Look, I'm not a particularly big fan of JDS and I think he's going to be dominated again tonight, but it's simply naive to say that he's just a boxer with TDD. When you're purely reductionist like that, you ignore what it takes to develop take down defense like the kind JDS exhibits.
Take, for example, Chuck Liddell. Chuck had perhaps the greatest sprawl and brawl style the UFC has ever seen. It was nearly impossible to take him down, and when someone finally managed it, he was able to jump right back up. To what do scrupulous MMA analysts attribute this kind of TDD? It's obviously Chuck's wrestling background!
If you could take a pure boxer and teach them the kind of takedown defense that JDS has, you're no longer looking at a boxer fighting in MMA, you're looking at a veritable mixed martial artist! The reason is that once someone is well enough versed in wrestling to stuff takedowns from a guy like Velasquez, that person is no longer just a boxer.
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Boston threw me a god damn beating. DOOMGOAT REIGNS SUPREME