25 Mar 2009 10:15:00 AM
#10: Shinya Aoki’s Flying Guard Pull/Japanese Backpack
(Aoki vs. Cavalcante and Moore, respectively.)
When you fight Aoki you know he wants to get things to the ground, and he knows that you know it. Takedowns and sweeps can be hard to come by against an opponent looking to defend them and almost nothing else, so Aoki has had to find other , more creative ways of getting the fight where he wants it, even getting thrown and briefly mounted from time to time. One of our favorite maneuvers is his flying guard pull. It may look silly, but more often than not you’re coming down with him and playing the ground game. If you defend that, he can always jump on you from behind like a kitschy Japanese backpack. Think "Hello Kitty," only way more dangerous.
#9: Matt Hughes‘ Slam
(Hughes KO slams Newton at the 1-minute mark, Frank Trigg gets his at 3:20.)
When wrestlers first emerged as a dominant force in MMA they faced an obvious problem: nothing in their background had prepared them to finish fights. In the UFC, pinning dudes will just get you boos and a call for action from Big John, so you’d better come up with something else. Matt Hughes did, and that something was his farmboy slam. He knocked Carlos Newton out with it at UFC 34, and used it as a staple in his game for years. Even if it was rarely as effective in ending fights as it was against Newton, it still looked cool when he walked across the cage with an opponent on his shoulder like a sack of flour, and it sure got the fans fired up, like it did in Hughes’ dramatic comeback victory against Frank Trigg at UFC 52.Read More ADD COMMENTS (514) DIGG THIS