When you’re watching a fight, things seem to happen out of nowhere … like Chuck getting KO’d by Rampage on a lucky punch. Dustin Hazelett just ate a kick to the face from Josh Koscheck and that was all she wrote. But the truth is, these things don’t just happen. Rampage had been trained to throw the punch that knocked Chuck out. Chuck made the mistake of throwing the wrong kind of punch and Rampage’s technique won the fight. And it looks like Dustin Hazelett set himself up by making a similar kind of mistake against Josh Koscheck:
“I had an answer for everything he threw at me, and for whatever reason, in the second round, I came out pawing with my jab,” Hazelett says. “I knew I couldn’t do that with a guy who comes over the top [with his punches] like Koscheck does, and he clipped me.”
At this point a lot of people know enough of the ground stuff to be able to see a lot of the mistakes or techniques that set up a good submission. But I don’t know a lot of people who can really break down someone’s striking past “his hands are too low”. I always find it interesting when we get to hear more about mma striking, techniques, and game plans … Randy’s fake shoot / overhand punch combo that floored Tim Sylvia still makes me wet in my man bits.
For a long time I just figured there wasn’t that much technicality in MMA striking – I bought into the line boxing has been pushing for a while now. But like most things in MMA, if you spend some time learning your shit, you’ll realize there’s a whole system underneath the carnage, and it’s fucking cool.