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6/10 UFC Champions Have a wrestling background

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  1. drom141 Yellow Belt

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    125 MM
    135 Cruz
    155 Alvarez
    170 Woodley
    205 DC
    265 Miocic

    Goes to show, it's not so much the wrestling, but the grinding mentality of wrestlers. Wrestlers might not be the best strikers, but they sure are the toughest in MMA.
     
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    10/10 Champions have an MMA background




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  4. Darwinambrosius Thought you had a friend, boy?

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    What counts as a background? If you look at the list of champs, you'll see lots of wrestlers.

    Dillashaw, Hughes, Severn, Cain, frye, Kerr, lesnar, Coleman, Weidman, chuck, Tito, rashad, Hendricks, DC, handy, Edgar, and Tyron all have an NCAA background, and that's just who I think of immediately.
     
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  5. MrFeeny Brown Belt

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    and 4 of those wrestlers listed have first round finishes in their last fight via strikes
     
  6. Jblizzle Red Belt

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    Those guys are complete MMA fighters, half of them won their title in the first round with their striking
     
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    Well, it's a sport based in the US and wrestling is huge here.

    How many American champs do you see in the stadiums of Bangkok or in Combat Sambo in Russia?
     
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    Mental toughness, a grinding attitude, and always looking to improve, that's all wrestling for you.
     
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    Does Cruz really have a wrestling background? I've never heard that mentioned.
     
  10. drom141 Yellow Belt

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    I wouldn't say huge, NCAA keeps cutting programs and it's on national TV one weekend of the year.
     
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    He wrestled since Jr high and in high school, go through his twitter, he was recently asked what what's better, GI or no GI and he replied "Wrestle!"
     
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  13. Darwinambrosius Thought you had a friend, boy?

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    While it's common enough in high school, NCAA wrestling is nowhere near what it once was.
     
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    its taught from young ages up to college. that classifies as huge for a martial art.
     
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    Not for long at the rate these champions are dropping...Unless they get beat by a fellow rassler.
     
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    For a martial art in the US, yes, it's not a huge sport overall here, it's actually way bigger in Russia and Iran.
     
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    Wrestling was, is, and always will be the best base for MMA
     
  18. Rod Farva War Big Nog!

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    True enough. I wonder what percentage of fighters on the UFC roster are from the United States.
    I wonder how the rest of the world would do if the UFC were based somewhere else
     
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    He's a High School wrestler.
     
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    that thinking is outdated imo we're 30 yrs+ into this sport. MMA is the best base for MMA
     

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