If Lebron is physically gifted for MMA, then..

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  1. TimeToTrain Brown Belt

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    You can say the same for Nate Robinson based on that logic. Nate is 5’9”, 180 pounds. Say if he can cut to 155 or 170 lbs, fully trained in MMA with the same athleticism he had during his peak, would he be just as prospected as a MMA threat like Lebron?

    Athletically, Nate’s athleticism is equivalent to Lebron’s, if not more. Lebron just happens to be the better basketball player due to height and structure. 5’9” and 6’8” is a tremendous difference in any sport, especially basketball.

    To conclude this logic, Lebron’s athleticism does not equate to being a potential gifted MMA fighter. Nate can do it now if he wants, but will he be trained to take a punch to the face? Like GSP said, fighting is 90% mental and 10% physical.

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  2. Reign009 Not sure if serious.

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    On this narrative (and possibly many others), Joe Rogan is a complete idiot.

    That is all.
     
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  3. DS66 Brown Belt

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    This seems like a pointless thread. Will probably get 10,000 replies.

    The reason why people bring up LeBron, is cause he would theoretically fight at HW, where his athleticism would be on a completely different level than other HW's. Whereas someone like Nate Robinson, while incredibly athletic, wouldn't have as much of a gap in athleticism facing WW's/LW's.

    Anyways, this whole argument is dumb. Yes, athleticism obviously helps with MMA. And no, it's obviously not the only ingredient you need to be a great fighter. All other things being equal (skill, training, technique, mentality, chin, cardio, etc), the better athlete will obviously be the better fighter. But that's it. Enough with this A-level athlete BS.
     
  4. MileHigher AKA Mile-Hybrid

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    This. /Thread.
     
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  5. Mr.Maelstrom "Pull up" Belt

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    It's mostly just fans having fun debating a very nebulous topic, much like GOAT, P4P etc.

    "LeBron would be ideal for MMA "
    It's a harmless assessment, it's one you can argue for or against.

    Sure seems to get hardcores bent out of shape, though.
     
  6. SakurabasEar .Net OG

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    Any mainstream athlete trying to transition to mma as a HW has a clear advantage in that they are in shape with decent cardio.

    This isn't the same with ww or lw. Imo there are actually already plenty of great athletes at those weight classes in MMA.
     
  7. Get To Da Choppa Purple Belt

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    Basically a lot of Sherdoggers think any athletic and explosive athletes of the NBA or NFL variety can be champion in (insert weight class) with 6 months of training

    Look at that head movement
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    Prime Machida-esque elusiveness
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  8. Reign009 Not sure if serious.

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    There's different types of athleticism.

    I don't know why Joe thinks so highly of basketball players in this regard. He doesn't even watch basketball.

    If anything, football players are better suited for MMA.

    And you know who's even better suited for MMA than football players? Wrestlers.

    And MMA is full of what? Wrestlers.


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  9. CartelClarke White Belt

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    It's more a mental thing.. believe it or not, not everyone is interested in getting punched in the face for a living while making peanuts.
     
  10. The Chosen Brown Belt

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    Well Nate is boxing Jake Paul soon so we will see if he can throw hands at least
     
  11. Grow Hogan Orange Belt

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    It's not difficult to take a punch to the face and no one enjoys concussive blows to the head, I don't care who you are.

    We simply don't see the best athletes in the UFC because of .
     
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    Apparently Nate is going to box Jake Paul on Tyson's undercard so we'll see how that athleticism translates.
     
  13. PizzaandBeer Banned Banned

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    No he’s not, it doesn’t mean he could hit hard, take a hit or anything for that matter. He’s athletic in basketball but lesser in other sports. He has size but he’s not very fast, he’s just tall and athletic enough for a big guy to dunk and he’s 6’9. Let’s also not pretend he doesn’t use PEDS.

    Being able to jump is only one form of athleticism.

    A shorter NFL running back would have way more success in mma than any
     
  14. surgeyou1 Welcome to the Machida Era...Part Deux

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    He's talking about pure athleticism. The best athletes in America go into basketball and football. No one is turning down an NFL contract to go for amateur wrestling where there's no money in it.
     
  15. Bend NvR Break Order to Chaos. Chaos to Order.

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    I'm sure Struve could've gotten into the NBA if he tried from an early enough age.

    You can't teach 7'0.
     
  16. surgeyou1 Welcome to the Machida Era...Part Deux

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    Not very fast? LMAO he would easily be the fastest HW we have ever seen

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    Lebron would get hiss ass beat in mma.. he’s as soft as cotton.

    Now his dad, delonte west, has been through some shit and prolly has hands
     
  18. Mike RIP Frankie

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    The way he dives at the slightest physical contact, he probably crumbles into dust the first time he eats a jab


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    Nate would be 155 goat yep
     
  20. PizzaandBeer Banned Banned

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    Thats not running full speed, you can’t run full speed with a basketball, it’s not fast at all. Fastest heavyweight? Lmao let’s see his hand and kick speed. You really think a sprint down a court means he’s fast? Who the hell cant do that? The players chasing him are literally jogging.
     

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