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Old 10-31-2007, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Height/Weight Question - 6'6" and 205lbs

Is this advisable? I'm trying to determine if I have a good build for MMA. I *should* be able to cut down to 205 as I walk around at 225, but I was curious as if my height would be a disadvantage.

I've been in striking arts since I was in the 4th grade (TKD, moved to American Kickboxing), with a couple years of Judo, and about a year of MMA-stylized JJ.

It just seems anything past 6'2" has diminishing returns at 205 in MMA from what I've seen.
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would guess if striking is your thing then it would be great. Also BJJ can make some great use of lanky legs (nate diaz). start practicing those gogoplatas.


But I'm just an armchair warrior lol
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Old 10-31-2007, 04:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tim is an example of how useful height can be.
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Old 10-31-2007, 08:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was thinking Kendall Grove, he usually puts a good use to his long arms.
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would fight at heavyweight with those numbers, until I become pro and then drop to 205

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Old 11-01-2007, 10:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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nah man- 205 at 6'6" will make you the tim sylvia of the lhw. haha. its a good place to start and if you dont like it, you can always go up.
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I am only 6'0 but much lighter so although i am not extremely tall for my weight i am still very tall, my legs are long and i love my build.

One thing that is strange is that i am also bow legged(Surprisingly has more advantages for MMA then disadvantages) and since i have really long legs they both make Gogoplata's a lot easier for me.

I also use my reach to keep a distance in the stand up and do jabs and leg kicks.

I dunno about you but i love being tall.

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I would fight at heavyweight at with those numbers, until I become pro and then drop to 205
I wouldn't, I would treat any match like it is a world title match and i am the challenger.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The reason to fight HW as an amateur before moving to the LHW division is to be able to fight harder competition. When you are ready to turn pro you will have more experience geared toward defeating your opponent at the lower weight. Better yet, fight both HW and LHW while youre an amateur.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Both HW and LHW would be a good idea. HW is necessarily harder but i think i know what you meant then if so then i agree but it all comes down to what the fighter wants to fight at not what other people think.
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Thats how we do it at our gym. Once we turn pro the lighter guy that we face seems easier to handle.
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