On Saturday night Eddie Cummings cashed in on his leg lock knowledge and brought home 20k for executing four submissions within regulation time in EBI4 ( replay by budo videos link ). This is a huge success in the format pushing submission fighting to a higher level. I want to do a writeup on the whole event but this will be a quick overview of the finishing techniques used in the tournament by EBI4’s champion, Eddie Cummings.
Cummings’ weapon of choice is the heel hook from the Double Outside Ashi position, a foot entanglement where both feet are positioned outside the hip while the attackers hips are between the opponents legs (the gifs below will convey it better than this sentence ). This attack is particularly dangerous because of the way it isolates the foot opposed to more traditional in and outside heel hooks because options for rolling out or kicking off the grip are much more limited.
In EBI4, Cummings used the heel hook as his go to attack, either finishing with it or shortly after.
First match, Kevin Berbrich, DOA ( Double Outside Ashi ) heel hook from back take attempt.
Kevin performed a near miracle in almost getting to Cummings’ back, his lanky body type likely aiding in the process. Cummings kept his attack on the leg strong, rolled Berbrich off and went to his go to.
Second match, Russ Miura, DOA heel hook from sweep.
Here we see Cummings perform his signature movement off of a standing pass attempt.
Third match, Baret Yoshida, Sweep to Back Saddle Knee Bar to inside heel hook.
Here we see Cummings use a little more set up. He starts with the sweep, backs his hips up to Yoshida and then sits through for a possible knee bar to heel hook.
FInals, Joe Soto, Sweep to DOA, Pass to 50/50 for inside heel hook.
Soto went right into the fire and stayed cool until he couldn’t. Soto’s leg defense looked good throughout EBI4 and I would like to do another writeup just on that, but here we see Cummings use a similar sweeping position to what he used with Yoshida, but instead of backing it up like before, he went for his DOA finish. Soto being really aware of leg distance, Cummings saw a likely kick out, switched grips and passed the foot to the inside for the finish.
Go to budo videos to get the full event stream if you haven’t already, and witness the rise of submission only.