Combat Course: Lessons from the Cage

Between Jun 27, 2017 and May 4, 2020,  Kostas Fantaousakis joined the creative team of as a blogger/technique analyst.

He posted 90 articles on a mostly weekly basis in a series titled: "Combat Course: Lessons from the Cage"

Please keep in mind that the main focus of these posts was to educate rather than entertain. These are not your usual highlight reel knockouts or submissions. In this series, coaches, fighters and educated fans who train in MMA or in the individual disciplines which comprise mixed martial arts will be able to examine some effective and/or alternative techniques which can be added to their arsenal.

These are techniques that can be incorporated both in a training and a fighting situation. Of course chance, fatigue or a bad day in a fighter’s life can influence the successful application of a technique, but nevertheless, all techniques examined in this series are based on solid concepts or fundamental principles.

This is a great opportunity for students of the game to appreciate diverse approaches to MMA fighting. This diversity of fighting backgrounds, when applied in action against each-other, is what makes our sport so exciting.

That said, here is Kostas' contribution to the library of MMA techniques and combinations available on

90. Video:Mike Tyson's offesive body punching game
89. Interview with legendary kickboxing coach Thom Harinck
88. Coach Thom Harinck on the legacy of K-1 champ Branko Cikatic
87. UFC 248 Moves to Remember: Zhang vs. Joanna, Adesanya vs. Romero
86. UFC 246 Quick Analysis: How McGregor broke Cerrone
85. UFC 246 Main Event Analysis and Prediction: Enter ‘Cowboy’
84. McGregor Tech. Breakdown: Part 3, Grappling
83. Conor McGregor Technical Breakdown: Part 2, Kicking
81.  UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington - Moves to remember
78. To catch an Eagle, Part 3: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s tripod & ground control system
77. To catch an Eagle, Part 2: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wrestling & submission game
76. To catch an Eagle, Part 1: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s striking game
75. Essential MMA techniques: Spectacular High Kicks
74. Essential MMA techniques: High Kicks, part 1
73. Essential MMA techniques #2: Kicks to the body
64. MMA Technique Analysis: Countering the overhand right, part 1

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