What is the value of a suplex?
I'm going to do this backwards and explain why I ask first instead of ask then explain...
First, I figured this forum would be the most likely to get a serious answer. Since there are threads started last year on the front page, if this has been brought up before it must've been a while ago...
Anyway, this has been a topic of intrest among my friends and I lately. With Fedor being stopped by Hendo and so many people saying "If Randlemen can drop him on his fucking head and he can recover, then the fight shouldn't have stopped over a reach-around punch," it made me ask what a suplex is really good for.
Cung-Le in his San Shou days is another example. He straight threw motherfuckers around. However, some of those suplex (what is the plural on that anyway?) amounted to nothing more than getting a body lock of some sort and flopping to his back, bringing his opponent down on top of him, then rolling over on top of his opponent. I saw him do a tiger suplex, even doing everything right, that was basically the result. He got the points, but it obviously drained him more than hurt his opponent.
In the UFC we see a lot of big throws/slams/suplex that take a lot of energy, but do almost no damage at all. Any throw of Frankie Edgar's for example, the Hughes Trigg rematch, even the gorgeous plex on Fedor mentioned earlier. That looked awesome, but it didn't seem like it did any signifacant, or even disorienting damage.
Granted there have been some killer ones that changed or ended fights, but what's the pay off? This was my favorite technique when I was freestyle and Greco-ing in high school, but that was for points. I used to think I could use this technique in RL if I had to, and it be the end all. It seems on average, it's more likely that a good sup will only give me a favorable position than bring high impact damage, and cost me a lot of energy in the process.
I don't care whether you're talking real fight or mma, is it worth using in either situation? If everything goes right, you have position, grip, leverage, all to the point you minimize the effort and still pull off the move, is it really the best use of energy considering the return? If "best" is too subjective, should this technique ever be used over another, and if so, why and what needs to go right?
In other words, how do you weigh the risk/reward? Or, is there any way TO weigh it, other than just doing it as a trained reaction to a situation?