Technical Breakdown: Brian Ortega's Standing Guillotine

Technical Breakdown: Brian Ortega's Standing Guillotine



1. Ortega fights for the single, Cub uses a right uppercut to defend the takedown as Ortega attempts to press him towards the cage.


2. Ortega bails on the single leg and tries to get his head under Cubs' arm, an attempt to force Cub to turn away and expose his back 


3. Cub defends by framing on the inside of Ortega's left arm and turning into the clinch. While doing this Ortega swims his right arm over the top to control Cub's head.


4. Ortega fires a knee into the mid section of Cub forcing him to drop his right hand to defend against the attack on his body. As this happens Ortega brings his right arm over the top to collect Cub's head to attack the neck


5. Immediately realizing the danger, Cub turns his hips toward Ortega and postures up to neutralize the threat on his neck. (In MMA this is usually enough to force the opponent to give up quickly on the attempt, Ortega though, is more ruthless attacking submissions than most) Ortega unphased by Cubs posture, cups the elbow and pulls it forward to fish in the second arm for the Arm-in guillotine.


6. Cub continues to keep his neck and back straight and force Ortega to the cage as Ortega digs deeper to the secure his grip. As most Jiu-Jitsu practitioner know, Arm-in guillotines are much harder to finish than a no-arm guillotine. Ortega and his camp are known to attack arm-in because its easy to slip off only a neck, and the arm-in has more transitions upon failure (anaconda, D'arce, roll to mount, etc)


7. Ortega jumps guard, Cub fights to keep the battle standing and shake him off as Ortega tries to find the angle to finish the choke. Ortega opts to focus on staying off to the side of Swanson's body. This helps in breaking Cub's base as well as allowing him to curl Cub's neck under to apply pressure on Cub's neck. This position is also "safer" If Cub were to decide to lift up and slam Brian


8. Cub frames his arm on Ortega's hip to force separation and relieve some of the pressure, Ortega counters this with a hook going across to the far leg to help him stay secured


9. Cub attempts to explode upwards to escape the choke. Elevating his arm to break Ortega's grip. Ortega uses the cross body hook to stifle Cubs base, without this small trip up Cub may have been able to escape. Ortega, unphased re-secures his grip and climbs back to his closed guard.


10. This time, Ortega is able to extend his hips pulling Cubs' base outward, this allows Ortega to find the proper angle and sink the left arm in deeper then previously. Note that Cubs shoulders are no  longer straight and he's being pulled off angle as he can no longer square up his hips to defend.


11. Ortega's bicep is framed securely around the base of Cub's neck, his forearm cutting off blood supply on the right jugular, Ortega is known to grip over the top of the glove with the arm side hand, and roll his wrist forward, as he curls the neck inward to complete the choke as well as put an extreme amount or pressure on the neck



12. Cub is forced to tap standing before falling forward to the Canvas.