Ed O’neill, best known as Al Bundy from “Married with Children” is a gracie jiu-jitsu black belt. The folks over at ProElite ran into Ed at the opening of a new Gracie academy and got his thoughts on a few things regarding MMA. While I disagree with some of what he says, he makes some good points. Here’s the link:Al Bundy spits MMAHaving watched the video and deciphering some of what Ed is talking about, here is a question I’d like to present.
- Do you think its better to be nominally versed in many styles or to be well versed in 2-3?
I say nominally because alot of MMA fighters train exposure to other styles. They train enough jiu-jitsu, muay thai or kickboxing to get a taste of what to watch out for. This is understandable, in my opinion.
If I’m an awesome boxer, then I’m going to try to keep the fight off the ground. If I’m a jiu-jitsu black belt, like Al Bundy, then I’m taking it down.
In the same regard, this is why alot of people have lost fights. They are really good at one style and only train exposure to another. Once they fight somebody who’s style is the exact opposite of their own, they get caught with something they have either never seen or don’t know how to avoid.
That’s why fights in which the fighters have the same style tend to be more exciting. You get to watch two strikers swing for the fences, or even better two jiu-jitsu guys go through a myriad of technical sweeps, escapes, transitions and sub attempts.
One more question. How do you feel about refs standing up a ground fight when the crowd starts booing?
I’ll leave you with those.