Former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar is one of the few fighters possessing a blend of wrestling, boxing, and jiu-jitsu with each discipline being at a high-enough level to make him a threat from any position. He can take opponents down and grind out wins, latch on to a limb or beck to pull out a submission, or leave an adversary looking up at the lights with a well-placed punch.
Edgar recently spoke about two of the skill-sets, jiu-jitsu and wrestling, in a series of interviews helping promote his upcoming bout with divisional king Benson Henderson at UFC 150, where his passion for each was clear.
“Wrestling, you’ve gotta pin a guy and get him on his back. It’s more, you’re just trying to score points and pins. In jiu-jitsu, you can get points too in competitive jiu-jitsu with passes and sweeps but you’re also looking to submit somebody,” said Edgar when asked to compare the two, struggling to pick a favorite. “I think they’re very intertwined. Coming from wrestling to jiu-jitsu, the transition wasn’t that big of a step for me.”
A number of Edgar’s training partners and coaches also offered up their opinions on each art including Ricardo Almeida and Renzo Gracie.
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