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A Second Look At Jon Jones Roman Greco Clinic At UFC 94

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A decade ago, MMA was dominated with wrestlers content with hitting the single or double leg and getting the takedown and laying in an opponents guard.  A decade later, you still see the many of the fighters doing the same thing with the same result of landing in his opponents guard.  If a guy proficient in wrestling wants to take the fight to the ground, he'll need to advance his position to be able to do optimal damage to his opponent.  That means working to get out of full guard, to half guard, side control, or the mount position of his opponent.

Kid Nate of BloodyElbow did a fantastic job of putting together and explaining some of the moves pulled off by Jon Jones at UFC 94.  I wanted to point out one very important thing that he didn't really get into which ties into the above paragraph.  I've always wondered why guys attempting takedowns didn't position themselves to land the takedown in an advantageous postion like side control.  Instead of just allowing themselves to fall into their opponents guard.  At UFC 94, Jon Jones implemented this strategy to a tee and with a little more seasoning may have been able to finish Stephan Bonnar.  See for yourself:


See how he lands the throw while landing in side control of Stephan Bonnar?  This allows him to immediately go on the offensive instead of spending time trying to work himself from the full guard to side control.  This not only maximizes the time he's on the offensive. It also conserves a great deal of energy he would have used while attempting to obtain optimal position on the ground.  I think we'll be seeing more and more guys implementing this techinque.  They would be crazy not to do so.