Originally Posted by Ishmael27
Well let me refine mystatement a bit. MMA skills are not low it is more a fact that they are not specifically devloped for the rules the fight under. UFC's rules are so limiting that for someone to be elite they have to not just be the best fighter but the best within the rules. This is a unique problem to MMa. Every other sport can start training for the game they want to excel at in childhood and know that the rules of BB or Hocky will be the same when the are pros. Now that the UFC is estalished people will be able to train for those specific rules and we should start to see seperation from the good and the great.
Totally agree with you. I think it's funny how after someone wins, they often talk about how they've learned Jiu Jitsu in the last 6 weeks, which helped win the fight.
The age of the multi-disciplined fighter is really only starting now. Guys like Frank Shamrock, and BJ Penn, who were pioneers, will soon be the norm.
Another big problem at the moment in the UFC, is that so few of the new fighters coming into the UFC have actually fought in a cage before. The Pride guys haven't adjusted very well at all.