You may not be a professional or even an amateur MMA fighter just yet, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying! Learn from the pros and incorporate their most effective moves into your own fighting strategy. Cage Potato wrote a fantastic article featuring the 10 best signature MMA moves. Here are just five to get you inspired:
1. Bas Rutten’s liver punch: Considered by many to be MMA’s “first signature move,” the liver shot was originally just an alternative to punching opponents in the head. It quickly became much more than a stand-in move and proved to be a powerful asset for Rutten. Even after he stopped fighting, the legend of Bas Rutten’s liver punch continues and it comes with T-shirts and instructional videos!
2. Anderson Silva’s Thai clinch: After Silva took down the powerful Rich Franklin at UFC 64, there was no question that his Thai clinch was effective. Before the fight, audiences thought for sure that Franklin was stronger and had the advantage. But they were wrong. Silva’s Thai clinch made Franklin completely helpless and Silva was able to win pretty easily. This just proves that the stronger fighter isn’t always the better fighter. It’s all about technique!
3. Cro Cop’s head kicks: Cop’s signature move had its own tag line: “right leg hospital, left leg cemetery.” And what’s worse is that he meant it. That guy could kick, and he could kick high! What made this move all the more terrifying was that it was so unpredictable. Without any kind of sign, Cop would just kick his opponents in the head before they knew what was even happening. It’s hard to block a move if you can’t see it coming.
4. Chuck Liddell’s overhand right: Liddell might not fight anymore, but his signature move is still going strong today, often imitated by other fighters. Because his punch wasn’t straight, it was that much harder to block. If you don’t believe that his signature move was anything special, you should know that he once knocked out all seven opponents in a seven-fight win streak.
5. Lyoto Machida’s foot sweeps: Nicknamed “the dragon,” Machida takes an easy karate move and uses it to defeat some of the world’s top fighters. In this move, Machida hooks his foot out and simply pushes opponents over it … so basically he’s tripping them. The foot-sweep may not knock out any of Machida’s opponents, but it does throw them off their game, which gives the dragon a nice advantage.
These signature moves are famous for a reason: they’re effective. Your thoughts? Did I pick the wrong “top 5″?