Analysis of Kumandoi Sor. Jitpakdee’s Uppercut KO
Does power beat speed? Does speed beat power?
My money is on speed. A knockout cannot happen without proper timing. But, of course, what is timing? Timing is a vague word that hangs on the mouths of every fight commentator and fight analyst, but it still has no clear definition. I don’t have a clear definition of timing either, but I have a comparison that may defog the word.
How can Mark Hunt dust off a Mirko Cro Cop head kick but get put out by a punch from Melvin Manhoef? How can Anderson Silva take Dan Henderson’s H-bombs without flinching while Michael Bisping, accused of being pillow fisted, proceeds to knock him out repeatedly? How can Roy Nelson eat Fabricio Werdum’s knees like steak from a Michelin-starred restaurant but gets knocked senseless by Andrei Arlovski’s punches?
So…does Arlovski punch harder than Werdum knees? No. Are Bisping’s left hooks more devastating than Hendo’s H-bombs? Absolutely not. Does Manhoef punch harder than Cro Cop kicks? Impossible.
The secret to timing is visibility. If you can blind your opponent and hit them at that exact moment, you can put even an iron-chinned fighter like Nelson or Hunt to sleep. It’s trite but true; the strike you don’t see coming will knock you out.
To see a closer example of the power of timing, check out this Evolve MMA video below:
Tucking the chin in deep as you’re moving forward is defense. It leaves the top of your head open to attack but that’s the thickest part of the skull, so you’ll be fine. Right? Not so.
Even if you are able to take a hard shot, timing can beat that. But if you keep both eyes open, you’ll be able to take a harder shot. And if you want to knock your even the most durable opponent out cold, disguise your strike.
In the words of Sun Tzu from The Art of War, “let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
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- Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.