BLOG03: What Can Be Done In 20 Seconds On The Ground?

BLOG03: What Can Be Done In 20 Seconds On The Ground?

Last Fighter Standing enforces a 20 second rule on the ground, and while I love the ground game, I can see the excitement around the ring when the crowd echoes the countdown.

Is 20 seconds enough to go for a submission, or is it better to just ground and pound? Sometimes submissions such as rear naked chokes and armbars take a little while to setup and may be tricky while the opponent is listening to the countdown with his elbows tucked in and his chin on his chest, and later in the fight it may be difficult to control a sweaty slippery arm. But 20 seconds is a long time to be receiving strikes from under topmount, and the LFS referees will always prioritise the fighters’ safety and stop the fight if the person under top-mount is taking damage.

Should a striker try to stand back up, or just minimise the damage and wait it out? What would you do?

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