So, as Volkanovski’s grappling coach, Jones has had to take a look and analyze Makhachev’s ground game as well.
He spoke to Submission Radio and explained what makes Makhachev so effective:
It’s just the combination of how he uses judo and wrestling. You very rarely find someone with both skills.
But I think that a part of what makes Islam special and Khabib special is they have that Mike Tyson effect.[Volkanovski] has the approach of “I don’t care if I get taken down, we’ll get back up”.
Opponents are so scared [of them]… So I think a lot of people panic and make bad decisions on the ground.
Jones also went on to say that Sambo, in and of itself, is bad as a submission grappling art:
[Makhachev] submits people but I don’t think he has good submissions. It’s a wrestling culture. And they have some submissions in Sambo. But Sambo is pretty bad as a grappling art.
So, Makhachev capitalizes on opponent’s bad decisions:
What he does well is hold people down from Half Guard and Closed Guard especially. And, as they make bad decisions, he’s able to pounce on submissions.
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