This is how a UFC fighter deals with a knife fight – and it is NOT pretty

Friday, November 30, 2018

Unarmed self-defense against an edged weapon is perhaps one of the most popular topics in the martial arts but it also one of the most dangerous.

On the surface it may seem simple, just parry the attacking hand, grab the wrist, disarm etc. but when you add in the factors of surprise, adrenaline and the sheer ferocity of an attack the likely hood of making a mistake increases tenfold and it’s that one mistake that could change your life forever or even end it.

So what would happen if you got an MMA fighter who has fought at the highest level and gave him the task of defending against a knife attack?

In the following video reigning World Series of Fighting welterweight champion, Jon Fitch shares his experience training in the Modern Army Combatives Program – in this instance focusing on knife defense.

But instead of using a metal knife and doing slow controlled drills or even using a rubber knife in a live sparring session, they opt to use a 75,000-volt shock knife to add the crucial element of pain to the training.

As expected Jon has to fight hard to not get stabbed, but you can see his grappling experience pays dividends in isolating the arm, scrambling and eventually getting the disarm.

Check out the clip below and see what happens when you put a shock knife in Jon Fitch’s hand.

Jon Fitch is an American mixed martial artist, competing in the welterweight division of World Series of Fighting where he is the current WSOF Welterweight Champion. He formerly competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he went 14–3–1 and fought for the welterweight title against then-champion Georges St-Pierre. He holds notable wins over Thiago Alves, Jake Shields, Ben Saunders and Yushin Okami. [Source: Wiki]