Ronda Rousey (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)Technique Spotlight: The Hip Throw RJ Gardner October 10, 2014 News Everyone loves to see devastating knockouts and slick submissions. And while we do enjoy seeing both in MMA—what is it that we love to see the most? A well-executed throw, of course. As a former amateur wrestler, there is nothing quite like the feeling of throwing your opponent through the air. As a fan, nothing brings me to my feet faster. One of my favorite throwing techniques has always been the hip throw; a technique that is common in both amateur wrestling and judo. When executed properly, the hip throw can disorient your opponent while putting you into a dominant top position. But the hip throw is a lot harder to pull off than many think. To execute a hip throw, one must have great balance, an understanding of leverage and great timing. But while the hip throw can be an effective technique, it is a dangerous one to attempt in MMA. This technique can be dangerous as many fighters with grappling pasts are familiar with the technique. It’s one of the first throws you learn. The other reason many fighters don’t attempt hip throws is due largely to the fact that one must expose their back to their opponent. If you don’t hit the throw accurately, you’ve given your opponent a huge positional advantage. No matter what technique you are attempting, there are risks and you have to ask yourself, “Is the juice worth the squeeze?” For UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, it’s obvious her answer to that question is, “Yes.” A former Olympic judoka, Rousey is a master of hip throws and has incorporated this technique into her MMA arsenal flawlessly. Watch just how effective this technique can be in MMA.