Jose Aldo Knows Leg Kicks

Leg Kicks – A Key Ingredient of a Good Striking Strategy 

Leg kicks or also known as low kicks are a very important part of a well rounded striking strategy. Leg kicks will impact your opponent’s ability to make basic movements. Additionally, if used correctly, leg kicks will also degrade your opponent’s ability to defend themselves. Which means more leg kicks, punches, elbows, and overall pain for your opponent.

How Leg Kicks Work

When you deliver leg kicks to your opponent, their ability to move and balance weight is impacted. Since properly placed leg kicks effect movement, an opponent’s ability to “sit down” on punches and strikes will also be hindered. Additionally, as kicks to legs connect, the damage adds up and an opponent’s ability to check kicks and move away from strikes is diminished. As kicks to the legs hit the thigh area, the two major areas impacted are the muscle tissue and the Sciatic nerve. The difference being that nerve attacks immediately cause the temporary loss of control for the limb and muscle tissue attacks cause swelling, cramping/knotting, and gradual deterioration of muscle function. Both hurt, just in different ways.

Leg Kicks On Display

The powerful effect of leg kicks was on full display during the Jose Aldo/Urijah Faber 2010 WEC Fight. Faber took a total of 31 kicks to the legs. Faber admitted that he was in a lot of pain, beginning in the first round when Aldo delivered some good kicks to Faber’s thigh. As the rounds progressed, Faber was limping and unable to fight his best. After the fight, Faber said he thought he was going to pass out.  Post-fight medical examinations revealed tests Faber suffered no broken bones.


After the fight, Faber admitted that Aldo’s leg kicks put him at a disadvantage early on in the fight. He was unable to recover from the lack of mobility and the pain he was feeling and Aldo took full advantage.

The Bas Rutten Liver Shot

While not as cool as spinning head kicks or big Mike Tyson uppercuts, a focused body attack can break down your opponent leaving them tired and ready to get knocked out. Delivering a body shot can be done in different and painful ways, but none of them work better than attacking the liver. When it comes to liver shots in martial arts there is only one name that comes to mind, Bas Rutten. Blending a mixture of skill, precision, and thudding power, Bas Rutten’s liver shot is known for putting opponents on the canvas with a single violent strike.

Bas Rutten

            Bas Rutten – I Rupture Livers!

El Guapo’s brutality was on full display when battling Jason Delucia in their 1996 Pancrase fight. Throughout the first round, Rutten punished Delucia’s liver with vicious kicks and punches, sending him to the canvas multiple times, with the frequency, accuracy, and power eventually rupturing Delucia’s liver. Just read that one more time,  with the frequency, accuracy, and power eventually rupturing Delucia’s liver.

This first round knockout is just one of the many highlights of Bas Rutten’s signature move and why the “Bas Rutten Liver Shot” Is considered one of the greatest moves in MMA history.

Bas Rutten’s success at attacking the body is a combination of power and skill. His punches have been measured at over 1,200 lbs of force. But what set’s Rutten apart from other fighters is his incredible accuracy. His significant strike accuracy was 70.6%, the highest FightMetric has ever recorded. Rutten’s ability and accuracy to target the right side of the body in the area around the ninth and tenth (floating) ribs and exploit the liver delivered devastating results in the form of immediate fatigue, sharp pain, and loss of breath.

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