Has BJJ lost its effectiveness as an MMA base?
It seems as though MMA has gone through cycles where dominant jiu-jitsu fighters ruled the Octagon (UFC 1) and then dominant wrestlers took over (Kerr, Coleman), and then dominant strikers with takedown defense (Liddell, Silva). Now most athletes are well-rounded and can fight everywhere, however could dominant jiu-jitsu players be losing their ground as a base for MMA. Bleacher Report’s Matthew Ryder delves into the subject in his recent editorial:
Another one of those things, one that belongs right there next to clear soda, free range smoking, and gaming with three buttons?
Jiu-jitsu in MMA.
Jiu-jitsu in MMA used to be serious. It used to be threatening. It used to be pretty much all a man needed to break his opponent’s will and wallow in his successes.
Not anymore though.
Now the pure jiu-jitsu guys are a dying breed, and the idea that they’re the ones to be feared is tragically outdated.
Look at the official rankings in each weight class. Out of the 90 fighters that make up the top-10s of each division, only a handful could be called jiu-jitsu specialists.