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Old 04-21-2011, 06:27 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Look at all the ufc champions other than cain..

can u imagine frankie edgar without kicks?

gsp?

as?

jj or shogun?

theres your answer. watch rampage vs forest
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:46 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I was just wondering whether kicks are important or not in MMA?

Even though I've been training in thai boxing for 2 years I'm still not a great kicker. I'm good with my hands because I've been boxing since I was 10 years old, and I'm also pretty good at throwing knees, elbows and fighting in the clinch. It's just kicks I suck at. Also I noticed when I did MMA sparring with my muay thai instructor I was able to take him down easily whenever he tried throwing a kick higher than my waist. So yeah, are kicks important?

Also, what's the best way to fight against someone who has decent kicks when you don't?
Hell yeah, kicks are important. Just the threat of being leg-kicked prevents a good boxer from sitting down on his lead leg and bombing away, keeps em honest. Also, if you don't respect a high kick, you'll get your head kicked off.

I also suck at kicks but have good hands, and I'd suggest to focus on defending kicks more than throwing them while you focus on your boxing as your striking strength.
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:30 AM   #23 (permalink)
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If you havent already, check out the kick in the anderson silva and vitor belfort fight....definition of wtf kick
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:40 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Yes very. Just watch Pat Barry's fights with Dan Evansen and Joey Beltran.
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Yes very. Just watch Pat Barry's fights with Dan Evansen and Joey Beltran.
Lol talk about powerful leg kicks!!
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Lol talk about powerful leg kicks!!
Ahahah hell yes those leg kicks were powerful. Joey Beltran must be a tough son of a bitch to withstand those leg kicks!
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If you havent already, check out the kick in the anderson silva and vitor belfort fight....definition of wtf kick
That was the highlight of MMA 2011 imho, because I like it when someone uses something that's not "supposed" to work and it does..."straight kicks don't work in MMA"....THWACK! Surpriiisse!
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That was the highlight of MMA 2011 imho, because I like it when someone uses something that's not "supposed" to work and it does..."straight kicks don't work in MMA"....THWACK! Surpriiisse!
Haha I'll place my bet John Jones will pull of some unexpected moves... like that spinning elbow off the cage!!
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ask Mike Lullo how important leg kicks are. He ate 16 of Barboza's kicks to the left thigh over the course of about 12 minutes...TKO'd b/c he couldn't stand. Or you can ask Crocop what a solid head kick feels like. He knows,he's been on both ends of them!
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ask Mike Lullo how important leg kicks are. He ate 16 of Barboza's kicks to the left thigh over the course of about 12 minutes...TKO'd b/c he couldn't stand. Or you can ask Crocop what a solid head kick feels like. He knows,he's been on both ends of them!
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