When mixed martial arts (MMA) fans think of wrestling in the sport, there's a very good chance current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen is one of the first few names to come to mind.
Sonnen (27-12-1) has made a career out of using his superior wrestling abilities to takedown and beat up his opponents until the referee pulls him off or the final bell rings. The 35-year-old has been a wrestler for all his life, even becoming an NCAA All-American, and is an open advocate of the sport and its importance in MMA.
In the latest edition of ‘Technique Talk' over at MMA Fighting, senior editor Luke Thomas had an extended conversation with Sonnen about the current role of wrestling in MMA, how camps are molding fighters who come from wrestling background, the styles of wrestling and how they are applicable to MMA and much, much more.
Together, Sonnen and Thomas share an extensive knowledge of wrestling and their conversation goes a few layers deeper into the technical aspect of wrestling in MMA than anything heard in the past.
If you have 25-minutes, take the time and listen to the extremely insightful conversation -- you'll be glad you did.