TECHNIQUES TO AVOID A CLINCH
When an opponent realizes that he is stronger than you in the Muay Thai clinch, he will always look for the clinch position. If the opponent’s technique of seeking the footprint is not perfect, there are ways to avoid the clinch by using quick and hard-hitting counter-attacks.
When trying to clinch, a common mistake is to seek the nape of the opponent with both hands simultaneously. This puts the fighter at risk of taking uppercuts and elbow uppercuts. The fighter should always seek the nape of the neck with one hand, while the other must stay all the time protecting the body from counterattacks.
If the nape of the opponent has been properly mastered and it is already possible to lower his head a little, then it is safe to take the other hand to the nape of the neck, to then ensure a dominance position in the clinch.
In this video three techniques (right and left elbow upper, elbow swivel and pushing technique) are shown against an opponent who wants to seek the clinch by making this common mistake in fights.