This is a kickboxing combination we worked on recently in class. I’ve been really digging the use of the uppercut as a counterpunch lately. Remember – stay tight (protected). You don’t have to flap around to generate power in the uppercut. The power comes from your hips and really shoveling from the ground.
Saturday Novemeber 12: Forty minutes of pre-fight hype on Fox didn’t slow heavyweights Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez from getting busy in no time. The bout ended in 64 seconds with JDS shoveling punches into a downed Velasquez, who was sent to the mats courtesy of a nasty looping overhand right.
Lesson 1: JDS is a bad mamba-jamba.
Lesson 2: Cain has a chin, but the shot behind the ear messes with your equilibrium, making it hard to get up. Remember, Cheick Kongo blasted Cain on the chin with two good shots and he recovered and wrestled to victory.
Lesson 3: MMA boxing is different than regular boxing. The looping-overhand punch (a la Chuck Liddell) works really well with 4 ounce gloves. It seems … almost sloppy, like it shouldn’t work. But it does. Oh, it does.
Lesson 3: Loveable fatboy, Roy Nelson, has one tough cranium. JDS plowed that thing into the ground and Roy didn’t go out. (Roy has nacho-cheese injected directly into his brain-stem every fiscal quarter, making him hard to knock out. Science fact. )
After every good lesson, there must be a knowledge check! My questions for you are:
Q1. Does this mean Cain has a “glass jaw” or are the heavyweight sluggers just that brutish?
Q2. After seeing some HW heavy hands, do we credit Brock Lesnar for taking a beating much longer (or better?) than Cain?
Q3. Who do you think the best HW is going to be in the next year?