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Have we seen a true MMA fight yet?? Explain below

warwagon2011-09-25 05:15:02 +0000 #1
I know the concept of Mixed Martial Arts is this style vs this style so in essence, every fight is a "Mixed Martial Art"

My question is, how many or have we seen a true MMA fight where both guys were equally proficient in at least 3 phases of the game: Striking,Grappling,JJ

We've seen a dominant wrestler against a dominant striker, or a dominant JJ guy vs this or that

but have we seen a fight where both guys used all three phases well in one fight against one another?

IMO Forrest Griffin vs Stephan Bonnar wasn't an MMA fight..

Here recently, my best example would be probably Anderson vs Chael.

what kind of list can we debate/come up with?
Ash2011-09-25 05:24:50 +0000 #2
Tito Ortiz.
BulldogWrestler2011-09-25 05:44:05 +0000 #3
Wait a second. Bonnar/Griffin WASN'T an MMA fight - but Silva/Sonnen was?
Cavity Creep2011-09-25 05:35:52 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by warwagon

My question is, how many or have we seen a true MMA fight where both guys were equally proficient in at least 3 phases of the game: Striking,Grappling,JJ

Nobody is equally proficient in all three, except for those who suck equally at all aspects. That's just human nature. Given this built-in imbalance, equal matchups are rare; that's why styles make fights.
Onion2011-09-25 05:32:18 +0000 #5
We've seen tonnes of "true" mma fights, but first recent one that comes to mind is Bendo/Miller
Achillles412011-09-25 06:44:44 +0000 #6
Yeah, I think that Griffen and Bonar were perfectly matched as far as skills in different areas. In my mind at least, they seem like the same fighter.

On the other hand, Sonnen was dominant in one area and lacking in the other two areas.

Your post defeated itself somehow.

Plus, I don't get what you are asking. Are you asking if we have seen two guys fight who are equal in all three areas, or who are both highly trained in all three areas?

We have seen a lot of the first, in that there are plenty of fights in which both combatants were equally unskilled.

As far as the second, how do you determine what counts? Cain Velasques vs Dos Santos is an example of two guys who are both highly trained at all three areas, but obviously Dos Santos is not as good a wrestler and perhaps a better boxer. It is impossible to find two guys who are highly trained who have EXACTLY the same level in all three areas, because the nature of things suggest that due to random chance, one of the fighters will be better than the other at something...

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