Oblique Kick

Fighters with a wide range of possible strikes catch their opponents off guard by making them indecisive and hesitant to act. Jon Jones’ use of the “oblique kick” has been a revelation in MMA and has caught out virtually all of his opponents, keeping them at his preferred distance and making anxious to come forward. Holly Holm used it to good effect against Ronda, who had no answer to it (or anything else).

While the Oblique kick is still newish in MMA it is a cornerstone kick in Wing Chun. In Savate Its known as Chasse bas and can be used almost like a jab to help control distance and cause trepidation in your opponent.  

Is value doesn’t lie in the damage that it does (though it does hurt and can injure someone’s knee) but the disruption of your adversaries base, and how it helps you control the distance. 

This is honestly my favorite kick because of how easy it is to set up. Reblog and tell me yours.


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“The reason this kick is so powerful and the cause of sick knockouts is because it puts the user’s whole weight into a solid strike.
The two main variations are the Front Roll (Tate Kaiten) and the Side Roll (Yoko Kaiten):
– The front roll is safer, makes you stand up while rolling and works like an Axe Kick.
– The side roll is more risky and only a select few people are capable of doing it properly in the air, but is extremely powerful and acts almost like an overpowered Spinning Hook Kick.

Wherever it hits, it will ALWAYS stagger the opponent.
The main flaw of this kick is when it doesn’t connect, as the sideways version of it puts your back flat on the ground, making you vulnerable in non-stand-up bouts.” -  Strider Hien 

Front Kick

 @impleiadic Said that their favorite kick was the front kick.  Which is hard to argue with. It’s another low risk but highly versatile kick. It really shines when your opponent keeps their hands spread apart to protect against hooks.

The front kick can be done as an offensive move like in Karate and Taekwondo’s front snap kick. Or it can be used defensively to push your opponent and keep control of the distance. Both are effective uses.


Francis Ngannou Highlights 

By: AP  

The 6′4 260lb Frenchman by way of Cameroon Francis Ngannou (8-1) is the best heavyweight prospect in the UFC right now. His fundamental striking game is years ahead of his HW peers that have only started fighting in the last 3 years. He’s a solid defensive wrestler and we’ve seen he knows how to scramble up when he does get taken down. I don’t think he’s even been training all that long. 

Ngannou will look to pass his strongest test to date when he faces Anthony Hamilton (15-5) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 102 this Saturday (Dec. 9th).

“It’s not quite 205 but we’ll see what  happens” Precarious Ponderings for UFC from Albany


December 5th, 2016

The UFC’s 2016 is coming to an end with four shows left including a double shot here from New York and Toronto. Most of the bucket of treats reside on night two but night one is worth keeping an eye on as well, live on Fight Pass. The most obvious thing to accept is that beyond being a schedule filler/way to guarantee a certain amount of shows a year, this card does have some developmental reasonings behind it. I feel like THIS was the show for fighters they had scheduled for UFC 205 before they decided to superstar it up to the gills. The show has taken some knocks via injury but I’d argue it’s not even the worst Fight Pass card this year, let alone the worst card of the year that some have described. Did y'all even SEE the Australia show?! It’s not even the worst show of the last three weeks! Anyways let’s dive right into this bucket ‘o treats and see what we get out of it.

1- Debuting Fighters- 27- 51-3-2

Short Notice Fighters- 34-46-2 and 23-20-1 if you remove debuting fighters.

Second Fight- 14-15-1

And on this card? Ha boy.

Debuting Fighters- Ryan Janes, JJ Aldrich, Shane Burgos, Gerald Meerschaert, Brian Camozzi, Saparbek Safarov

Short Notice Fighters- Gerald Meerschaert, Brian Camozzi, Shane Burgos, Saparbek Safarov (Joe Gigliotti took his fight on short notice but that was in Early October so it’s not likee he had a short camp. He had two months to get ready for this.)

Second Fight- Joe Gigliotti, Andrew Sanchez, Keith Berish, Mark Diakese

2- We talk a lot about how old, aging and decrepit 205 and 265 lbs are. All true, all valid. Having said that credit where it’s due as the UFC is actively trying to inject some new names and faces into the mix. Over their last five shows, we’ve had six fights at light heavyweight including a bevy of debuts (Tyson Pedro, Darren Stewart) and some young proven guys getting a chance. The same stands true at HW where we got three HW fights over the course of that time. They’re trying to fix up these divisions so kudos to them for acknowledging a problem. This card has one debuting guy and another LHW fight pitting two mid tier guys trying to climb their way up the rankings.  It’s also got some HW fights which serve a very valuable purpose to the UFC’s long term plans. There’s import and value here.

3- So the main event and co-main event fights have drawn some consternation from fans, primarily because on a show with no slam bang main event; you’ve got Derrick Lewis fighting “this long name motherfucker” and Francis Ngannou fighting a proven gatekeeper. I get the complaints from everybody but this is kind of needed. They’re building up two “new” faces in the division while keeping them on line to potentially fight each other down the line.  Derrick Lewis has been a bit of a prelim creature for most of his UFC run so you’ve got him now co-maining two straight events and about to headline his first ever show. Francis Ngannou has been getting a slow build towards his co-main spot. This is a rare case where the boxing mentality sort of works, even if it’s frustrating to know that Ngannou vs Lewis would be an awesome fight.

4- Of the two, who is more at risk for a potential upset loss? I’m going Ngannou. For one, he’s still pretty raw even if he’s advancing at a rapid rate. The other is that Anthony Hamilton is more well rounded than Shamil Aburakhimov (who is “better” but plays right into Lewis’ strengths on the feet). As such, Hamilton to me is the bigger threat to Ngannou. Hamilton’s UFC career path is so odd; lost to Olyneik but beat Omielanczuk who beat Olyneik. Also of note; Hamilton is a member of Jackson’s MMA so I’m assuming he’s going to have a pretty well thought out gameplan.

5- Corey Anderson continues his heartbreaking run through the UFC light heavyweight division. The youngest and arguably the most talented light heavyweight prospect in the division continues to just disappoint with a run of decisions in his last five fights, amassing a 3-2 record. Anderson just can’t seem to put it together and while some of that may be due to a lack of experience, you’re just left wanting more each time he fights. Sean O'Connell is sort of a strength vs weakness matchup for him. O'Connell can crack (and Anderson seems to be incapable of handling power well even if he recovers fast enough) but isn’t much of a wrestler (where Anderson has made hay in his wins). It’s a fight where Anderson should win but it’ll be intriguing to see if he flirts with a loss. He seems like a guy who fights up and down to the level of his competition.

6- Sean O'Connell has six fights in the UFC and they’ve all been action fights. I  know he’s 2-4 but if he loses, I’d absolutely positively give him one more go. Dude’s a brawler of the highest order and you need those?

7- Is Frankie Perez vs Mark Diakiese legitimately the best fight on this card?

8- The journey of Randy Brown is a very peculiar one. Signed off of Looking For A Fight, Brown is a raw toolsy guy who has had some good performances and some not so good performances. On the feet, he’s a long limbed striker with some snap but also some serious flaws. On the ground, wrestlers can give him hell but the long limbs and ability to grapple make him a threat off his back for some submissions. Curious to see how he faces off with Brian Camozzi, the brother of Chris Camozzi.

9- Pulling for Ryan Janes. He’s had two fights this year fall apart for reasons beyond his control. He’s kicking off the show vs Keith Berish.

10- CANNOT care about Sanchez vs Smith even if Trevor Smith is capable of some strong performances from time to time. Cannot, will not care.

11- Julianna Lima has had some clunkers but JJ Aldrich is incapable of having a bad fight so I’m pulling for something good here.

12- The Joe Gigliotti vs Gerald Meerschaert is a very, very interesting sort of fight and the kind we need for Joe Gigliotti to see if he can improve. Against Trevor Smith, Gigliotti got knocked around a bit and had some flaws exposed. Meerschaert is your prototypical quality mid tier veteran who might be a traditional AAAA player. It’s a fight Smith should win or need to win.


“The Korean Superboy” Doo Ho Choi Highlights

By: AP

The Korean Superboy Doo Ho Choi (15-1) has only been in the Octagon 3x since 2014 but he’s made the most of his time in the cage. 3 UFC appearances, 3 first round KOs and a call out of a top 5 featherweight from Doo Ho Choi. The power punching Korean will face off with Cub Swanson (23-7) at UFC 206 this Saturday (Dec. 10th).