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Chael Sonnen: Leg kicks are a 'secondary offense' and 'aren't very effective' (Video)

"Look, if you can land 'em, good for you, but the bottom line is leg kicks aren't very effective. In kickboxing, guys quit kicking to the point where they had to institute a rule that forced them to throw at least three kicks per round. Kicks are a secondary offense but sure, if you can land 'em, why not."

Bad news for all you Mauricio Rua fans hoping to see his patented leg kicks against Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 139 tomorrow night (Nov. 19, 2011) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. "Shogun" has probably realized, thanks to some key insight by middleweight contender Chael Sonnen, that kicking is a "secondary offense" and "not very effective" during a fight. That probably explains why K-1 is in such deep financial trouble and why Mirko Filipovic was exposed inside the Octagon. Anyone think "Shogun" can win with just his hands? Or will he defy common sense and throw some kicks anyway? And what does this say about the chances of Cung Le?