Mixed martial arts is a young sport and if one had to sum up the state of the sport in one word, it would be evolution. Twenty years ago Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu made a name for itself when Royce Gracie dominated all of his opponents using the little known martial art. Today the landscape is much more dynamic and the athletes at the highest level of the sport are well versed in many forms of grappling and striking. The application of these methodologies within the sport can be quite difficult due to the many threats that are in play during a bout.

In recent years, one of the biggest changes in techniques that are being practically applied is the use of kicks that where ruled out in the past as something that just wouldn’t work in MMA. Some names that come to mind that have been applying these kicks are Edson Barboza, Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, and Rory Macdonald.

While on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Rory Macdonald discussed some of the techniques that he has grown fond of, and the method that kept coming up was the question mark kick. Known for his technical prowess and ability to stick to a game plan, it is no surprise that he is exploring unique striking methods in order to keep up with the evolution of the sport and remain competitive.

The question mark kick is a strike that is designed to trick your opponent into thinking you are going to throw a low kick, but you quickly transition to a high kick mid way through the kick. As your opponent drops his hands to defend against the body kick or high leg kick, the aggressor now has an opening for a head kick which can produce enough thrust to stop the fight.

About The Author

Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.