Jon Fitch is set to take on WSOF champion Rousimar Palhares in a highly anticipated match that was supposed to go down several months ago, but was forced to withdraw after his mother became ill (Read about that HERE).
Now the match is finally set to go down on December 27th at WSOF 16.
Fitch spoke to MMAJunkie Radio about the leg lock master, saying:
“The No. 1 thing I learned about leglock defense from (American Kickboxing Academy coach) ‘Crazy’ Bob Cook was a long time ago was be calm,”
“He showed me the positions where you’re screwed. He said once you get to here, you’re screwed. It’s over. So as long as you understood those positions, you can stay calm from that position. A lot of guys tap to leglocks because they freak out.
“I use the (Brock) Lesnar (vs. Frank) Mir kneebar (as an example). I don’t think that was applied very well. I think that was more of a panic tap rather than he felt real pain. If you look at (the hold), it was pretty far down the leg. It was past the knee; it shouldn’t have put on that much pressure on anything.
“When you mess with somebody’s legs, there’s no leeway like with an arm or a shoulder. You’re fine, you’re fine, you’re fine, and then it pops. Guys know that, and once it gets tight or straight, it’s probably going to pop, so they freak out and they tap from that.”
Do you think Fitch’s black belt in JiuJitsu and this knowledge about leg locks will help him?