Breaking Down The Foundations: Muay Thai In MMA

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Donald Cerrone

Finally we look at the striking of UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone, also a multiple title national and world Muay Thai champ, who has some of the most surgical striking in the game today. ‘Cowboy’ has some very dangerous kicks in MMA, and has dispatched Jim Miller, John Makdessi, Adriano Martins and Melvin Guillard with his accurate head kick.

You’ll not Cerrone’s striking stance is still heavily Muay Thai influenced, something you don’t often see given the advantage it can give wrestlers. Of course Cerrone’s submission game means he doesn’t really mind going to the mat, but the more square stance allows the Greg Jackson’s title challenger to throw strikes quicker and often out of the opponents range of vision.

The fake 1-2 followed with the high or switch kick is Muay Thai bread and butter, and Cerrone throws that technique like it’s going out of fashion.

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