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Conor McGregor punched Jose Aldo in the head. The punch was quite hard and accurate. Aldo got hit while out of position. Aldo didn't see the punch coming. All of these factors, plus a dozen other intangible ones we can't quantify, lead to Jose Aldo getting knocked out. When someone gets knocked out, they often can't just get up again. In particular, while ...


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The really simple answer is that he walked into a punch. The more complex part is that this is effectively what boxing, and many other striking arts build their entire science around - "How do I get that shot in that they're not ready for?" The flipside, is that the striking arts also spend a lot of time training to take hits - to angle the blow off a ...


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I think the answer can be found in the Wikipedia page you linked to, in the section "Mixed Martial Arts Career" On April 12, 2002, Son also took part in Xtreme Pankration 2, wherein he faced Joe Moreira. After a brief exchange of strikes, Moreira landed a hit which drew blood, and Son then refused to continue fighting, and the fight was called. The result ...


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It's almost impossible to shoehorn fighters into individual styles these days since they're all training multiple martial arts. Rarely do we see the old school "karate guy" or "judo guy". Even those experts (Stephen Thompson, Dan Kelly) are also experts in several other martial arts. Tony Ferguson (UFC lightweight title contender) even says he trains every ...


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http://ancientolympics.arts.kuleuven.be/eng/TC007cEN.html claims of Pankration: everything was permitted except biting, gouging (stabbing with your finger in your opponent's eye, nose or mouth) and attacking the genitals. If that's accurate, then you couldn't compete in the UFC and use the full set of pankration techniques. There are other questions ...


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For UFC at least, any point-based analysis is going to run into the problem of a very fuzzy scoring system, similar to that in boxing: The following objective scoring criteria shall be utilized by the judges when scoring a round: a round is to be scored as a 10-10 round when both contestants appear to be fighting evenly and neither contestant shows clear ...


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A simple answer is that he was punched in an unprepared moment. Here it happens while the fighter rushes forward attacking and receives a counter blow at the right spot to the head. This blow to the head is causing a shake of the head in that way that the brain hits the skull what causes the nerveuos system to shut down and it results is the knockout. ...


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This is not my area of expertise, but there's a fairly lengthy exploration of it here. Some of the reasons: You use the arm as a antenna. as long as the opponent are outside of your reach you are safe. The oppnent have to lauch his attacks from slightly longer range than he is used to and it drives them insane. Sometimes I just move out of the way when they ...


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Wrestling and judo were not unknown, but particularly outside of Olympic season generally weren't featured much. Pancrase, shootwrestling etc. were largely a curiosity among pro wrestling enthusiasts. BJJ was featured in movies like Lethal Weapon but exploded after UFC1.


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Basically, yes: Pankration was a sporting event introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC and was an empty-hand submission sport with scarcely any rules. The athletes used boxing and wrestling techniques, but also others, such as kicking and holds, joint-locks and chokes on the ground making it similar to modern MMA. [wiki] Just that they'd be ...


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