MMA Grappling Recap – Slam City

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This week was a slam fest – from a KO in the UFC, to suplex spamming in LFA, we had more than our fair share of excellent wrestling. We take a look at the best grappling moments in the cage from the past week. 

Mo Miller – LFA 96

Want to see great MMA grappling without the ground-work? Look no further than this. The word ragdoll gets thrown around a lot when you get one dominant wrestler, but this was ridiculous. Carvalho was barely able to throw a punch in the first round, with Mo taking his back and sticking there like he was glued on. There were some five suplexes over the round, each one threatening to dash Regivaldo Carvalho on his head. The attacks weren’t random either – Miller would trap an arm and throw in that direction whenever possible, with all of their combined bodyweight bringing a face to meet the floor, eventually hitting the mark in round two and sparking his opponent out. 

Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat – ONE: Big Bang 

For some slightly more traditional MMA grappling work, look at the first match out of ONE: Big Bang. Ritu Phogat had a dominant performance, taking her opponent to the canvas, staying on top, and breaking down her defense to a mounted crucifix. From there it was just some well-placed elbows to finish the job and get the finish. This was textbook. 

Garry “Lion Killer” Tonon – ONE: Big Bang 

For our grappling star last week, Garry Tonon took on Koyomi Matsushima. Garry has been on a tear through ONE, undefeated in five bouts and finishing each one. This was his first decision win but had plenty of grappling to boot. The first round kept people on the edge of their seats, threatening choke after choke, with interesting work from deep half and not letting up the threat for a second. The second round was a similar story, if less dominant, and the groundwork was enough to run away with the fight. It was an excellent piece of MMA grappling. 

Check out our interview with Garry here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBmA8NCPTFA&t=46s 

Jordan “The Monkey King” Leavitt – UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Vettori

Coming in with the most savage piece of MMA grappling, Jordan Leavitt made short work at the weekend with a twenty-two-second slam KO of Matt Wiman. There’s a good reason that people don’t jump to guard in MMA anymore – it rarely ends well. Check out that fight if you want to see why. 

Check out our interview with Jordan here: https://www.overtimeheroics.net/2020/12/02/interview-with-jordan-leavitt/ 


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