In the early days of UFC, it was style against style. Karate vs Muay Thai and Kung-fu vs BJJ etc. Then it became a "Striker vs Grappler" or "Striker vs Striker" etc. Finally fighters became well rounded and disciplines such as Muay Thai and BJJ are now being trained to address different aspects of the fight. Most BJJ gyms today are featuring separate classes for MMA fighters which are invitation only. Previous experience in a martial art such as Muay Thai or BJJ is required and then they are modifying or "unlearning" the bad habits they acquired from their BJJ or Muay Thai backgrounds so that they could fight in MMA setting. It makes me wonder if we are at the level where MMA should now be acknowledged and taught as its own discipline? Would it help if MMA classes were marketed to the beginner so they never develop the bad habits such as spider guard and a lot of striking aspects that do not translate well into an MMA type setting? I hope I am able to convey this concept here but does MMA now have a potential to stand on its own feet or should it still be relying on BJJ, wrestling and Muay Thai as its "base?"