I watched the BJ Penn vs Nick Diaz fight this weekend and just wanted to point something out:
Take another look at the One Step Sparring Drill, Frankenstein post I just did. One of the goals in the drill is to put the defender under a lot of pressure, all the time. The format here uses traditional techniques but you’re not limited to that. You can do the exact same drill wearing gloves and shinguards with the MMA or muay Thai rules as parameters. Then you get to practice the things I mentioned in that post but in the context of competitive combat sports.
The drill prepares you for just what BJ Penn encountered against Nick Diaz: an opponent who kept on coming forward, who never eased up on him and regardless of how hard BJ tried; he couldn’t stop him. KJust like the Frankenstein monster in the movies…
I’ll see if I can make a video of what this looks like in my class so you get an idea of what it looks like. But I just wanted to point that out in the mean time.
BTW, props to BJ for sticking with it. He had a real tough fight on his hands and didn’t quit when he took a beating. All his skill aside, you gotta give the man credit for having heart like that.