Over the years, the striking techniques in MMA have evolved greatly. In the early days of the sport, most of the techniques utilized were basic and sloppy. But today, the striking game in MMA is in a renaissance and fighters are incorporating more advanced techniques and combinations into their repertoires.

Between improved footwork and head movement, a multitude of kicks and spinning techniques the striking in MMA is at an all-time high in terms of entertainment value. But even though flashier techniques are finding their way into actual competition in the cage some of the most devastating techniques are the basics.

Watching a fighter like Uriah Hall go “Street Fighter” on Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night 75 was fun and exciting but so is watching a fighter like Dan Henderson drop a big overhand right on an opponent. While it may not be flashy, the overhand right can be even more devastating than the most dynamic combination attack. In the right hands – pardon my pun – the overhand right is an absolute show stopper.

The overhand right is the ultimate power punch in MMA and it is the ultimate equalizer used by fighters with less refined skill sets. It’s not the most technical strike out there and it can look sloppy and desperate at times, but when it lands it is a thing of beauty. Easily one of the most devastating knock out punches in the sport today.

Let’s take a moment and celebrate the brilliant barbaric beauty that is the overhand right.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
Content Coordinator

RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.