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Technique Video of the Day: Bas Rutten’s Triangle Escape

As I watched Pat Barry fall victim to yet another submission at the spider legs of Stefan Struve during UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson this past Saturday, my stomach began to take on the feeling that I hadn’t known since I watched A Serbian Film for the second time. I knew what was going to happen, but deep in my atheist soul I hoped…no, prayed, that things would somehow change. And like a 7-Eleven cashier in Compton, I found myself on the wrong end of the barrel yet again.

Thankfully, the powers at be have likely given Barry another chance. And since we all know “HD” is an avid Cagepotato Fan, I figured I’d let the master of all things MMA/street fighting, Bas Rutten, give us a little tutorial on how to escape a triangle choke. It may not be as flashy as power-bombing your way out, but it’s a hell of a lot more effective.

Being the Renaissance man that “El Guapo” is, he manages to make a complex maneuver seem as simple as four steps:

Step 1. Keep your arm straight. Use wrist control, your opponents head, etc. to keep your opponent from sliding your arm across.

Step 2. Go for the head. Start by posturing up as best as you can, then grab the top of your opponent’s head with both hands, in turn applying a neck crank/can opener.

Step 3. Slide back. Using the neck crank to open your opponent’s guard, simply slide back on your knees, thus freeing yourself from the possibility of the triangle.

Step 4. While maintaining a hold on your opponent’s head, maneuver your own around his leg and move to side mount.

Step 5 (optional). Let your opponent stand up, grab the nearest salt or pepper shaker, and den attack de eyes and de liver.



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XENOPHON- October 5, 2011 at 9:10 am
Good piece, and El Guapo is my favorite. He is the face of true old school MMA who speaks with authority. So, good job stringing this together.
warchief65- October 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm
The get the arm bar , the guy have to turn to the side his whole body . And , if you listen to Bass , you don't let the guy to get the other arm in there . And , I don't know what your doing , fried taco , but if that's my only way out , then I'd rather go to sleep than your " out " .
k-onda- October 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm
Oh sure, it's so easy when you have all these rugged good looks and retard strength - but what about the rest of us?
SeanSoloXXX- October 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm
@Ani703 i was thinking the same thing about the arm bar. Although id rather try to escape an arm bar than a triangle. lol. If you could time it right on the transition you could get outta there in one piece.
weippppp- October 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm
Cup Cheick- October 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm
You watched a Serbian film twice you sick bastard?!
danomite- October 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Ok, so are we going to completely ignore the fact that not only was Paul Wall at the Versus event, but that he also appears to be buddies with Dominick Cruz? Why, Dominick? For the love of god, Why?
Fried Taco- October 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Step 1, spit out mouthguard. Step 2, open mouth. Step 3, bite penis. I saw this technique work against Cris Cyborg, so you know it's effective.
Ani703- October 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Struve's torso is so long I wonder if Barry's arms would've even been able to reach the back of his head from there. Also wonder if this wouldn't open you up to an arm bar? Anyway looks good. And since it comes from Rutten himself I will definitely give it a shot.
ByrneDout- October 3, 2011 at 11:49 am
this was great thanks for posting.
RoJoegan- October 3, 2011 at 11:39 am
Second: If, like Barry, you find yourself in the triangle choke of a seven foot, 260-pound man, all the Rutten in the world won’t help… you’re fucked.
skeletor- October 3, 2011 at 11:36 am
You suck danga