Chael Sonnen's grappling

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by brianX, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. brianX Green Belt

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    Two points:

    (1) He's arguably the best MMA wrestler in the game. He works angles off his shot like nobody else, and while he doesn't have the power of a GSP or a Kos, he makes his opponents look like they're falling down.

    (2) His top game is great for GNP, but Filho will armbar him again. On a much lower level, I play the same armbar-bait game that he plays, and it's usually effective. Unless it isn't. Every time he baits the armbar or triangle to take a shot, there's a 10% he'll get caught: that he'll miss that last half inch when he tries to pull out. (For this reason, I think he'd do well to train with a gi.) Against a Brian Baker, it's a 1% chance, but that's the problem with that game: when you hit a truly vicious armbar attempt, you have a false sense of security, game over.

    I love to watch the guy roll, though.
     
  2. FLMikeATT Purple Belt

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    He looked awesome tonight. He took down the other guy at will even though the other guy is a good wrestler himself. His transitions and guard passing looked pretty slick. Nice GnP, sub avoidance, guard passing, control, etc. The only thing he didn't do was lock up a sub. That will come with time, but he completely schooled the guy on the ground for 3 rounds.

    I can't wait for the rematch with Filho.
     
  3. TallguyBJJ White Belt

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    is was a dominating performance ref scores were silly 30-26 and 30-25 times 2 just a beat down by Chael. He avoided the sub attempts like they were nothing and just beat him down and dominated position for the whole 15min.
     
  4. Chonbody Guest

    Just my thoughts: It's a shame he has the personality of an eggplant, but his TDs are amazing, I believe it's world class and wouldn't be surprised if he takes down his stablemate Dan Hendo all the time from the shoot.
     

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