Back in the 1990’s, Mark Coleman took on the moniker of “The Godfather of Ground and Pound”. His relentless assault on his fallen foes often resulted in bloody bodies and quick stoppages. Since Coleman laid that blueprint, many a man have followed suit, adopting similar aggressive top position attacks. Fedor Emelianenko used it quite efficiently during his run in pride; Tito Ortiz carved up too many men to count; Robbie Lawler has a serious knack for smelling blood and punctuating his instincts with a violent top based barrage and recently, guys like Jon Jones and Mark Munoz have taken the tactic to new heights.
While Jones is insanely precise with his onslaught, he typically chooses to look for the appropriate openings rather than flail about wildly. The moment the slightest crease in an opponent’s defense opens “Bones” seizes the moment and unleashes perfectly placed elbows and punches that have led to more than a single shocking win. Think, if you will, about jones’ collisions with Brandon Vera, Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko and even former champion, Lyoto Machida. This man’s elbows are nothing short of vicious, and should an opponent find himself with Jones in top control, it’s be a good idea to do everything humanly possible to secure wrist control.
Another gentlemen who has quickly made his name courtesy of the outlandish power he delivers while reigning down punches from the top position, is surging middleweight contender, Mark Munoz. Once this man is on top of you, it is his sole intent to break your face. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” has disposed of more than a single foe utilizing his trademarked assault, though his most memorable finish via ground and pound occurred inside the WEC cage, when he rendered the towering Chuck Grigsby unconscious with some of the finest GnP I’ve ever see.
And the Winner Is…
As much as I’d like to give my personal nod to Munoz, simply because I’m a fan of his uncontainable assault once he’s secured a dominant position, I’ve got to be fair and tip my cap to Jon Jones here. No man measures his assault in the fashion illuminated by Jones. Flailing countless bombs to a downed foe can provide stimulating visuals; watching a man masterfully choose his shots in order to halt a bout quickly and proficiently is just plain amazing, and I haven’t seen anyone to rival Jones’ alarming GnP technique… at least not yet.
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