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Old 10-22-2011, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why do elite fighters still train certain aspects?

Hey guys,

I was just wondering something. Why do you think that elite strikers with horrible TDD still work striking when they very clearly need to work TDD? OR why do BJJ specialists still work BJJ when it's clear they need to be doing some striking.

Lets take Anderson Silva for example, I think Anderson Silva's striking is second to none, but yet in every training video, he's striking. Now lets imagine he said "Okay, if I don't work striking for this camp it's not going to get worse, lets work wrestling" and he had an ENTIRE camp based on wrestling, his wrestling would skyrocket.

I hope you get my point.
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've often wondered the same thing. For example, all the build up to the Rampage / Jones fight, even Rampage / Evans...I admit I didn't watch all the videos for Rampage's training, but it seemed there was a huge emphasis on his striking. Of course, training videos are only a fraction of what happens in a camp and could be produced with an emphasis on striking because the casual fan seems more drawn to that aspect of MMA.

IIRC, Josh Koscheck pretty much worked exclusively on his striking at one point so he could evolve from being a human blanket.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think a lot has to do with the gym the guys train at.

Blackhouse is a traditional Brazilian gym where training striking and BJJ will be more prominent than wrestling and places like the minnesota MMA Acadaemy will be heavily wrestling and GnP centered as thats what it has its origins in.

As the sport evolves so will gyms and training i guess but thats the only theory i have on this.
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