true.
Overeem, a 250-pound athlete, will be on top of the neck of Lesnar with a knack for finishing guillotine chokes -- and with very powerful upper body strength, the guillotine choke comes a bit more easy. As Urijah Faber displayed in his guillotine choke performances throughout his career, having the ability to torque on this submission with tremendous power makes the hold instantaneously dangerous.
While Lesnar has evolved in the grappling game since his debut in the UFC, Overeem's striking may actually play a factor in a possible submission as well. We have seen Lesnar react poorly in the past to big strikes sustained on the feet and with Overeem's striking acumen it wouldn't be a shock to see punches or knees badly hurt Lesnar.
While rocked, it is common for the rattled fighter to lazily shoot in for a takedown or drop to the ground with the neck exposed. The best example of this would be the Frank Mir choke on a hurt Cheick Kongo. If Overeem is able to stifle the wrestling of Lesnar and land significant damage, then Overeem will have the ability to "leave no room" for Lesnar to escape.
Jiu-Jitsu is always an equalizer in this sport, regardless of the size of an opponent.
What do you think Maniacs? When the evitable takedown comes from Lesnar, will a guillotine choke be a game changer?
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