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?