Originally Posted by D1wrestla
I get how the thought of someone being raised only in the sport of MMA would seem like that person would dominate but part of me thinks that a person who specializes in one art first would/could still be better. I mean think about it. A great college wrestler or maybe even Olympic caliber who learns the other parts of MMA quickly could very possibly just take down and GNP a pure mixed martial artist because they won't develop the same caliber wrestling as the wrestler. Or even if a k-1 kick boxer learns the TDD enough to stop the mixed martial artists takedowns and then could use superior striking to win.
What do you think?
I's pretty clear now that the much publicized 'new breed' of fighters that trained MMA from birth, and were supposed to come and take over the sport, were more than a bit over-hyped.
As it turns out, the 'old breed' (elite competitors in wrestling/BJJ/ or occasionally another discipline that transition to MMA) has largely handed the new breed their sore, prison raped asses back to them. And for the most part, champions are coming from where they typically have:
Cain- Former D-1 Wrestler
Jones- Former D-1 Wrestler
Weidman- Former College wrestler (Maybe D-1, I'm not sure)
When you get to the lighter weights, you are more likely to find pure MMA fighters at or near the top of the heap, but old breed is still always a key factor. Pettis is kind of close to new breed, but he trained TKD and boxing for years before he started MMA. Bendo and Edgar were both college wrestlers.
Now that many shertarders dreams of 'new breed' dominance have been dashed, they are menstruating excessively about the absence of 'A level athletes' in MMA, and are predicting when the money gets better and the A-Level athletes come in, it's all over.
But you know what, when those guys come in, just like everyone else, they are gonna get prison raped by the most recent 2 time D1 national champ wrestler that learned how to thrown a jab and keep his hands up.