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This post is equal parts concept and technique. The concept being, to continually pressure with real time, technique revisions and adjustments that will result in the most efficient means of accomplishing your goal… achieving a takedown in an MMA fight.

Phew! That was a mouthful. Restated and in simpler terms, sure, you could just drop in on a double and claw your way towards a takedown. Then again, you may just be clawing your way towards premature exhaustion and ultimately spinning your wheels.

But when you initiate an attack and are prepared to quickly adjust and circumvent the defense your opponent may throw up, perhaps repeating this sequence until your objectives are achieved; you make your opponent’s job that much more difficult, and thus, your job that much easier.

This concept of continual forward pressure, while phasing through various levels (high/head, mid/body, low/hips-legs) and types (takedown, clinching, striking) of attack is great, but just as important is the HOW, or the techniques best suited for applying this concept. That is what this video is all about.

Do you have to use the techniques that we’ve presented here verbatim? No, not at all, but these particular techniques are great examples of how to effect the concept of varied, constant pressure.

Do you always have to finish against a wall or cage? Of course not. There are plenty of situations where you may not be in a cage or enclosed area. Maybe your fight is in a ring, or maybe we’re talking a self defense situation in an open arena. You might want to incorporate some of the techniques presented in our over under clinch series with Coach Chris Wells.

Finally, are the cage takedowns presented in the above video the only ways to finish while against the fence? Absolutely not, it’s just a starting point. We’ve shown you plenty of options in our other videos regarding this subject, which we’ll include below for good measure.

Here are some additional cage takedown defense ideas for you.

4 Responses to “The MMA Takedown Breakdown: The How of Pressure”

  1. Good job, That was a very good video

  2. Excellent stuff. Also loved Ajarn Greg Nelson’s series and the details on elbow position.

  3. Alvin Chan says:

    That granby roll escape against the cage was sweet

  4. Excellent video man. Quickly re-adjusting is huge. I’d say more often than not the initial takedown attempt fails and is almost just a set-up to your next option – switch to a different takedown attempt or strikes I guess.

    So many times fighters stop after their first attempt.

    Awesome technique at 3:30-ish. That switch against the cage is sweet.

    Is it okay if I drop a link to a post on my site about finishing takedowns in bjj and mma? It’s not like this or even a video but more like dirty tactics – pressure, grips, etc.

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