It’s Wednesday and that means another installment of MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week with fourth Dan Hapkido black belt Ed Perdomo. Over the past two weeks, Ed and Johnny Rodriguez have demonstrated a sweep from guard to the back mount and then used a Roll Through Armbar to counter the defense. This week, Ed closes the current arc with a Step Over Armbar that can serve both as a counter when the opponent prevents the needed underhook from the roll through Armbar and as a maneuver that is easier to perform against larger opponents.
Nothing makes a fight better than a good old fashioned rivalry – and when a title is added in the mix, the likelihood of either a highlight reel finish or a five-round war go through the roof. This is exactly what fans have to look forward to this Saturday at UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber. Reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz (16-1) will look to defeat the only man he has fallen to when he takes on former WEC Featherweight Champion “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (25-4). Long time 205lbs. PRIDE champion, feared striker, and perhaps the most well known fighter in MMA “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-10) returns after a list of injuries to face brawler and always game slugger “The Crippler” Chris Leben (21-8) in a fight that fans have been screaming for for over a year with the winner moving up the middleweight ladder. “Darth” Ryan Bader (12-1) is looking to rebound off his sole loss against current 205lbs. champ “Bones” Jon Jones (13-1) and the task ahead of him is none other than former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (15-8). Ortiz hasn’t won a fight since 2006 and another loss could mean receiving his walking papers, but a win over the powerful Bader will keep him in good graces just a bit longer. Former WEC Welterweight Champion “Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit (26-5) continues his rise to welterweight gold as he looks to make “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim (17-4) another victim on his list and hand the Korean Judoka his first UFC loss. German renowned kickboxer Dennis Siver (18-7) shocked the world with a one-sided beatdown over Aussie golden boy George Sotiropoulos (14-3) at UFC 127, and “Handsome” Matt Wiman (13-5) is also coming off an upset win of his own over Cole Miller (17-5). Siver and Wiman are both riding three-fight win streaks and are looking to add another consecutive victory to their growing list as well as stake their claim in the top of the lightweight division at the expense of their opponent.