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Old 10-23-2011, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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--What do you think are the best disciplines to possess as an MMA fighter--

Hi I was interested in finding out what people's opinion's were in what they think are the best disciplines to train in for MMA.

We have arguments all the time in our gym in what we think are the most needed ( we have a mixture of Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing and BJJ) oh and a couple of Karate guys.

I'm a firm believer in Boxing, Wrestling and BJJ.

Be interested to see what other people think.

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Old 10-23-2011, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This topic has been hashed over a few times but the answer is wrestling. If you look at the UFC right now (which is not ALL MMA but clearly the majority of high level fighters) and look at the top 20 fighters in each weight class I'm betting the background you see the most is wrestling.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi I was interested in finding out what people's opinion's were in what they think are the best disciplines to train in for MMA.

We have arguments all the time in our gym in what we think are the most needed ( we have a mixture of Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing and BJJ) oh and a couple of Karate guys.

I'm a firm believer in Boxing, Wrestling and BJJ.

Be interested to see what other people think.


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I don't see the point of this discussion if you are going to pick 3 or 4 disciplines.

If we're limiting this to one discipline, I'd have to go with wrestling as well.

A good wrestler is going to be able to take most people down for points, and control the round. It's not always the case, but a good wrestler is hard to stop.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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- Strikers dominate on the feet.
- Grapplers dominate on the ground.
- Wrestlers determine where the fight goes.
- An elite wrestler with a bit of BJJ and muay thai training is a threat to anyone on the planet in the division.

Conclusion: Wrestling FTW
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Old 10-24-2011, 12:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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A disgusting guard.

Wrestlers are overrated, they stall out on the ground and make mistakes all the time, if you have a crazy active and dangerous guard that includes BOTH subs and sweeps you're free to sell out on the feet because it doesn't matter if you get taken down.
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I believe the ideal fighter should have kickboxing and catchwrestling. A fighter should be able to stand and have no problem and be able to take a person down and either get a TKO or submission, however this being MMA my core belief is that a solid striking and ground game is waht is neeeded above my personal prefernces. Variations of my core belief can be found in most if not all of the major promotional champions in Cain Valesquez (wrestling, boxing), Jon Jones (wrestling, kickboxing), Anderson Silva (muai thai,BJJ), GSP (karate, wrestling), Frankie Edgar (wrestling, boxing), Jose Aldo (muai thai, BJJ), Dominick Cruz (wrestling, boxing), Gilbert Melendez (boxing, AJJ), Meisha Tate (catch wrestling, boxing), Cole Konrad (wrestling, boxing), Hector Lombard (judo, boxing), Ben Askren (wrestling, BJJ, kickboxing) etc.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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A disgusting guard.

Wrestlers are overrated, they stall out on the ground and make mistakes all the time, if you have a crazy active and dangerous guard that includes BOTH subs and sweeps you're free to sell out on the feet because it doesn't matter if you get taken down.
I disagree. If we're talking about overall success rate, the wrestler, who may or may not be stalling, typically wins way more often. Let me put it this way:

In an MMA fight with rounds:
A great wrestler with decent BJJ > A great BJJ fighter with decent wrestling

In an MMA fight without rounds(obviously no major organization):
A great BJJ fighter with decent wrestling > A great wrestler with decent BJJ

Conclusion: for real life practicality, BJJ is the way to go but for MMA practicality, its wresting FTW
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A disgusting guard.

Wrestlers are overrated, they stall out on the ground and make mistakes all the time, if you have a crazy active and dangerous guard that includes BOTH subs and sweeps you're free to sell out on the feet because it doesn't matter if you get taken down.
Don't know about that, Pettis and Torres showed very good and active guards against Guida and Johnson respectively and still lost.
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it all depends on you, what's your body type? if you are short and stocky learn wrestling and try boxing, if your tall and fast do alot of boxing and jujitsu or submissions. muay thai is good too if you have long limbs. do what works for you and don't worry about everyone else if taekwondo or karate work for you than use it, make your own personal style.
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I disagree. If we're talking about overall success rate, the wrestler, who may or may not be stalling, typically wins way more often. Let me put it this way:

In an MMA fight with rounds:
A great wrestler with decent BJJ > A great BJJ fighter with decent wrestling

In an MMA fight without rounds(obviously no major organization):
A great BJJ fighter with decent wrestling > A great wrestler with decent BJJ

Conclusion: for real life practicality, BJJ is the way to go but for MMA practicality, its wresting FTW
In a system that is designed for boxing, where a take down wins a round, yeah wrestling will win fights, but you can take me down a hundred times, if I can get back up and light you up or sweep you to your back where you are uncomfortable you're going to be a world of trouble. Where if I'm sick off my back, you can't put me somewhere I'm uncomfortable.

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Don't know about that, Pettis and Torres showed very good and active guards against Guida and Johnson respectively and still lost.
They showed SUBMISSION ATTEMPTS ONLY, they did very little to try to sweep the respective wrestler each one fought.
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