How to Do Countering Double & Sprawl Takedown Defense in MMA

Learn the countering double and sprawl takedown defenses from Team Radical MMA head coach Rene Dreifuss in this Howcast MMA video.

Now, what we’re going to do is talk about how to defend the double-leg kick down. Alright?

So first, I’m going to start with the southpaw stance. You could also start with orthodox, but I’m a southpaw. So, I’m going to sprawl in the air first. So, hands like this, come in here, practice your sprawl like this. You don’t have to do it like this, alright? Don’t jump. You’re going to hurt your shoulder in practice. You’re not going to be, you’re going to be too slow. The idea is to get your leg down as fast as you can. Alright? So, when you’re here, worry about this bend right here. Don’t worry about jumping. Worry about this bend. Alright? So here, boom. This way. This is what you have to do. Bop. That’s how you do it, okay? Here. Bend. Boom. Put all your weight down. Alright?

So, now, what happens is he’s going to shoot on me this way. Okay? So, [inaudible 00:01:00] right. So, he shoots. Now I slightly come back and that’s when I sprawl. Okay? This leg slightly comes back and then I sprawl. The other way, here. Watch. He shoots him, slightly come back, and sprawl. Okay? Almost like you’re switching your feet. Okay? So, now he’s going to sprawl here, I shoot, this leg comes slightly back, right?

What you want to add as well is the cross face. He shoots in, bop. Right there. Sometimes you don’t even have to sprawl. Just pancake him. Alright? That’s the first thing you want to do if you can. He shoots, boom. Leg comes back, sprawl. I shoot, cross face, right from the back, sprawl. Right. Okay? In full speed, I’m going to shoot out Pram. Pram is going to shoot on me.

That’s how you counter a double.