UFC 171 Hector Lombard vs Jake Shields – Judo Throw Analysis

Hector Lombard, formerly an Olympian Judoka for Cuba, put on a dominating performance at UFC 171 against the experienced Jake Shields.  Lombard not only showed off some flashy judo throws but also stuffed 7 of 7 takedown attempts from Shields.

Let’s have a look!

Round 1 (4:49 left) Ko Soto Gake:

Lombard barrels in and quickly establishes a right underhook and left elbow grip.  As Shields steps back with his left foot, Lombard capitalizes on the movement with a Ko Soto Gake (minor outside leg hook) which sends Shields absolutely flying.

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Round 1 (3:24 left) Takedown defense:

Shields drops for a high single leg takedown and Lombard defends by establishing a strong whizzer grip, and circling Shields towards the fence.

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Round 2 (4:15 left) : Ko Soto Gari

Lombard sprawls off of Shields’ double leg attempt, mixes in a knee and hits a huge ko soto gari (outside reap).  This ko soto gari is a reaping motion of the legs (notice how Shields’ legs get swept/reaped into the air) whereas the first throw (gake) is an outside hooking and following with the upper body.

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Round 2 (0:45 left) : Tai O Toshi 

This is masterful display of the balance awareness Olympic level judoka have, being able to pull off a hand technique, Tai O Toshi (body drop) without the help of the judogi.  Lombard lands in side control and switches to Kezure Kesa Gatame.

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Round 3 (3:47 left) : Ko Soto Gake

Lombard sprawls off of Shields’ double leg attempt and immediately hits an outside leg hook as Shields’ stands up and steps back.

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Round 3 (0:16 left) : Morote Gari

Lombard finds himself low on Shields after eating a knee and capitilizes on the position with a Morote Gari (better known as a double leg takedown).  Shields nearly finishes Lombard with a nasty guillotine, but Lombard is saved by the bell.

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What was your favourite throw?

Are you going to take up judo yet?

Post in the comments below!

 

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  6. I took an introduction class just before Christmas & of course it was the last class of the year.

    I’m really looking forward to starting in the new year.

    My main focus is the self defence aspects

    • Hey Jazz, did you get to do some judo this year yet?

      I think you’ll find Judo sparring (Randori) is excellent, full speed, self defence training. With having to close the distance through a barrage of hands moving towards you for grips, getting into a clinch/grip and executing off balancing and throwing, I can’t think of too many other martial arts that do this at full speed every single practice.
      I think it’s especially useful with the gi, since in self defence situations people are usually wearing clothes.
      But, that being said, even without a gi on, the principles of off balancing and using your opponents momentum against them still apply (I mean just look at the GIFs in this article!)

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