In the last post featuring the Zaromskis vs High fight there is a great example of how a jazzed up version of sanbon kumite worked in the ring. Mariuis Zaromskis using long steps to make ground on his opponent delivered a round kick to dispatch Jason High. The following video of Paul Daley vs Scott Smith shows an example of a sanbon kumite like long stepping attack making up the ground well enough but resulting in the perpetrator receiving the knockout!
And there we have the perfect counter to this straight line sanbon kumite, take an angle and throw a hook. Smith has his right hand so low it almost could’ve been chambered for sanbon kumite. Daley moves off line slightly, throwing his signature left hook, which allows him to move completely off line once it was delivered. This leaves him safe if the punch fails to finish the fight.
This technique is not for use against someone as skilled as Paul Daley, certainly not if he is still fresh. Zaromskis pulled it off against an inexperienced striker who didn’t have the skills to work a counter, or even keep his guard up. The trouble here is Smith is stretched out and Daley takes full advantage timing his shot beautifully. Daley hits hard so it is little wonder that such a clean strike takes Smith out.
It is not necessarily critical to hit hard enough to take the other blokes head off if the timing is good enough. With this kind of straight line attack the person striking leaves himself wide open so eh has to get it right. Smith didn’t but he is not alone, Forest Griffin did something pretty similar against another excellent stand up fighter, Anderson Silva in UFC101. Griffin just couldn’t get at Silva and eventually lunged at him with a straight line attack attempting to get close. Silva just timed his ‘paw’ strike, as Joe Regan called it, and it didn’t need any power to shake Griffins head enough to knock him out. Cheeky stuff. Apologies for the dodgy quality but I can’t find a good video of the KO.
So where does this leave the straight line sanbon kumite attack? Well if you manage to use it like Vitor Belfort did against Wanderlei Silva it has value. Both Belfort and Zaromskis were extremely explosive when throwing their punches Belfort especially so, he’s like an express train but does not stretch himself out in the same way that Smith and Griffin did. His success came from totally overwhelming Silva with rapid strikes before the straight line attack. Silva never managed to regain his balance and was simply battered.
Zaromskis, however, was stretched out a little but he used the punches as feints for the KO with the kick, the punches themselves don’t make contact and if they do they don’t cause damage. Also, his opponent was not a very skilled striker, which helps. So while this style of attack can be used it should be with caution, in my opinion.
Originally posted 2010-12-08 02:49:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter