Stomp kicks in mma

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  1. threethirty

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    why haven't I ever seen anyone use an earth front kick (stomping with the arch of the foot) on a standing opponent (like in the shin or toes in the clench)? I understand why you can't do it to grounded opponents. it seems just as risky as kneeing someone. Is it against the rules? Sorry for the awkward wording.
     
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    If im not mistakin, its illegal. Also, Kneeing someone tends to be more effective in the long term, due to the way MMA functions.
     
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    Buka Master of Arts

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    It's legal and has been done in a lot of MMA fights.
     
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    You can stomp on the toes in many MMA organizations (including the UFC) and you can side-kick the knee, which is kind of like a stomp at that angle. Most people don't do it because the stomps to the feet don't really do much when the floor is somewhat cushioned and kicks to the knee are often considered "dirty" because you could seriously end someone's MMA career that way. They do show up from time to time, though--I know that Jon Jones side-kicked Shogun in the knees in their fight and I believe Clay Guida uses foot stomps fairly regularly in the clinch against the cage.
     
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    thanks for the great responses. Until i got into TMA I was never interested in MMA, so I'm a total noob. but I do get to watch classic fights like they are brand new :)
     
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    I am sure I have seen someone doing this without much success though. Does it work against a big guy trying to take you down?
     
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    If done correctly, and it connects (Possibly the biggest one), itll work on anyone trying to do anything. If it connects.
     
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    If you watch the old Pride fights, you will see stomp kicks to a downed opponent quite regularly. Those are not allowed in the UFC styles rules.

    The first person in the UFC (I believe) to use the foot stomp was Marco Ruas, who also was the first to use the Thai kick to great success. You will see the foot stomp with fighters that have a good ground game or takedown defense because they arent' afraid of going to the ground when they do it. Most dont' do it, but that doesn't mean it's not effective they just don't train it (anyone remember never seeing hammerfists in MMA until Sakuraba started using them?) Also, many don't use the heel portion of their foot to the small bones and those that do, you will see a good reaction of the person getting stomped moving their feet around like they are on hot rocks and focusing on getting out of that position.

    It's kind of like those punches to the ribs while on the ground. To a trained guy it's not a fight ender by any means, but over time they build until you can't ignore them anymore.
     

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