How to Ground And Pound From The Guard After A Double Leg By UFC Fighter Jared Gordon
The type of takedown you implement in a fight will determine your positioning and where you land on the ground. Whether in the cage, in the street, or on the mats in a grappling setting. When Jared Gordon goes for a double leg the defensive fighter will naturally try to retain guard. A lot of fighters feel safer being in their guard rather than half guard or side control. Unlike pure grappling, MMA fighters need to learn how to strike on the ground and unlike pure Striking fighters need to learn how to utilize takedowns in their striking. Mixing up the styles is crucial in MMA and important to think of it as a system, Which in MMA will be divided into a few hybrid styles like shoot boxing, grapple boxing, and fence wrestling. Grapple boxing is the art of using strikes and grappling together on the ground.
This is a video showing Jared Gordon explaining the ground and pound from the guard. It is an excerpt from grapple boxing instructional available on dynamicstriking.com
Who Is Jared Gordon?
Jared Gordon is an American Featherweight mixed martial artist who has fought in the UFC among other organizations and was the lightweight champion for Cage of fury. Jared Gordon started Boxing and Wrestling from a young age. Which gives him a good insight on Grapple boxing
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How To Keep The Opponent Down And Open For Strikes
After getting the takedown Jared says there's three options for the fighter utilizing their defensive guard. They are looking for submissions and sweeps, Get ups, and holding the opponent down so they don't posture up to throw punches. According to Jared in order to be effective when in the opponent's guard, he keeps T-Rex arms. short arms in, and elbow to hip. He's also looking to follow them wherever their hips are at, never letting their hips free so they don't sweep or hunt for a submission. And still keeping short arms so they don't go for underhooks and look for armbars and triangles, or other submissions like omoplatas or attack high to feint and make you posture and they go for leg locks.
Jared says In order to control a fresh fighter you need four points of contact. Hands, elbows, thighs, and head. Yes you use your head as another limb to control a bottom fighter. When the bottom player's position is aligned with you they are very strong there. So when their spine is straight and aligned with your body position. They can shrimp out, they can climb on their elbows to attempt getting up, they can start climbing their legs high on the opponent's back and look for submissions.
So Jared Gordon says what you need to do is contort their spine so they don't have alignment and control their chin line and shoulder line. Jared says imagine the difference from bench pressing with a straight spine or bench pressing with your head completely turned one way and not aligned with the spine, you will not have much power there and will get compromised and injured. So comparatively in a fight situation it is a good idea to contort your opponent's spine when you are in their guard. How you can do that is positioning and you can pull someone's head in and strike, or you can press their chin down and strike. But never keeping their spine straight.
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