Jul 14, 2007

How to Incorporate Parts of Chuck Liddell's Game Into Your Own + (UFC 66 Lidell vs. Ortiz)

I was looking for a Chuck Liddell highlight video yesterday, and here's the first one I stumbled upon:


So, here's my short analysis of individual moves shown by the Iceman in the handful of his fights shown in this clip--

1st Fight
Notice the leg check, not lifted ala John Hackleman, Liddell's Trainer--

Quicktime movie below: He explains why Muay Thai lifted leg checks aren't always the best option, and shows a nifty way to set up his leg check to go with a counter. Great video.
http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossPit_LegChecks.mov (right click, save)

Essentially, since the traditional MT leg check involves shifting the weight back on the rear leg to minimize damage, you don't have as much time to counter-attack, you just do the exact opposite by stepping in and absorbing the hit while delivering a punishing cross/hook/overhand at the same time to pay your opponent back double for trying to take out your legs. You need a certain level of confidence and timing before you can even attempt something like this, but I feel it is a move worth looking into as a fight stopper. Personally, having a bum knee/thigh the next day is better than getting KTFO.

4th Fight
Notice the overhand right used against the Dirty Boxing Clinch (One arm holding, other free) by Randy Couture.

The Overhand Right, explained by Chuck himself:

This punch, when properly executed, is an awesome countering move, but if you've never trained using it before, there's a chance you might break your wrist, so a word of caution before you try using it in your next sparring session: It's probably going to hurt a bit the first couple times you try it. The overhand a perfect counter to a sloppy straight punch, or used in combination with the leg check mentioned above against the Thai leg kick.

5th Fight (near the end)

Here's how to barrage someone with punches without staying in a proper punching stance/position (low, too far from opponent, always ready for a shoot). I remark about this one, because watching someone get pummeled is almost always more exciting than seeing an armbar or a triangle. Tito gets rocked just a tiny bit.

Here's the whole Liddell vs Ortiz fight:
UFC 66


"This man's sprawl is legendary." Pretty much true, Mr. Announcer, pretty much true.

So, hope you enjoyed learning by example from one of the best counter-punchers in MMA today.


BillyWarhol said...

i thought Ortiz would never be beat - but Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell is somethin' else!!


I was surprized our Canadian dude George St. Pierre lost*

ysc87 said...

Yeah, I was split before the fight... I respected liddell, but I was almost certain that tito would eventually get him to the ground. Now, after the fight, I really respect Liddell. lol.

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