Today on another forum (www.judoforum.com) we were discussing what style is responsible for a majority of the current successful MMA fighters. Although it is getting much more likely to see a MMA fighter come in with just a MMA skill background we haven’t yet gotten to that point.
My personal thought is that wrestling attributes to a majority of the current successful MMA athletes. Just take a look at this list of UFC fighters that have a strong wrestling background; Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson, Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Diego Sanchez, Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, Clay Guida, Keith Jardine, Roger Huerta, Jake O’Brien, Frank Trigg, Frankie Edgar, Matt Hamill, Brandon Vera, Gray Maynard, Corey Hill, Matt Grice and others.
One of the biggest assets a MMA’er gets from wresling is the understanding of leverage. When someone understands how to grapple with leverage they appear even stronger than they actually are.
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