While things like knockouts and submissions can lead to an abrupt end to a UFC fight, a lot more goes into the fight than just searching for the finish. And of all the different factors and nuances in a fight, footwork is one that often goes unnoticed or unappreciated. Well, these three fighters are proof that great footwork can lead to many wins.
1. Demetrius Johnson
Mighty Mouse is the current flyweight champion of the world and has essentially cleaned out the division of all opponents by defeating them all, with relative ease. However that isn’t because he is the biggest (he is only 5’3) or the strongest, it is because he is the quickest and has the best footwork in the division. Might Mouse can bounce around the cage for a full 25 minute fight and never even look the slightest bit tired, whereas his opponents are dead tired from trying to chase him around the cage all fight.
2. T.J Dillashaw
T.J Dillashaw went from a relative unknown to a superstar with a huge underdog victory over then-champion Renan Barao. Barao was known as an absolute beast in the cage with no real weaknesses, but Dillashaw was able to find one; footwork. In the fight, Dillashaw was unbelievably light on his feet and capable of doing whatever he wanted as Barao couldn’t keep up. His next few fights showed this footwork is here to stay and makes Dillashaw an extremely tough fight for anyone.
3. Dominick Cruz
This is the man with not only far and away the best footwork in the UFC today, but probably the entire history of the sport. His movements (which are very unique and unorthodox) give his opponents fits when they try to hit him. What makes this even crazier is that Cruz has had numerous knee problems throughout his career and still manages to have the best footwork. In a recent fight against Dillashaw (a man who many thought actually had better footwork) Cruz truly showed he was the best in the biz as Dillashaw could hardly lay a glove on him.