Daniel Cormier asks why should he abandon his Wrestling background


    Many MMA fans and fighters have bemoaned the wrestling based style that some fighters use when they step into the cage. The argument that the anti-wrestling crowd use is that the style is boring, that it’s killing the sport of MMA; taking the action out of things. While some may use their wrestling base as a means to ‘lay and pray’ their way to a victory, others use their wrestling background to take their opponents to the ground, control them and impose their will on them from top position, peppering away with strikes, looking to end the fight.

    It has been said by some that wrestling is the best base to have for a MMA career. The training, the weight cutting, the mentality of the wrestler, are all things that translate well to MMA.  So, it seems a bit puzzling that wrestling can be praised and condemned at the same time.

    Daniel Cormier, an accomplished wrestler that will face Antonio Silva in the semifinals of the Strikeforce Grand Prix Tournament on Sept 10 offered his take on the subject during Tuesday’s media call for the event, “Why should I or anyone else that knows how to wrestle give up their biggest advantage? If a jiu-jitsu guy can get you down, he’s going to use his jiu-jitsu. If a striker can keep you standing, he’s going to use his standup ability. It’s your job, which MMA is, which fighting is, to learn all areas of the game.” – read more at MMAFighting.com

    So, what do you think LowKick’ers, does Cormier make a valid point? Should he give up his strongest asset just because some don’t like a wrestling based style?



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    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/thealex thealex

      do whatever it takes DC just bring another HW title to AKA

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JoeFaceHood JoeFaceHood

      MMA is a sport, and you do what it takes to win. So, by all means out-wrestle the heck out of your opponent. BUT, the UFC/SF is a business, and you are paid to be an exciting fighter…..not just win. The guy who does just enough not to get hollered at in any other job is technically doing what’s asked of him, but he’s probably not going to get an employee of the month bonus.

      So, Daniel, take your own advice….develop some sick GNP, some decent striking, and a few more BJJ skills or don’t be surprised when you get passed up on bonuses and get called a boring fighter on Twitter.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Spyridon Spyridon

      I don’t think any true MMA fans have a problem with wrestling itself… the problem that’s usually expressed is when they use their wrestling without even attempting to finish a fight.

      It’s comparable to as if a striker would just last a jab or 2 to get a slight advantage and then ran away the rest of the fight. People went nuts when Silva did that in the last 2 rounds of the Maia fight… imagine if someone tried doing that an entire fight?

      That’s what watching wrestlers LnP without trying to finish is like… very frustrating for the fans when the ref doesnt do anything about the fighter not trying to advance positions.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/fightgame fightgame

      A win is a win. I do not agree with people that GSP is boring. If you have the better game plan, within fight rules, and at the end your hand is raised, it means that you have won. That is all that you need. If the guy with the ‘exciting’ style can keep it ‘exciting’ and win – good for them. If not, let’s not try and call the other fighter boring.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kalmander kalmander

      Its not the fighters fault that takedowns and control are overrated in scorecards. If that who is closer finishing fight would win, wrestlers would use much more ground n pound and submissions. But there is more than one exciting wrestlers…Chael ,Brock etc

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheRealDeal TheRealDeal

      If it works, why break it?

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JoeFaceHood JoeFaceHood

      True, but if 2 football teams were playing and one was running the ball up the middle, getting 4 yards each run until they got inside the 30 and they kicked a field goal……and the other team was mixing it up with the wildcat offense, some option, slant routes, post routes, etc….Win or Lose…..which team would you rather watch?

      MMA is sport…..like football, and you watch because you are a fan of the sport, of a fighter, or both……not just because you’re a fan of winning.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/michaelchimique michaelchimique

      people talk shit about gsp and the other wrestlers.they say they want “exciting” fights.well these are the same people who are all sad when guys like liddell keep getting knocked out..roy nelson said it best once. i don’t care about fight of the night. there is life after the ufc the fight just makes up one day.