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Would You Tap? Gracie BreakDown of Rousey-Tate Armbar
Fans are still talking about former champion Miesha Tate's determined effort to escape the armbar that Ronda Rousey, the new bantamweight champion used to submit Miesha and end the fight at Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey on March 3rd, 2012.
Would you tap?
Considering what was at stake—a championship title—what would you have done if you were Miesha Tate? After so much trash-talking between the two, Miesha refused to give up easily. Miesha resisted tapping for so long that it became uncomfortable to watch. Her arm and shoulder joint paid the price for her determination and strong will.
Brazilian jiu jitsu experts, Ryron and Rener Gracie, break down the armlock action that made Ronda the new Strikeforce champion. These guys love armlocks so much that they created a t-shirt in honor of the submission. "On Thursday, March 1, 2012, we released the first Submission Series t-shirt which is 100% dedicated to the 'Straight Armlock' or 'Chave de Braco'. Ironically, the day after the Sub Series 1/10 t-shirt is released, there were two beautiful arm bars in the UFC by TJ Waldburger and Daniel Pineda, and then March 3rd comes along and not only does the Ronda Rousey win by arm bar, but she does it in devastating fashion—dislocating Miesha Tate's arm in the first round! Ryron and Rener break down the beautiful throw, mount transition setup and finish that Ronda used to seal the deal. Check it out and be sure to share it with the jiu-jitsu haters - if this doesn't convert them, nothing will!"
Ryron and Rener Gracie review what happened between Ronda and Miesha in this Gracie Breakdown video
Ryron: "There has to be a certain level of 'I'm a professional. I'm gonna tap'…The funny part is, we understand. Because our grandfather [Grand Master, Helio Gracie], when he fought against Kimura [in 1951] himself, he didn't want to tap."
Rener: "Dude! He was the ultimate non-tapper. So, in that sense, Nogueira, in that sense, Miesha Tate—and the Grand Master—are all the same. It just gets to the point where you're so convinced of your effectiveness—that even when caught—and it's a guaranteed break, you don't tap."
Reminder of Big Nog vs Mir
At UFC 140, just before the Christmas holidays, fans witnessed another "slow-to-tap" MMA fighter, when Antonio Nogueira was submitted with an armbar by Frank Mir. Everyone where I watched the fight was screaming, "Tap!"
Brave or not-so-smart? Injuries to joints and ligaments take months to heal, limiting your ability to train and pushing your next professional fight into the future.
Ryron and Rener Gracie analyze Frank Mir's impressive kimura armlock that damaged Nogueira's arm on this "Gracie Breakdown" video
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. She trains with Keith Florian and UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny
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