by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It was a ground game showcase in the first two fights at UFC 112 with Mark Munoz displaying a vicious ground and pound attack, while Rafael Dos Anjos made the Abu Dhabi crowd happy with a brilliant submission to finish off Terry Etim.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was in full effect for Rafael Dos Anjos as he showed another level of grappling expertise putting British fighter Etim away with an armbar.
A back and forth first round saw both Dos Anjos and Etim have strong moments, including a guillotine choke from Etim that looked to put an end to the fight early, but the Brazilian sat back, relaxed and worked his way out of the hold.
The second round was where Dos Anjos decided to put Etim on his back and make him pay for going to the ground with a submission expert. Dos Anjos broke Etim down like a great NFL quarterback would work a defense’s weak points, and within moments he was moving in and out of the Brit’s guard.
Opting for north-south position, and then moving in for a Kimura, Dos Anjos got Etim to make just the right move to switch to a straight armbar. The Brazilian moved quick to lay out with the arm extended, and while Etim did try to roll out he wasn’t going to escape and he was forced to tap.
Dos Anjos picks up his third win in a row in the UFC, and showed that if the fight hits the ground with him, anybody could be in trouble.
Mark Coleman may have the nickname of the “Godfather of Ground and Pound” but Mark Munoz may have just become the new boss of ground and pound with a thunderous performance against Kendall Grove.
It looked in the first round like Munoz was going to be heading back home to California with a loss on his record as Grove popped him early with an uppercut and the Hawaiian looked to finish.
Locking on an Anaconda choke, followed up by two different guillotine chokes, Grove kept the pressure on Munoz, who even by his own admission knows he was in trouble at that point.
“Yeah, I was,” Munoz admitted. “You’ve got to have will to survive in the cage.”
Survive he did and Munoz came out with a whole new ferociousness in the second round, as he got Grove to the ground early and unleashed a vicious ground attack. Grove swiveled his hips, pushed away and tried to do whatever he could to keep Munoz off him, but the former Oklahoma State wrestler was like a shark smelling blood in the water.
Unrelenting with his attack, Munoz blasted away at Grove until he turtled up and continued to take punishment until the referee saw enough and stopped the fight, giving Munoz the win.
“That’s one of my strong points, and I just love when I’m on top,” Munoz said. “I just know I’ve got heavy hands when I’m on top.”
With his wrestling pedigree and ground attack, Munoz will be a tough test for anybody at 185 pounds in the UFC’s middleweight division.