No matter how durable a fighter’s chin may be, he/she should never risk having it tested while on his/her back and defending against an opponent’s strikes from above. Science has proven the amount of force absorbed in that position greatly exceeds the impact from eating a shot while standing based largely on gravity’s influence and the lack of cushion behind one’s head when laying on the mat.

In this MMATraining Technique of the Day, newly signed UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum teaches students how to use their legs in guard to fend off an adversary’s attack and maintain position rather than allow a foe to advance into side control.