A lot of guys have a problem not keeping it up, but only a few do it on purpose.
Robert Whittaker, under direction from brilliant coach Firas Zahabi, employed the gambit successfully against Colton Smith: right hand glued to the jaw, left hand on the thigh. In the post fight interviews, Whittaker said himself that it was a specific tactic to this fight and basically “suicide” against real striker. Against a fairly one-dimensional wrestler, it shut down most of the incoming takedown attempts with only minor setbacks in the striking department.
I find the whole thing fairly intriguing, including Whittaker’s three comments about it.
1. Right-hand counters (Overhand Right/Straight Right)
2. Automatic underhook for single/double leg takedown
3. Distraction/split visual focus
I think its clever and agree that a natural striker would be able to take advantage of it. The low lead hand is seen in boxing, mostly with defensive counter punchers and displayed directly via a guard stance called the philly shell or crab. It’s a different animal and “version” used by Whittaker is a less sound defense in MMA.
You can see example of it from James Toney and Floyd Maywhether, both using the real deal pretty successfully.
One especially salient weakness of this stance is that any boxer assuming this pose is vulnerable to an opponent with a quick and powerful jab. When confronted with such a punch directed at his head or upper torso, the boxer assuming this defensive posture will be forced to bend awkwardly away from the punch whilst his feet remain largely stationary. This is because the relatively low position of the defence will mean that the boxer will not be able catch the shot on his gloves or move away on foot, because the punch is too fast, and will not be able to allow the punch to strike him, because the punch is too powerful. This awkward bending back motion will then leave the philly-shell-style fighter vulnerable to a follow-up attack, as the boxer will have elongated, and therefore exposed his lower torso, and because the boxer will – until he straightens his posture – be temporarily fixed to the canvass or reduced to performing small jumps backwards. This awkward position will then make the fighter extremely vulnerable to body shots, as his opponent can move into the pocket directly after opening him up with a jab, and deliver punches to the boxers midsection.
First of all, you have to learn the basic textbook stuff. When you know that, you can start to develop your “own” style, but you have to have the basic to go back to just in case.
To have your guard low depends on a lot of stuff, yes, you do move better if your jabarm are a little bit lower, but your right hand (orthodox) need to stay up with your chin all the time.
in my book this is some of the things you need to use a low guard.
1. hyper reflexes
2. Good widevision
3. a lot of headmovement
4. great footwork
6. Great defensive skills with one hand.
Also a thing to remember it depends on who you fight. Always come out with a good defense if you see that your oponent are slow you can change after a while and box how ever you want but the closer you get to the oponent the higher your hands should go. Even Ali and Roy Jones and Sugar Ray Leonard has a high guard coming in close.
Otherwise I love fighting with my jabarm a little low.
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