Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
After doing the dance with UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones, former opponent, Rampage Jackson, knows the dangers of the champ's oblique kick, which he believes should be called the "illegal kick." here's why.
Ever give one of your buddies a dead-leg? Funny, right? Now do the same thing, only from the other side. Not so funny.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones uses a push-kick to the knee, the "oblique kick," as a way to keep his opponents in range. Too far for them, but just right for him and his 147-inch reach.
There's only one problem.
Past opponents like Quinton Jackson are unhappy with the technique, which unsurprisingly carries the potential for serious injury to the knee, one of the most fragile parts of the body when exposed to the rigors of mixed martial arts (MMA) training and competition.
"Rampage" explains to ESPN:
"It should be called the illegal kick. It should be banned and it shows a lot about the fighter's character that he would throw it. How would he like it if somebody threw it at him and stopped him working for a year? I thought it was an illegal move. I think spinning elbows should be illegal too because they land on the back of the head. But I appreciate a good fight, a good scrap, I just wonder which rule fighters will bend next."
Speaking of bending...
While "Bones" is singled out, the technique is not uncommon at the Jackson-Winklejohn camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Jones trains. Carlos Condit has also employed the oblique kick, most notably in his knockout win over Dan Hardy at UFC 120 across the pond.
There's a couple of different schools of thought on this technique, Maniacs, what's yours?