UFC Live Cruz vs. Johnson Results: The Powerbomb and the Sweetest Moves in MMA

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst IOctober 3, 2011

UFC Live Cruz vs. Johnson Results: The Powerbomb and the Sweetest Moves in MMA

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    In the sixth edition of UFC Live on Versus, UFC fans were treated to a very exciting evening of free fights.  

    When Pat Barry took on Stefan Struve in the co-main event, it briefly looked like fans may see a rare slam TKO when Barry looked to counter a triangle choke with a rarely seen, but always appreciated, powerbomb.  

    Struve absorbed the brunt of the impact with his right forearm and still miraculously managed to finish the choke for the submission victory. 

    What are some of the most aesthetically pleasing maneuvers for fans to see executed in the cage? Let's take a look inside.  

Flying Triangle

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    The triangle choke is a pretty simple jiu jitsu technique, often taught within the first week or two of training; perhaps the first month tops.

    This beginner's technique is applied from the guard, however, to hit a triangle from the standing position takes a ton of confidence and ability. 

    In a featherweight battle from UFC 129, Pablo Garza pulled a flying triangle out of nowhere against Yves Jabouin at the end of round 1. 

    Garza was getting picked apart on his feet by Jabouin's crisp striking, so "The Scarecrow" decided to throw up a hail mary after he clinched up with his Canadian adversary. 

    The technique worked like a charm, and it was academic that Garza received Submission of the Night honors.

    When a flying triangle is executed to perfection, it really is a thing of beauty.  Flying armbars are a pretty rare, and almost equally impressive sight to see, as well. 


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    The most famous version of the move, at least in MMA, is when Quinton "Rampage" Jackson hit Ricardo Arona with a vicious power bomb back in a 2004 Pride showdown that immediately knocked the BJJ ace out as soon as he hit the ground. 

    This move is reserved for guys with some serious power, Matt Hughes utilized a power bomb to defeat Carlos Newton for the UFC welterweight title in 2001, and is typically a last resort. 

    This move is not something that is going to be taught in any jiu jitsu, or probably even MMA gym, but it sure is quite a sight to see when a fighter manages to bust one out to try and counter the triangle choke.

German Suplex

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    Easily the flashiest takedown in any fighters playbook, the German suplex is a move often reserved for freestyle, Greco-Roman, or WWE wrestling, so when it is seen within the confines of the cage it is always pretty eye catching. 

    UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz utilized this move with perfection not once, not twice, but three times against Demetrious Johnson as "The Dominator" put on a grappling clinic at the latest installment of UFC Live.  

    Also in fairly recent memory, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones executed a German suplex in his 2009 meeting with Stephan Bonnar.  

    The maneuver is rarely seen since it requires the attacker to face the opponent's back and grab around the waist, but it is always impressive to see on the rare occasion it happens.  

Peruvian Necktie

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    In a move that is often reserved for grappling tournaments, the Peruvian necktie is one of several chokes that can be applied from the front headlock position.  

    Bellator featherweight Pat Curran used this move to make Luis Palomino, ironically a fighter who hails fro Peru, tap out in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Featherweight tournament this past June.   

    This is a move where timing is key and it is certainly not a move that is taught in someone's first week of jiu jitsu training, so it is very rarely seen in MMA. 

    When it is though, it sure is a quality submission finish to put on your resume.  


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    "The Korean Zombie" Chan-Sung Jung wanted revenge against Leonard Garcia after he lost a highly controversial decision in April of 2010.  

    This past March, Jung made sure this one did not go to the score cards.  The Korean Zombie had Garcia's back, and transitioned to having only one hook in before he locked up a twister. 

    This earned him Submission of the Night honors and marks the one and only twister finish in the UFC.  

    Popularized by Eddie Bravo, the twister is a very difficult move to hit on the mats, so to hit it in the cage speaks highly about a fighter's grappling acumen.  


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    The most famous instance of the gogoplata is probably when Nick Diaz defeated Takanori Gomi with a gogoplata back in a 2007 Pride showdown.  

    Although the decision was later changed to a no contest when Diaz tested positive for marijuana in the post fight drug test, it was still an excellent finish to an excellent fight. 

    Submission specialist Shinya Aoki has finished with a gogoplata on a couple of occasions, although Aoki seems to prefer the mounted variation of the move.  

    A gogoplata finish is rarely seen from someone who is not a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, both on the mat and inside the cage.   

Showtime Kick

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    In the final defense of his WEC lightweight title in December of 2010, Anthony Pettis hit a kick that beforehand had been reserved for "The Matrix." 

    Involved in a closely contested bout with Ben Henderson through four rounds, Pettis ran, springboarded off the cage, and kicked "Bendo" square in the face in the fifth round. 

    Pettis would later tell the media he calls the move "The Showtime Kick."  

    While this is the only instance of the move being utilized in mainstream MMA, a number of fans say they have seen this crazy kick every once and a while on the independent circuit.