Join Date: May 2006
Location: New York City, New York
There is some good advice in here, so I'm not going to discount all of it. I tend to be fairly neutral about which one of these is better for MMA.
As far as I'm concerned, it all depends on how you like to fight.
If you would rather be working in the clinch, I strongly recommend learning judo. Freestyle wrestling can be very helpful with respect to the clinch game, but I cannot help but feel that the focus is largely on the ability to control the legs. This is also a problem that I've had with a lot of the training for folkstyle wrestling that I've done. I prefer the clinch, personally, so I find that a background in Greco-Roman wrestling and judo is really the best approach to developing that game.
I do know a lot of guys who like to focus on grabbing that single or double, and those guys often do a lot of supplementary training with freestyle wrestling. It definitely helps, especially when it comes to working around the sprawl.
From what I've heard of your game, from your post, I strongly recommend judo. If you have a boxing background, and you're going to be looking to stand most of the time, developing your shots probably isn't going to be that helpful. A lot of boxers really struggle with the clinch, also, because the clinch in MMA is so much more active than the clinch in boxing in terms of striking and in terms of the amount of angling for position.
That said, both are really important, so learning as much of you can from different styles is a good option.
I'm getting to a point in my own training where I'm starting to realize that when someone asks me "should I choose legitimate martial art style A or legitimate martial art style B?" the answer is always "Yes."
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