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The New Strikers in MMA: Uriah Hall and Holly Holm

It seems that striking in MMA continues to improve and sometimes dominate. Holly Holm, former professional boxer turned MMA fighter, took out tough grappler Ronda Rousey with a well-executed and timed round house kick. She kept Rousey confused with excellent footwork and devastating kicks and punches.

Uriah Hall is an excellent striker in MMA too. He pulls off wild but well-placed spin kicks and round house kicks, fancy like a kung fu movie. He’s knocked out opponents with his flashy moves, something unheard of in the old days of the UFC.  Consider these heavy-duty knockouts.

As I’ve stated before, these newer more experienced strikers are proving that kicks and punches are definitely effective in multiple-style, full-contact competitions. We are now seeing MMA evolve, proving that it is the training that counts, not even the individual or style; the fact that these fighters train for full contact, and with multiple ranges and styles in mind, shows that what really matters is the manner in which a fighter trains; whether their training is realistic and whether it accounts for both grappling and striking.

By Bad intentionz (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Bad intentionz (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

These are exciting times in MMA history.

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