Resident physician David Liang, based in the United States who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) gives us his perspective on between-round recovery with the passive leg raise after Alexey Oleynik’s use of this in last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 174.
Oleynik is arguably one of the most interesting fighters in the UFC. 43 years old. 74 fights. Fighting professionally since 1997! It's as if he sustains himself on the life force of the younger fighters he strangles, like an MMA Dracula.
Although “The Beast” Derrick Lewis ultimately proved to be too beastly in their bout, Oleynik did show something interesting during the fight. Between rounds he rested while laying flat on his back with his legs propped up against the cage. Aside from looking comfortable, is there any science behind this madness? Let's take a look.