Avoiding what happened to Silva
I suspect many other people on Bullshido cringed a bit when Silva's leg was destroyed by Weidman's knee. I spent a few seconds thinking of whether I've been at risk of that, and the answer is a definite yes. I'd like some thoughts on how to avoid this, and whether this will change MMA strategy in general.
A few things went through my mind after seeing that:
1.) Always kick lightly a few times to gauge your opponent's reaction, seeing if and how they check your kicks.
2.) Mix up the targets, both sides on high, middle and low.
3.) Fake a kick, and then kick below/through the check to the other leg.
4.) Kick lower on the leg.
Regarding #2, are there some good pointers on disguising the target of your kick, so they don't know where it will hit until the last second? Increased flexibility would help, so you don't lean backward for high kicks, but I wonder if a very slight chambering of the leg could help. It would be less powerful, but it seems to work for Stephen Thompson.
As far as MMA competition, does anyone thing this injury happening to a striker as amazing as Silva will make people change their gameplans, either focusing more on checking or being more reluctant to kick? And is someone like Edson Barboza just too fast and unpredictably for people to do a hard check against him?