I just have to say that Machida and Shoguna aren't good examples. Machida has had experience in all 3 aspects of MMA: Striking(Karate), Clinch(Sumo) and Ground(BJJ). Also Shogun had experience in both MT and BJJ if I'm not mistaken.
And this guy, Dragan has just started out and is 5-0 in MMA. He is a big prospect they say.
I consider them good examples in that they trainined in one area for some time before mixing up the arts.
Machida trainined in Machida Karate for his whole life, and only several years in BJJ and Sumo.
Rua trainined in MT few a few years before learning BJJ.
They started as Martial Artists and became Mixed Martial Artists. Where as Dragan Tesanovic just hopped right into MMA.
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