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While mastering one discipline in MMA can be a lifelong task in and of itself, if a fighter really wants to be successful inside the cage, he or she must learn how to mix all these different aspects together in an effective manner.
A fighter must be able to seamlessly flow between striking, getting the clinch, going for the takedowns and so on, because you never know where the fight will go. And as the sport has proven over the years, being a master of one discipline is not a shoo-in for long-term success.
None of the UFC's most dominant champions are true masters of every single aspect of the game, but each one of them—from Ronda Rousey to Cain Velasquez—is spectacular at mixing up their attacks. And out of all of them, welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre is probably the best of the best at this.
He is pretty skilled in each of the various aspects of MMA, but if we are talking pure wrestling or pure jiu-jitsu, there are only a handful of 170-pounders who are considered better at that single discipline than St-Pierre. However, there is virtually no one out there who can seamlessly integrate them for such an efficient attack like "Rush" inside the Octagon.
Jon Jones is another fighter who, although being a fantastic wrestler and a very creative striker, has shown holes in his jiu-jitsu game. However, his combination of attacks—both standing up and on the mat—have been a proven recipe for success. It has even led to a few submission wins over BJJ black belts for "Bones."
At the end of the day, there's a reason why this is called mixed martial arts, so it shouldn't be a surprise that learning how to effectively use all these different weapons together is the most difficult aspect to master in this sport.
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