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Footwork in MMA

ACIDBATHBELFORT2011-11-26 21:15:42 +0000 #1
Ive been a fan of both MMA and boxing. The one big difference I see in boxing is much better footwork. I think some of it is necessity, because boxing is only using the hands. In MMA you use kicks as well and must prepare to takedown/sprawl. Still in all, there is a lack of good footwork by the majority of fighters.

IMO there is a lack of excelllent footwork in MMA as a whole. Not many guys truly understand the subtleties of cutting off the ring. Or how slight slide of the feet opens up or takes away an angle. Proper footwork makes a huge difference in timing and power in your blows.

We see guys like Melvin, Rashad, Guida, etc who all have excellent movement. But not necessarily footwork. When I think of great footwork guys like Edgar, Andy, Yves, Cruz, etc all have great footwork. They create space and angles. Or take it away with their movement.

Watch Edgar and Andy. They rarely lead with their head. Their feet stay relatively the same distance apart most of the time. They take small, quick stept. They move well while keeping excellent balance.

I was just wondering the opinion of other members on footwork and movement in MMA.


Skinny2011-11-26 21:32:04 +0000 #2
I think boxing level footwork in MMA will always be rare.

If a guy doesn't have some natural ability with footwork then I doubt you'll see much progression. There are too many disciplines to spread training over to really concentrate on developing great footwork. Too specialized for the typical MMA fighter.
ACIDBATHBELFORT2011-11-26 21:22:45 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Skinny

I think boxing level footwork in MMA will always be rare.

If a guy doesn't have some natural ability with footwork then I doubt you'll see much progression. There are too many disciplines to spread training over to really concentrate on developing great footwork. Too specialized for the typical MMA fighter.

I get what youre saying. Im not at all expecting to see boxing level footwork in MMA. Like you said MMA is too encompassing. As I mentioned the kicks, shoots/sprawl, etc. It just seems that more guys would have better footwork.
Cbear2011-11-26 22:06:27 +0000 #4
The complete opposite is more true in mma where guys move like Frankenstein
LiveinTokyo2011-11-26 22:44:22 +0000 #5
I always thought Vitor had great footwork when he chose to use it. Recently I have been impressed with Aldo and Frankie - they both seem to have nice flowing movements that effortlessly cut in on their opponent.
BulldogWrestler2011-11-26 23:39:42 +0000 #6
I just don't think boxing footwork translates well into MMA (as Acid kind of eluded to).

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