Originally Posted by xeberus
very cool! id love to train with fedor. i do however.. as little a person as i am to fedor disagree. single/double legs are the shit for take downs.
I dont think Fedor is saying they're bad, I just think he doesnt prefer them over his trips and throws.
In his training manual he speaks about how his double leg takedown is also different, especially in comparison to the AKA guys (Cain, Koscheck, Fitch) where as they "turn the corner" when securing both legs, Fedor prefers to drive the shoulder and scoop the legs up to keep him up while the opponent falls and he's then able to pass guard easily (because he doesnt fall into it with the takedown), or throw down heavier ground and pound because he can fall into his strikes (as we've seen him do many times).
Personally I'm a fan of the double leg *IF* used away from the cage and in non clinch situations. GSP is the best "open area" double leg takedown specialist. Where I think you get very tired using the double and single legs is when the guy is against the cage and can use the cage as a wall to prop himself against and make the takedown more difficult, which is what tires guys out.
Way too many guys these days gas themselves trying too hard for those single and double leg takedowns against the cage in clinch situations, best recent example is Mir vs Cro Cop.
Anyway, not trying to argue or anything, just trying to offer a bit more info on what I'm sure Fedor thinks about it (again most of this is pretty much coming directly from his own training manual).