Duke Roufus offers suggestions for MMA striking

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My MMA Striking Observations IMHO

From: Duke Roufus's Profile" href="http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=account.profile&user=200256" target="profile" class="ProfileComment-b">Duke Roufus
Edited: 10/24/10 1:09 PM
Roufusport Academy, Owner
Member Since: 4/7/05
Posts: 1508
I want to say the level of striking in the UFC has come up along way since 2005!

One mistake I see fighters make:

They only train offensive striking. Pads, Bag, maul your sparring partner, etc.

To me that is liking only training jiu jitsu subs without defense, position & transitions.

There is more to striking then hitting. A little goes a long way, behavior while getting hit at, defensive habits-blocking- checking-evasion, counter fighting, footwork, angles etc.

On a side note, since I train Jiu Jitsu it has help re-enforce my coaching style look at striking more like jj in reference to positions & situations more then just fighting hoping you land a strike.

Hope that makes sense to people.

Take care everybody


From: nobones
Member Since: 6/24/03
Posts: 7806
Yep, lots of MMA fighters have subpar striking. This is a pretty old point for many years actually but when you got to be good at everything striking usually comes up as the last thing people improve upon. We are just in the last few years starting to see high level strikers like Machida, Shogun, Anderson, JDS be able to successfully adapt their striking game to be effective in MMA.

From: Duke Roufus
Edited: 10/24/10 1:19 PM
Roufusport Academy, Owner
Member Since: 4/7/05
Posts: 1509

I would not say subpar just how to transfer striking from the ring to the cage. There are a lot things that you can get away with when little gloves & take downs are not involved.

I try to focus on re-enforcing mma habits whilst training striking. We train to be great MMA strikers not great Kickboxers if that sounds right. It easy to say you have a great chin, defense or legs kicks do not hurt w/practice gloves, head gear & shinguards on.

There no short cut. You only know it actually works with fight experience.


From: BuddyRevell
Member Since: 1/15/07
Posts: 4545
One guy who I noticed has great defense to complement his offensive firepower is Jose Aldo. Duke, who stands out in this department in MMA in your opinion?

From: Duke Roufus
Roufusport Academy, Owner
Member Since: 4/7/05
Posts: 1510


To name a few...some more will come to me

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Sloppy Single Leg site profile image  

10/11/14 6:00 AM by Sloppy Single Leg

Great thread. Duke is an awesome guy.

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10/11/14 5:54 AM by bigD13B


e. kaye site profile image  

10/9/14 10:42 AM by e. kaye

Speed is how physically fast you can move.  That is natural. Quickness is how fast you can react to what you see and get the shot there.  

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10/8/14 9:54 PM by Duke Roufus


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10/8/14 2:46 PM by Duke Roufus

Conor is great. Very unique still for MMA

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10/7/14 9:19 PM by ChaosOverkill

  Hey Duke what is your opinion on Connor McGregor's striking skills and his assertion about MMA striking when guys get the belt?    (and I say this assuming he didn't mean Pettis as he's new to the UFC belt anyways and is constantly evolving like Conor) Much respect and interest in your take

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10/7/14 9:14 PM by Gojira Ninja

Define that difference for me.

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10/7/14 4:57 PM by e. kaye

I said quickness, not speed.

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10/7/14 4:52 PM by Gojira Ninja

That's really more technique efficiency than a gain in speed. Yes, it might increase the technique speed if its more efficient but that's a very general answer. If you want to be quicker you have to recruit your fast twitch muscle fibers with specific, explosive movements. Plyometrics are a great way to achieve this for our sport.

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10/7/14 4:49 PM by e. kaye

Yes,  not telegraphing and not winding up.