Originally Posted by jonnyg4508
Perhaps. But I don't think there is anything that would lead me to believe he is the better MMA wrestler. Cormier has taken anyone he has wanted to take down with quite ease. He threw Barnett around like I never have seen before...with a broken hand. Olympian Wrestlers are just in a whole different world. Look at Chael at age what? 35? He was never the best college wrestler...but he was an Olympic alternate. And was considered the best wrestler at MW, with guys like Munoz and Weidman in there. Cormier is Cain's wrestling coach for a reason..
I'm more interested in Cormier's cardio at a lower weight. He says he could make 205 no problem, but cutting weight was basically what contributed to his illness. Surprised he would want to test those waters.
Cormier has that elite competitor calmness about him. Because he has been in so many high pressure huge matches in his life he is so used to it. He was so composed vs. guys like Bigfoot and Barnett standing when they have had years of experience on him. I have been real impressed with his striking. He needs to learn how to not break his hand however.
Just from what I have seen on the ground from both fighters leads me to believe that Cain has the better wrestling tailored for MMA. Again, not a knock on Cormier's wrestling ability, he's obviously one of the absolute best in the division.
Cains transitioning on the ground I feel is quite a bit better than DC's though and his ground and pound is just ruthless.
From the way Cormier always talks up Cains ability in training camps leads me to suspect that Velasquez probably gets the better of the two during sparring and training. In fact, I think that's probably a big reason as to why Cormier seems so interested in cutting down to 205lbs to challenge Jones.
I also think Jones would get the better of Cormier when it comes to the wrestling in an MMA scenario, but would put up a hell of a fight. Honestly, all three fights (Cormier, Cain, Anderson) are very intriguing, I'd like to see them all.