5 best wrestlers among UFC fighters right now
Wrestling and grappling have become an essential part of Mixed Martial Arts. While in the beginning, UFC had more jiu-jitsu fighters than any other style, soon all the fighters were incorporating different styles of fighting into their repertoire.
Wrestling seems like the most boring part of fighting inside the Octagon. After all, they are not standing opposite each other, letting down their guards completely and trading haymakers. Instead, they are grappling on the floor where the action seems to be slower.
However, grappling and wrestling has proven to be one of the most effective skills in MMA. Most of the UFC fighters who are Champions currently are also those fighters who are best at wrestling.
In this article, I'm going to talk about the 5 best wrestlers among the current UFC fighters.
#5 Jon Jones
The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is a man who has a number of skills. His current record is undeniable, with only one loss marring his otherwise perfect past fights, that too due to disqualification.
While Jones' legacy is forever questionable due to his history of having used Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), the fact remains that he has achieved a lot in his time in the Octagon. Anyone who enters the Octagon with him will testify that it is almost impossible to keep up with him.
Other than Stipe Miocic, Jon Jones remains the only one who has been able to defeat the former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier.
The wrestling prowess of Jones is by no means his only skill on the mat, as he is extremely talented at striking as well. However, over the course of his career, Jones has come to heavily rely on his wrestling as well, and has picked up several decision wins.
In fact, if it were not for his wrestling, he might not have been able to win some of the bouts, showcasing the critical nature of that particular skill.