Numerous experts in mixed martial arts (MMA) elucidate the disparities between regulated MMA matches and uncontrolled confrontations. Although MMA may seem comprehensive and intimidating to an outsider, there are actually numerous regulations implemented in the sport to appeal to a wider audience.
One key factor that distinguishes reputable promotions from aspiring ones is the presence of appropriate matchmaking.
This is also why unregulated brawls are perilous, as you never know the skill level, size, or aggression of your opponent.
A video clip that exemplified the vital significance of martial arts proficiency in such situations recently resurfaced.
In the video, we witness two individuals grappling on the ground, with the person on the bottom employing a closed guard. To those familiar with jiu-jitsu, it becomes apparent that this is a dominant position.
Right from the beginning, we notice the person on the bottom adeptly manipulating their opponent, whether through controlling the head or executing smooth transitions.
They swiftly proceed to open the guard and initiate a transition. While the usual course of action would involve setting up an armbar or triangle combination, the individual attempts a gogoplata instead.
The gogoplata is a submission made famous by Nate Diaz during his clash with Takanori Gomi. It generally falls under the category of low-percentage techniques and can place strain on the knee ligament of the person applying it.
Upon encountering resistance, the person on the bottom switches to a variation of an armbar, effectively immobilizing their opponent’s limb with expertise.
At this stage, their opponent is completely at their mercy.
As the control over the armbar starts to slip, the person transitions to attempting an omoplata—a shoulder lock rarely witnessed in MMA due to the difficulty of maintaining control amidst the typical sweatiness of MMA athletes during a contest.
With their opponent refusing to surrender, the situation escalates further.