Inspired by the recent rash of Guillotine Choke related woes suffered by the two members the Team Koscheck on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, Ed Perdomo felt the need to start this arch of MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week with a crash course in properly defending the standing Guillotine Choke that was the beginning of the end for Amir Khillah (7-4) and Marc Stevens (12-5) (twice). Here, Ed will display first how to defend the choke itself and then how to counter it with a high crotch single leg takedown.
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (16-1) and “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (28-8) will face each other in the main event at Saturday night’s UFC 123 in Auburn Hills, Michigan in a battle of discipline against passion on a card that is supported by the likes of TUF superstars “J-Lau” Joe Lauzon (19-5) and George Sotiropoulos (13-2), “The Barbarian” Tim Boetsch (12-3), “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis (8-0), “Hurricane” Gerald Harris (17-2) and “Big Rig” Maiquel Falcao (7-1). However, one of the most criticized and least important bouts slated for November 20 is a rubber match between long time rivals “The Prodigy” BJ Penn (15-7-1) and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes (43-7). Most of the discussion surrounding this fight has been various MMA journalists and forum warriors flaming about how the fight makes no sense and is completely irrelevant. What the critics fail to see is how this bout makes perfect sense in the most basic way. No, there won’t be a welterweight title shot or even status as a legitimate contender on the line in this fight. Yes, the bout will do absolutely nothing to further either man’s career. However, both of the previous fights between these two former welterweight kings have been action packed fan pleasers from first to final bell. That is how this fight makes sense. True MMA fans wouldn’t miss a fight between Hughes and Penn for the world.
Auburn Hills, Michigan will set the stage for former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (16-1) and “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (28-8) as they face each other in their quest for redemption in UFC 123′s main event on Saturday. On a card that also features “The Prodigy” BJ Penn (15-7-1), UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes (43-7), TUF superstars “J-Lau” Joe Lauzon (19-5) and George Sotiropoulos (13-2), “The Barbarian” Tim Boetsch (12-3), and “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis (8-0), the UFC also brings the fans a bout between “Hurricane” Gerald Harris (17-2) and “Big Rig” Maiquel Falcao (7-1). The match between Harris and Falcao is one where research into the two fighters, or more specifically the Chute Box product “Big Rig”, raises more questions than answers. The fact Harris lost out of the TUF house in Season 7 before putting together a winning streak worthy of a chance in the Octagon is well known, but Falcao’s history is far murkier. There is however one thing that MMA fans can bet the house on – if Falcao is anywhere near as aggressive as fighters from his camp usually are, this fight will be a brutal slugfest of epic proportions.