We've all seen that GIF: the overweight man doing Dark Souls style rolls in a low-level MMA fight.
But would it work in a high-level fight? Like right at the top? Tony Ferguson proved that it kinda does!
Yesterday he was fighting against Josh Thompson, one of the best fighters in the Lightweight division and he didn't just roll once. He rolled like four or five times during the fight. Sometimes he did it to escape being hit, sometimes he did it to bamboozle his opponent, sometimes he did it to reduce the amount of damage he was taking with strikes.
But the crazy thing is — it was effective. It worked. Tony Ferguson won the decision. Which is funny because, in the rapidly evolving world of MMA, what's useful is quickly added to the arsenal of other fighters. Could we see more people doing baddass Dark Souls rolls during fights? I think so.
You can watch more of these crazy rolls here