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Old 12-10-2012, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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5 of 8 Champs Are Wrestlers, Is It The Dominant Fighting Style?

Demetrious Johnson, Dominic Cruz, Benson Henderson, GSP and Jon Jones are all wrestlers and dominant champions. Is it safe to say that wrestling is the # 1 fighting style on which to build a base as a true champion?
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think being complete is more essential, Mighty Mouse is fast as hell and is well rounded, Cruz has very good footwork, GSP can do it, all Ben has good kicks, and Jones is turning into a good striker, Junior and Aldo aren't wrestlers but have developed world class TDD and are black belts in ju-jitsu.
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I think being complete is more essential, Mighty Mouse is fast as hell and is well rounded, Cruz has very good footwork, GSP can do it, all Ben has good kicks, and Jones is turning into a good striker, Junior and Aldo aren't wrestlers but have developed world class TDD and are black belts in ju-jitsu.
This. Among great wrestling is essential but its all the other parts that made those guys champs. Where are the pure wrestlers? Middle of the pack.

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Having great wrestling and TDD is probably the most important thing to being successful in MMA. At least, its the best style to have because its probably the hardest/longest to master. What I'm trying to say is that striking can come with experience and practicing in the gym, and you can get by with average striking for a bit where as average wrestling won't take you very far the higher in the standings you go.
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I think being complete is more essential, Mighty Mouse is fast as hell and is well rounded, Cruz has very good footwork, GSP can do it, all Ben has good kicks, and Jones is turning into a good striker, Junior and Aldo aren't wrestlers but have developed world class TDD and are black belts in ju-jitsu.
what about Anderson?
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I also thought GSP was a karate guy and has developed his wrestling since coming to MMA. He is the best at combining striking, wrestling, BJJ and wrestling.

If the OP means that wrestling is the best base to transfer to MMA with then yes. They have something a certain je ne sais quoi in training and learning new techniques that makes them a hair better than the rest of the pack of IMHO.
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what about Anderson?
Anderson is a freak .
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Anderson is a rare fighter and these type of fighters don't come around very often. To make a point though, he hasn't faced a top class wrestler with great JJ defense. He faced Sonnen which was his toughest test the first time around, but Sonnen has always been known to have horrible JJ defense.
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what about Anderson?
His wrestling is too big of a weakness, Weidman has the style to beat him, he's been taken down and controlled by far less skilled ju-jitsu guys in Sonnen and Lutter, Weidman gets on top of him and it's a wrap.
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Demetrious Johnson, Dominic Cruz, Benson Henderson, GSP and Jon Jones are all wrestlers and dominant champions. Is it safe to say that wrestling is the # 1 fighting style on which to build a base as a true champion?
No. MMA goes through cycles where different styles work in different divisions. It isn't uncommon to have a number of fighters with similar backgrounds all winning titles. By the way, there are four BJJ blackbelts holding belts right now (JDS, Silva, St. Pierre, and Aldo), five if you count Barao... so... not really a substantive difference.
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