Arnold Allen Southpaw Jab Counter

UFC featherweight Arnold Allen demonstrates his natural southpaw jab counter that allows a left-handed fighter to aggressively strike their opponent, getting into the pocket quickly and causing the maximum damage in the shortest time.

Arnold comes from a striking background, but is comfortable grappling as, his previous tutorial shows. The 24-year-old comes from Felixstowe in Suffolk and trained for years at BKK Fighters in Colchester, before moving to Tristar Gym in Montreal, home of Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, Rory MacDonald, Miguel Torres and Robert Whittaker, to name but a few. Arnold has racked up an impressive record of 13 – 1, including four from four in the UFC. He has the accolade of beating “Mr Finland” himself, Makwan Amirkhani. The exciting young featherweight continues to grow with every fight and has an exciting future ahead of him in MMA.

This tutorial focuses on one of Arnold’s favoured striking techniques: the southpaw jab counter. Filmed at BKK Fighters, the young English MMA prospect breaks down this simple, but effective manoeuvre that works well for left-handed fighters against orthodox opponents.

As you exchange testing jabs with your opponent, wait until they fully commit to a big jab. This it the time to slip to the outside and meet your opponent with a cross to the jaw that reaches under their jab. This naturally leads to a pivot on the lead leg to give you an advantageous angle of attack. There are several options from the angle, but the most obvious is the left round kick into your opponent’s body.

The southpaw jab counter is a quick technique that works well as a strong opening in the early stages of a fight. For more from Arnold Allen, check out his other technique videos for Revgear Sports which focus more on his grappling game.

Tom Billinge Tom is the Editor of Revgear Sports and the founder of WarYoga. He is a 10th Planet purple belt and a Muay Thai Kru having spent over two decades in the sport in Thailand and around the world. Tom has trained Lethwei in Myanmar, Kushti wrestling in India, Zurkhaneh sports in Iran, boxing throughout Europe, and catch wrestling in the USA. Tom also resurrected the ancient techniques of traditional British bareknuckle pugilism from archaic manuals.