Breaking down the Nick Diaz armlock vs. Cyborg (video)

Nick Diaz finishes off "Cyborg" Santos with an armbar at "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg" on Jan. 29 in San Jose. Photo by Esther Lin for Strikeforce

As an MMA fan, I always love when Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz hits the ground during his fights because he always seems to do something interesting while down there.

He’s done a great job over the years of adapting his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game to meet the demands of mixed martial arts competition, making small adjustments to his technique arsenal so that he can apply his attacks and defenses regardless of the fact that strikes are begin thrown at him.

Sometimes, skill on the mats in sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t fully translate into success within the cage. Not for Diaz, though, as he has been very successful in both arenas.

Last weekend, when his fight with Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos hit the ground, his BJJ skills were immediately put to the test. They passed with flying colors, as he slapped on a beautiful arm lock from the guard position.

After watching him apply that technique — one that contained many small but important details — I decided to make a video breaking down the fundamental BJJ attack.

Here it is…