1. Ground and Pound
This strategy was developed in the early days of the UFC and primarily used by former college/olympic wrestlers who transitioned into a career in MMA. The fighter brings their opponent to the ground — a comfortable position for a former wrestler — and then proceed to “pound” them with punches.
2. Arm Bar
This is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu move primarily, but is also widely used in Judo — which is Ronda Rousey’s specialty. She’s the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo.
3. Superman Punch
Landing this will quickly end almost any fight. Fake a kick to get the opponent to look down or drop their hands to block, and throw the sneaky punch instead.
4. Flying Front Kick
It’s the grown man’s version of Daniel Larusso’s Crane Kick from The Karate Kid. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, seen here kicking Randy Couture’s lights out, would like to repeat this feat when he squares off with Dan Henderson on Saturday’s main card.
5. The Clinch
This is a “Muay Thai” move, one of the more popular and effective martial arts forms for striking. The fighter takes control of their opponent’s head with two hands, and begins a strike.
6. The Guillotine
Here’s a guillotine and one of the only ways to attempt an escape (by flipping the guy).
7. Rear Naked Choke
This is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu move. It was made popular in the very first UFC by the legendary Royce Gracie, but still very popular today. It cuts off blood to the brain via the carotid artery.
8. Triangle Choke
It’s an offensive choke move that works similar to the rear naked choke (cutting off blood to the brain), except it’s applied using your legs instead of your arms.
9. The Reverse Elbow
You don’t see this much, but when you do, it’s spectacular.
10. The Spinning Backfist
A great way to quickly fake out an opponent with a half-kick, and a quick spin.
Now that you know the basics, tune in Saturday to watch the sparks fly…
The UFC will make history on Saturday, February 23rd. Undefeated superstar “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey defends her UFC bantamweight title against Marine Corps veteran Liz Carmouche in the first women’s fight ever in the UFC Octagon. Click the poster to see the full card.