Describe Your Style and What Fighters Inspire You

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  1. AndyMaBobs

    AndyMaBobs Brown Belt

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    I wanna be able to murder you all!

    But no, in all seriousness, I wonder how aware people are of their own style and what techniques people favour and why.

    I'm a southpaw, and my game I would say is a mix up, I feel like I use all aspects of Muay Thai decently enough but on the whole I would describe myself as someone that uses punches and knees the most effectively and uses kicks for the sake of distance and setting up punches.

    My go to techniques are
    1) My jab, right upper cut, and left straight, and I will tend to feint between them all. I also have a southpaw left hook that I've honestly managed to land way more than you'd expect given the distance.
    2) Right side teep: which I fell in love with after watching Samart Payakaroon dominate opposition with it. When I first started using it I was able to spam it with very little consequence, although my training partners have wised up to it now, I usually use it in combination with my jab. I use it to both the body and the thigh.
    3) Left body kick: while I do think that my switch kick is harder than my left body kick, I became obsessed with improving my left kick because I would never throw it, I'd consistently throw switch kicks but that lack of variety always bothered me. So I went through a stage of doing my best Rafael Dos Anjos impression and throwing it as much as I possibly could. Now I throw it out there all the time.
    4) Dieselnoi Knees: While I'm still working on this technique a lot, I've been getting into the habit of throwing knees more how Dieselnoi did with less lean back and more torque. I feel that they hit harder and my sparring partners have said that its stronger to them than the regular straight knees you often see people do. As I spend a lot of time in the clinch when possible I find that the lack of lean back makes me a lot more balanced and has also benefited me in my sambo training, being able to strike with knees without the fear of getting swept immediately.

    I'd say the fighters that influence me the most are:
    Samart Payakaroon, who I've borrowed a lot of my outside game from, especially with side kicks and left straights, I'd also say I borrow a lot from Conor McGregor love him or hate him.
    Sagat, who's boxing in muay thai is something I've always envied, there is no wasted motion and I try to emulate him as much as possible
    Dieselnoi, who really got me to love the clinch game and also teeping!
    Sakmongkol and Ramon Dekkers, who while seemingly very different instyle both have great striking combinations and balance that have really helped me. Watching Sakmongkol tutorials with his floating block and such have done wonders for my technique.

    Of course I'm not in the same stratosphere as any of the fighters that influenced me, but I just wanted to prompt discussion of what techniques we favour and why. As martial artists I think we can sometimes forget that we can be influenced in technique and form in the same way that an illustrator or musician might be, and I thought I'd prompt some discussion! Hopefully this doesn't come across as pretentious, as that's not my intention!
     
  2. fluffball

    fluffball Brown Belt

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    The fighters that inspire me are the polar opposite of what I am, haha. I am enormous, so my reflexes are constantly not living up to my expectations (that's actually a fact as I understand it, the bigger you are, the longer it takes for the nerve impulses to travel from your sensing organs to your brain to your limbs, which is one of the reasons a mongoose can move fast enough to dodge cobra bites.)

    So I have always idolized guys like Roy Jones Jr. or Pernell Whitaker, even Naseem even though he was annoying.

    I'm a big, rangey guy that just picks people apart from 30 feet away and doesn't need defense because they can't get close to me. If someone Mike Tyson's me all up in my face I have a ton of trouble.
     
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  3. AndyMaBobs

    AndyMaBobs Brown Belt

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    Gotta say I do love all those boxers you mentioned, it was Naseem that got me loving the lead uppercut. I'm fucking tiny though, I'm 5'6 and 117. That being said though, I have the same trouble you have, I will spend a lot of time nearer the outside because 95% of the time I'm sparring Godzilla and if I get too close I get smacked.
     
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    fluffball Brown Belt

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    I am almost a foot taller than you. D:
     
  5. AndyMaBobs

    AndyMaBobs Brown Belt

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    So are most people :(
     
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    j123 Pro Sherdogger 500-0-1

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    I'm more dutch, its just the way my coach taught me when I first started. When we started going to moo thigh tournaments and fights, I adjusted and incorporated traditional stuff.
    I use parries routinely, low kicks and clinching are my strongest suit. I almost always throw combinations, even as counters. Someone throws hands, I counter with kick, 3,2, and so forth. I get hit with a leg kick, I come back with 2,3, kick, and more. Rarely do I throw single strikes anymore. When I first started I did, but going through camps drilling combos and clinching, I got pretty good at them, and they became almost instinctual.
    I am working on throwing more body kicks because those are the money shots, and a good deterrent against shorter fighters. Elbows these days as well due to recently being a B-class fighter, I'm legally allowed to use them.

    Ernesto Hoost, Robin Van Roosmalen, Pornsanae are fighters I like. Recently I've come to like Yodslankai as well, esp. with his body kicks.
     
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  7. FadeLess

    FadeLess Silver Belt

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    Straight right ,left hook ,right uppercut ... not that bad working for me.
    Boxing ... 5-0 , but only amateur ... im glad i havent lost but tbh , it doesnt mean nothing... just amateur.
    Fedor , Joanna , Mousasi, Cigano, Hunt ... etc ... we can pick up all sorts of things from all many great pro fighters.
     
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    mdcholakian White Belt

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    I'm a big Nieky Holzken and Hoost fan... but as it was said, the ones who inspire me are not who i look alike.

    My trainer told me more than once that I make him remember Nick Diaz.
     
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    mdcholakian White Belt

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    And I forgot Giorgio Petrosyan, I learn shadowboxing with his social media videos. As a newbie was difficult to understand how to do it right.
     
  10. Frode Falch

    Frode Falch Gold Belt Professional Fighter

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    I am a aggressive counter striker with a right kick i know i can count on.

    Fighters that have inspired me:

    Mike tyson
    Floyd mayweather
    Bernard hopkins
    Roy Jones jr

    Buakaw
    Saenchai
    Yodsanklai

    Anderson silva
    Thiago alves
    Chuck liddell
    Jose aldo
     
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  11. ARIZE

    ARIZE Blue Belt

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    5''8 / 172cm 145 pounds / 65 kg
    Medium/Short reach


    Muay Thai:

    Regular stance. Aggressive/Pressure style.
    Main game plan is to do continuously heavy damage to the legs and body from the start. I can get some ko's with kicks to the liver, and it also gives me some opening for feints (body to head) later in the match. It also slow downs the opponent and make me look more active/fresh in the last rounds.
    Mostly will loose from points if the match goes the distance (depends a lot on the rules: points vs damage, rounds vs full match...)

    Use mostly:
    -Rear and front teep
    -Heavy leg kicks
    -Switch round house to the body
    -Snap kick from taekwon-do for high kicks
    -Some times will use techniques from taekwon-do like side kicks or back kicks

    -Don't use much punches
    -Don't use much elbows
    -Don't like to be in punching distance
    -Not many combos
    -No long combos

    Would like to get better at offensive clinching, specially knees and unbalancing the opponent.
    My style is very easy to read and get used to, using repeatedly basic techniques, but it gives me the opportunity to surprise the opponent on later rounds using feints and switching from power to speed


    Taekowon-do ITF

    I like to keep a Muay Thai stance, so usually i get destroyed. But i enjoy it, and helps me a lot with my Thai matches, witch was the main reason i started TKD.

    Teeps seems to confuse them, they got the front kick but don't really use it, and its quite different. So I spam that shit.
    My roundhouse is slow for them, and needs me to be in a distance that is the shortest one they use, so they rarely get tagged by it, but when they are, its shows they are surprised by the pain from a shin.
    Raising your knee to block body kicks is not something they are used to. So i use that a lot, and its work even against the side and back kick.


    Not used to the speed
    Not used to the feints
    Not used to the distances
    Not used of people not staying in front of me exchanging
    Not used to the big open space we fight on
    Not used to not have some "feeling time", you don't wast time to test the opponent speed, distance etc...
    The people in the weight categories are all fucking tall when compared to Thai or regular boxing.
    And since they stick and move, are faster and i have a short reach, i hate them all.

    So if a guy plays classic taekwon-do, based on speed and feints, he easily wins. But if there is an ego thing, and tries to play hard instead of fast, i might do good.


    Boxe


    I have done only a few smokers, and since i am quite new to boxing, my adverser were not very experienced.But I am really having fun. I like to mix 2 different and completely opposite styles...

    I start with a regular stance, peek-a-boo defense, inside pressure fighter, with short hooks as main weapon.
    But later in the fight, i like to switch to a southpaw stance, with a philly shell that feels a lot like the basic TKD stance. And i play counters from the outside, specially loving the left straight to his jab.

    MMA

    Not worth mentioning...fucking wrestlers...



    The guys that made me want to be them when i started, are people you probably never heard of:
    Buakaw, Tyson, Aldo...
    Specially:
    Buakaw vs Masato K1 finale 2004 (Those teeps)
    Tyson: Pre-prison era (Those hooks)
    Aldo: WEC era (Those low)
     
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  12. Bodyshooter

    Bodyshooter White Belt

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    I've only been training MMA for a 3 months and haven't done real hard sparring because I have no gloves.
    So far I've noticed that I bounce around a lot and throw TKD style quick high kicks. I'm 6 feet tall and have a 6'5 reach so I try to keep at range and jab.
    I enjoy watching most fighters but my favorites are those stand and bang guys.
    Sorry if I shit up your thread with me being a noob.
     
  13. Azam

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    The achilles heel of all height challenged people lol. We've all been there especially against heavier taller dudes - can recall all the times I've been smacked around by Godzillas.


    Work out of both stances - usually try to figure someone out before engaging after that pressuring/smothering them. I like to smother, inside fight & counter. Go to thing is probably hooks, right kick, inside low & low kick.


    Fighters that I'm inspired by:

    Hajime Kazumi
    Joe Frazier
    Ryu Narushima
    Henry Armstrong
    Rocky Marciano
    Sugar Ray Robinson.
     
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    Universal Kombat Blue Belt

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    Well I know this is a stand up thread but TS just said fighters so excuse my intrusive list. But I'll start with the strikers so y'all can skip my grappler list

    1. Mike Tyson:

    When I was young, he was the first guy I ever saw knocking people out on TV left and right when they played his old fights. Before him all I knew about fighting was Karate and JCVD movies. I thought MMA and BJJ and kicking arts were just another gimmick like karate, nothing could compare to boxing in my eyes.

    2. Igor Vovchanchyn

    Holy shit, this little chubby heavyweight was knocking out, tapping out, and kicking and kneeing people into oblivion. This little ice cold killer was so bad ass to watch, how technique and a little ruthlessness can go a long way.

    3. Mirko Crocop - (Favorite all time fighter)

    An extremely strong, special forces, super athletic bad ass JUST like from my child hood movies. He even head kicked Igor into retirement.

    4. Fedor Emelianenko

    Here's a mysterious chubby guy who looked like me but seemed unbeatable for years. Truly blessed to have followed him and Crocop through their MMA journey.

    5. Nick Diaz

    Turns out you don't have to be some super athletic explosive sports machine. Hard work. Technique. Grit and dedication can make you a champ or top 5 at the very least. Really inspired me to try professional MMA.

    6. Shinya Aoki

    Is my favorite pure grappler in MMA. He keeps his cool (well once on the ground) and like a snake slowly crushes your spirit until he gets the submission. And if you're actually grappling with him, like Eddie Alvarez found out, you'll get caught right away.

    He made grappling fun for me. Watching a little small weak lanky dude with a 13 year old girl woman body (in this context it's a compliment) control little bundles of muscles with the same control a gorilla would... truly made me appreciate just how effective and masterful grappling technique can be in a fight.

    His grappling is even movie like, scoring submissions on people that would be fit for any ending last fight scene in an MMA movie. Even as far as scoring standing arm breaks that make Steven Seagals bullshit seem possible.
     
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    roventu Brown Belt

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    im an outboxer through and through, i throw constant jabs, teeps, inside leg kicks, lead leg kicks; all are rangey strikes and more disruptors than damagers. i work off a lot of teeps and kicks, then feints into punches. I'm great at kicking range, and if they get close i move back out into kicking range or smother into clinch; i never like to stay in punching exchange/range.

    my fav fighters are in my sig, but my top inspirations are anderson silva and machida for being in the sport, and i like their counterpunching, evasion and damage bursts/blitzes. atm I am inspired a lot by donald cerrone (for kicks and huge focus on bodywork) and dom cruz (focus on footwork and not getting touched), those styles are probably what I'm working on the most.

    wanderlei is very close to my fav fighter, but id be crazy to mimic his style, because it relies on 100% heart and warrior spirit lol
     
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    wilddeuces Banned Banned

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    Pretty limited experience but I've always preferred to be defensive-minded and patient; pick my shots.
    1-2-1 and 1-1-2 are my favourite combos.
     
  17. StopDucking

    StopDucking Ronda Rousey hater

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    Being mainly a boxing guy, I always try to emulate everything Andre Ward does since I think he has the most perfect technique of all boxers. However, my actual style is just running around like a bitch since I'm more content with dodging a shot than landing one.

     
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    Right handed, fight both southpaw and orthodox. Started striking as a southpaw just because it was more comfortable (high school wrestling) and my first boxing coach forced you to perfect the jab before you could learn anything else, so I just sped up the process. Over the years I've tried to emulate others from a southpaw stance primarily. I prefer boxing range where both fighters have more tools to use, gladly taking the risk for the reward. Started at a more accomplished dutch kickboxing gym after developing certain happens out of southpaw, so more technical and strict to dutch style from orthodox stance.

    Southpaw: Jab, lead uppercut, cross, left roundhouse kick, lateral low kicks with lead foot. If I can get an opponent to raise his guard, I like to throw the right hook to pull them into the left cross/left roundhouse kick. Like mixing in the left cross, right hook and jabs to the body. I've become a big fan of neo footwork to close distance when opponents don't like engaging at the aforementioned boxing range.

    Orthodox: Simple and effective stuff. Jab, right low kick. Jab, cross, left hook, right low kick. Jab, cross, switch kick. Jab, cross, hook, cross, switch kick. Counter left hook on aggressive opponents.

    Fighter Influences: Roy Jones Jr, Giorgio Petrosyan, Marat Grigorian, Andy Ristie, Nieky Holzken, Tyrone Spong, Floyd Mayweather, Sittichai, Jose Aldo, Edson Barboza, Joanna Champion, Jorina Baars, Antonina Shevchenko, Tiffany Van Soest, Gaston Bolanos.
     
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    roventu Brown Belt

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    never seen so many female influences. i wonder when the generation that got inspired by ronda is going to come up :D

    p.s. are u female :D
     
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    I'm a tall skinny guy who fights out of both stances. I started in TKD many years ago in the orthodox stance, then took up kickboxing, then Muay Thai and later on boxing. It was in boxing that I started using the southpaw stance since I couldn't deal with the closer punching range and going southpaw opened the range back out to something I was more comfortable with. After a ton of practice, I eventually got comfortable enough to use both stances in boxing and then carried over the stance switches to Muay Thai. Because of my TKD background I prefer to keep things on the outside where I can use my reach to score points without getting hit back, and if it gets into combination punching range I try to close it to the clinch where I can use my high school wrestling to tie them up and work on trips & elbows.

    Techniques - In orthodox everything works off the jab and front kick/teep (sometimes I use a more TKD style snapping front kick, sometimes it's closer to a Muay Thai teep, sometimes it's a hybrid). I use the teep to the body to keep the range open and annoy the other guy and the jab is for setting up the right straight to the body. Once the teep or jab is established I can start sneaking my lead foot into position for landing a hard right low kick.

    In southpaw it's all about the front leg side kick and the left hand liver shot. My side kick used to be a TKD style kick but it's now a lot closer to the side teep used by Samart Payakaroon, I find it's more fluid and takes less energy to throw this way so that I can really spam the heck out of it. It seems to really annoy folks and they often get stuck on the outside or come in a bit carelessly and run into my left hand liver shot.

    Influences - Bas Rutten's love of body shots definitely rubbed off on me. I don't have the timing to land that many power shots to the head so the body is much better target for me. Plus it hurts my hand less.
    Peter Cunningham was an early influence in my TKD days for his ridiculous kicking game, plus he's a fellow Canadian.
    Joanna Jedrzejczyk. I've stolen so many of her jab, front kick, and body shot setups in the last couple years that it's not even funny. I like the way she can always find & create openings for her strikes, and then steadily work to exploit the hell out of them and land a ton of strikes at a pretty high percentage.
     
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