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Let's settle the debate: Is Wrestling the Best Base in MMA?



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.

On the other hand, there are also fighters that really do not start as wrestlers but has also been successful like Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, Jake Shields. I could also go on here.

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.

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