Greco Roman vs Freestyle wrestling in MMA

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  1. Butch Coolidge

    Butch Coolidge Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Who would win in an MMA fight between a Greco Roman wrestler and a freestyle wrestler? Seems like the Greco Roman wrestlers have done better in MMA than freestyle wrestlers i.e. Couture, Henderson, Severn---not sure if Cormier is Greco or freestyle.
     
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    ticar Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Cormier is freestyle.
    Obviously freestyle is more versatile and has more tools.
    But good boxing plus strong greco - roman is a dangerous combo, imagine George Foreman with a strong greco - roman clinch.
     
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    Willie Maeket The true undefeated champions of boxing Full Member

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    I would say that sambo and catch wrestling are used more often in combat sports like MMA, but all of that is rolled up in freestyle wrestling basically. .
     
  4. The Funny Man 7

    The Funny Man 7 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Who would win? Which ever guy applies his style better.

    I would lean toward freestyle, and I think collegiate folkstyle is just as good if not better than international freestyle. I think the best situation would be for a guy to have his primary base in freestyle/American folkstyle, with a little bit of Greco-Roman mixed in.

    TJ Dillashaw wrestled for Cal-State Fullerton during the season but did several summer training camps overseas in Greco-Roman while still in college, and I think that mix serves him well. While he was far from the most credentialed wrestler to go into mma, his variety of takedowns has translated well.

    Its a great advantage to be able to toggle between orthodox freestyle techniques like singles and doubles while working in trips, sweeps, and clinchwork.
     
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    I think Greco - Roman is great for the big guys. Francis Ngannou with good Greco - Roman would be very hard to beat.
     
  6. Butch Coolidge

    Butch Coolidge Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    It's sort of a meandering argument because the USA Greco/Roman wrestlers have extensive freestyle experience too. I watched Dan Henderson and Randy Couture instructional DVDs and they both covered freestyle skills quite extensively.
     

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