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Last Grappling Purist to hold the Belt

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  1. NHB7 Steel Belt

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    In today's sport, everyone is mixed martial arts now obviously. There is no fighter that is Just a boxer, or just a wrestler, or just a grappler etc. But there are some fighters that while they have a mixed arsenal, they stick primarily to their strongest discipline (eg. Ben Askren is a wrestler through and through, Shinya Aoki is a grappler etc.).

    So when you think about those fighters whom are mostly purists to their strongest discipline, it got me wondering, who was the last purist grappler to hold a UFC belt....actually....have any?
     
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    (Obviously excluding WMMA), no that's not possible anymore.
     
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    Big Ronda
     
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    I don't know...for a little while Demian Maia looked like a hopeful.
     
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    RR Weidman Cormier
     
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    I kind of seperate wrestlers and grapplers into different categories. Grapplers (guys primarily looking for the submission) wrestlers (guys primarily looking to ground and pound).
     
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    No comprende?

    Weidman is FAR from a purist
     
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    examples of (in my opinion) mostly purist grapplers:

    Shinya Aoki
    Rousimar Palhares
    Demian Maia
    Paulo Filho
    Marcin Held
     
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    Werdum
     
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    Jacare 2016
     
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    Junior dos Santos as the opposite.
     
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    I'd say Fabricio, but I feel like for the past 2 - 3 years he has relied far more heavily on striking than grappling. Same with Jacare.
     
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    Eh, he's like 2-6 against top ten fighters going back to 2009. The only reason he had as much buzz as he did is because this board goes batshit for great jitz guys.
     
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    Who was the last person (other than Ronda) to win or a defend a title by submission?
     
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    Demian is 6-2 at WW with losses only to the elite of the division.
     
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    jacare 2016
     
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    Mighty Mouse.
     
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    Werdum.
     
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    Werdum actually. He choke out Cain.

    Before that it would be Cormier. He subbed Rumble.


    edit: damn, Melas snuck in there while I was typing.
     

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