This has been bugging me as of late. I heard it from Joe Rogan multiple times already. Some of my friends echo the same sentiment that the hard-nosed wrestlers have the best base to start in MMA. Heck even the training facility here talks about learning wrestling first if I want to be successful in MMA.
I would like to respectfully ask your opinion Maniacs on whether or not wrestling is indeed the best base to start MMA. If you can't understand what I am saying (fingers pointing to danago), let me rephrase it, " If I want to start in the sport of MMA, should I first focus on honing my wrestling skills? The main argument here is that the mental toughness acquired and the hard and rigorous training presented by wrestling will give you a very good advantage if you are to involve yourself in MMA.
There are good examples here. Matt Hughes, Randy Couture, Chael Sonnen, Mark Muñoz, Joh Koscheck, John Fitch, Daniel Cormier. I could go on enumerating names here of successful MMA fighters that basically started as wrestlers.
If I were to ask you Maniacs, would you advise me to learn wrestling first before any other discipline, if I want to go to MMA? Is wrestling really the best base in MMA?
Please feel free to sound off.