IBJJF World Champion and current Bellator World Middleweight Champion Rafael Lovato Jr is a master at the the pressure passing style. He has has a distinct way of smashing through complex guards like if they weren’t even there.
His style which always starts from his patented Headquarters Position dismantles all types modern guards (DLR, lasso, Spider) & leglock threats. Lovato always combines his passes with submissions which always confuses the opponent.
Knowing how to create pressure is a skillset that is acquired after years of training. You don’t need to use strength to apply and create pressure. It is more about relaxing your body (which makes it heavier) and knowing when to place it on top of your opponent’s leg, hip or body.
When you have an effective pressure passing game, you can turn every fight to your advantage, and use a style that smashes through to dominant positions (mount, back).
Here Lovato shows how he likes to use a knee cut starting from the headquarters position:
And here he sows his signature side smash pass:
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