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BlackBeltMag.com features more than 400 martial arts videos. That's a lot of footage to take in, so we've made it easy on you by presenting this Top 10 list of our most-watched entries. This collection deals with MMA techniques.

At last count, more than 400 martial arts videos were available at BlackBeltMag.com! That’s a lot of footage to sift through, so we decided to do present BlackBeltMag.com’s Top 10 most-watched MMA-technique videos as a primer for those who are new to our website — and for those who’ve been with us for a while but may have missed some of these classics along the way. There are 400-plus videos on our site, after all — so falling behind as they’re posted each week is completely within the realm of possibility. If this proves popular, we’ll be glad to assemble similar lists for other styles. Let us know what you think in the comments section! Enjoy our Top 10 most-watched MMA-technique videos, featuring Ronda Rousey, Chael Sonnen, Bas Rutten, Mac Danzig, Karo Parisyan and others!

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Leave it to a hurricane named Irene to nearly scuttle the first-ever joint photo shoot and interview with UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez—an event that was months in the making. Just 24 hours before we were scheduled to snap our first picture, lower Manhattan, where Black Belt's East Coast photographer is based, was in the middle of a mandatory evacuation. In an unprecedented move, the mayor ordered New York's mass-transit system to shut down. Meteorologists predicted that the storm surge could leave the coastal areas of the city under eight or more feet of water. Local TV networks scrambled to create Hurricane Irene logos and theme songs to brand their nonstop news coverage, and a few stations went so far as to broadcast computer-generated animation to show us what the flooded city would look like. With little left to the imagination in the future that the weather reports said awaited us, the odds appeared slim that we'd pull off the photo shoot. Because both fighters were scheduled by coincidence to defend their belts in their respective promotions roughly six weeks later, the demands of their training camps meant that a rain date wasn't in the cards for either man. After orchestrating a series of pre-Irene e-mails and phone calls involving the relevant parties—during which I received a helpful recommendation from Mrs. Edgar telling me where I could still find vacuum-sealed milk for my 15-month-old son—our plan was to hunker down in our homes and ride the storm out. When it looked like Irene was winding down, I'd contact everyone to determine if the guys thought they could make it to New York the following day for the shoot and, not incidentally, if there was still a New York to make it to. As it happened, Irene wrapped up her visit to the Big Apple more quickly than expected, which was fortunate because it helped lessen the still-significant effects of the storm on the region. The scale of the disaster was downgraded from "biblical" to "epic"—with pockets of "biblical" remaining, depending on how close to the nearest river you were. I was in my home in New Jersey, sitting in a dark basement with no power, sopping up water with a towel and bucket when my cell phone rang. It was our photographer, Peter Lueders, who was at that moment bravely riding his bike across the Brooklyn Bridge, heading straight into the evacuation zone. His mission was to check on the condition of the studio. Mass transit was not yet operating, so pedal power was the fastest means of transport available. He said he'd call back in an hour if everything was OK. I figured if I didn't hear from him in two hours, I'd have to find a boat and organize a rescue. Luckily, he's a capable cyclist, and traffic was understandably light on the empty streets, so it was only 30 minutes later when he called back. There was no flooding in the city, the studio was in order and the lights were on.

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Jean Jacques Machado is a former national and international grappling tournament competitor whose legendary skills in Brazilian jiu-jitsu recently garnered him a coveted red-and-black-striped belt from BJJ icon Rickson Gracie, not to mention an induction into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as its 2011 Instructor of the Year. In this exclusive video filmed at Black Belt magazine, the seventh-degree black belt and author of two best-selling books, The Grappler's Handbook Vol. 1: Gi and No-Gi Techniques and The Grappler's Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense, demonstrates and explains two escapes from side control.

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Fans might think Nick Diaz is just another mixed-martial-arts brawler, but he has more than 20 years of experience in the traditional arts, including aikido, karate, escrima and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In this exclusive in-studio video, he demonstrates how to counter an opponent's takedown attempt and get him into a choke.

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