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MMA Expert Breaks Down Ramos' Controversial Salah Tackle

MMA Expert Breaks Down Ramos' Controversial Salah Tackle

MMA expert Robin Black is well known for his high octane and overly verbose MMA fight breakdowns, but the 48-year-old has today turned his attention to football, specifically that challenge by Sergio Ramos on Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah.

The American commentated on the incident with typical bombast, and the results are very entertaining:

One minute breakdown Ramos versus Salah, beauty match up, controversial outcome. Ramos a pressure fighter, fast and loose with the rules, Salah a skilled artist.

Ramos initiates the step-across trip, creates the ledge which is the obstacle, he then applies the rotational force against Salah, destabilising him and turning him.

Black then illuminated viewers as to the key to Ramos' tackle, citing the Spaniard's grip on the Egyptian's forearm:

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What is the key to this takedown? Well, it's the grip on the forearm! That's the root of the control. The arm drag from wrist control and now let's put it all together. Wrist control to start, then hyper-extension on the elbow to force the body to follow and set the ledge to complete the trip, using the momentum created.

It's a filthy outcome. All of Salah's weight and force come down on the radius and ulna, which are small bones. Huge impact... Nasty. Referees need to protect these athletes.

 

Though as detailed as Black's analysis is, it should be notes that Salah's injury occurred on the other shoulder, as the Egyptian was trying to break his fall with his left arm.

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