Regardless of who you ask, chances are most media, fans, and fighters will all refer to wrestling as the keystone in a successful Mixed Martial Artist’s career. Having a solid wrestling base allows a BJJ specialist to take an opponent down to work towards a tap-out or allows a dominant striker to avoid being put on his backside to neutralize his stand-up attack.

This MMATraining Technique of the Day features UFC 138 headliner Mark Munoz demonstrating the “High-Crotch Takedown” including the set-up and follow-through. A NCAA champion on the mat who faces Chris Leben at the event, chances are you may even see him employ the technique later today given Leben’s knack for knockouts.