This was a post that I wrote way back at the beginning of October but I have been holding off posting it waiting for Carlos Condit to fight again. He is due to fight this weekend so here it is I hope you enjoy it.

I’m a big fan of Condit because he always turns up ready to fight, not to lay and pray for a decision.

Carlos Condit ended Dong Hyun Kim’s unbeaten MMA record in spectacular fashion at UFC 132. He delivered a superb flying knee which felled Kim before getting the stoppage with strikes on the ground.

The Greg Jackson fighter is very popular with fans due to the fact that so far he seems to be immune to boring fights. Condit used to be know for submitting his opponents in WEC. It now seems like he wants to change the perception of fans that he isn’t just a great BJJ guy and show everyone he is a well rounded MMA fighter by showing off his crisp Thai Boxing skills.

The beginning of the fight saw Hyun Kim take Condit down before he was able to reverse the position and spring back to his feet. Condit threw a right high kick that missed before following up with a brilliantly timed flying knee, this landed flush on Kim’s jaw dropping him to the mat. The additional punches on the ground didn’t seem necessary as the way he fell to the matt leads me to believe he was already out.

Carlos has said that he loves flying knees and will throw them at reckless abandon if he sees an opportunity to throw one.

“That’s something that I’ve been practising,” he said. “I love throwing flying knees and I just saw the opportunity and I took it. It caught him flush, dropped him and I finished with punches.”

Check out the below gif to see Condit’s Muay Thai Flying Knee against Dong Hyun Kim. Ouch :)
Carlos Condit Flying Knee

How To Perform Carlos Condit’s Flying Knee

A flying knee, known as hanuman thayarn in Muay Thai and sometimes called a jumping knee is similar to a front knee but it differs because it is performed while jumping usually set up by rushing towards the opponent to gather momentum. If you are skilful and quick a follow up knee can also be applied while still in the air like Jose Aldo used to knock out Cub Swanson 8 seconds into the fight at WEC 41. The best way to use this form of attack is when the opponent is off balance of after a particularly devastating strike.

Below is a step-by-step video for how to perform a Muay Thai flying knee. The flying knee is an advanced Muay Thai technique that you can use to finish an opponent after they have already been dazed by another strike or before if you want to be a crazy motherf**ker like Condit. Learn how to do the Flying Knee to the head and knockout your opponent.

I sincerely hope you found this article interesting and useful. I would love to hear if you have tried throwing a flying knee on an opponent in MMA or Mauy Thai (even if you couldn’t quite get it to work correctly).

I would also love to hear if you have any ideas how I can improve these articles so please leave me a comment if you have any tips or suggestions.

As always thank you for your support cheers!

This is a feature I hope to start doing once a year. I watch quite a lot of Mixed Martial Arts so I thought I may as well talk about it sometimes as well. I know my site is supposed to be a MMA Training website but I figure a small amount of journalism dedicated to professional MMA wouldn’t hurt. It might even help improve the site.

To clarify I don’t buy into that “If they don’t fight in the UFC they aren’t worth ranking alongside UFC fighters bullshit a lot of other MMA websites peddle around”. It should be mentioned that a fair chunk of the aforementioned websites get paid by the UFC to write press about them. That is why a lot of websites seem to always take a pro-UFC stance. I’m happy to put any professional fighter from any promotion on my list.

10. Donald Corrone

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Cowboy has had an amazing year so far (up until the end of it anyway). He started it off by beating British fighter Paul Kelly. He followed that up by beating Vagner Rocha, tapping out Charles Oliveira and finally besting Dennis Siver. It was only Nate Diaz that managed to derail his whirlwind year. Nevertheless Donald Corrone had a fantastic year in 2011 with 4 out of 5 wins. If he keeps winning he’ll surely be given a title shot in 2012.

09. Shinya Aoki

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Shinya Aoki bounced back from an extremely disappointing 2010. Despite beating Tatsuya Kawajiri, Marcus Aurelio and Yokthai Sithoar, he dropped a decision to Gilbert Melendez and got knocked out by Yuichiro Nagashima in a DREAM/K-1 Special Rules bout. But in 2011 he has managed to submit Lyle Beerbohm, Rich Clementi and Rob McCullough using the exact same submission move which is a hybrid face bar and neck crank. Rob McCullough must have suspected what Aoki was going to do yet he couldn’t stop the BJJ phenom from doing what he wanted once the fight hit the ground. He topped off the year by beating Satoru Kitaoka by decision in DREAM’s new years eve show.

08. Dan Henderson

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It’s been an eventful year for Hendo. First winning the Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight championship from Rafael Cavalcante. He followed that up by going up to heavyweight and knocking out Fedor Emelianenko in the first round. Something no one else has ever managed to do up until now. Dan Henderson then re-signed with the UFC and made his debut (is it classed as a debut if you have fought for them on two separate occasions previously?) against Shogun Rua, in what was one of the greatest MMA fights I’ve ever seen.

07. Edson Barboza

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Probably the least known (along with Aoki) in my top 10 outside of the die hard MMA fans. Edson Barboza is a fearson Brazilian Muay Thai fighter with 6 of his current 9 wins coming via knock out. Did I also mention he’s had 25 wins as a professional Muay Thai fighter with 22 of them being Ko’s. He’s also a purple belt in BJJ so he’s rounding himself out well as a MMA fighter. His wins against Anthony Njokuani and Ross Pearson both earned him a fight of the night award. Expect big things from this guy in the future.

06. Anderson Silva

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I’m sure anyone with a brain would have known I would include Anderson Silva on here somewhere. His Karate Kid-esq crane kick of Vitor Belfort could be a contender for knock out of the year. But his dominating performance and knock out of Yushin Okami, who was the last person to beat him showed that he will be champion for a long time unless Chael Sonnen manages to unseat him in a rematch of their 2010 slobberknocker.

05. Jake Ellenburger

Jake Ellenberger
I think no one would argue with Jake Ellenberger being included on this list with his two Ko’s and one decision in 2011. One of those included number one contender Jake Shields though Shields had just lost his father 3 weeks before so his head probably wasn’t 100% there for that fight. Though nothing should be taken away from Ellenberger who has had a fantastic year and must be only one or two wins from a welterweight title shot.

04. Carlos Condit

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Carlos Condit hasn’t fought as much in 2011 as the other candidates on the list (especially Corrone) but his highlight reel knockout of Dong Hyun Kim is a legitimate contender for knockout of the year. He was supposed to face Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137 but an injury to GSP put that fight on ice. Now we hear that him and Nick Diaz will fight for the intrim welterweight champion. Condit is an extremely talented fighter and I believe he is more than a match for Nick Diaz. Mark my words it will be an entertaining fight!

03. Nick Diaz

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What can I say about Nick Diaz that I haven’t said in the past. On one hand he is one of the most talented fighters in the welterweight division. On the other he is his own worst enemy. If we forget how he beat BJ Penn, he still had two incredibly memorable fights with Paul Daley and Cyborg Santos, who are both good competitors in their own right this year before the Penn fight. He was able to beat all three. That is why Diaz gets my number three position.

02. Jon Jones

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Jon Jones has had quite a year. First he knocked out Ryan Bader, then won the UFC light heavyweight championship from Maurício Shogun Rua, and then successfully defended it against Quinton Rampage Jackson. The year wasn’t over yet though as Jones defended his championship again against Lyoto Machida. He submitted Machida in spectacular fashion with a modified guillotine choke to retain the belt. So to recap in the space of 12 months Jones has beaten 1 number one contender (Bader), won a championship belt and defeated three former champions (Rua, Jackson and Machida). In my opinion he now has a legitimate argument for being the number one pound-for-pound fighter in all of MMA. But I’ve only ranked him at number 2, so who will be number 1?

01. Frankie Edgar

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Are you really surprised that this guy is my number one? He survived not one but two first round beatdowns at the hands of Gray Maynard, who is a much, much bigger fighter and even came back to knock out Maynard in the fourth round of their second fight. How much heart do you have to have to come back twice from getting destroyed in the first round of two fights in a row? A lot that’s how much. Jones might be the most naturally gifted fighter on the list but Edgar beats him hands down in heart and the desire to win. You can’t learn that in gym. That is why Frankie Edgar is my number one fighter for 2011.

Honourable Mentions

Roger Gracie – After beating Trevor Prangley so convincingly he would have been a shoo-in for my top ten if he hadn’t been knocked out by King Mo in September. He was pushed into a fight with Lawal far too quickly in my opinion after only having 4 professional MMA bouts. It was a case of Strikeforce needing some big name fights after fighters started jumping ship to UFC. Couple this with him being a world grappling champion and Lawal being a former light-heavyweight champion and it was a no-brainer for Strikeforce but a very bad move for Gracie.
Gilbert Melendez – The way he came back from injury and dominated Tatsuya Kawajiri was quite a stunning victory. Unfortunately he only fought once at the time of writing. He didn’t quite impressive me enough this year to be included on my list. But there is always next year.

Needs To Try Harder In 2012
Charles Oliveira – It was a pretty bad 12 months for this young fighter. Billed by everyone as a future UFC lightweight champion by most who have seen him fight. 2011 saw him drop one fight and have one fight ruled a no contest by kneeing Nik Lentz in the head while Lentz had all four limbs on the ground. His performance was so dominating up until that point he looked like he would have easily been a top 5 on this list.

Who are your 10 favourite fighters of 2011? Do you disagree with any of mine? Is Frankie Edgar not deserving enough of the no 1 spot? Let me know what you think in the replies.

Thanks for reading, cheers!

Happy New Year! I will soon be getting back to regular posts here on My MMA Training but we still have a few best of 2011 posts left, up next is Comeback of the Year. Comebacks are what makes the sport of Mixed Martial Arts so fantastic. Watching a fighter snatch victory from the jaws of defeat creates an excitement in fans that is unrivalled in other forms of entertainment.

My comeback of the year award goes to Diego Brandao for his The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale match against Dennis Bermudez. Featherweights really know how to put on an exciting fights and this match was no exception.

Diego Brandao was in control of the fight until Bermudez landed a short right hand that changed proceedings completely. In the blink of an eye Brandao was dazed, flat on his back and desperately trying to survive. Suddenly just when it looked like Bermudez had taken the round and quite possible the fight the Brazilian slapped on a fantastic armbar from guard that won him the fight.

Diego BrandaoBermudez left his left arm open and extended, Brandao grabbed on and the rest is history as they say. At 4:51 of the first round, Brandao submitted Bermudez with an armbar to become the Season 14 featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter – in arguably the greatest single round in TUF Finale history.

Brandao reportedly wanted to win The Ultimate Fighter to provide a better life for his family in Brazil. The $80,000 in bonus money alone should give him a great head start (not to mention the legions of new fans he will now have after demonstrating how much heart he has).

Who got your pick for comeback of the year? Leave me a comment and let me know in the replies. As always thanks for reading.

If you have been reading this site for a while you will remember that I predicted Lyoto Machida would give Jon Jones his toughest test to date and I wasn’t wrong when the two finally met at UFC 140. But as we all know what sets true champions apart from the rest is how they deal and subsequently overcome adversity.

For the first time in his UFC career Jones lost a round. Despite two judges giving him the first round it was clearly Machida’s, Dana White and Ariel Helwani both agree with my sentiments as well if you watch their post UFC 140 interview.
jones vs machida
In the first round Machida used his speed and elusiveness to avoid Jones’s attacks while countering him with flurries of punches and kicks when he leaped in and out of range. For all watching it looked like we were returning to the Machida Era. The look of bewilderment on Jones face at the end of round 1 only added to the feeling that it would be Lyotos night. But Jones proved why he’s the champion and did it with BJJ.

In the second round Jones switched his tactics and shot for a takedown. While on the ground he used his razor sharp elbows to open a nasty cut above Machida’s eye. Referee Big John McCarthy then called a stop to the fight so Lyoto could be looked at by the cageside doctor to access the severity of the injury.

After the restart the two traded punches until Machida got caught with a right straight that caused him to stumble. He attempted to turn this fall into a takedown. But Jones latched on to a guillotine as Machida attempted to back out and get back up to his feet.

Jones vs Machida UFC 140Jones used a modified guillotine in which he pressed Machida up against the cage to put pressure on both sides of the neck. From the GIF you can see that Jones uses his right hand to push up his left arm in a kind of lever fashion to put incredible pressure onto the neck of Lyoto. Not only is he being choked but he’s also getting neck cranked at the same time. Joe Rogan said at the end of the fight that it is the same choke Cody McKenzie likes to use (known as the McKenzietine :) )

There is no denying that Jon Jones has amazing reach but seeing how he finished that submission, it seems to me that he has a heavyweights strength even though he fights at light heavyweight.

Jones holds the choke until Machida goes limp and John McCarthy is forced to stop the fight (late in my opinion, which isn’t like Big John). Jones then performs the greatest walk off submission I have ever seen, leaving Machida to fall, unconscious face first onto the mat. I said after the Rampage fight that I could see Jones being champion for a long time and this fight further cements that theory.

Rener and Ryron Gracie break down how Jon was able to submit Machida. They also break down the submissions from Diego Brandao and Tony Ferguson from the ultimate fighter finale and Frank Mir’s kimura armlock that broke Minotauro Nogueira’s arm.

What did you think of 140? Do you think Jon Jones will be the champion for a long time? Le me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading cheers, and all the best to you!

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