Written by: CR Hess
“Lets be clear here about something. If you get into Mixed Martial Arts, then you know what to expect. I couldn’t be anymore obvious and straight forward with that statement even if I had competed myself… Oh, wait, I HAVE!”
Which leads me to my topic at hand. Amateur MMA is not the same everywhere you go. Some of you have no idea what I’m talking about, while others know exactly what I’m about to say. Let me take a moment to elaborate on this.
Lets say you go to a gym, ask for mixed martial arts classes, and sign up. What do you expect? You want to learn Jiu-Jitsu, cage control, boxing, wrestling, etc. Alright, finally you are prepared, feeling confident and ready to go, only now you realize that your state doesn’t allow any ground and pound to a downed opponent! The things that may be going through your head are, So if I take him down it’s just a Jiu-Jitsu match? There goes the other half of my offense. I completely understand why this is in place, but at the same time, it’s almost a deciding factor in how well prepared a young up and coming fighter will be in the future! Fighter safety is a must, and I do honestly believe that 99% of that lies on the referee assigned to each individual match-up to make sure both competitors come out with little to no unnecessary damage as possible. However, this is MMA!
When you take a fighters ability away, and you essentially tie their hands up, you don’t get the full experience. You get sub-par job MMA training. Imagine if you went to your brand new graphic design job, and every knows you’re a great painter. You’re a wonder with a brush, but your first client says, I need this in crayon. You can’t say no, because it’s the only way it can get done!
The thing that bothers me the most about this is that it doesn’t carry over from state to state. In Virginia, amateur MMA allows ground and pound, and just about every other sanctioning of the unified rules that there is. For obvious reasons, no one in the amateurs are allowed to use elbows anymore. I agree that there should be a line drawn somewhere, and if no ground and pound is it, then have everyone adhere to the same rule set! If I was a young 18-year-old fighter that jumped into the scene and only ‘practiced‘ with ground and pound, but never truly utilized it in a bout, when it finally came time for my first pro fight, I am almost guaranteed to have an entire new world thrust upon me. In the worst case scenario, I could be significantly less prepared to handle what is in store, and possibly get hurt.
“My thoughts are exactly that, MY thoughts. I’m definitely not trying to win a popularity contest with my views and opinions, but I ask you to consider just one thing.”
Lets say a fighter has 10 amateur fights under his belt, while is opponent has 10 as well. The first fighter has had every fight with ground
and pound, and the other hasn’t. The contest at this particular event is allowing it. Who has this advantage? True, you could say the same thing about it being the other way around, but let’s be honest, it shouldn’t have to be this way. Mixed Martial Arts has enough variations in itself. It’s a spectacle of ones abilities and determination, making it essentially a physical roller coaster full of ups and downs. It should be either one way, or the other! In my opinion, limiting a fighters ability is just…silly!
I’m the “WildChild” CR Hess, and thanks for reading!
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