I wrote about MMA against multiple opponents in detail in the past, but this fifth part sums it all up so well. Take a look at this video of a street fight that goes to the ground..
Here’s the full fight:
Now you can give me a load of excuses why this isn’t “real MMA” and how much these guys suck at it and why I’m wrong. I’ll even help you get started:
- Their technique sucked.
- They weren’t in shape.
- They should have done technique X instead of Y.
- GSP would kick your ass!
- You just suck man, WTF are you doing undermining my self-esteem!
- And so on ad nauseam.
I’m sure you can come up with a bunch more “arguments” but that’s not really the issue. Anyway you slice it, the young man was doing MMA when he hit the ground: he got side control, guard, tried chokes, ground and pound, the works. Granted, he didn’t do a good job of it but you didn’t see him try strategies from traditional arts.
The real issue is that this video illustrates what I’ve been saying for so long:
- MMA is an awesome sport but it’s still a sport. I love MMA and all forms of full-contact fighting. If you don’t train in one of these sports, I think you’re missing an important piece of the puzzle. However, they’re still sports. There are no multiple opponents in the cage or ring so you don’t train for it. And if you don’t train for it, how do you expect to do it instinctively on the street?
- When you’re in the heat of the fight, it’s extremely hard to be aware of your surroundings. When you are on the ground, either looking straight up or down at your opponent, you see even less of what’s going on. Look at how long the woman stands there before she kicks. She’s right there and the guy doesn’t see it coming.
- “But it was one on one!” Since when are there rules in a streetfight? Did you actually believe the participants would stay on the side when their side was losing?
- It doesn’t take much to put you out if you don’t see it coming. One kick, not even a terribly hard one at that, from a woman is enough to send this guy to sleep. Imagine that kick coming from a big guy who’s stoked on adrenaline…
But the most important aspect is this:
Once you’re on the ground, unconscious or counting stars, that’s when the real problems start and you’re no longer in a position to do much about it.
Which is why you should avoid the ground in a street fight or self defense situation in the first place. It’s not that the techniques can’t or won’t work, it’s that there are inherent risks to it. Risks you can’t take away, no matter how good your ground game is.
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Once he’s on the ground, the real damage is done. This is usually the case when you face multiple opponents. At one point, you’ll see the last attacker jump up to land a double foot stomp on his victim. The result: the man is now 95% disabled with both physical and neurological damage. Yup, once again in the awesome Brussels subway…
Once punch is all it takes to put the guy on the ground and then the stomping begins. Apparently, this young man didn’t suffer any permanent damage but then again, his opponent only got a couple licks in, unlike in the previous example.
People have accused me of bashing MMA, on which I call bullshit. I love it, just as I love muay Thai, Sanshou and boxing. What I’m trying to point out is that what is normal in MMA (taking your opponent to the ground) is not something you want to do against multiple opponents. The videos above clearly show why it’s a bad idea.
Here’s the thing:
Every time you fight in the street or have to defend yourself, how will you know there will only be one opponent?
There’s no way to know that up front. So it’s safer to assume there will be at least more than one. Which gives you all the more reason to run away or end it right away so you can run to safety. Going to the ground accomplishes neither of these two goals.
Props to Johnny for this find.