Of all the aspects of fighting that a fighter can and must utilize in an MMA match, it is without question that possessing the ability to grapple is the most valuable tool available to those who have it.
It is no coincidence that hoards of wrestlers pour into the sport with great success. The UFC is littered with fighters, spanning the length of its existence, who broke in with wrestling backgrounds and developed their individual games while always utilizing their best skill in the cage. From Severn through Couture and Lesnar through Edgar, wrestling has always played an integral role in championship careers.
The ability to dictate where the fights goes bridges the gap between the striking and ground grappling realms. Wrestling is the most important discipline in MMA. At this stage, It’s not a theory but a time-tested fact.
Article Credit Bleacher report