UFC Fighting Styles  
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For many fans who want to gamble on UFC events, in addition to looking at a fighter's odds and record, fighting style is an important category to examine before placing a wager.

In UFC betting, there is no singular style that will dominate all others in the octagon. Instead, bettors must look at how each separate style will match up against the oposing one.

In the beginning, the world of mixed martial arts consisted of single discipline fighters competing against each other. This quickly became and advantage of fighters well versed in grappling or “ground” fighting. It was not for a lack of qualified stand up and strike fighters, but the limited ability to defend against being taken down and unfamiliarity with submission techniques.

The most dominant early discipline was Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Derived from post WW II Judo techniques, Brazilian Helio Gracie combined Judo with Japanese jiu-jitsu and formed a martial art based on leverage, positional advantage and submission victories from the ground.

The root of its early success was the advantage over stand up fighters and their inability to defend against take downs. Once on the ground, their inexperience prevented them from getting out of the clutches of an opponent, and to defend against the myriad of joint hyper extension and choke out techniques employed by the jiu-jitsu practitioner.

Stand up fighters quickly learned that their success in mixed martial arts relied solely on the ability to defend against this type of attack, and boxers, muay thai and stand-up fighters alike began intensive instruction in wrestling and jiu-jitsu, if not to become experts, but at least to understand how to defend it.

The fighters of the modern UFC have come full circle. To have any success, a fighter not only needs to be well versed in grappling and ground techniques, but also be prepared to stand up and strike with the best in the business.

As a result, we are seeing an influx of extremely talented collegiate wrestlers tweaking their styles by training in jiu-jitsu while perfecting the use of their fists, elbows and knees with muay thai, boxing and kickboxing training.

This gives fighters a three dimensional approach to MMA fighting:

They are able to stand-up and strike to inflict damage or defend

They are able to perform well within a clinch and strike while grappling or engaged in tight quarters

They can defend or defeat an opponent on the ground through submission or ground and pound

It is rare to see any single discipline fighter have much success in the modern world of MMA fighting.

Current and former champions such as Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz were both division 1 collegiate Greco roman wrestling stars but have adapted their technique on that foundation to become devastating strikers.

Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is known as one of the most devastating strikers in the world but still boasts a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

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