Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by D 1 Wrestler, Jul 23, 2019.
Featherweight has never had a wrestler as champ under the UFC
Whitaker isn’t a wrestler.
Couture & Frank Shamrock held both belts at the same time for a month in 1997/1998.
Out-nit-pick that, bitches
He's a national champion wrestler
Whittaker began competing in amateur freestyle wrestling tournaments in 2015, when he unexpectedly turned up to compete in the Australia Cup in Canberra. He won each of his three bouts. It was also at the 2015 Australia Cup that Whittaker flagged the possibility of potentially representing Australia in Olympic or Commonwealth wrestling competitions. He returned to the wrestling mat in May 2017 and claimed the Australian National Wrestling Championships gold medal in the 97 kg (213 lbs) division. After winning the national championship, Whittaker entered Australia's 2018 Commonwealth Games 97 kg qualifying tournament in November 2017. He would once again claim first place in his division and in doing so qualified to represent Australia in the wrestling at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, the city in which he made his UFC debut. Following his qualification, Whittaker made it clear he would only compete in the Commonwealth Games if the event did not interfere with his UFC commitments. It was confirmed in March 2018 that Whittaker would be one of eight Australians to compete in the Commonwealth Games wrestling competition in April 2018. However, Whittaker was forced to withdraw from the Games less than three weeks from the event in order not to risk being stripped of his UFC championship title, as the UFC was concerned that an injury incurred during the Commonwealth Games would render him unable to compete for the middleweight championship at UFC 225 against Yoel Romero on 9 June 2018
Whittaker isnt a wrestler
But You'll Romero is
see above, he's a national champion wrestler buddy
Nunes is a great wrestler. Same with Valentina...
"Whitaker began competing in amateur freestyle wrestling tournaments in 2015"... that was 4 years ago. You telling me he began striking less than 4 years ago???
he has clearly become a wrestler both in and out of the octagon
also nobody is counting WMMA
Yep. You owned all the retards that think he's not a wrestler. I came here to say this but you were way more thorough.
I wonder how many people came to this thread to say "But he's not a wrestler ..." and then read your post and stopped themselves.
Izzy and Masvidal will restore the balance
True but isn’t his main/Base discipline Karate?
Where? in Australia?
I heard the Egyptian hockey team is really good too.
Ok. So he is a striker who has learned wrestling. You're telling me that this is the first time in UFC history that all the champions have trained/competed in wrestling? Pretty interesting if true.
If Sambo was easy they would call it wrestling.
Bobby Knuckles and Stylebender arent wrestlers
Couture, Tito, Menne and Hughes held the titles in 2001 as well.
All wrestlers, all UFC champs in late 2001/very early 2002 (before Menne lost to Bustamante).
Wrestlers have usually held a disproportionate percentage of the straps, and likely always will.
125lb Ali Abdelaziz guy
135lb Ali Abdelaziz guy
145lb Ali Abdelaziz guy
155lb Ali Abdelaziz guy
170lb Ali Abdelaziz guy
This is 2019. They are all MMA fighters. Not pure wrestlers.
Askren was one of the very few with skills in just one area.
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