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Old 08-18-2012, 05:56 PM   #17
Haggis McJackass
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Default Re: Are strikers gaining some ground in the UFC?

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Well Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddel, Mirko Cro Cop, BJ Penn, Rich Franklin, Quinton Jackson, Shogun Rua, GSP, Eddie Alvarez, Jens Pulver, Forrest Griffin all won belts with a mix of grappling, TDD and striking ''back in the day''...not exactly a new phenomenon
A common criticism of modern MMA is that the rule set takes away from strikers. No soccer kicks, no knees to a grounded opponent's head etc. The cage and the rule set are generally better suited to wrestlers. Of course there will be many exceptions, but as a general theme the perception is that in the cage, wrestlers are at an advantage over strikers.

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Bendo's rematch with Frankie was the only one I can recall where he didnt try to get it to the mat and Machida and Anderson started their careers years ago. Plus only Gonzaga and Carwin have even attempted to take down JDS
Henderson's wrestling is one of his strengths, but he doesn't use it as the only aspect he's comfortable with. And almost everyone tries to take JDS down, come on man. Mir, Cain, Roy, all of them went for the takedown at one stage or another and got denied.

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If you'd made this thread when Tito was Champ and Lindland was still fighting you may have a point
Why so hostile? I didn't make up the general opinion that strikers are disadvantaged in the modern game. I only pointed out that there are a lot of them at the championship level right now, and asked for some discussion about the state of striking in MMA in the unified-rules era of the sport. No need to get pissy about that, surely.

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