Anthony Cheesesteak Morrison- MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography
The world of Mixed Martial Arts is a strange and fascinating one, that is actually multiple worlds, incorporating elements of many martial arts traditions, along with affiliated full contact sports like boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, and just about anything else that throws a kick or punch. This blurring of boundaries, although controversial, actually addresses some of the shortcomings of these ancient traditions, while preserving their strengths. Find boxing boring? Throw in some jiu jitsu. Think Olympic wrestling is dull? Put it in a steel cage. Let’s take a look at some popular techniques from MMA fighter Anthony “Cheesesteak” Morrison, to appreciate some of these evolutions Anthony “Cheesesteak” Anthony Morrison Anthony “Cheesesteak” Morrison, born March 29, 1984, is an American professional MMA, who formerly competed in the featherweight division of Bellator MMA. He formerly competed for the WEC, as well. Anthony Morrison came from a background of boxing and wrestling, in high school, making him the perfect representation of how these different fighting styles mix and mingle in Mixed Martial Arts. Morrison earned a perfect, undefeated record as an amateur MMA, before being recruited for the WEC. Morrison quickly lost both his matches in the WEC, and was let go. Returning to the independent, amateur circles, Morrison would have little downtime, quickly being recruited by Bellator. He made his Bellator MMA debut on November 13, 2013 against Kenny Foster, which he won by unanimous decision. Anthony Morrison was back in the ring, and had found his true home, as part of Bellator, where he’s been wildly successful. Stats:- Anthony Morrison has won way more than he’s lost, with 19 wins versus 10 losses. 9 of those victories have come from KO or TKO, while 5 have been by submission, and 5 by decision. Conversely, Morrison has lost 3 matches due to KO or TKO and 7 by submission.
Not bad for a guy 5’ 7” and 148 pounds! Finish Him! The Most Popular Finishing Moves Of Anthony Morrison’s Career Perhaps due to his background in boxing, although it might not be that exciting, punches are the single most common cause for Morrison’s victories, according to Sherdog.com, winning him 8 of his fights. It might not seem that exciting, until you notice that a vast majority of those victories are by either KO or TKO, with one coming by submission. We’re left wondering: How hard does “Cheesesteak” hit? The most common specialty move, responsible for his victories, is the guillotine-choke hold, although he’s only pulled it out twice. The guillotine choke, aka “front naked choke” or “Hadaka Jime”, comes from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as Judo, is used by Army special forces, and was popularized by Bruce Lee, in the 1972 film Way Of The Dragon. The basic gist of it is the arms encircle the opponent’s neck, like a guillotine, thus the name. It can be used to cut off blood or oxygen, depending on how it’s applied and can even result in death. We can’t help but notice that Morrison didn’t pull out the guillotine choke hold until rather late in his career, in 2012, when he used it to defeat Jay Haas at CCFC 13 - Gambino VS. Foster. This was only two fights after the Hadaka Jime had been used against him, losing him his fight against Chad Mendes in 2010. Perhaps Anthony Morrison was impressed, firsthand, with its deadly, encircling efficacy. The only other non-boxing move that has won a fight for Morrison is the arm bar, which he used to defeat Jay Palmer in 2008. The arm bar is the single most-used locked-joint submission in the MMA today, which causes the opponent to either tap out, due to pain, or risk a broken bone. The arm bar is performed by placing the legs across the opponent’s chest, with one of their arms between the thighs and the elbow joint against your hips. From this position the opponent’s arm is grabbed, and his forearm is placed across the chest. To lock the arm, simply lean back and arch the hips at the same time. This creates intense pressure in the elbow joint and forces the tap. That’s not something you’ll see in boxing! Referral Link: http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Anthony-Morrison-16722