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Mustapha Al-Turk Shows Us How NOT To Punch At UFC 99

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Mirko Cro Cop Eye Pokes Mustapha Al-Turk UFC 99

Of course you see the eye poke, but that's not what this piece is about.  It's about the punch you see Al-Turk winding up to throw, only for Mirko to see coming a mile and counter with a straight left.   Now I know that Al-Turk is primarily a grappler, but it looked like he was throwing a Steven Seagal ridge-hand instead of a punch.  I just don't understand why fighters feel like they need to wind up like that, especially when you are a heavyweight.  You lose power by winding up like that, lose your center of gravity, and leave yourself wide open for a counter or take down.  Also, did't we learn in grade school that the quickest way from point A to point B is a straight line?  So why do a ton of MMA fighters do exactly what Al-Turk did in the clip?