The Clinch is a term used to describe a grappling position that takes place while both fighters are standing. From a separated stand-up position, a clinch is the result of one or both fighters applying a clinch hold. The process of attempting to advance into more dominant clinch positions is known as pummelling. The major types of standing clinch are such as:
- Bear hug
- Collar-and-elbow position
- Double collar tie
- Double underhooks
- Pinch grip tie
- Clinch hold
Fighters may attempt to break from the clinch, either as the rule require it at in boxing or because they wish to obtain a better position by moving out and re-engaging, If the clinch continues, fighters may attempt to strike, takedown, or throw an opponent, though sometimes it has been used as a stalling technique. This may result in a win, or the start of ground grappling.
Also known as the Muay Thai clinch, thai-clinch, neck tie or plum position, the double collar tie is a stand-up grappling position often featured in Muay Thai and in mixed martial arts competitions. The double collar tie can be used to effectively control the opponent, even allowing for throws to be executed from the position. The most typical strikes from the double collar tie are knee strikes, either to the head or to the body. The combatant executing the double collar tie tend to keep the elbows tucked in to prevent the opponent from countering with a double collar tie of his own, or with uppercuts.