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    Default John Smith Endorses MMA

    http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2008/05/...-endorses-mma/

    John Smith agrees that MMA is a good career choice for wrestlers, though he thinks that they should pursue the international route first.

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    I think it would be difficult for wrestler to fulfill their potential in international wrestling, then move to MMA. Look at the top guys in freestyle. If they want to train MMA even right after the Olympics are over, a lot of them are going to be in their late 20's before they even start training, and it can be tough going against guys like wrestlers who have been training since they were 22-23 or other styles who have been training even earlier. I don't thing the international route is right for everyone, so I don't see a problem with guys going right into MMA.

    Regardless, it is a great endorsement for MMA from a wrestling fan's perspective. On a side note, if Smith did MMA, I see him being great at BJJ in addition to wrestling.
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    I think it would be difficult for wrestler to fulfill their potential in international wrestling, then move to MMA. Look at the top guys in freestyle. If they want to train MMA even right after the Olympics are over, a lot of them are going to be in their late 20's before they even start training, and it can be tough going against guys like wrestlers who have been training since they were 22-23 or other styles who have been training even earlier. I don't thing the international route is right for everyone, so I don't see a problem with guys going right into MMA.

    Regardless, it is a great endorsement for MMA from a wrestling fan's perspective. On a side note, if Smith did MMA, I see him being great at BJJ in addition to wrestling.
    Ben Askren and Mo Lawal are both planning on doing it.

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    What (I thought) I read was that Smith wanted wrestlers to fulfill their international potential before training MMA. I reread it and realized I was wrong. He said he wanted them to experience international and Olympic wrestling. I was thinking that it would be hard for guys to fulfill their potential after one Olympic cycle regardless of the outcome, I mean people still question whether Cael was right to quit after he won gold.
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    There is such a small number of wrestlers in the US who can really make a go at it and wrestle internationally for any amount of time. How many years can someone struggle to be the best and wind up near the top, but never making an National team before the retire and get on with the rest of their lives. Look at Stephen Neal he was a World Champ and after losing to McCoy two years in a row he retired.

    Very good wrestlers who have no chance at making an Olympic or World team have a great option now with MMA.

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    I think it will make the transition from wrestling to MMA easier for guys in the future if they have a background in Grappling, too.

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