It's 1:30, I'm bored at home and I had a random thought. If us keyboard warriors could pick our skill-sets, which would we choose? Let me explain what I mean by that. I am going to provide the two basic skill-sets that MMA is essentially based on. Striking and Grappling (yes I know that oversimplifies things but before going crazy on me, just read the first three words of the title). Now the one that you pick will be your base and you shall be considered as elite as you can be in that particular skill you choose. However, the one you dont choose, your hypothetical self will not be helpless in but rather you will have a very good grasp on that as well. In other words, the ones who pick Grappling will still be able to hold their own against almost all strikers in MMA aside from the very best. Now its time to move on to the the physical attributes of the fighters themselves. Power, speed, cardio, chin/heart. You will be able to choose 1 of the 4 things I mentioned to be your primary attribute. Vicious power, blinding speed, cardio for days, or a chin carved from granite/the heart to never give up in the fight (I put these two together as you generally see guys with ridiculous chins having big heart like Diego Sanchez, Clay Guida, Frankie Edgar etc.). The 3 you did not choose will again be very good and you would not be at a complete disadvantage in those categories.
You have chosen your base skill and your base physical attribute and it is now time to move on to the subcategories of your skill-set. One change will take place though for the sub categories. If you choose one, then the other styles will suffer dramatically in comparison. Should you choose Boxing for example, your kicks will not be nearly as strong as your punches.
Striking: Boxer- Primary weapons are your hands. Your punching prowess is feared and avoided at all costs by your opponents.
Muay Thai- The Art of Eight Limbs is personified by your usage and mastery of punches, kicks, knees, and elbows. Your clinch striking is on par with the most elite Muay Thai champions in the world.
Karate/Tae-Kwon-Do: Your background in these martial arts as made you into the most feared kicker in the MMA world and for good reason. Your powerful and fast kicks have knocked out many an opponent and have made Cro Cop green with envy.
I have thought about adding a category for having a great at everything, master of nothing for the sub categories but I feel that it would be more interesting to see which skills you guys will choose specifically.
Before I get into Grappling, I am going to most likely go into a sub category for these sub categories. You'll see what I mean. Also the same rules apply as before. If you choose to be a wrestler, then your BJJ skills will be good but nothing special. Also when I say wrestling, I mean NCAA Freestyle, not Greco-Roman.
Grappling: Wrestling- You blast doubled your way to NCAA and Olympic glory and are now taking down the best fighters in the world. Getting into the cage with you is a guarantee of being taken down.
A) Ground- and- Pound- You use your wrestling to try and punch your opponent until he's either KO, or his face looks like ground meat at the end of the fight.
B) Positional Control- The most important thing to you is keeping advantageous positions on top. Everything else comes second.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu- After winning world and ADCC titles galore, you decide to dabble in MMA and before you know it, are submitting everyone on your way to the top. Going to the ground with you is never a wise idea and should be avoided at all costs.
A) Submission heavy- You will jump at any chance for a submission or even try to force them knowing no matter what you have the advantage on the ground in virtually any position.
B) Positional control- You will not risk losing position to jump for the submission but rather patiently set it up before going for it.
Judo- Your throws and hip tosses have sent vibrations through the bodies of all your opponents and have helped lead you on your way to being a champion. Initiating a clinch with you is tantamount to poking a sleeping bear in its ass with a stick. Consider yourself tossed.
Now I figure some guys might decide to chew me for leaving some things out but I will end the choices for skill-sets here.
Two final things are the weight classes and your size. After choosing your skillsets and physical attributes, I want you to pick a weight class which you feel will allow you to use them to beat and become the champion/stay there. After choosing a weight class, you may now choose to be:
A) Big for the weight class (Jones, Silva, Aldo style etc.)
C) Small (Rashad Evans type small).
That is it guys I hope you all enjoy the little game and I shall make it easy to pick by making the whole thing in list format.
1) Striker or Grappler
2) Power, Speed, Cardio, Chin/Heart
3) Boxing, Muay Thai, Karate/Tae-Kwon-Do
4) Wrestling, BJJ, Judo (don't forget sub-categories)
5) Weight class
Enjoy your day guys, Happy 4th of July and God Bless America