MMA Technique Breakdown – Nick Diaz’s Armlock vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos (Strikeforce)


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A Perfectly Timed BJJ Arm Lock Attack by Nick Diaz – The Breakdown

I actually missed the Strikeforce fight card this weekend because I was away with my wife in Niagara Falls for her birthday.

We stayed in room 3201 in a hotel that only had 31 floors. Figure that one out :). We had to take the elevator to floor 31 and then walk up 20 more steps to get to the only room that was up there. Strange and I’ll admit a little bit scary.

Anyways, upon returning home I was sent a video of the Diaz/Cyborg fight. (Thanks John!)

As a fight fan, I always love when Nick Diaz hits the ground during his fights because he always seems to do something interesting while down there.

He’s done a great job over the years of adapting his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game to meet the demands of mixed martial arts competition, making small adjustments to his technique arsenal so that he can apply his attacks and defenses regardless of the fact that strikes are begin thrown at him.

Sometimes, skill on the mats in sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t fully translate into success within the cage. Not for Diaz though as he has been very successful in both arenas.

Last weekend, when his fight with Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos hit the ground, his BJJ skills were immediately put to the test. They passed with flying colours as he slapped on a beautiful arm lock from the guard position.

After watching him apply that technique –one that contained many small but important details–, I decided to make a video breaking down the fundamental BJJ attack.

Here it is…

Someone posted the actual arm lock on youtube as well:

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  1. jeff says:

    Wow! Great breakdown of a really technical sequence. Keep up the good work Inferno!!!

  2. LandonHick says:

    Awesome details on the breakdown, Nate made it look easy, the hotel room was 3201 because they dont have a 13th floor, nobody wants to stay on the 13th floor but have no problem staying on the 14th when its really the 13th anyways, lol

    • Jeff Joslin says:

      Thanks Landon. The elevator wouldn’t reach our floor so we had to walk up which was strange. I agree, who would want to stay on the 13th floor?

  3. Marky Prior says:

    awesome breakdown! right down to the “T” in detail and it was as close to the real fight as you could get.
    I always wait for the next technique breakdowns you post.

  4. David says:

    Thanks. I love these breakdowns. That submission was hard to pull off, and he did it so fast!!


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