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MMA Gospel changed directions from offensive to defensive with “Technique of the Week” this arc as Ed Perdomo and Ben Lawrence start things off from a very bad position. In any MMA or grappling career, it is inevitable that a fighter finds themselves in a bad position under their opponent and knowing how to escape those positions is key to a successful career. This week, Ed will work to escape Ben’s side mount into a bottom sprawl position where he will work for sweeps and submissions to regain control of the bout.
Over the past two weeks, Ed Perdomo passed Johnny Rodriguez’s guard on the high side and moved to a Spinning Armbar. This week, Ed will take “Technique of the Week” in the opposite direction by breaking Johnny’s guard and passing over the opposite leg in a Low Side Guard Pass into side control. This is the more controlled of the two passes and offers less opportunity for a scramble, but it also offers the greater risk of counter or reversal if done incorrectly.
Last week, Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez covered passing the guard on the high side. This week, Ed will build off of that maneuver with a Spinning Straight Armbar. The Armbar is a simple technique that not only follows the natural momentum of the guard pass, but also plays into the opponent’s natural reaction to having his guard passed in this manner. We will start with the last image from last week’s article to provide reference and to serve as a chance to remind practitioners of a few key positions coming out of the pass.
MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week returns to give fans and aspiring fighters alike deeper understanding of the grappling techniques seen in the cage as Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez go back to the basics for a four-week arc showing two basic guard passes that move directly into two Straight Armbars from side mount. For the first move in this set, Ed Perdomo will pass Johnny’s guard on the high side and end in position to transfer directly into next week’s Armbar.
It’s Wednesday and time for another MMA Gospel Technique of the Week. Feeding off of last week’s Hip Escape to Underhook Sweep from Mount, Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez return to demonstrate the next step in the chain: an Inverted Gi-Less Clock Choke. The Clock Choke is a type of head and arm choke normally performed from the turtle position almost as the exact opposite of of an Anaconda Choke. This version finds the opponent on his back under head and arm control. It is quick, efficient, and often overlooked defensively because a failure means a total loss of control over position.
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Ed Perdomo and Ben Ordonez wrap up the current jumbo-sized four-technique arc of MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week. Every move in the arc so far has fed off of the Mount Escape and Half-Guard Sweep featured November 2. This basic straight Armbar, however, will feed off of the Colombian Necktie submission from last week. In a game that relies on being three moves ahead, it is important to know where to go if and when your first attack fails.
Technique of the Week returns with Ben Ordonez and Ed Perdomo to follow up with a second submission option to follow the previous sweep from half guard, this time with a wrist-free version of the Colombian Necktie submission. In submission grappling, it is very important to not only have several avenues of attack at your disposal, but also to be able to adapt your submissions to any number of situations. An opponent’s limbs won’t always move the way they do in practice or instructional pieces, so sometimes a little modification is necessary. Such is the case with this technique, a modified version of the Colombian Neck Tie submission which functions much like an arm-in No Gi Ezekiel Choke.
The Honda Center in Anaheim, California plays host to the UFC’s first foray into network television, UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos. The only broadcast fight and main event is one for the ages as heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez (9-0) takes on Brazilian striking menace “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (13-1). The internet-only undercard will consist of many lesser-known and up-and-coming fighters including featherweights “The Diamond” Dustin Porier (10-1) versus “The Scarecrow” Pablo Garza (11-1). Veteran 145er Cub Swanson (15-4) goes head-to-head with Ricardo Lamas (10-2) while international favorite “Kid” Norifumi Yamamoto (18-4) takes on “BC” Darren Uyenoyama (6-3) at bantamweight. The historic night’s co-main event is being criminally relegated to FOX Deportes and internet streams as “The Carpenter” Clay Guida (29-11) and former WEC Lightweight Champion “Smooth” Ben Henderson (14-2) square off in what will likely determine the next contender for the lightweight title. With their similar styles and equally strong gas tanks, this could be a three-round fight that fans won’t likely forget.
Last week, Ed Perdomo and Ben Ordonez worked from the mount with a basic escape to side mount followed by a sweep. In continuing the line from that sweep, MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week will now move on to a trio of submissions that flow directly from that sweep, starting with this week’s Inverted Armbar. This Armbar is a quick transition that can end a fight very quickly, especially if the opponent is caught off guard by the sweep.
The Mandalay Bay Events Center welcomes the UFC back to its home in Las Vegas with UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz this Saturday. Joe Silva should be given a matchmaking award for the roster of fights he’s put together including the debut of Sengoku Raiden and Shooto champion Hatsu Hioki (24-4-2) versus featherweight stalwart George Roop (12-7-1) in what will surely be an early contender for “Fight of the Night” awards. “Big Country” Roy Nelson (15-6) looks to rebound from a lackluster loss against the aging fan favorite “Cro Cop” Mirko Filipovic (27-9-2). Cheick Kongo (16-6-2) will look to stave off the fast rise of “Meathead” Matt Mitrione in the night’s most intriguing heavyweight match. And while the title fight between UFC Welterweight Champion “Rush” Georges St. Pierre (22-2) and underrated contender “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit (27-5) has been scrapped, there is no question that its replacement fight between former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion “The Prodigy” BJ Penn (16-7-2) and former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion “Diablo” Nick Diaz (25-7) has “one for the ages” written all over it. Regardless of the dubious reasons behind this fight’s origin, one thing is for sure: both men will be looking to throw down. Penn has always been a fighter first and foremost and Diaz loves opponents who come at him full-throttle. With two multi-talented, born-to-brawl athletes like Penn and Diaz, this fight is guaranteed to entertain.
Last week, Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez used a failed Kimura attempt to take the back mount position and finish the fight with a Rear Naked Choke. The Kimura that was used to defend the rear clinch is a common and effective way to escape the suplex or rear drag takedowns but it does often result in a scramble situation. When the opponent manages to straighten their arm, Ed’s best course of action is to roll onto their back and mount them. However, when the arm comes free completely, his opponent can block him and potentially catch him in half guard. Ed will be better served to transition into a Belly-Down Armbar from this situation.