Join Date: May 2006
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It's already been well stated, but there's an enormous difference in the quality of wrestling between Maia and Sonnen. I realize that's confusing because Maia got Chael to the mat in their fight with some authority, but it's just a reality of their games: Sonnen is a much, much better wrestler.
The Olympic level wrestling isn't even as big a deal as people think it is. You don't have to be Olympic level to have the kind of shot that Chael had. It's a function of using the shot basically his entire life. Someone who has been wrestling since before adolescence, like Sonnen, has that shot as a thing that's automatic.
Anderson's "takedown defense" is a product of his striking and his ability to move backwards. It's not the product of a devastating sprawl, the way that (for example) Chuck Liddell's was. It's possible to take Anderson down, as we've seen, and guys who are D-I All-Americans can probably do it. The problems are simple. How do you not get knocked out before you have the opportunity to make that shot? What do you do once you get there?
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