On Unlocking Victory, Dominick Cruz and Gilbert Melendez focused on the reason that Edson Barboza’s leg kicks are so lethal. Edson Barboza will be taking on Justin Gaethje on this week’s UFC on ESPN event.
Barboza is known for his leg kicks, with the help of which he has eliminated many of his opponents.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 28, 2019
Gilbert Melendez and Dominick Cruz concentrated on the leg kicks of Edson Barboza in their discussion, as they revealed the reason because of which they were so effective.
“What he is doing is chopping you down to get through the muscle. After 7 or 8 kicks he gets past the muscle, and it gets to the nerve on the outside here. Once that starts playing in it’s not that you don’t want to respond, you can’t. The pain is not really there, your leg just keeps going out because it comes over and over on the outside of your thigh, until it gets past the muscle and into the nerve.”
While Gilbert Melendez described the mechanics of what happened, Dominick Cruz explained what happens to a fighter after that, with their leg being incapacitated.
“The key to what Gilbert is saying is ‘you can’t’. It’s hard to understand when you’re watching it on tv. You’re just like ‘Just keep going, be tough’.”
Justin Gaethje better be prepared for Edson Barboza, or he may fall victim to the kicks next.”