The cage is an important tool for any aspiring MMA fighter. It is an integral part of the modern-day fighter’s game, and it is an aspect that is often overlooked. Many techniques can be performed using the cage. Strikes, takedowns, and get-ups techniques are a few of the many techniques that can be performed off the cage. This article will be focusing on a particularly popular takedown off the cage, the double leg lift.
The double leg is one of the most effective takedowns in mixed martial arts. It has been battle tested over and over again, and for many it is a staple of their game. One version of the double leg is the double leg off the cage, which has proven to be an effective way to get your opponent on the canvas.
When pushing an opponent up against the cage it is important to get dominant positioning right off the bat. To do this you establish at least one dominant underhook, gain dominant head control, and if possible push his wrist against his hip.
Once you have dominant positioning the next step is to change your elevation. Many fighters incorrectly perform this step by bending at their waist and creating a curve in their spine. This allows your opponent to easily push your head, dig underhooks, or create a frame over your body. Bending your back also gives you less power to perform the takedown. To properly change levels drop to one, or preferably both knees. Make sure to keep your back is straight the entire time to avoid injury.
Next, clasp your hands. Clasping your hands almost ensures the takedown. Since your opponent is against the wall, they lack the ability to sprawl. Clasping your hands keeps your opponent from widening his or her base, and allows for an easier takedown.
Once your hands are clasped the next step is to perform the lift. Come to a perfect squat position. While your back is straight perform a squat and rest your opponent on your shoulder. You can set them down however you like, but I prefer to turn them and to dive down with them, turning the takedown into a slam.
Below is a video of me demonstrating the double leg off of the cage. For more information about me visit krbjj.com or follow me on twitter at Twitter.com/TheMophead.