Originally Posted by pt447
for me, i enjoy the ground game more. reason being, i just feel like as skilled a striker as you are, there are more times when a punch is lucky, than is perfectly placed. no, i don't have a textbook basis for this opinion, but i just think that two great grapplers provide so much more than two strikers. with grappling, moreso BJJ than wrestling, you have to be so highly skilled to weasel around your opponent and escape their attempts while trying to get your own on. any skilled striker or sub guy will kill an non-skilled fighter of any sort, but with grappling, i just think there is more finesse and art invovled than just throwing your hand into someone's face and hoping it lands right "on the button".
to me, a great grappling war between two great grapplers is infinitley more exciting than two strikers of the same level. don't forget, with striking, the excitement is only at the moment of impact, and the KO, while with grappling, the entire fight is a chess match. and yeah, i don't like that term, but it fits. striking based fights come down to 1 second, where as grappling contests can encompass an entire match, filling it with tense countermoves and unsuspected tension!
Sounds like you appreciate grappling for the same reasons I do. BJJ, moreso than wrestling, has opened a door for me to become proficient in grappling without sacrificing the tools I heavily develop for striking.
With BJJ I can sweep guys left and right relying more on leverage....less on strength.
Good points from everyone. However I want to shoot down a myth that seems to be building here. There is NO such thing as a lucky punch. Trust and believe that a skilled striker is "SKILLED" beyond merely "catching someone on the button".
has advanced much moreso than striking
in MMA from the early days.
Here's why I think this. Before MMA came to N. America via the Ultimate Fighing CHALLENGE
the only combat sport we had was boxing
Western boxing has been "refined" (I say that sarcastically) many times over to the point that most american gyms are no longer teaching techniques used long time ago.
And from what I've seen, striking is still sorely underdeveloped in alot of MMA's best strikers. Understandible totally as the sport, I feel, is still relatively in it's infancy. And since that's the case I look forward, with excitement, toward further development in striking techniques in mma as fighters will come and go.
A good striker knows HOW, WHEN and WHERE to hit an opponent as there are more "buttons" on the body than just the chin
The use of punches can be skillfully used to physically move
an opponent in a preferred direction be it straight back or laterally in either direction to be KOed. And combined with foot movement they can be used to set traps for opponents to be KOed by knees AND/OR punches.
Also a combination of foot work and strikes can be used to explore
an opponent for exploitable weaknesses
....even if the opponent is a better fighter. So don't believe the hype fellas. Striking is a diverse set of techniques used to set up
the knockout, not just land a "lucky" punch.
Finally, no matter what your style is, it's the SET-UP
that leads to the FINISH
, be it by strikes or subs.
Good points from everyone. Keep it coming.