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Five Pro Wrestling moves that could work in MMA




Since the days of former professional wrestler Ken Shamrock, to Brock Lesnar’s reign as the UFC Heavyweight Champion and now the inclusion of CM Punk, the sport of MMA have attracted massive numbers of fans who were or still are avid professional wrestling fans. I reckon that it is much easier for pro wrestling fans to transit to MMA as they have been regularly exposed to moves that are similar to the moves executed in an MMA cage today. A pro wrestling fan would easily recognize that a rear naked choke in MMA is a sleeper hold in pro wrestling or a gogoplata is an Undertaker submission called the hell’s gate. With the introduction out of the way, below are five professional wrestling moves that could work in MMA.

The Walls of Jericho

On Ultimate Beatdown 17: Pain Guaranteed, Mohd Amirul Firdaus attempted a Walls of Jericho(click to watch the video) on Marcus Tan. The Walls of Jericho is a submission finisher performed by professional wrestler Chris Jericho. The move is an elevated version of the Boston crab. Unlike the Boston Crab, the wrestler will stand nearer to the opponent’s legs rather than to the neck, applying pressure to the back from a higher angle. Another variation of the Boston Crab which Jericho uses circa 1996-2001 is called the liontamer. Similar to the Walls of Jericho, he will use a single knee to add additional pressure to the back and neck of the opponent.

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Muhd Amirul Firdaus attempting the Walls of Jericho on Ultimate Beatdown 17


Chris Jericho performing the Liontamer, a variation of the Boston Crab.

The Sweet Chin Music

The Sweet Chin Music, traditionally known as the side kick in various martial arts was made popular by Shawn Michaels. Now commonly known in pro wrestling as the Superkick, the Sweet Chin Music is a high side thrust kick attack where the wrestler will use the sole of the foot to strike the opponent’s head or chin. On UFC Fight Night 55, Louis Smolka made history by becoming the first man to knock out an opponent with a side kick to the head in the UFC.

The Powerbomb

UFC Light Heavyweight, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is synonymous to the powerbomb in MMA since knocking out Ricardo Arona on Pride Critical Countdown 2004. The powerbomb is a pro wrestling slam where an opponent is lifted, usually sitting on the wrestler’s shoulders and then slammed back down to the mat. In MMA, powerbombs are used by fighters to escape or counter a triangle choke, This variation is called the falling powerbomb in pro wrestling.

The double foot stomp

The now defunct Pride FC, allowed competitors to stomp a downed opponent either on the head or the body. There were plenty of jumping stomps to the head or body when Pride FC existed but nothing like Ze Wu’s cartwheel double foot stomp on One Championship: Dynasty of Champions(One Championship allows foot stomp to the body). Indy wrestlers such as Sonjay Dutt and Jack Evans regularly perform flying variations of the double foot stomp.


The Senton Splash

Widely known as the atomic butt drop, Mark hunt unorthodox attack on Wanderlei Silva in Pride Shockwave 2004 is actually known as the senton splash. Unlike a splash where the wrestler jumps and lands on his opponent stomach first, the senton splash has the wrestler landing on his opponent back first on in Mark Hunt’s case butt first across his opponent.

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”



Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217



UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.


This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results



Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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