Instructional Video Blog: Outside Single Leg Lift
For the record throughout my career, I referred to the outside single leg takedown as a high crotch. I always shot the move(whatever you prefer to call it) to my opponent’s right leg, regardless of what leg he leads with. Remember you want him to react to you, not the other way around. I would not dive in and extend myself when doing the outside single leg lift, but would always use a setup (head snaps, fakes, rotating him from an inside tie etc…) to get my opponent into a position where I could shoot the high crotch.
The outside single leg/high crotch finish below is the one I used most often during my matches. It was the easiest for me to finish, perhaps because of my low center of gravity. Or in other words because I’m short. What I like best about the outside single leg lift is that it does not depend on my opponent’s reaction. I can hit this move on my opponent regardless of his defense if I get in deep enough. And I will get in deep enough with a good setup.
Another point that needs to be made is that the wrestler turned grappler that I am performing the outside single leg lift and other finishes on, leads with his left leg. That is atypical in wrestling though it is becoming more frequent in recent years.
My favorite setup to the outside single leg lift is a good fake, though as I stated above there are many more options. A good fake means that if your opponent does not bite on the fake you can finish that shot. If you get to the high crotch/outside single leg position with another setup, that is fine also. As long as you use some kind of setup, even it is just your speed.