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Old 09-21-2013, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gustafsson training with Davis & Klitschkos?

That's what Josh Gross was saying anyway. Good strategy if true? Seems to be a decent approach.

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I find it interesting that Gustafsson chose to train with someone he lost to. Curious how that worked out. Thinking about it, it makes sense. The Klitschkos definitely could mimmic Jone's hands, but Jones doesn't strike like a traditional boxer. But I do think it's a good strategy. Shows Team Gustafsson understands challenge before them. I was thinking Stefan Struve would be someone to consider tapping as well in a situation like this. Same reach as Jones, and an mma striker.
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He's trained with Davis for for like 3 years.

Haven't heard this Kitschko stuff before though.
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Haven't heard this Kitschko stuff before though.
Gross mentions it on the second link.
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Training with the Klitschkos is nice and all, but since their striking style would not translate well to MMA (things like their base would get them taken down all day long) it really doesn't mean much. Team Alpha Male had the right idea, lets hire someone who knows how to strike in an MMA fight to help build our striking techniques.

As for training with PD, it has clearly helped him, but at the same time the TD's that Davis goes for are different than Jones. You would be better off training with Lyoto as Jones uses a lot of trips during his takedowns where PD sort of tries and power through it.
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Training with the Klitschkos is nice and all, but since their striking style would not translate well to MMA (things like their base would get them taken down all day long) it really doesn't mean much. Team Alpha Male had the right idea, lets hire someone who knows how to strike in an MMA fight to help build our striking techniques.
Yes and no. You're right, training with the Klitschkos doesn't help Gustafsson to be prepared for incoming TDs or so, but it probably helps him to get an idea of how Jones uses his reach advantage to stay on the outside. So it wouldn't be smart to have the Klitschkos as main sparring partners for MMA striking, but their high level boxing can surely help to train certain aspects in the striking department.
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Yes and no. You're right, training with the Klitschkos doesn't help Gustafsson to be prepared for incoming TDs or so, but it probably helps him to get an idea of how Jones uses his reach advantage to stay on the outside. So it wouldn't be smart to have the Klitschkos as main sparring partners for MMA striking, but their high level boxing can surely help to train certain aspects in the striking department.
Exactly... It can never be a bad thing when training with the best HW striker on the planet.

The Klitschkos will not only help get a better understanding of opposing reach, but also how to make himself fight taller and longer and create his own distance. Even though they are Boxers, they have deadly hands and great footwork for thier size.

Alex just needs to take the basic concepts he picks up and translate them over to MMA. We will have to wait until tonight to see if all this is highly effective though.
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Yes and no. You're right, training with the Klitschkos doesn't help Gustafsson to be prepared for incoming TDs or so, but it probably helps him to get an idea of how Jones uses his reach advantage to stay on the outside. So it wouldn't be smart to have the Klitschkos as main sparring partners for MMA striking, but their high level boxing can surely help to train certain aspects in the striking department.
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Exactly... It can never be a bad thing when training with the best HW striker on the planet.

The Klitschkos will not only help get a better understanding of opposing reach, but also how to make himself fight taller and longer and create his own distance. Even though they are Boxers, they have deadly hands and great footwork for thier size.

Alex just needs to take the basic concepts he picks up and translate them over to MMA. We will have to wait until tonight to see if all this is highly effective though.
Yeah, I think generally it's a good idea. Gus has never fought anyone with a reach advantage like this, and while this can't be sufficient in and of itself, it's a good piece of the puzzle to work on. Plus, PD's striking has improved, which will help Gus as well. I think we'll know for certain in the first round whether his training will pay off or not.
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