This maybe it. We might have entered a new phase in the dynamic sport of MMA. After the initial dominance of jiu-jitsu, after the steady surge of wrestling, it seems fighters are now creating the difference in their fights using striking. Not the basic striking you used to see in the past, not the the good striking the average UFC fighter shows on regular fights. I am talking excellent striking, the pinnacle of striking, Pacquiao’s boxing and Buakaw’s Muay Thai.
The beating that Georges St-Pierre gave to Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 confirmed a trend that seems to have recently started, a new shift in the MMA paradigm.
December 17, 2010 4 Comments
When UFC president Dana White was in Toronto a couple of months ago, he was asked if his partnership with Flash Entertainment, the company that organizes the ADCC submission wrestling world championships, would help the UFC educate the fan base about the ground game used in MMA. White’s answer ended with a direct and crisp comment: “Two people hustling it on the ground is boring!”
Yet UFC 116, which can be considered a success, delivered a festival of submissions. Is it time to put Brazilian jiu-jitsu, grappling and its delicacies at the forefront of sports coverage?
July 20, 2010 1 Comment