Breaking Down The Foundations: Muay Thai In MMA

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Wanderlei Silva

Although more wild and brawling than cerebral assassin, ‘The Axe Murderer’ had some of the deadliest Muay Thai knees in MMA history. He pretty much put the technique on the map during the early UFC and Pride FC days, most famously smashing Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson’s nose with the attack.

Notice Silva’s two handed clinch behind the neck, although he doesn’t utilize as much torso control with the forearm/elbow as others do, his body shape and excellent technique do the trick. He drags the opponent’s head down, keeping his hips out and back, before pushing through and slightly up with the knee and finishing by engaging the hips.

Maximum power through the knees and hips, textbook Muay Thai.

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