The Spin Around

If you're in the bottom guard position and your opponent is dragging you toward the fence, bells and whistles should be sounding in your head, warning you of danger. Continuing to play closed guard won't save you. It's true that play- o ing closed guard prevents your opponent from being able to pass your guard and achieve a more dominant position, >

but he still has the option of dropping down some deathblows. And those deathblows only get more lethal if he should ^

get your head mashed up against the chain link. So if you're getting dragged toward the fence, you've got to open your q guard and make something happen. Your best option is to get back to your feet, but when such an option isn't available, h the Spin Around is a good technique to have as a backup. jE

Troy is in my guard attempting to drive my head Driving off his left foot, Troy pushes me closer As Troy comes down on his left knee, I against the cage. to the cage. hook my right hand around the inside of his left leg. This will help me spin my hips in a counterclockwise direction and avoid having my head pinned up against the cage.

As Troy brings his right leg forward and posts on his Using my right hook on Troy's left leg, I continue to Driving my right leg into foot, I use my hook on his left leg to spin my hips in a rotate in a counterclockwise direction so that my head Troy's side, he is forced to counterclockwise direction almost as if I am going for is facing away from the cage. At the same time, I drive drop his weight and I close an arm bar. To prevent him from driving me up against my right leg into his side to keep him between my my guard by hooking my feet the cage, I post my left hand and leg on the fence, legs. together.

Although grabbing the fence is illegal in most MMA competitions, you can usually get away with it so long as you don't hold on for longer than a second.

Getting up Against the Cage

Lying on your back with your head rammed against the cage is not a good position to be in. Many fighters have lost battles while stuck in this compromising position. If your opponent is a decent striker who understands how to do some damage from the top guard position, you need to get out of there even if it could result in taking some damage. Personally, I like to utilize this technique. Posting on one hand and foot, you snap up so that you're in a squat position with your back pressed up against the cage. Once you reach this position, your opponent basically has two options—he can grab a-hold of your legs and haul you back down or he can open up with strikes. Although the latter is never fun to endure, it certainly has its upside. Your opponent can't strike and hold on to your legs at the same time, so as long as you don't get knocked out, you will get back to you feet and escape a terrible position. You might take some abuse to get out of there, but at least you have a moving chance.

I'm pinned up against the cage with Troy in my full guard.

As Troy cocks his right hand back to land an overhand to my face, I maneuver my left hand to the left side of his head.

Driving my left arm into Troy, I unhook my feet, sit up to my right side, and come up onto my right elbow. Because of my movement, Troy no longer has the angle he needs to land the overhand.

Maintaining outward pressure with my left arm, I post on my right hand and left foot, slide my body out from underneath Troy, and elevate my hips off the mat.

I'm pinned up against the cage with Troy in my full guard.

Driving my left arm into Troy, I unhook my feet, sit up to my right side, and come up onto my right elbow. Because of my movement, Troy no longer has the angle he needs to land the overhand.

As Troy cocks his right hand back to land an overhand to my face, I maneuver my left hand to the left side of his head.

Maintaining outward pressure with my left arm, I post on my right hand and left foot, slide my body out from underneath Troy, and elevate my hips off the mat.

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Continuing to inch my hips back, I push off my left leg. This creates the elevation I need to draw my right leg in and place my right knee on the mat.

Still driving my left arm into Troy, I push off my left leg and begin working up to my feet.

I come up onto both feet.

Immediately I pummel my right arm under Troy's left arm to secure an un-der-hook.

I slide my left arm underneath Troy's right arm to secure my second under-hook. Although I just escaped a very bad position, I'm still not in a great spot because I'm pinned up against the cage. From here I will continue to work to improve my positioning with a reversal (p. 127).

I'm pinned up against the cage with Troy in my full guard.

I maneuver my left hand to the left side of Troy's head.

Driving my left arm into Troy's head, I open my guard and post my left foot on the mat.

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