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Fighting Philosophy

Posted 12-23-2010 at 02:18 PM by

There is something that I never get when I am watching professional MMA fights. Why is it such a big deal that someone has never been finished? Often that tells me that the fighter doesn't want it enough. If you are going into the 3rd round and you are down 20-18, give it your all, finish or be finished.

If you go into the last round of a fight, and you know for a fact that you are down on the scorecards, make a decision not possible. When you are being aggressive and trying to finish, it leaves holes in your defenses. The more you try to finish, the easier it is to finish you. A perfect example is Joe Lauzon, he goes in to finish or be finished from the opening bell. He has been to a decision once and it was a loss, all 19 of his victories have come by finish.

The last round is no time to be setting up a pattern or a technique, it is all out. Forget your technique, charge at your opponent like a possessed gorilla and try to finish the fight. If you are too passive you will lose a decision for sure, if you are aggressive, there is a chance you will win by stoppage.

Joe Rogan has said that most submission do not come from a static position on the ground, but rather the transition from the feet to the ground, or vice versa. So if you are down two rounds and a wrestler is holding you down, buck like crazy, do anything to get back to your feet or slug it out. They cannot hit you if they have to hold you down, and if they slap on a submission, oh well, it was either lose by submission or lose by decision.

When you remove the chance that a fight will go to decision, it leaves you with only a time limit to finish your opponent, cage control is no longer a factor. I just don't understand what is running through the heads of some of the fighters. As always, it is just my opinion.
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