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Wrestling With Success: Hardy & Co. Bringing Brit Wrestling up to par


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Wrestling in the U.K. isn?t up to the level it is in the United States. That is a fact, but it?s one borne out of a complete lack of wrestling in the British sporting curriculum. American fighters have always benefitted from having everything from wrestling programs for children all the way up to NCAA competition and the Olympics, but Dan Hardy for one feels that the U.K. is changing and the Rough House, where he trains, will show that in upcoming bouts.

 

?People are talking about how we don?t have any wrestling here, that the Rough House can?t handle wrestlers, but if you look at a couple of our last fights ? Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck ? you have two of the very best wrestlers in the division there.?

 

There has been a lot of discussion by MMA fans lately that wrestlers are returning to dominance, which paints a reflection of the early UFC days when Mark Coleman and Randy Couture started to win fights with a wealth of experience on the mat. Hardy doesn?t quite think that it will be a whitewash; he just feels that camps need to continue to evolve and shift some of the focus specifically to cover that aspect of the game.

 

?Outside of any specific opponent, I have been focusing diligently on my wrestling and jiu-jitsu since the Georges St-Pierre fight. I spent a few months in the U.S. working on just that. Even during the preparations for Carlos Condit, I have been focusing on evening out my skills more in all areas.?

 

Due to the nature of mixed martial arts, many fighters have to concentrate on elements that don?t come natural to them, but it?s not about moving completely away from what made them successful in the first place.

 

?The Rough House is more of a striking team, always has been, so most of our training is geared around striking,? said Hardy. ?But since we have all had run-ins with core wrestlers, we have tried to even it out and now have a mixed approach with much better coaching in that area than ever before.?

 

Despite those aforementioned encounters with wrestlers, Hardy feels that the camp has been upbeat in preparations for the upcoming bouts, and expects that these adjustments will pay dividends for the fighters in the long term.

 

?The mood in the camp is great, despite the recent losses. Even after Ross Pearson?s fight, we put it all behind us and have come back stronger than ever. The UFC has given Andre Winner and Nick Osipczak another opportunity at UFC 122 in Germany and both are excited. We have all renewed the camp and there is a really positive vibe. Jimmy Wallhead is ready for his fight in Bellator and the guys will be good to go at UFC 122 just after. We?re just pushing forward and it feels good.?

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so you might have a chance at a title one day?..................just a thought;)

 

Lol, in England the UFC is mainly known as ultimate fighting or cage fighting. Hardly anyone realy cares about it and TBH i don't think wrestling would catch on. For example i wouldn't be seen wearing those 'things' when i was younger, or now, that they wear.

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I feel bad for them being behind in wrestling.. It isnt something you can get good at quick..It takes years... They may never catch up.

 

Possibly, but keep in mind, fighter with the best take downs in the UFC never wrestled at all in high school or university.

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Lol' date=' in England the UFC is mainly known as ultimate fighting or cage fighting. Hardly anyone realy cares about it and TBH i don't think wrestling would catch on. For example i wouldn't be seen wearing those 'things' when i was younger, or now, that they wear.[/quote']

 

There called singlets and they are not that bad. As for wrestling catching on in england I would dout it they love there "football" or soccer as us americans call it. But hell they are so close to russia I would think that they would be able to find really good wrestlers and coaches to come and help them get trained up.

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Lol' date=' in England the UFC is mainly known as ultimate fighting or cage fighting. Hardly anyone realy cares about it and TBH i don't think wrestling would catch on. For example i wouldn't be seen wearing those 'things' when i was younger, or now, that they wear.[/quote']

 

Well, honestly with the 2012 Summer games coming there I would surprised if there hasn't been some effort to have a semi competitive UK wrestling team ready.

 

Hey look at that, the Brits won 4 medals in wrestling at the Commonwealth games

http://www.britishwrestling.org/news.asp?itemid=3550&itemTitle=Accomplishments+heralded+by+Team+Manager&section=28&sectionTitle=News

 

yeah he is a black belt in karate that knows how to set up his takedowns.

 

Well, with the talent level of the strikers at Rough House for instance, they should be able to blend their strikes and take down attempts as GSP does so well. Really all a talented striker needs as far as wrestling is good take down defense and the ability to get out of the clinch on the cage. Being able to land a judo toss or double leg would just be icing on the cake.

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Well' date=' honestly with the 2012 Summer games coming there I would surprised if there hasn't been some effort to have a semi competitive UK wrestling team ready.

 

Hey look at that, the Brits won 4 medals in wrestling at the Commonwealth games

http://www.britishwrestling.org/news.asp?itemid=3550&itemTitle=Accomplishments+heralded+by+Team+Manager&section=28&sectionTitle=News[/quote']

 

I did find it strange that we did quite well in the wrestling and i think there are places that are trying to get the wrestling up, for the Olympicsnot MMA.

 

But I have never met anybody at all who wrestles, watches wrestling or cares about it that aren't doing something like MMA.

 

and BTW sonson england is not that close to russia lol.

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I did find it strange that we did quite well in the wrestling and i think there are places that are trying to get the wrestling up' date=' for the Olympicsnot MMA.

 

But I have never met anybody at all who wrestles, watches wrestling or cares about it that aren't doing something like MMA.

 

and BTW sonson england is not that close to russia lol.[/quote']

 

True, but just having the olympic level trainers available to the MMA gyms should be a benefit. These guys gotta do something to make money.

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True' date=' but just having the olympic level trainers available to the MMA gyms should be a benefit. These guys gotta do something to make money.[/quote']

 

Good point, got me on that haha.

 

Also do you know how big wrestling is in Russia? Because i looked at the Olympic results for 2008 and they pretty much dominated it.

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Good point' date=' got me on that haha.

 

Also do you know how big wrestling is in Russia? Because i looked at the Olympic results for 2008 and they pretty much dominated it.[/quote']

 

I think Olympic wrestling is pretty big in most of the old Soviet Block.They seem to gravitate to power sports like wrestling or weight lifting.

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