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Old 08-02-2013, 08:48 PM   #1

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Aldo's BJJ for MMA

There is always a lot of talk about Aldo's amazing ground skills.
I've watched all of his fights since he came to the WEC, and I've seen some amazing skills from him, but nothing that special on the ground.
He has amazing TDD and is pretty good at getting back up.

Even when he took Hominick down, he struggled with Hominick's wrist control and couldn't do anything. Hominick's guard actually looked better than Aldo's.
He also spent decent time on the ground with Florian and it was ok, again nothing special.

Ok, I know he's a black belt in BJJ. He supposedly tapped out Cobrinha, which is an amazing feat, but perhaps irrelevant to MMA grappling?

Is his MMA grappling really a threat?
As great a fighter as he is, I can see him having major problems if he moves up to LW.

What do you think of his grappling, applied to MMA?

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:55 PM   #2

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Watch his fight in pancrase when he was 20

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:56 PM   #3

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He's never tried much offense but he's shown flashes of elite defensive grappling. His butterfly guard looks great. I don't take much of anything away from the Hominick fight, he was totally gassed. I saw a weight cut video that the UFC put on youtube a few days before the fight and it looked like he was going through torture, he was sick taking epsom salt baths and looked like he was in more pain any fighter I've ever seen doing a cut.

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:58 PM   #4

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Lol, he mounted Florian twice. If thats not special I dont know what is.

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:58 PM   #5

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Aldos positional BJJ is for sure elite, only Rani can match his BJJ in the division.

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:58 PM   #6

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In the fourth round he had Faber mounted, had his back, had mounted crucifix that he only got out of because of the end of the round.

Went from half guard, to mount, to back and finished Brown swiftly.

He mounted Florian without any trouble at all.

All those three are BJJ blackbelts.

Gif is fast but showed some nice passes that led to finish against Nogueira

I don' think the Hominick fight is a good one to judge him on. It's public knowledge he was on antibiotics leading up and didn't look like himself, when else has he gone for a takedown two minutes into a fight, as well as having Pederneiras telling him not to go for takedowns, something he ignored.

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aldo is pretty awesome on the ground. i don't know where this is coming from honestly

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Old 08-02-2013, 09:27 PM   #8

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he's a great grappler, for mma too

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