Mixed Martial Arts is a combination of many martial disciplines, each of which offers unique advantages. Due to the relatively new nature of MMA, many fighters were not given cross-training. That makes MMA, which is still in its infancy, as much a clash of styles as it is a fighters clash. For this reason, it is often beneficial to have a strong basic style in which the fighter is trained from a young age. There are a number of popular ones, including wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu from Brazil, Judo, Karate, and Tae Kwon Do. Hurling is the largest of these for reasons set out below.
Wrestling dedicates to certain advantages that other styles do not; Granted, the other styles also offer advantages that wrestling does not, but the ability to quickly adopt techniques in other disciplines is one of the strengths of warfare. The main advantage that wrestling gives the fighter is the ability to tell where the fight goes. Very few fighers are able to bring an opponent to the ground as easily as a wrestler can. Because wrestlers have the best offense and defense in MMA, they can effectively neutralize an opponent’s strengths by using their own. An example of this is a wrestler who refuses to take down or take down a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. It forces the submission grappler to strike, getting rid of his main weapon.
Being able to choose where the fight goes if it seems like a wrestler has no useless ability. If his boxing is terrible, won’t there be a risk that the BJJ man will get hit as badly as boxing? While anything can happen in an MMA fight, wrestlers are usually better prepared than other fighters. This is due to their great strength and conditioning, a discipline they learn from a very young age and practice during their amateur competitive career. Pound by pound, wrestlers are the strongest athletes and in good condition in the sport. This gives them a significant advantage in picking new techniques and being better than their opponent. Their great conditioning increases their punching power, their ability to take a punch, and their ability to power submissions. With a decent amount of cross-training, good fighters can defeat seasoned BJJ fighters on the ground.
On top of the obvious advantages, warfare makes it easier to learn other styles. One of the most important aspects of warfare is having a good balance, which helps the fighters pick boxing and kick boxing. While strong strikers are often not the best strikers in their division, the risk of a takedown, their strength and strong chin often allow them to dominate even better strikers while standing up.
While wrestling is the best base for mixed martial arts, success in the sport is still linked to the individual. Take Georges St. Pierre and Lyoto Machida, for example. Both of them come from karate, which is one of the least used base styles. While GSP is essentially a competitor, Lyoto stays with its guns and delivers impressive performance after significant performance. Looking at all the UFC champions, you’ll find that wrestlers have only two under control: a welterweight with GSP and a heavyweight with Brock Lesnar. With that in mind, there is a disproportionate amount of wrestlers in the top 10 for any given division.