Join Date: May 2006
Location: New York City, New York
Great video. The production was fun. Repped for the find.
Obviously Eddie is wrong about the three options. Couture caught guys up against the cage for years. Imanari, Aoki and the flying submission is a different option.
I agree with what he says about guys who are confident on their back, though. Pretty much nobody knows confidence in the guard game like Eddie, from the standpoint of a coach and commentator. There are a few guys (Cyborg Abreu, for one) who might be better, but Eddie is up there.
The same thing he says about Galvao is true for Jeff Monson. If you watch Monson shoot, he'll shoot the single and then roll to his back like he's going for a deep half guard, and if he can, he'll roll back out and use that half guard to cinch up the grip in the single, stand back up and get the takedown, or he'll go to the back or get the sweep from the half guard. Monson's transition from the single to the half guard is absolutely awesome.
The "amen" style recall from Matt Horwich in the background is a good ratification. It's something that great grapplers in MMA know, and Horwich is one of those guys who has the ground game to make that work.
Eddie is absolutely right with what he says about the importance of pulling guard. I'm not sure it will ever be a popular option, but it is definitely effective when used by guys with sick guard games.
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