I was looking at the best states for high school wrestling and found this: http://news.theopenmat.com/2011/11/calculating-the-top-25-high-school-wrestling-states/ And found that New York is only ranked 18th in terms of raw depth and only 21st in terms of overall ranking. And in spite of this we have seen that some of the best guys in MMA in terms of using their wrestling got their start wrestling in NY. This state has Jon Jones and Chris Weidman, who are both on their way to becoming conceivably the two greatest p4p fighters ever and largely due to their off the charts MMA wrestling, along with Rashad Evans and rising stars like Ryan LaFlare. All of whom spend much of the first 18 years of their life wrestling in NY. And that's just off the top of my head. Meanwhile, we have not seen this from other states with similar rankings: Texas, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Maryland and Missouri. These states combined have a way bigger population than New York and have similar of higher rankings in wrestling and yet we have not seen wrestlers from these states transition to MMA nearly as well as New Yorkers. I mean, Missouri has Tyron Woodley, whose good but most likely is not gonna get anywhere near a UFC belt. Georgia as Rumble Johnson, who may indeed be able to give Jones one of his toughest fights but is still most likely not gonna get to that level either. And while Benavidez was born in Texas, he wrestled in high school in NM and did his first MMA training there as well. And Hendricks lives in Texas and considers himself a Texan but he clearly does not count considering that virtually all his amateur wrestling background comes from his time in OK. So considering this, is there something that makes NY wrestling special? Is it really something about New Yorkers as a people that gives them an uncanny ability to translate their combat sports skills of any kind into MMA? I am legitimately curious here.