Originally Posted by LA Guy
Or rather, no one has figured out how to do it effectively yet. MMA is an evolving sport. Until recently, you never saw people get KO'ed by elbows, though it's fairly common in Thai boxing, but it happens all the time now. Same with the front snap kick (as opposed to the teep.) Look at older fights. No one knew how to post up and use the fence to protect their back as they got up. It's more common than the wall walk now.
It has several disadvantages over the normal means of striking:
-Very low percentage strike vs someone with their hands up, more so than techniques like jabs/hooks/uppercuts due to larger target area (head, neck, and body vs just the neck) and quicker execution.
-Telegraphs your move even more than a wild haymaker...while delivering much less force and likely leaving you more vulnerable to a counter.
-Low cost-benefit ratio. Why train for a low percentage technique that has no proven track record in MMA and full contact striking in general. Things like elbows aren't comparable...elbows have a proven track record to KO in other sports.
As far as elbow KOs go, do you have any stats to cite? Because if you are including all MMA organizations then you have to consider than elbows were banned in PRIDE.
My biggest concern is that videos of martial art "masters" hitting compliant students in the neck, and claiming some sort of super secret mythical technique, is enough to spark interest for some of you.