The sport of Mixed Martial Arts continues to evolve. Here in the Australian Fighting Championship we see our athletes coming from diverse backgrounds: Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Karate… the list goes on and on. Through the years we have seen different fighting styles reigning supreme, as of late it seems as though legs have become some of the most dangerous weapons a fighter can posses.
A couple weeks ago at AFC 8 we noticed the significant emergence of versatile kicks, knees and even the odd foot stomp. The premier example was ‘The Major’ Corey Nelson who stopped Rick Alchin with a succession of brutal leg kicks – the last I heard clearly from the commentary table and the sound of shin digging into thigh muscle was excruciating.
This strategy was not necessarily the first choice for Corey; after the fight we spoke with him and he stated “I noticed I hurt him after the first kick he didn’t check, so I just kept kicking him”. Corey’s hands are already dynamite; with the addition of brutal leg kicks his danger rating increases even higher.
Who can forget how effectively Daniel Way used his knees against ‘Jacare’ Almedia! Coming up against such a credentialed BJJ Black belt it was always going to be a risk for Way to throw kicks; should Jacare catch one the fight would end up the mat quickly which would have been bad news for the ‘Grasshopper’.However, Way used the unforgiving knee effectively and when Jacare rushed him knee hit jaw and that one was over. Safe to say Jacare never saw that one coming!
Joel Fisher showed how effectively knees can be used in the clinch. Given he had a noticeable strength advantage over Aden Baron, he was able to bully him into position and land numerous well-placed knees to the rib cage.
Although the knees didn’t directly end the fight, they certainly took a heap of gas out of Aiden’s tank, which contributed to the finish late in the 2nd round.
Our main event at AFC 8 also allowed ‘Banjo’ Patteron to showcase his effective body kicks and flying knees.
On a couple of occasions Nick was able to counter the Trekko jab with a well-placed body kick that resulted in Trekko needing to modify his game plan. In order to keep his opponent guessing. Nick also threw in the odd flying knee and head kick and it could be argued that these diverse tactics were the catalyst for Trekko not being able to generate a lot of offence.
As we excitedly await AFC 9, one can’t help but wonder what our fine athletes will produce next. With such a stacked arsenal you can be guaranteed exciting fights will be aplenty.