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    Default MMA Junkie Poll -- Which of these former college wrestling standouts will have the best MMA career?

    I thought this was an interesting poll on MMAjunkie.com... Who would you choose and why? I picked Mo, since so far he has done extremely well against opponents far more seasoned than himself.

    Which of these former college wrestling standouts will have the best MMA career?

    Ben Askren
    Shane Carwin
    Johny Hendricks
    Mo Lawal
    Jake Rosholt
    Cain Velasquez


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    SHane Carwin was a college wrestling standout?

    Wonder why Brock wasnt on the list? Gotta think he's pretty much a lock at this point

    Id go with Lawal too because I could see him becoming a big star in Japan. Vasquez will be a stud but he will never hold a belt as long as Brock is around, Askren is an unknown at this point, and hendricks has looked a little raw.

    Rosholt would probably be #3 for me behind lawal/vasquez.
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    Carwin was DII Heavyweight Champ.

    Velasquez is my pick. Rosholt looked like his standup has a long way to go in his WEC debut. Before we crown Lesnar as undefeatable remember he beat a 45 year old, Light Heavyweight.

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    I have to agree with Lawal being the most likely to make it big but Askren and Hendricks both have a lot of potential. They may be unknown right now but both show a lot of basic talent.

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    In additon to takedowns Rosholt has already shown a great ground game, very powerful striking, a plus chin, and the ability to fight hurt. He is obviously lacking in his striking defense.

    Lawal has shown he has power in his hands, but we still have no idea how he will handle getting hit, or what he will look like with a great BJJ guy. Not to mention he fights in MMA's deepest division.

    Askren and hendricks have not fought enough to tell yet.

    Cain has showed great wrestling, GNP and solid striking but has not fought a top BJJ guy yet. Luckily there are not many at Heavyweight.

    Carwin has shown great power. There are still many questions.

    In all I would say we have seen more from Rosholt at this point mainly because he has been tested in all positions already. Lawal is probably the most gifted but he is jumping in very fast and will have to learn on the run more than anyone else. The heavyweights are at an advantage since there is so little high level jiu-jitsu at heavyweight that wrestling, size, and athletic talent takes you further in that weight.

    I would say Lawal, Rosholt, Cain, Carwin, Hendricks, Askren with the last 3 still being major unknowns who have not been at all tested (though all have the talent to be the most successful).

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    Admittedly I only saw the WEC match but I didn't see any "powerful striking" from Rosholt, he just got hit in the face a whole lot and went for TDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gantry View Post
    Admittedly I only saw the WEC match but I didn't see any "powerful striking" from Rosholt, he just got hit in the face a whole lot and went for TDs.
    You strike on the mat as well in MMA. He lands some of the more powerful GNP punches I've seen.

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    Rosholts standup was way to weak for me to put him at the top. Its not like Osterneck is a world beater on the feet and he has good bjj but I would not say he is a top bjj guy.

    All of the fighters have shown potential, and I have ridiculous ravings about Velasquez from him camp so I look forward to seeing him more. He won the blue belt no gi world championships a year ago so I expect his bjj to be fine.

    Carwin has run through all his opponents but he hasnt really faced any top competition. He is a good wrestler, a purple belt under Marquardt, and appears to have very heavy hands. He seems stiff on his feet and I am still curious to see how his conditioning is.

    Lawal has the most athletic ability of the group and has already beaten a pretty good fighter who is was much larger. With his wrestling, athletic ability and ko power he could end up being the best.

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    It's a great question as it's written...

    ... but it got me to thinking: Who, among past wrestlers of any era, might have been great in MMA competition. The first guy that immediately comes to mind is Dan Hodge, if there had been MMA in the late 1950s. There may be others from more recent vintage that might've found fame and fortune in the Octagon too -- someone like Stephen Neal, perhaps. I'd be curious to hear what you might think.

    Mark

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