Paid Members Carbomb Posted August 10, 2017 Paid Members Share Posted August 10, 2017 So this one came to mind after watching some Cro Cop. I remember a few people on here talking about how a big part of Cro Cop's arsenal was his defensive sprawl to keep the fight on the feet, and that his defensive wrestling was surprisingly good for someone who was seen as almost exclusively a kickboxer. This kind of perspective was definitely helpful to my acquiring a better understanding of MMA, because at the time it didn't occur to me that wrestling was used for anything other than offence. From what I understand, Anderson Silva's defensive wrestling was of a pretty high standard; I guess it must have been in order for him to be considered GOAT in the first place, but also because when we consider that most of his victories came from his stellar striking, there had to be (and there were, like Sonnen) opponents who knew this and would try to use wrestling to counter that. What other examples can you think of in terms of great defensive wrestlers? Obviously, there are loads of excellent attacking wrestlers like Cain, Khabib, and DC, but the defensive aspect fascinates me as it strikes me as being essential in the weaponry of any striking specialist. I'm thinking Robbie Lawler must have pretty good defence, although I don't recall seeing any specific examples, which I would attribute to all the striking wars he's drawn people into (but bear in mind I haven't seen all of his recent matches, so I'm sure there are some that someone else can point to). (BTW one of the reasons I'm doing this series of threads is, in addition to generating discussion, it also helps me further my understanding of the vagaries and subtleties of MMA, as I'm sure my frequent asking of n00b questions can get tiresome.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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