Paid Members Carbomb Posted August 4, 2017 Paid Members Share Posted August 4, 2017 I thought it might be worth doing various threads on sub-disciplines of MMA where we can discuss said disciplines' best exponents; oddly, this came off the back of it being frequently mentioned that Floyd Mayweather is the best defensive boxer of all time. I chose boxing for the first thread, rather than striking overall, because I'd like us to eventually discuss specifics such as elbow, knees, kicks, etc. There are just so many strikers of varying styles, it would be doing an injustice to discuss striking as a whole. Same goes for grappling; I remember wand mentioning that Wanderlei Silva had excellent defensive BJJ, but there seemed to be an implication that his offensive BJJ/submission game wasn't up to the task of dealing with Sonnen. Anyway, another reason I wanted to do boxing first is because I love technical out-boxing (of the offensive variety - Mayweather's obviously impressive, but not in a particularly exciting way), and I frequently remember how impressed I was by Mark Hominick's technical boxing in his match with Jose Aldo in Canada at UFC 129. Sure, he lost, but it wasn't a one-sided domination. He was hitting Aldo with some beautiful strikes that were fast, precise, and compact. In fact, I would go so far to say that, if it had gone one more round, we'd have seen a finish - either doctor's stoppage when the bloody great hematoma on Hominick's head burst, or when he knocked out Aldo, as he was landing more and more shots towards the end of the fight. When I posted my initial review of 129, I remember wand saying that Hominick had been one of the best technical boxers ever in MMA, and that it was a shame his career seemed to go downhill after the Aldo loss; something to do with his coach dying, I think. I have to agree: feels like we were robbed of a really gifted boxer who was able to mix it in with the rest of his MMA game and make it really work for him as an effective weapon. I also enjoyed watching Brad Pickett; I know he came from a boxing background, so I always tried to catch his matches when he was fighting towards the end of his career. Might try to catch more of them on YouTube if they're on there. Frankie Saenz was also fun to watch. He wasn't just boxing in his match against Faber, but what he did show, I really liked. His punches seemed to be effective and efficient; it's just a shame he was clearly over the hill, and he was up against a still very strong Faber. Anyone else have any examples they care to mention? If this thread goes OK, might do one for offensive BJJ next (although my understanding of it is much more limited). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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