[Live Technique Break Down] Lateral Drop from the Clinch

In today’s feature let’s take a look at Alistair Overeem vs Shogun Rua from Pride Final Conflict 2005.

In this category of posts, I take one great fight (recent, or historic) and break down a single technique from that fight. That said, here’s Shogun attempting a lateral drop on Overeem:



What a beast of a fight between two of the best in their prime. There’s a lot of great clinch work in this fight, but also a number of mistakes from the clinch by Shogun that Overeem is able to capitalize on and score the takedown.


In the video above, Shogun goes for a lateral drop takedown :38, but Overeem ends up on top. In my opinion there’s a couple of reasons why Shogun’s lateral drop fails, not the least of which is that the lateral drop is a risky move with a high fail rate. That said, there are ways of minimizing the risk on the lateral drop:


1. Opponent has to be pushing in

Take a look at the clip above again, Shogun attempts his lat drop while Overeem is standing still, making it much easier for Overeem to settle his weight back and counter the throw. For contrast, notice how much pressure 3X NCAA Champ Greg Jones gets before attempting the throw.


2. Don’t use your leg to try and trip above the knee

This is Shogun’s second mistake. I have seen some variations of the lat drop where the outside leg is used as a foot prop/trip, but personally think this just takes focus off the most important parts of a successful lat drop:

  • getting pressure from your opponent
  • loading your opponent on you hips
  • and throwing with a nice back arch.


3. Throw to the side instead of straight back

There’s a 1,000 ways to skin a cat and even more ways to do a lat drop. Shogun attempted a lat drop that took him and his opponent almost directly backwards. I personally prefer variations that take your opponent more to the side. This type of variation forces you to execute the throw only when you are in good position and is much less likely to end with you on your back. The video below does a great job showing what I mean:

Note especially Coach Bedoy’s comments on “tipping point”, “loading on the hip” and “pop and throw”.



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…


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