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12-07-2015, 19:14   #1
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MMA/UFC Questions for Newbies

Thought i'd start this thread as most other threads at the moment have all sorts of questions from newbies to the sport, and i guess it's only going to grow after the rise of Conor

Hopefully the more experienced and knowledgeable posters can help out, so if you're new and don't understand something, ask in here, sure someone will have an answer

Could we sticky this for a few weeks until people get the hang of it?
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great idea scud and perfect timing

hopefully this will encourage more folks to post and stop clowns telling newbies to fcuk off for asking a question to which the answer is obvious to a lot of us who've been watching for years
no place for that sh1t in any forum
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Why are some fights 5 rounds?

What does full/half guard mean when they're on the ground?
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Why are some fights 5 rounds?

What does full/half guard mean when they're on the ground?
Championship fights are 5 rounds, if a main event of a card is not a championship fight then it is also 5 rounds (that's a relatively new thing)
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Why are some fights 5 rounds?

What does full/half guard mean when they're on the ground?
all title fights are 5 rounds and all main events are five also e.g thompson/ellenberger tonight


some of the other lads will be able to explain the full/half better than me
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Why are some fights 5 rounds?

What does full/half guard mean when they're on the ground?
Championship fights where a belt is on the line are 5 rounds, main events are also 5 round fights, the others are 3 rounds.

Full guard is the where the fighter on the bottom would have his legs wrapped around the waist of the fighter on top (who is positioned between his legs and facing him) trying to control his posture and stop him moving away. The fighter on top usually is trying to transition to to a better position, such as a side guard or full mount.

Half guard is the top fighter lying on the bottom fighter moved to the side from full guard, but one of his legs trapped or entangled by the bottom fighter to stop him fully moving to a side guard or full mount.
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Probably easier to explain full guard and half guard with pictures imo or at least add pictures to the text for a visual

Full guard



Half guard
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There has been lots of talk about Mc Gregor cutting weight to 145lbs to compete for the interim featherweight title.
Some sites are saying he lost 27lbs in 8 days, but was Aldo not 145lbs anyway? (His UFC stats say so)

Why leave it so late to drop weight?
Apart from dehydration, how would you drop that kind of weight in such short notice?
Surely there would have been serious repercussions to his level of fitness...
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Probably easier to explain full guard and half guard with pictures imo or at least add pictures to the text for a visual

Full guard



Half guard
Which is advantageous for who?

What's full mount and side guard?

I really haven't a clue what they are doing once they are on the ground.
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There has been lots of talk about Mc Gregor cutting weight to 145lbs to compete for the interim featherweight title.
Some sites are saying he lost 27lbs in 8 days, but was Aldo not 145lbs anyway? (His UFC stats say so)

Why leave it so late to drop weight?
Apart from dehydration, how would you drop that kind of weight in such short notice?
Surely there would have been serious repercussions to his level of fitness...

Aldo's listed weight refers to the weight class he fights in rather than his actual weight. He is known for having hard cuts

MacGregor is not losing weight in the traditional sense in the last days leading up to the weigh in. He's not trying to reduce his body fat or anything. It's more correctly known as a weight cut than weight loss or drop.

Dehydration and exercise would be two of the main methods, along with restricting calories to some degree.

He is probably only 145 for a very short amount of time, so although not a great thing to be doing in general, it's not long term dehydration. The main thing is that he rehydrates as quickly as possible after weighing in. By the time he steps in the cage at fight time he is probably 160-165 again.

Done badly, weight cuts can have a detrimental effect on performance
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Which is advantageous for who?

What's full mount and side guard?

I really haven't a clue what they are doing once they are on the ground.
Bjj, submission wrestling etc is extremely nuanced, so the following is very general.

Full guard. If you are on your back the best position to be in is the full guard. This allows for some control of your opponents posture and hips. It also allows you to possibly submit or sweep/reverse your position, meaning that you end up on top of posting on your feet.

Half guard. If you have a person in your full guard, that is you on your back, them between your legs, your opponent may try to' guard pass', get past or out of your guard. They may look for side control, where you have no legs around them, and they are lying perpendicular to your body, chest to chest. The may also look for full mount, where they sit straddled on your chest. Both of these positions are bad for the guy on the bottom, so often, during a guard pass, the guy on the bottom will end up retaining one of his opponents legs with both of his own. Again, sweeps and reversals are possible from this position

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Does gassed mean winded?
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This might seem like a silly question but here goes.

In the Lawler McDonald fight both fighters were seriously busted up. McDonald broke his nose in the first round and Lawler was staggering around the ring after getting the knee in the head.

Why didn't the ref call a halt to this fight sooner? It seemed like both of them were a lot more injured than Mendes was so I'm just wondering what the difference is. Is it because Mendes stopped defending himself?
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Does gassed mean winded?
It means the fighter is starting to feel the effects of their opponents flatulence offense.

Famously used by John Howard in UFC168



Yes gassed means winded
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This might seem like a silly question but here goes.

In the Lawler McDonald fight both fighters were seriously busted up. McDonald broke his nose in the first round and Lawler was staggering around the ring after getting the knee in the head.

Why didn't the ref call a halt to this fight sooner? It seemed like both of them were a lot more injured than Mendes was so I'm just wondering what the difference is. Is it because Mendes stopped defending himself?
You answered you're own question, Yes it was because Mendes stopped intelligently defending himself and didn't try to fight back. Mendes went into turtle mode where Conor would have just kept battering him the ref had to protect Mendes as he wasn't protecting himself well enough but while Lawler and McDonald were seriously hurt, they were still reacting to and defending their opponent's offense.
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