Nov 26, 2008

Dirty Boxing for MMA - Jens Pulver

One of my favorite stand-up clinches is the Dirty Boxing clinch, made popular by Randy Couture and Jens Pulver.

I find that it's exceptional in Mixed Martial Arts when you're up against a much more technical striker than yourself- instead of standing off and getting picked apart, you can come in and grab your opponent and pummel him to bits while opening the opportunity for a takedown or throw.

The Dirty Boxing clinch is very hard for many people to defend, because the whole time that you're in it, you're constantly threatening him with both strikes and takedowns.

Jens Pulver made a video a while back about fighting this way, and I find it to be a great instructional (Note the live band playing the background. Awesome.):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

If you train in MMA and you find that your wrestling is pretty much non-existent, follow Jen's tips, and I guarantee that you'll surprise your training partners next time you spar.


Anonymous said...

Great post, thanks.

Anthony said...

Nice selection of videos. Thanks for posting them. I am starting to work on my stand-up boxing skills. These are some new things I can incorporate into my training.