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GIF Party: Ten Techniques That Excite the Savage in All of Us

This guy knows what we’re talking about.

The nature of mixed martial arts competition means that you never know what you’re going to get when you tune in. Maybe a stand-up war, maybe a kinetic chess match. For some fans, there is nothing so thrilling as a technical back-and-forth mat battle.

Hell, some people even enjoy watching Ben Askren catch a firm grip on his opponent and breakdance all over him for fifteen minutes, and they get all hot and bothered seeing a good hip heist or X-guard sweep. We enjoy all that stuff. Then there are a double handful of techniques that bridge the gap — that excite every single person in the arena, every fight fan at the bar, and every keyboard warrior watching at home.

In the interest of finding common ground with all fans of this crazy fad that is ultimate fighting, we present to you this not-at-all exhaustive list of moves that seem more likely to be pulled off with an XBoX controller, rather than by a human being who is bound by the laws of physics.

Come one in past the jump, and let’s talk about the kinds of moves that make everyone jump up and spill their beer.

Special thanks to MMA-Core, IronForgesIron, mmaGIF,, Tapology, Large Midget and The Forum Assholes, and GIF ninjas everywhere.


Kneeing a grounded opponent

No ground and pound attack showcases a fighter’s grappling dominance (or perhaps his opponent’s unwillingness to fight) more decisively than a dozen unanswered knees to the kidney. While knees on the ground have become more rare since the demise of Pride rules, you can still spot them occasionally.

Pride never die.  Because “Pride Never Stop Pissing Blood” just sounds so barbaric.

Oh yeah, GSP *did* have a stoppage victory celebration.  Forgot about that.

Shogun decides pretty quickly that absorbing knees on the ground is a bad idea.

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DangadaDang- May 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm
By the way that vertical suplex is beauty.
DangadaDang- May 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm
Nice series of subtitles Rex. Just kidding it was pretty awesome.
stopdrinkingpee- May 27, 2011 at 12:20 am
"Ricockulous"? Don't be a tool.
Pen Fifteen- May 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm
At least Shannon Ritch has blessed us with a for-reals version of Sweet Chin Music.
The Highest Primate- May 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Another awesome uppercut was Dos Santos putting Werdum out cold (and out of the UFC) with one giant clean uppercut. That one takes the gold for me, all the others needed more shots afterwards but Werdum folded like an accordian after that hit.
Magic Wandy- May 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm
Goodridge gif is the best! lol
dcmsm- May 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm
not sure if the question on the submissions page is serious or not but its a reverse omoplata
Clyde- May 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm
Holy mother of fuck that vertical suplex was amazing.
Dizzylittlelord- May 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm
this article was epic, loved it
logdog52- May 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm
These are the kind of articles I love on cp. That last sub looks more like a kimura or key lock just using your legs (I've seen it done in the oppostie direction a lot... just not this way. That slam by Matt Hughes was the day I started watching MMA religiously! That was bad ass!
BigWhiskey- May 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm
How did you miss the Stephens vs. Dos Anjos uppercut? When someone talks about uppercuts, I am always reminded of the 'bowling uppercut'
boober- May 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Ben Henderson wasnt knocked down, he clearly slipped in mutigen.
intercept440- May 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm
the second page suplex was the bomb
danomite- May 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm
Moves i want to see performed in MMA: Enziguri, flash kick, hurricane kick, jumping uppercut and that roundhouse knee to the face that Tony Jaa did in Ong-Bak
is Rex responsible for this? why the hell did he not put the flying inverted triangle in the crazy subs page?! Bellator is disappoint.
miscreant- May 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm
The second to last gif with the "vertical suplex" is Matt Kucala, a local fighter here on the South Side of Chicago. I was at that event!

Also, where are the slams that MacDonald put on Diaz' punkass?
LargeMidget- May 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm
Today I bask in glory, thanks to the superior writing skills and dedication possessed by our newest and best writer, Rex13.
just some dong- May 26, 2011 at 11:48 am
Shlemenko's the man.
just some dong- May 26, 2011 at 11:47 am
Gary Goodridge.
knucklesamitch- May 26, 2011 at 11:42 am
Who the hell is that getting murdered via 500 elbows to the temple on the last page, and or is delivering...My eyes are not good and the deliverer (is that a word?) looks kinda like Cecil Peoples (that shit can't be right)
El Famous Burrito- May 26, 2011 at 11:42 am
We have a forum?
Dojima- May 26, 2011 at 11:30 am
^^^Find a gif, Rex? Be serious, homie. Its 2011, if you work for the Internet, you should be able to make them. I dont even work for the Internet, Im more like a loitering bum digging in the ashtrays for refries and looking for spare change in the parking lot for more Mad Dog 20/20, yet even I know how to make a gif.
MKO- May 26, 2011 at 11:25 am
That last submission was crazy.
Also, I am still amazed at Stephan Bonnar's head. Spinning elbow to the base of the skull? Not dead? Damn.
Fried Taco- May 26, 2011 at 11:18 am
People just don't respect the turtle guard anymore.
LOKI- May 26, 2011 at 11:06 am
Shogun taps to strikes? are dead to me.
ReX13- May 26, 2011 at 11:05 am
There's always next time agent.

(if i can find a GIF)