In today’s feature let’s take a look at Frank Shamrock vs Bas Rutten, Pancrase: Truth 5.
In this category of posts, I take one great fight (recent, or historic) and break down a single technique from that fight. This is another awesome throwback fight and here’s Shamrock successfully attempting a double leg on Rutten:
Frank hits his TD at around the 3:38 mark, off a Bas Rutten straight kick. Yeah, so the takedown worked, but in general I think it was pretty sloppy on both sides. Of course, high-level wrestling hadn’t really made it to MMA at this point, so no knock on either Frank or Bas, two legends of the sport.
On the offensive side, Shamrock does a great job of timing Rutten’s kick and entering the shot as Bas resets. However, I think this double would have failed, if Bas’s defense was on point. Here’s a couple ways Frank’s technique could be tightened up:
1. Don’t bend at the waist.
Can’t stress this enough, it’s the #1 mistake made by those new to wrestling. They bend over and reach for the opponents legs. Instead, bring your body and hips to your opponent. The example I always use is of fencer dropping into her plunge.
The fencing illustration above shows how much ground is covered when the plunge step is executed correctly. The same footwork and body position should be used when hitting your double in a fight. Here’s GSP doing a much better job of stepping in off the kick and bringing his body to Koschek’s legs (at 22 sec).
2. Keep your feet moving as you drive through the shot.
Frank finishes the double by extending at his knees to take Bas off his feet. Although it worked this time (mainly because Bas was bent over instead of sprawling) this approach to finishing the double leg is very dangerous. Your shoulders and hips get ahead of your feet and you end up losing your balance before your opponent. That leads to a much easier sprawl and counter. Instead always keep your feet under you by pumping your legs and running through your opponent.
Look at the post-penetration drive Olympic Gold Medalist Brandon Slay gets on his double leg. That’s how to finish a double with authority!
Finally, a note on what Bas Rutten does in this exchange. Now, I’m no striking expert, but when I first started training MMA, I was told “never throw a kick without a setup” in other words, never throw a kick as your first attack. Of course, as they say, once you master the rules, you can break them … but I’ve seen time and time again, guys get in trouble because they throw a kick first. Whether that’s a TD or a bomb while your guard is down. Just my personal opinion, but unless you are fully aware of the risk, I recommend avoiding the kick as your first attack.
What did you think of this technique post? I plan to do a lot more of them, so let me know in the comments what techniques you’d like to see, if you’d prefer a different format or anything else…
And don’t forget to checkout the previous post [Live Technique Break Down] Lateral Drop from the Clinch