Aspiring mixed martial artists of all ages from all over the world are asking themselves right now… What is the best martial art for MMA? Since you are reading this right now I am going to assume that you are wondering the same thing. Perhaps you’ve had some martial arts experience growing up and are thinking about getting into MMA or perhaps you are completely new and are thinking about starting from scratch. Either way you need to know what the best martial art is so you can be sure you have what it takes to step into the cage sometime in the future.

I am sure if you asked 100 different martial artists what is the best martial art for MMA you would probably get 100 different answers. However, all you have to do is look at the sport of MMA to see what the best foundation to have for mixed martial arts is. One thing almost every top level UFC fighter, MMA fighter and cage fighter in general has in common both past and present is… Wrestling! Also known as Grappling.

Obviously being an excellent wrestler alone won’t win you a UFC championship but it does give you a distinct advantage over another MMA fighter without very good wrestling skills. In the earlier years of mixed martial arts fighting you could compete at a high level even if the only thing you really had going for you was superior wrestling skills. That is not true of almost every other martial art. Many people argue that wrestling is not actually even a martial art but whether that’s true or not, it doesn’t take away from the fact that wrestling will make you a better MMA cage fighter.

Even now with all the advancements in the sport of mixed martial arts, you still see a lot of former college wrestlers doing very well. And the fighters who don’t have a background in wrestling are working very hard at training to improve their grappling skills.

Most fights go to the ground and a good wrestler prevails in that situation pretty much every time over a fighter without wrestling skills. Even very popular and successful martial arts such as Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Sambo, Aikido, Hapkido, and others are all grappling/wrestling based.

So, if you are wondering, what is the best martial art for MMA fighting, I have to say the answer is definitely wrestling. And if you are an aspiring cage fighter then you better have some very good grappling skills, or acquire them!


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