5. But wresting is key
While fighters train every area of their MMA game, there’s no discipline that has proven to be as important as wrestling.
Casual viewers will often boo when they see a fight hit the mats, but that’s because they don’t really understand or appreciate the nuances in a double-leg takedown or a nice sprawl.
Despite the lack of enthusiasm from some members of the fan base, controling an opponent using wrestling can mean all the difference in a close fight that goes to a judges’ decision.
Pictured: Rob Kimmons (right) slams Steve Steinbeiss during their match in San Diego on Aug. 1, 2010.