(Perhaps “Professor X” should consider changing his nickname to “Mister Fantastic.”)
Since being ousted from the UFC following a pair of losses to Denis Kang and Drew McFedries in 2009, the times have been tough on Xavier “Professor X” Foupa-Pokam. He’s won just three out of his past twelve fights (which could be worse *cough* Sean Salmon *cough*) and he had to suffer through this hellacious armbar at the hands of Jack Marshman in his appearance at BAMMA 11 on December 1st just to walk away with a split decision victory.
A credit is due to Pokam for gritting it out through such a dicey moment, but he should also be thanking his lucky stars that he was fighting a relatively inexperienced ground fighter in Marshman, who has apparently yet to learn what even Jim Norton could tell you: The key to a solid armbar comes from elevating the hips, not going palm-to-palm like Frank Mir on an inside shoulder lock. It was a nasty hold, no doubt, but Ronda Rousey would have finished that shit. Just sayin’.
On a side note, can I ask what is with all of the limb-punching going on in MMA lately? First Marshman tries to Hulk-smash through Pokam’s only remaining ligaments that haven’t been shredded like a Julienne salad, then Ben Henderson spends half his fight treating Nate Diaz’s thigh like it was Kyle Maynard’s face. Temporary fad or TECHNIQUE OF THE FUTURE?