Sharpen up your half-guard with Fabricio Morango, a black belt on the UFC 148 card

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Fabricio Morango submits Tom Hayden with a rear-naked choke at UFC on FX. UFC publicity photo

The showdown between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen isn’t the only thing on tap at UFC 148 this Saturday. Fabricio Morango will also be there in Las Vegas with some extra responsibility on his hands, as he looks to take out Melvin Guillard. After all, Melvin’s the one who uttered the famous words “The good thing about Jiu-Jitsu fighters is that they give me the chance to win the knockout-of-the-night bonus.” Who’ll be winning the bonus at whose expense, that’s the question.

The black belt under Vini Aieta and Royler Gracie at Gracie Humaitá is coming off a win over Tom Hayden at UFC on FX 1 last January. On the occasion, Morango used his gentle-art skills to dispatch the until-then-unbeaten American with a first-round rear-naked choke. Now Guillard was tapped out at the same event by Jim Miller using the same move, the rear-naked choke. Could coincidence work in Morango’s favor?

To not have to rely on luck, but making it happen, Morango has been as diligent about sharpening up his ground skills as ever. Learn to counter-attack with an armdrag from half-guard in the following video.

Pay attention to the details, when he grabs the collar and fakes going for the opposite sleeve or knee, to then catch the opponent off guard by pulling the correct arm.

UFC 148
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
July 7, 2012

Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen
Tito Ortiz vs Forrest Griffin
Cung Le vs Patrick Côté
Demian Maia vs Dong Hyun Kim
Ivan Menjivar vs Mike Easton
Chad Mendes vs Cody McKenzie
Gleison Tibau vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
Melvin Guillard vs Fabrício “Morango” Camões
Riki Fukuda vs Costa Philippou
John Alessio vs Shane Roller
Yoislandy Izquierdo vs Rafaello Oliveira

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