The liberal use of elbows in multiple situations is part of what
separates MMA from all other combat sports. They are, of course,
illegal in boxing and international-rules kickboxing. Muay Thai
employs standing elbows but obviously not on the ground. Sambo
allows ground strikes but not elbows. No grappling sport allows its
competitors to elbow each other during takedown attempts or on the
Only MMA presents these manifold opportunities. It has taken
decades, but elbows are finally becoming a much more prominent
piece of every fighter’s arsenal, particularly on the feet. They
have long been employed on the ground, but only in the recent past
has their full potential come into view.
This edition of the Sherdog Top 10 series takes
a look at the most devastating uses of elbows in the sport’s
history. How does your list stack up?