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Small mistakes cost you fights

When you’re watching a fight, things seem to happen out of nowhere … like Chuck getting KO’d by Rampage on a lucky punch. Dustin Hazelett just ate a kick to the face from Josh Koscheck and that was all she wrote. But the truth is, these things don’t just happen. Rampage had been trained to throw the punch that knocked Chuck out. Chuck made the mistake of throwing the wrong kind of punch and Rampage’s technique won the fight. And it looks like Dustin Hazelett set himself up by making a similar kind of mistake against Josh Koscheck:

“I had an answer for everything he threw at me, and for whatever reason, in the second round, I came out pawing with my jab,” Hazelett says. “I knew I couldn’t do that with a guy who comes over the top [with his punches] like Koscheck does, and he clipped me.”

At this point a lot of people know enough of the ground stuff to be able to see a lot of the mistakes or techniques that set up a good submission. But I don’t know a lot of people who can really break down someone’s striking past “his hands are too low”. I always find it interesting when we get to hear more about mma striking, techniques, and game plans … Randy’s fake shoot / overhand punch combo that floored Tim Sylvia still makes me wet in my man bits.

For a long time I just figured there wasn’t that much technicality in MMA striking – I bought into the line boxing has been pushing for a while now. But like most things in MMA, if you spend some time learning your shit, you’ll realize there’s a whole system underneath the carnage, and it’s fucking cool.

  • godzillad

    Now you know why boxing has it’s hardcores.

  • mike o

    fuck boxing hardcore

  • Dru Down

    Too bad Randy didn’t fake a shot. In his own words, the combo was “Left cut kick, overhand right, left hook,” but of course Tim didn’t make it to the hook.

    Good observation about technical striking, although its a little sad that, as a member of the media, you’re only now noticing that these guys aren’t just going in throwing windmills all the time.

  • ninjitsu

    Yeah, way to go, members of the media

  • Lifer

    when you have so many styles/training differences all thrown into 1 cage it’s gonna look sloppy way more than it’s going to look smooth as silk like boxing.

    there isn’t much variation in boxing and training styles/methodology is pretty much the same wherever you train due to the rules of the sport.

  • vinhthekid

    yo, i’m totally writing about this.

    but yeah, this is why i love teh mma and teh jits. and i feel like it eventually will look smooth as silk, it’s been getting better day by day, and fights like griffin, edgar make me believe in the sport like whoa.

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    Rename your article to…. Small mistakes cost you your UFC contract.