Jul 23, 2008

Shinya Aoki vs. Caol Uno DREAM 5

I was going to go over a technique today, but there was something that was just as good and informative- this match of Shinya "Magic Pants" Aoki (No, that's not his real nickname) vs. Caol Uno.

If you guys have a hard time remembering who Caol Uno is, he's the guy that was supposed to be the next big thing in MMA before BJ Penn knocked him out faster than you can say "Prodigy." Regardless, Uno was and still is a formidable and experienced fighter.

With both Aoki and Uno lacking any real knockout power, this fight was destined to be a grapple-gasm. Don't believe me? Watch for yourself:

DREAM 5 - Shinya Aoki vs. Caol Uno


It was beautiful watching Aoki with all the submission attempts, and then watching Uno getting himself out of all of the bad positions that Shinya had him in was just as amazing. I have never seen one person escape from so many back mounts in one MMA match ever. Heck, I don't think I've seen so many in most BJJ matches I've watched, either.

Instead of a blow-by-blow, watch the video with these things in mind for your own game:

Things to watch for-

*Getting to the clinch by backing your opponent into a corner and threatening him with a knee

*Aoki's Sabaori takedown straight to mount

*Uno's multiple escapes from mount and back mount

*Aoki's tight De la Riva guard to heelhook combination, then how he explodes out to take the back when Uno escapes

*The interesting guard position off to the side, with an arm snaked around the head to prevent movement and to transition to the back.

*That incredible triangle choke trap from a back mount-RNC escape

*Low double leg to passing over the half-butterfly to start off second round is
textbook submission grappling.

*Unfortunate end to the fight before Aoki could do anything with the Rubber Guard

So yes, a lot to learn from this particular fight.

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