Mount Defense: Timing The Transition

Pondering previous post, remembered during the classic Lions Den versus Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match-ups in the 1990s, how Lions Den fighters drove me nuts by bridging to reversals just as the Jiu-Jitsu fighter was mounting ala Jerry Bohlander X Fabio Gurgel @ 1:50-1:56:

Moreover, there are opportunities during every transition before the weight is settled where escapes are structurally easier than in established positions. Ryron Gracie took advantage of this principle as well Sunday by doing a modified elbow escape just as Josh Barnett was mounting to regain Half-Guard at Metamoris 6.

Memory lane bonus, Lions Den vs. Jiu-Jitsu:

Fight that started it all, Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock in 1993:

Alan Goes vs. Frank Shamrock circa 1995:

Jerry Bohlander vs. Murilo Bustamante circa 1997:

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