UFC NEWS – Mir On Overeem: His Arms Are Too Big To Land Chokes

December 22, 2011 11:15 am by Pedro Carrasco

“I think that Alistair obviously just uses his ground game to avoid taking punishment and that way, when he gets back up to his feet, he’s very damaging. I think he does have an excellent guillotine but Lesnar doesn’t really shoot with his head on the side and kind of wade right in like, Hrmm, I wonder if he’s able to grab and pull it up. Another thing too, when Alistair’s guillotine has been so dangerous has been at 205. I really haven’t seen him and I could be wrong and people are more than welcome to correct me with how many wins he has as a heavyweight with a guillotine because I know, for me personally, the thicker your arm gets, when it comes to some chokes, like the palm from behind or the guillotine, we’re using the forearm. Guys, like a Jon Jones-type, with a real long, thin forearm are way more menacing than a guy with like a Lesnar-type arm and I think that’s kind of what Overeem’s done to himself. He’s gone from a Jon Jones-type forearm to a Lesnar so I wonder how that’s affected his guillotine. You don’t really see guys with really big arms pulling off guillotines. Another way I try to explain it to people is the triangle. The guys with long, thin legs are way more menacing than a guy with thick legs and it seems like when they put the choke on, it’s not really like bone digging into the side of the neck, it’s softer, it’s across the neck and my jaw line, it’s more surface area.”

In talking with MMA Nation, former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir talks about a pivotal matchup in his division between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.

Overeem has 19 wins by submission in Mixed Martial Arts competition, but the submission expert in Mir questions his effectiveness with his new larger frame.

Not that Overeem will be looking for a submission anytime soon, but if he does, will it prove to be pointless?

Mir seems to think it may.

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