BJ Penn's takedown defense

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  1. gatorman1122

    gatorman1122 White Belt

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    Anyone know what BJ does that's so effective in defending the takedown against world-class wrestlers?

    He seems to let his lead leg hang out there while throwing jabs, baiting you to go for a single leg and then just shrugging you off.

    Sherk only attempted 1 takedown against BJ, and even Matt Hughes struggled to take BJ down.
     
  2. Tony Manifold

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    Fight metric did an analysis that said if you took out the 2nd hughes fight and his fight with serra, he gets takedown 58% of the time. If you only take out the serra fight (Serra's takedowns aren't very good) he gets taken down at 48% which is about average.

    What he did against hughes and sherk more than anything is use his hands to force them to shoot from outside, and when they try the low single he just lets them have it and sprawls back to the spilts. With BJ a single is stupid. He is too flexible with to good of balance. GSP took him down with doubles and body locks, Hughes took him down with a double as well.
     
  3. georgejjr

    georgejjr Black Belt

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    Not sure he actually fought a world class wrestler (it means olympic level, and I don't think he's fought a guy who made it to the olympics).

    But mainly, as was pointed out above, because of his striking fighters generally have to do their shot from well outside touching range, giving him lots of time to react.
     
  4. Mikey Triangles

    Mikey Triangles Bending Joints the Wrong Way Since 1985

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    That's not necessarily true. You can be World-Class and never actually compete in the
    Olympics. That aside Randy Couture was an alternate for the olmpics and outweighs BJ tremendously. Randy also helped train BJ for his first fight with Hughes, and he said BJ was one of the most difficult people to takedown that he ever encountered, and even when he was able to get him down he had an even harder time keeping him there; despite the large weight difference and everything else.



    BJ is INCREDIBLY flexible and dexterous with his legs, and his balance is amazing to say the least. Sherk was actually putting his ass on the mat with single legs, but BJ could simply stretch out into a split and put his other leg where ever the fuck he needed to in order to nullify the takedown. He literally does a split and maintains balance and control.
     
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    I wouldn't exactly define it as a split.... Being able to do a split and being flexible in that area are two different things (hence BJ saying that he doesn't have kicking flexibility) BJ Penn basically stretches his hips out a lot (Yoga) and his ability to put his leg behind his head is pretty much what makes that motion really easy for him (combined with balance of course)

    I've personally used what BJ used to sprawl against Matt Hughes in his 2nd fight during rolling sessions, only after being able to stretch my leg behind my head while sitting down. I would say you need a TON of flexibility to be able to do what BJ Penn did to defend the single leg from Sherk while standing up. BJ's reportedly able to reach his leg behind his head, standing up, without the use of his hands.... and I think most people aren't even going to attempt doing the sitting down version anytime soon
     
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    RadBoy He conquers who endures

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    Mikey Triangles Bending Joints the Wrong Way Since 1985

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    GSP taked him down almost at will.
     
  9. Mikey Triangles

    Mikey Triangles Bending Joints the Wrong Way Since 1985

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    lol, no he didn't
     
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    I've just rewatched the fight, do the same ;-) GSP is the only one who took BJ to the ground that often, and it look not too difficult at all.
     
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    lildog A Warrior's Heart

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    Penn has craazy balance, and he has a great ability to just stand right up if taken down. Thats all you need for MMA. IF Randy and Sherk and Hughes all say he is hard to take down, then he is.

    The guy that mentioned some stats has hid head up his ass. Believe what you see, and what EVERYONE has seen is Penn rarely being taken down.
     
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    Maybe, but its a pretty empty claim unless you've actually been there. The UFC tends to throw around terms like world class freely. Karo is called a world class judoka ... the best he ever did in judo was 3rd in the US, in a division where the US has no one ranked in the top 25. It means Karo probably wasn't in the top 200 in judo in his weight class - is that world class?

    Same with most of the wrestlers in the UFC. Hughes simply wouldn't have made the US olympic team (and the US isn't even the best wrestling country in the world), GSP might make the Canadian olympic team if he trained wrestling full time for three or four years (he trains with the Canadian olympic team, and they say he's got the talent, just needs more practice). Randy's word is a lot more valuable, except that doing well in practice is much different than doing well in actual competition ... any athlete in any sport will tell you that. Coaches get headaches from the guys who look good until they actually get into a game situation.

    Its a lot like people saying Anderson Silva has world class boxing skills - it might even be true (though I doubt it), but people aren't going to take it seriously unless he boxes someone who is a known world class boxer (say his fight with Roy Jones Jr goes through).
     
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    LOL! I dont know what planet your from but welcome to earth.
     
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    What?
     
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    the thing is that if he fought a real olympic wrestler in MMA, their striking would be so bad that they get knocked out as soon as the got close. But in a grappling match im sure the olympic wrestler would take him down (and get submitted).
     
  16. Tony Manifold

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    I don't have my head up my ass but you obviously have your tongue firmly wrapped around BJ's balls. Here is my source:
    The life and times of B.J. Penn - MMA - Yahoo! Sports

    Also according to this:Penn scroll down to the GSP fight.

    GSP took him down 4 times out of 5 attempts. That is an 80% rate.

    The numbers don't lie. He has good take down defense and his defense against a single is great but in terms of overall percentages he gets taken down around 40% of the time. To put it in perspective, GSP has been taken down 7 times in his career.
     
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    the thing you have to keep in mind is that elite american wrestlers don't necessarily take up international styles (freestyle, greco), often practicing them in the off-season in high school or college.

    i'd say an all-american or NCAA champion is pretty much world-class. how would a freestyle wrestler adapt to the american style? who knows?

    IMO, greco is less competitive than freestyle given the smaller circles of competitors.

    two greco medalists: Matt Lindland didn't even place in NCAAs in his best season (yet took a silver in the olympics). Couture took second place in NCAAs (yet medaled internationally and was an olympic alternate).
     
  18. Tony Manifold

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    Good point. As far as I am concerned if you have competed at an international level, you are world class. That is the purest definition. As far as wrestling goes, a college all american has pretty damn good wrestling and NCAA champ is flat out awesome. Then you have to look at MMA wrestling. Of the big three greco guys in MMA (lindland, Hendo and randy) Randy has the best MMA wrestling yet didn't even compete at the Olympics unlike the other two. I also have to agree on the differences. The big three in North America are Freestyle, Folk and Greco and they are all very different. Not to mention all the other national flavors of wrestling.
     
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    just proves how much flexibility is important in fighting, actually in anything regarding training. It sure helps
     
  20. _Glorfindel_

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    You made my day.

    Another things to add Mickey Triangle?? :D

    BJ is hard to take down, but GSP did it easily.

    But there is a fact, BJ doesnt care to be taked down, he's a bjj wizard, so maybe we have to put that in the equation.
     

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