This piece is a follow up to my previous piece: “Lyoto Machida: The Forgotten Front-Kick”. In this article I hope to do this great match the justice it deserves. Both fighters were undefeated going into this match.
The Rear-Straight Counter on a Telegraphed Rear-Kick
Rear Kick Counter Against Jab: Checking the Rear Hand
Defensive Tendency: A Tell For The Future
Over-Commitment and Off-Balance
Punishing the Get-Up
This is one aspect to the game that’s pretty exclusive to MMA: when an opponent tries to get up one should try to exploit it.
Exploiting Telegraphed Kick Again:
The Finale, Setup … and “Forgotten Front Kick”
When Franklin was pressed against the ropes, he probably thought a right-roundhouse was coming, so he’s prepared to cushion. Just as he leans towards the “right-roundhouse”, the front-kick sneaks through the the guard from a “blind angle” (refer to Jack Slack’s Fightland piece). As Franklin’s head bounces back (being straightened by the front-kick), a seamless left-straight was delivered over the top for goodnight.
This is again, noticing a tendency and exploiting it. Again, apologies to Lyoto Machida for forgetting that it’s the first awesome front-kick I’ve seen in MMA — hope I’ve done his techniques justice!
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