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Noke’s Knee

One of the first things they tell hot to trot newbs at jiu jitsu schools is ‘Lay off the leg locks, ” target=”_blank”>Imanari!‘ That’s because there’s no better way to fuck a dude’s leg / knee / life up than twisting a heel hook just a little too far. That shit will shred the ligaments right off a bone like something you’d see in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial.

You don’t see heel hooks much in the UFC, but when they happen they’re usually bad news. Combine a submission that destroys legs with an ultra competitive environment where a dude doesn’t want to tap and it’s a recipe for disaster. Ed Herman cooked that up on last week’s UFC Versus card against Kyle Noke (he kinda got screwed over for sub of the night) and it looked pretty awful. So how’s Noke doing?

Noke visited his physician after being caught on the bad end of an inverted heel hook courtesy of Ed Herman during their UFC on Versus 5 fight in Milwaukee.

The torque from the maneuver saw Noke’s leg twisted in a very nasty direction. Upon viewing the replay it appeared as if his kneecap literally shifted away from his leg.

The good news for Noke came last week, however, when an MRI revealed only a grade two sprain.

According to Noke’s manager, Jahani Curl of Machi Sports & Entertainment, the Australian will begin his physical therapy on Monday and shouldn’t keep him out of the Octagon for long.

Lucky lucky. I was sure Herman had just gifted Noke with the same kind of depressing year and a half away from the sport he just got back from.

(gif via Bloody Elbow’s judo chop of Ed’s submission chain towards that sick leg lock. It also continues today’s GIF IN EVERY POST streak! It’s like a muthafackin Harry Potter newspaper round here nowadays!)

  • CAP says:

    when keeping it ginger goes wrong…

  • lukustra says:

    saw this on facebook, thought he fucked his day up too with the way he limped out of the ring. Glad its nbd since I like Noke. I was particularly surprised he got caught considering his awesome grappling. Ed Herman’s back on a fucking mission.

  • P W says:

    Imanari is cool as fuck to watch. Nobody out there quite like him. Get him into the UFC now.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    Happy for him.  Can’t stand Herman, so I didn’t need a new flavor of Ginger Hatorade.

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    Fucking heel hooks.


    12 to 6 elbows and knees to the head are banned but these fucking career enders are A-okay. MMA makes no sense sometimes.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    Count Jonez, you speaketh the truth.

  • agentsmith says:

    I’ve had one minor knee injury in my life, but it was enough to make me terrified of heel hooks. Shit makes me cringe.

  • Grappo says:

    I made that!


    Yeah heel hooks are nasty.  Since they are one of those “once you feel it it’s already too late” kinda subs, with a high injury rate when applied successfully…  I could understand if they were banned.  But they look so fucking cool.  On the other hand, while dangerous, they are not so easy to lock on, and there are escapes, with failed attempts usually leading to an inferior position.   It was a slick transition by Herman, but Noke could have spun out of it.  I’m really surprised he didn’t defend against it since he’s so good on the ground himself. 

    I wonder how many people were hobbled when whoever came up with them was coming up with them.

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    Once again, nice work grappo.


    At the end of the day the more offensive options the better. Imo the only illegal strikes should be eye gouging, groin shots, fish hooking, rabbit punches (back of the head/vitor punches) kicking a downed opponent (unless you are on your back, being on top position should not equal complete immunity from strikes.)


    The less safe zones the better.