Sprawl and Brawl is a stand-up fighting tactic that consists of effective stand-up striking, while avoiding ground fighting, typically by using sprawls to defend against takedowns.
A sprawl-and-brawler is usually a boxer or kickboxer, thai boxer or karate fighter who has trained in various styles of Wrestling, Judo, and/or Sambo to avoid takedowns to keep the fight standing.
These fighters will often study Submission Wrestling to avoid being forced into submission in case they find themselves on the ground. This style can be deceptively different from traditional Kickboxing styles, since sprawl-and-brawlers must adapt their techniques to incorporate takedown and ground fighting defense. Mirko Filipović, Chuck Liddell and more recently Junior Dos Santos are best known proponents of this fighting style in MMA.
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