The MMA fight game has come a long way since it first made its way into the sport arena in 1980. Today’s top fighters are extremely well rounded in many disciplines, with an applied knowledge of boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitso, etc. these fights are approached like a chess game . Each move has a counter move, and each opponent is patiently waiting for a mistake to capitalize on in an instant.
At the level of athleticism of today’s competitors, a split second is often all it takes to stop a fight. Each one of these finishes, either by knockout, or submission, happens in less than 60 seconds.
I don’t know who this guys is, but he shut this match down in 0:47 seconds with an awesome flying arm bar.
The winner of this fight is Rhonda Rousey, and this is the fastest win by submission, in a woman’s title fight, inUFC’s history. It took her only 14 seconds to stop her opponent with an arm bar in March of 2015.
This guy runs straight into a right hand that knocks him out at 0:23 seconds into the clip.
Here are two more female fighters, the loser lasts for just about 3 seconds, until a solitary right hand wobbles her. The ref wisely stepped in and the win counts as a T.K.O.
It took Tyron Woodley just 34 seconds to finish this fight with a series of well-placed shots to the head.
This fight actually starts at 1:57 into the clip, its over at 2:01.
Australian kick boxer Ian Jacobs, gets the win at just 1.8 seconds into the first round in this fight. Scroll ahead to 6:24 for the knockout.
With a huge kick to the face at 1:29 into the clip, this is another knockout in under 2 seconds.
I admire the competitors in MMA. I believe it takes tremendous discipline to keep the mind focused and clear during an attack like that which happens in the cage.
For these fighters, there is no “off season.” Fighters must be prepared to accept a fight in less than a week sometimes, so they are always in great shape.
This kind of conditioning of both mind and body becomes evident when we watch these clips of first round victories. At this level, a split second delay, might mean the difference of walking away with your hands raised, or laying flat on your back, looking up at the ceiling.