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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Good post, terrible avatar. It's much easier to box your way into a clinch or closer takedown game instead of shooting and searching for doubles, ankle picks, high crotch, etc. Couture's takedowns against Gonzaga and Liddell (1) are good examples
I get what you are saying, but doesn't freestyle wrestling also involve a bit of Greco Roman work? Being from the UK, I don't know that much about wrestling, but I would have thought that freestyle is a major advantage because it gives you more versatility in takedowns and throws, so that being well versed in going for the legs and upper body keeps your opponent guessing.

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No, Grec-Roman is often heralded as the best wrestling type for MMA but never as the best grappling art.

The best grappling art for MMA is probably catch-wrestling.
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Greco is the best grappling in MMA, excluding submission sports, because of clinch situations!
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I get what you are saying, but doesn't freestyle wrestling also involve a bit of Greco Roman work? Being from the UK, I don't know that much about wrestling, but I would have thought that freestyle is a major advantage because it gives you more versatility in takedowns and throws, so that being well versed in going for the legs and upper body keeps your opponent guessing.
Greco and freestyle both share moves, but there are not shots in Greco. I can't begin to count the wrestlers I've caught with knees when they shot, if someone can time your shot it's lights out.



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you would think that Greco would be best once you get in close, but I would rather be a freestyle wrestler in mma because if your not the best striker, HOW do you get in close when your a greco guy without eating punches? id take my chances with a quick shot, and I dont think Greco includes many shots?
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you would think that Greco would be best once you get in close, but I would rather be a freestyle wrestler in mma because if your not the best striker, HOW do you get in close when your a greco guy without eating punches? id take my chances with a quick shot, and I dont think Greco includes many shots?

You basically throw punches and close the distance, once you do that normally you end up in the clinch and begin the process of moving you opponent against the side of the cage in this example, which in turn closes the gap and allows the dirty boxing or sweeps and tosses that make Greco Roman Wrestling so good.......
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Well freestyle certainly does give a chance to shoot from far away!
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