Is the rubber guard overrated?
As we all know, Eddie Bravo disciple Joe Rogan rants and raves about the effectiveness of the brainchild of his mentor.
Recently, the rubber guard has come into its own in MMA, with several fighters throwing it up from time to time. The question is, is it overrated?
More often than not, the rubber guard seems to fail more than it is successful. The hard part seems to be actually establishing the position, and beyond that it seems to be 50/50 whether the guard player will be able to mount offence from the position.
BJ is a known user of it, but has not really had much success with it other than negating offence for a few moments, BUT the rubber guard isn't the butterfly guard. It's an offensive position, not a defensive one. Simply because maintaining the position in a defensive matter would be much harder than working for a sub or sweep.
George Sotiroupolous, Dustin Hazelett and Shinya Aoki are the guys who off the top of my head have used it with success. But even then, the success rate is probably below 50%. Both Hazelett and George have done brilliant work with omaplata sweeps, Hazelett using his to set up a brillian submission, but Aoki really is the kingpin of the rubber guard in MMA, usually throwing up some crazy submission within seconds of establishing it.
HOWEVA, the majority of people seem to have watched an Eddie Bravo instruction guide and hopelessly throw it up with no real aim. We've seen it countless times, then Rogan makes some point about not being flexible enough to do it.
So my question to you is, Rubber Guard, yay or nay?