The evolution of MMA over the past 20 plus years has been amazing. What started as a “style vs. style” competition to find out what martial arts style was the best in a real fight has morphed into a combat sport style all its own; incorporating pieces from just about every hand to hand fighting style known to man.

As the sport has evolved one thing remains constant; wrestling continues to play a major role MMA’s grappling game. Time and time again, high level BJJ players are neutralized on the ground against elite wrestlers. Wrestlers just seem to have this innate ability to control their opponents and that’s a major reason why so many wrestlers find success in MMA once their wrestling days are over.

With the myriad of wrestling techniques that translate in to the MMA game, none are as simple or effective as the whizzer. The whizzer isn’t flashy and it isn’t talked about much during the fights, but it is an essential tool in the clinch game. The whizzer is simply a single overhook; an overhook is performed from any direction by putting an arm over the oppoent’s arm and encircling the opponent’s arm.

In wrestling, the whizzer is primarily a defensive technique that isused to counter lower body takedowns but in MMA the whizzer can be much more. The whizzer is all about leverage and torque and while the whizzer alone will not cause damage to an opponent it keeps an opponent close and under control. UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture was a master at utilizing the whizzer to keep his opponents pressed against the cage. From there, we would incorporate dirty boxing to score and wear down his opponents.

When used properly, the whizzer can stop takedowns, set up reversals and set up throws. It’s not a move you will ever see on a highlight reel in MMA, but it’s a move every fighter needs to master to be elite.

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RJ Gardner
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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,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.