Monday, September 20, 2010

Anti-Wrestling Movement in MMA Just a Case of Good Ole' British Haterade?

Jordan Breen, one of MMA's most popular journalists, tackles the controversy surrounding wrestling in mixed martial arts. As of late, the issue of "boring," "lay-and-pray" wrestlers has become a hot, controversial topic. Breen directs particular attention to four fighters in his argument: Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, Paul Daley, and Cole Miller. Of the four, Bisping, Hardy, and Daley all fly the English flag, and all three have presented themselves as chief proponents of the anti-wrestling movement, which drives me to question their true intention -- to push for reconsideration in the judging of wrestling in mixed martial arts matches, or to hate on the strength of American wrestling that has fueled a successful generation of wrestlers-turned-mixed martial artists? All three British fighters are well known smack-talkers who have a tendancy to speak before they think. So, maybe we shouldn't be surprised by their complaints about wrestling fighters. Still, then again, as Mr. Breen also points out there is a problem with wrestling in MMA: "despite all of these complaints, there's still so many guys in MMA who can't wrestle" -- the aforementioned being prime examples.

My point is this: there's a reason the sport is called "mixed" martial arts. Both wrestling and striking have a place in the sport, and both should be respected as such. So, if any person desires to take on the sport of "mixed" martial arts, they should be willing to embrace any and all aspects of the sport. My objective is not necessarily to pick on my British comrades (although I enjoy doing it), but to appeal to the open minded fighters and fans who appreciate every element of our beloved sport enough to defend it, even before its own practicioneers if necessary.

And so, the MMA Tea Party begins...

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