here is a little mini essay on judo in MMA written by me Judo in MMA: an underutilized fighting system Judo has had a very sporadic existence in MMA which is esspecially prevalent in the UFC (the major MMA organisation).few Fighters are usually well versed in the art, and many if not most fighters do not know it at all. However what is the reason for this uneven trend with judo in MMA? Throughout the beggining of the UFC wrestlers and grapplers were the major successors in MMA, and still to this day the reprsesent a dominant force in the UFC. However within the past decade the sport has evolved to and now nearly all fighters cross train the the three major disciplines Ground Work (Usually made up of BJJ or Wrestling), Takedowns (dominanted by wrestling) and striking (dominanted by Muay Thai, Boxing, Savate etc.) However with more and more striking fighters (and even ground fighters will sprawl to end up being on the bottom in an MMA match) becomming better versed at sprawling against the symbolic catch wrestling shots so it is now common for wrestling moves (such as the shoot to put the shooter in a worse position). Therefore innovation must be made in the work of takedowns. Whilst striking and sprawling has bred a breed of 'sprawl and brawlers'. Groundfighters have made limited attempts to increase their takedown ability. This is where Judo really can turn the tables in a fight. Judo operates prodominatly in the clinch, and like most wrestling sports the goal is to throw your opponent on their back. Although in sporting Judo the gi is worn, the techniques can all be simply modified to the use of no-gi. This is a lot simpler to do in Judo than for instance BJJ where the gi represents levers, whilst in judo they simply move the opponent into position for the throw. For those of you familiar with judo, it is quiet easy to modify it for the use of no-gi. However lots of MMA bouts do end up in the clinch. (much like boxing fighters end up in a clinch). The clinch represents a midway point between striking and stand up grappling. Thus it makes it the ideal place for a judo takedown. Whilst greco roman fighters also use the clinch, they prohibit use of leg trips thus reducing the available options of the art in an MMA fight. Catch wrestlers usually expend a lot of energy pushing their opponents up against the cage to take them down. However judo does not rely on pushing your opponent, it is as simple as pushing your opponent to put his weight on a post (a leg for example) or shift is centre of gravity to compensate, then simply removing the post or redistrubting their centre of gravity and throwing them. The throws are hard to see coming and often several throws can be 'chained' into one another if one throw fails, it sets up another throw.Therefore the clinch game offers a new window of takedowns for groundfighters especially, which can be exploited through studying judo. Cliffs: Judo in underrated and underused, especially when shoots are being stopped more and more. The clinch, which a lot of fights end up in can take advantage of judo if they study it and put the opponent fighter on their back.