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.