Technical Readout: Gegard Mousasi vs. Jacare Souza

On today’s Technical Readout, we took a look at a classic: DREAM 6’s main event between Gegard Mousasi and Jacare Souza. The fight ended up being a spectacular knockout by Mousasi with an upkick, handing him the DREAM middleweight belt. In the video, we look at the finish and see what Jacare could have changed to avoid this detrimental mistake.

Gegard Mousasi vs. Jacare Souza | DREAM 6 Middleweight Grand Prix

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Gegard Mousasi and Jacare Souza went through the fire at DREAM 6. Both fighters had to win a fight earlier in the night then step into the ring to claim the belt. Gegard Mousasi took on Melvin Manhoef and beat him via triangle despite Manhoef being strong enough to lift and slam him, putting away Manhoef in a minute and twenty-eight seconds. Similarly, Jacare Souza defeated his opponent in almost the exact same time as he armbarred Zelg Galesic in only a minute and twenty-seven seconds.

The two stepped into the ring with a vacant title on the line and Mousasi reigned supreme. Jacare dove in and caught an upkick, knocking him out cold. Mousasi had become the champion.

The upkick is a great defense for fighters looking to avoid any damage taken from his standing opponent. But, as we’ve seen in the past, and with Mousasi and Jacare’s fight being the premier example, the upkick can be dangerous and finish a fight.

We looked at Jacare’s mistake and a good example of avoiding the upkick with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fight with Edson Barboza. Jacare could have had another belt to his name, but it takes sacrifices like his for fighters to learn that there are dangers in these awkward and uncommon positions.

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