Jose Aldo using a devastating Leg Kick in his first fight with Frankie Edgar
So last night if you tuned into UFC on Fox you no doubt saw the effectiveness of the leg kick, namely, in Edson Barbosa Vs Gilbert Melendez. Now, for the less informed, the leg kick is one of the most devastating weapons in MMA. The technique stems from traditional Muay Thai, and is when you kick with your shin to the meat of your opponents leg either the outside or the inside of the upper thigh, generally the outside is more devastating, but neither are particularly pleasant. What we saw last night was the leg kick executed in it’s most perfect form, by one of the best kickers in the game (Barbosa) and one of the highest level of resilience to them in his opponent (Melendez) it was beautiful, yet wince-worthy to watch, and highly recommend you watch the bout if you have an interest in facets of unarmed combat that isn’t just punches to the face. When used correctly, they can change the tune of a fight in your favour massively, as they build up miles of damage throughout the rounds rendering your opponent almost unable to put any power into his punches towards the end of the fight, as your punching power, tends to come from your lower body.
As for the main event, we saw another womens bantamweight upset, in which Holly Holm was out countered by Valentina Shevchenko, a terrifying Kyrgyzstani fighter with some very quick Muay thai skills. This leaves a number of questions open for the womens bantamweight division, as since Rousey was dethroned, no one has managed to defend the belt, which is bad for any division, as you need to build up consistent champions to keep interest, tough to do when the belt is constantly changing hands. It looks like the UFCs been biding their time to bring Rousey back to save the division, a big gamble, because if she loses, to whoever she ends up fighting, the division is left in a bit of a wasteland. It’ll be very interesting to see how it plays out, that’s for sure.
As for me, I’ve been back at training this week (as promised) with none more sufferable than todays hungover session, I’ve found that dragging myself to Jiu Jitsu with a thick head and a tired body from any amount of spirits the night before is tough, but ultimately by the end of the session, after a lot of sweating out the night before, you feel much much better. It’s just a tough couple of hours. Especially in this heat, but well worth the trip. I tried to focus on executing the baseball bat choke during the rolling (Jiu jitsu sparring) rounds. A technique which doesn’t really leave you too many friends in the gym as it can be quite nasty, but at the end of the day, if we wanted to be nice to each other we’d have all signed up to a non contact sport now, wouldn’t we. The main reasoning being, I’ve seen a lot of people get caught with them in competitions, and I’m looking to keep competing throughout the year. As much as it terrifies me, it’s very interesting putting yourself under that sort of pressure and seeing how you react and how well you do against other people around the country.
If you’d like to watch some high level jiu jitsu, just last week Gary Tonon took on Ralek Gracie, in a very technical match, to see if it looks like something that interests you. Although, I’ll be honest, Jiu Jitsu can be tough to watch, and I love it, but applying it is much much more fun. More training this week and maybe going gluten free due to my other half potentially being intolerant, which should be fun. I’ll report back on my results. Also, UFC 201 is next week, featuring current Welterweight champ Robbie Lawler taking on super explosive wrestler Tyron Woodley. Should be a very fun fight, that’ll be on Saturday night if you’re up for some rather explosive MMA. In the meantime, I’m going to watch Conor Mcgregor Vs Nate Diaz, just for kicks.