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Giorgio Petrosyan

Wow. If you follow K-1 MAX then you will already know about this guy. He was the 2009 K-1 Max GP champion and throughout his path to victory he displayed some of the most beautifully, technical kickboxing I’ve ever seen. I’ve been catching up on all the K-1 Final 16 action and amongst the great brawls  like Zambidis vs Chahid (Part 1 and Part 2), knockouts (Overeem vs Edwards),  those with a bit of both (Gago Drago vs Su Hwan Lee) and brilliant displays of combination striking (Gokhan Saki vs Freddy Kemayo) there was Petrosyan’s balletic performance against Hurkou.

It’s incredible to watch this master of defence. He checks most every kick thrown at him and moves so perfectly away from oncoming strikes to land beautiful counters. If you want to watch striking perfection watch the video below


Sorry for the delay!


Sorry if you have actually been following this blog, I’ve been without computer for a while but I plan on giving a little breakdown of my favourite techniques on show across UFC 119 and WEC 51. For a teaser, here is a little Duke Roufus leg kick tutorial.

Don’t you love the hair!

UFC 119 Breakdown

Main Card:

Frank Mir vs Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

Classic striker versus grappler match up……blah blah blah….Realistically, both these guys have been around long enough that they are both more well-rounded than their stereotypes. Frank Mir can strike now (maybe not as well as he thinks he can, but still pretty damn good), he rocked Cheick Kongo, he finished Old Big Nog and his footwork his pretty solid. His karate background means he has a decent kicking game which is complemented by his flexibility. Obviously his Jiu Jitsu is “top of the food chain” (to quote Joe Rogan). It’s not serious ADCC or Mundial medal winning Jiu Jitsu, but Mir is very creative on the ground and is effective in a ground scramble. Undoubtedly,  his biggest weakness is his wrestling and while Cro Cop is no Brock Lesnar in that department, he is undeniably one of the best anti-wrestlers ever to compete in the sport. This could make it very hard for Mir to take the fight where he needs to. If Mir chooses to pull guard he risks being in the bottom position against a man who has devastating ground and pound. Cro Cop is no slouch on the ground having studied BJJ for about 10 years and he has only been submitted by Noguiera. On the feet, where I think a lot of this fight will play out, Cro Cop still has the advantage. Mir is not Junior Dos Santos or Overeem and I don’t expect him to soundly outstrike Cro Cop or knock him out. Nonetheless it is still yet to be seen whether Cro Cop can corner anyone in the cage the way he could in the ring and I think Mir will be prepared for his vaunted left head kick by circling away. If Cro Cop wants to use his best tool he has throw right leg and body kicks at Frank Mir to stop his lateral movement. The truth about this fight like any recent Cro Cop fight is it comes down to whether he still has the mentality. Mir has probably annoyed him enough to take this seriously, but he needs to be brave to uncork fast kicks at the risk of being taken down. I could analyse this match up forever because I think in many ways it is a pick-em, but I’m tending towards Mir as there are too many doubts hanging over Cro Cop, especially with all the eye injury rumours lurking about and I think he has more ways to win. I’m not sure he can finish Cro Cop so I’m picking a decision.

Mir by not quite sure

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