So many people make this mistake, and it cost Chael Sonnen the fight with Fedor. 

Read on to find out how to NEVER make this mistake yourself, and what to do instead: As many of you guys already know there's a lot of techniques taught in Jiu-Jitsu that are just not practical for fighting because they either leave you exposed to strikes or are so risky that if you mess up or if your opponent counters, it could literally cost you your life.  Unfortunately at Bellator 208 this past weekend Chael Sonnen had to learn that the hard way against one of the most dangerous and devastating fighters of all time Fedor Emelianenko.

The technique is commonly taught when you have someone's back and you secure a seatbelt grip. In order to help get your hooks you then do a forward dive roll over their shoulder and hopefully, if they decide to cooperate, they roll with you and allow you to get your hooks. Unfortunately most the times in a fight your opponent will not be trying to cooperate with you and this leaves you flat on your back with your head right underneath your...

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Why “the back” position is not as good as most people think.

Why “the back” position is not as good as most people think in MMA or for fighting.

[Update Dec. 9, 2020]
 
I posted this article a couple of years ago on Hidden Jiu-Jitsu and since then there have still been quite a few people who have mentioned how dominant the back position is for Jiu-Jitsu and many people who believe it should be considered the highest priority position to achieve.
 
While in Jiu-Jitsu competition it's arguable, for MMA and fighting I think we have to take a look at how some of the greatest grapplers have actually struggled quite a bit being able to finish from that position.  
 
There was recently a very high-profile fight in the One Championship organization between Garry "The Lion Killer" Tonon and Koyomi Matsushima, which again helps demonstrate the issues I had mentioned in my article. 
 

Garry being a much higher caliber grappler than his opponent, who also has had a tremendous amount of success finishing...
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