Dirty boxing clinch

While the Muay Thai clinch creates openings to land knee strikes, the dirty boxing clinch is built for punches. Personally, I like to use the hand I have wrapped around the back of my opponent's head to either pull his face down into powerful uppercuts or brace his head as I throw repeated hooks. However, you must be careful in this position because your opponent will most likely have one hand wrapped around the back of your head, which means he too has the ability to punch. There have been some epic MMA battles where both fighters just stood their ground and wailed away on each other from the dirty boxing clinch. To avoid such a battle, it's best to hinder your opponent's ability to strike. This can be achieved several different ways. You can circle around him to disrupt his balance as you throw punches. You can control his head with your left ami for a few moments, and then switch and control his head with your right arm. You can push, pull, and jerk his head around as you strike, and you can switch things up by transitioning from the dirty boxing clinch to other dominant clinch positions such as the double under-hooks or head control. There are a lot of wrestlers out there such as Randy Couture who have become masters at destroying their opponents from the dirty boxing clinch, so at the very least you need a basic understanding of this style.

Dirty Boxing

I've assumed the dirty boxing clinch by hooking my left hand around the back of Albert's head and hooking my right hand over the outside of his left arm.

Controlling Albert's head with my left arm, I chamber my right hand and prepare to throw an uppercut.

I've assumed the dirty boxing clinch by hooking my left hand around the back of Albert's head and hooking my right hand over the outside of his left arm.

Controlling Albert's head with my left arm, I chamber my right hand and prepare to throw an uppercut.

Pulling down on Albert's head with my left hand, I throw a right uppercut underneath his left arm.
Still maintaining control of Albert's head with my left arm, I chamber my right hand for another strike.

Bracing Albert's head with my left hand, I switch things up by throwing a right hook over his left arm.

Bracing Albert's head with my left hand, I switch things up by throwing a right hook over his left arm.

I'm tied up with Albert in the dirty boxing clinch.

Instead of socking Albert with an uppercut, I blast my right arm straight up to clear his arm from my head. For the best results, you want to make contact just above your opponent's elbow.

I bring my right hand down, just as I did when preparing to unleash with an uppercut.

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