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  1. DanMMAleague Purple Belt

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    He had his MMA debut at 32 and was seemingly pretty busy with wrestling before that.

    Did he start striking at 30/31?

    Looks pretty decent in some of the purely striking bouts he has had.
     
  2. VinceArch Venom in the veins.

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    He's been striking since his days in Strikeforce. His wrestling and grappling were already top notch.
     
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    Didnt he say on JRE that he had some boxing training since kid
     
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    He's related to this guy and I believe trained with him in Germany for a few years: http://boxrec.com/en/boxer/324252

    I still remember him getting KOd by Feijao, though.
     
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    He never did. He’s just doing wathever was being called illegal in wrestling
     
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    I dunno if you're aware of this but amateur boxing is fairly popular in Cuba
     
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    Dude is Cuban and lived with a bunch of wrestlers, he probably was already used to be punched in the face and punching people, that helps a lot when learning striking.
     
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    Yoel played baseball as a youth, and was striking out at the age of 4.
     
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    His brother is a pro boxer. I bet hes been boxing his whole life.
     
  13. DanMMAleague Purple Belt

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    The point is he was already in his 30’s in strikeforce.

    It’s tough to teach an old dog new tricks.
     
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    He never learned it.
     
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    Not formally, but if his brother is a boxer it stands to reason that he was also exposed to it from a young age.

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    IIRC he boxed as a kid, has always had an interest in it since, but didn't really go at it until after his wrestling career was over
     
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    He's never looked as good striking as he did against Whittaker in the second fight Imo.
     
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    30s isnt that old man..
     
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