Quote (Marcelius91 @ Jun 14 2019 10:07am)
In general, I think all fighters with an extensive BJJ background need a reset. Firstly, they need to shift their attention to leg-locks and secondly, they need to focus on developing their kicks way more. People don't kick, because they don't want to be taken down, but that's not an issue if your grappling skills are elite. Ryan Hall is someone who has exploited this by thinking: if only Stephen Thompson had my grappling skills, he'd be unstoppable. And with that, he has adopted that same point-style karate kicking from him. I heard he has worked with Stephen's father Ray to incorporate that. Now the guy is basically this: 1. side-kick > front-leg roundhouse / front-leg hook kick... > opponent tries to close distance > clinch / pulls guard / falls to the ground; 2. jab > opponent tries to close distance > rolls to leg-lock. Making the most use of his skill set while keeping the fight away from his weakness, his boxing range. Annoying for their opponents, boring for most viewers, but safe and effective.
If Maia realized this when he started out in MMA instead of taking a wrestler-boxer approach, he'd be a long-reigning champ. If Werdum trained like this instead of putting so much of his training time in Muay Thai, he wouldn't have needed to wait till the end of his career to get the belt (and the type of KO Miocic gave him probably wouldn't have happened). Same for Souza. Puts way too much time in Muay Thai... should've at least shift his focus to leg-locks. (Not a knock on Muay Thai and other static styles of striking, it's actually very suitable to wrestlers, but not so much for BJJ specialists.)
If Mackenzie Dern, Kron Gracie and Garry Tonon are going to follow this point-karate style path, I could see them having a bright future. Otherwise someone will expose their striking defense someday and no amount training at their age will be enough to close that hole in their striking defense.
Lol. Let's go through the list of champs starting at 125.
125- boxer wrestler
145- boxer wrestler
155- wrestler boxer
170- boxer wrestler
205- whatever his opponent is best at but mainly boxing wrestling
Heavyweight- wrestler boxer
Looks like point style karate is the way to go......... what?!
And to answer the OP, whoever isnt a wrestler boxer should change to wrestling and boxing