MMA Techniques – Side Control

In the side control position the mma fighter sets their body on top of their opponent’s whilst securing their arms about their neck. To work, the fighter should press their body weight down on to their adversary while lowering their hips to the ground.

side control

It is a transition position since to implement effective punches the fighter needs to free their hands and gain elevation.

Punching and elbowing from standard side control

To carry out a powerful strike, the mma fighter needs to gain height by getting out of the opponent’s arm lock, whilst controlling their arms. In this instance, the fighter makes use of their knee on the opponent’s bicep, which also leaves their opponent’s head unprotected. Key points:

  • The fighter is in the standard side control position
  • The fighter frees their arm from the opponent’s with one arm around the opponent’s neck and the other hooked beneath their arm.
  • To defend themselves, the opponent closes the space in between by locking their arms round the fighter’s back.
  • The fighter drives their wrist down on to their opponent’s jaw, forcing their head to the side and their hands apart.
  • The released fighter spins their upper body in the direction of their opponent’s head and comes upwards on to their front foot.
  • The fighter traps the bicep of their opponent’s free bicep, that is pinned to the mat with the fighter’s shin.
  • The fighter’s knee is placed over the opponent’s arm with their hand, and brings their front knee forwards.
  • Both of the opponent’s arms are controlled, one behind the fighter’s neck and the other pinned to the floor by the fighter’s shin. The fighter now has a choice of strikes.
  • The fighter punches the opponent’s face with their free arm.
  • The opponent is extremely vulnerable and prone to tap out or be knocked out. The fighter prepares to get a second hit to their facial area.
  • The fighter delivers an elbow strike to the opponent’s unprotected face.

Americana from side control

To improve the usefulness of submission methods, you should include distracting attacks in the set-up. In the Americana the mma fighter traps one arm so the opponent needs to guard their face using the other. However, the weeknesses produced by the movement to shield is employed by the fighter while they catch the shielding arm and implement the submission.

  • The fighter is in the side control position.
  • The fighter proceeds to face their adversary by rotating their upper body toward them.
  • The fighter’s arm on the mat is securely positioned close to their opponent’s hip whilst securing their elbow.
  • The other hand is positioned on the inside of their opponent’s other arm, which they start to drive in between their thighs.
  • The opponent’s arm is caught by the fighter squeezing their legs together.
  • Out of this situation, the fighter may either use an elbow or hammer fist to their opponent’s face.
  • The opponent defends with their free arm.
  • The fighter catches the wrist of the defending arm using their striking hand. The fighter’s other hand is positioned close to the opponent’s shoulder.
  • The fighter places almost all their weight on to the opponent by rotating and lowering their hips. The opponent’s arm is held and pressed towards the ground between the fighter’s arms.
  • The fighter catches and secures the opponent’s wrist nearest to the floor.
  • The mma fighter creates additional leverage by yanking both their elbows towards the opponent’s body.
  • The opponent’s arm is twisted by pulling their elbow up and pushing their wrist down. The twist is applied until they submit.

Side control to mount

Since the mount position offers excellent possibilities for striking, the opponent attempts to stop the fighter from attaining it by crossing their legs. The fighter handles this by pressing their opponent’s top knee towards ground using their hand to generate room for their leg to maneuver over.

  • The fighter is in the side control position.
  • The fighter changes their base by turning their torso towards their opponent’s legs.
  • The fighter takes hold of their opponent’s far knee.
  • The opponent’s knee is pushed towards the ground to create space for the fighter’s leg to go over the opponent’s body.
  • The fighter places their knees on the ground, level with the opponent’s hips. To secure the position, the fighter brings their heels together underneath the opponent’s legs.
  • The fighter straightens up and prepares to punch.

Side control to knee on stomach

When it will not be feasible to attain the mount position, the mma fighter has the option of positioning their knee on the opponent’s abdomen to achieve elevation and thus a lot more striking possibilities.

  • The fighter is in the side control position.
  • The fighter extends his right arm and puts his forehead on the floor.
  • The fighter makes use of the head as well as the extended arm for control so as to position the knee on the abdomen.
  • The fighter arises on his knee to draw back his striking arm.
  • The fighter attacks their opponent using a punch.

Side control to standing

  • The fighter slides away from their challenger on to their belly, knees and lastly their feet.
  • The fighter is locked in the side control situation.
  • The fighter turns into their opponent and pushes their hips using their hands to maneuver themselves apart.
  • The fighter proceeds to move their body till they are facing down on the mat.
  • The fighter quickly moves onto their knees to stop the opponent getting their back.
  • The fighter comes up on to one leg.
  • The fighter is now back on his feet.

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