MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week segment begins a new three-move arch today with an Omoplata shoulder lock used to counter a failed Kimura from the guard. Fourth Dan Hapkido black belt Ed Perdomo will demonstrate how to use his opponent’s momentum to set the shoulder lock, even when faced with a taller, lanky opponent. Opponents with long limbs such as Ed’s assistant, Trevor Boers, are typically more difficult to catch in shoulder and arm locks due to the additional leverage they have to defend with and the additional extension needed to complete the lock. Here Ed will show the proper way to set up these submissions against a longer opponent in a superior position.
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “domination” as: Supremacy or preeminence over another; Exercise of mastery or ruling power; Exercise of preponderant, governing, or controlling influence. It also goes on to define“aggression” by: A forceful action or procedure (as an unprovoked attack) especially when intended to dominate or master.
With the fireworks set off at UFC 125, Thiago Silva (16-2) made his return to the Octagon demonstrating both aforementioned terms at the expense of “The Truth” Brandon Vera (11-6). Though it appeared to be a battle of two high-level Muay Thai practitioners in the beginning of the fight, it was the clinch work and grappling of Silva that lead to Vera’s downfall. Despite bearing a wrestling background coupled with Jiu-Jitsu, Vera was unable to improve his situation after Silva, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu himself, took him to the ground. Once the fight hit the canvas Silva went on to seek improved positions at every moment and unleash an unforgiving ground-and-pound assault.
It was the third round where Silva most commandingly demonstrated his superiority over Vera. “The Truth” was pressed against the cage with the hyper-aggressive Brazilian on his back constantly raining down strikes and seeking a Rear Naked Choke submission. However Vera’s lack of effort to escape but more to ensure he did not suffer damage left Silva frustrated, led him to resort to open-hand palm strikes reminiscent of the days of Pancrase and taunting Vera by drumming his back. The bout concluded with Silva jumping back on the winning side with a Unanimous Decision victory and Vera left with now three losses in a row and a broken nose on par with “Ace” Rich Franklin (27-5) after his UFC 77 match with “The Spider” Anderson Silva (27-4).
The question that now must be posed for both Silva and Vera is: What’s next?
“The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko (31-2) has been on the sidelines ever since his shocking first round submission defeat at the hands of Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1) in June. Fans have been enthusiastically anticipating his return to action, but before that could happen, he had to reach a new agreement with the San Jose, California promotion that he has called home for over a year. Yesterday, that deal was signed, and Fedor will fight at least four more times under the Strikeforce/M-1 Global banner. The deal announced yesterday says M-1 and Strikeforce will co-promote events that Fedor will headline and Showtime, the American premium cable network, will broadcast.