Back when MMA was new and the UFC was young, Japanese fighters were revered for their wacky, non-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu submission skills, which often focused on leglocks and the like.
Thankfully, we have Yusuke Kasuya to remind us why leglocks aren’t always the best idea.
For the entire first round of Kasuya’s bout against Alex Volkanovski, it’s all about who can impose his will on who in the grappling department. For Kasuya, that means getting a takedown and trying to take his opponent’s back, and rolling for a leglock and an armbar; for Volkanovski, that means going for a guillotine, scrambling out of trouble, and dropping bombs from above.
But then comes Round 2, where Kasuya rolls for a leglock, gets the limb extended, and tries to finish – but instead eats so many fists that he goes to sleep. D’oh. Sometimes you just have to let the submission go, son.
Results: Alex Volkanovski def. Yusuke Kasuya via TKO (Punches) at 2:06, R2