Any who is seriously interested in competing in MMA and doing well needs to really read this article very carefully.
There are many fighters out there who are fit and some who are even blessed with physical attributes that seem to be above average. However there are truly fewer and fewer fighters who actually have the foresight to take their time with a good teacher to develop a High SKILL LEVEL.
An Attribute Fighter is someone who may be gifted in speed, strength and endurance so much so that he neglects spending the appropriate time and patience to develop a truly high skill level in multiple areas. This fighter may be able to beat average fighters based on his attribute alone and if this does happen it reinforces his belief that he wins because of his attributes.
A fighter like this will therefore spend more of his training on increasing his speed, strength, endurance or other attributes with plyometrics or other shape specific types of training where the goal is to improve the attribute and not develop any real technique.
This same Attribute fighter may spend some time on Technique but he never will see that improving this Technique makes him better, he believes that HIS Attributes make the Technique better, which of course is never true.
Attributes are fuel for Technique but they do not make one’s Technique better. No, what makes Technique better is time with a proper teacher who knows how to make the student perform REPITITONS until the Technique is near perfect. It is only this process of reps where the teacher is able to point out what is wrong or missing as you go along that starts to make the Technique something special.
Then there is feeling the technique in it’s application over and over again until you refine it visually and tactilely to fit or react properly in it’s execution without thought. For MMA this process needs to be done for the Stand Up, Clinchwork and Ground before you see a truly High Skill Level of Technique emerge in a fighter.
The Fight between Rory McDonald and Tyron Woodley was an example of a mostly Attribute Fighter in Tyron and a fighter with some Attribute but also much higher Skilut l Level in Rory.
Rory was patient and masterful as he applied the right techniques at the right time in the Stand Up, Clinch and later on the Ground. He really shut down Tyron’s Attributes and showed how a really good fighter can deal with someone who may be stronger and faster. Rory was excellent.
In the Stand Up he repeatedly out struck Tryon by bringing a Skill Level to the table that Tyron was simply not trained to deal with. Tyron tired to overcome Ronnie with speed and explosive ness but Rory simply had the answers for these things as he reacted precisely to Tyron’s energy not only to counter him but command him,
Then in the 3rd round Rory executed a masterful takedown by drawing Tyron into a specific reaction from a series of blows. He watched how Tyron reacted to certain strikes and then got him to react the way he wanted. Then Rory slipped and took down a 2 time All American with ease. Just masterful.
Later that evening we also got to watch Demetrius Johnson who was an excellent example of Technique AND Attribute. Here we saw a fighter who has worked as hard at his Technique as he has at his Attributes. His Flow, Footwork, Precision In Striking And Grappling were all excellent. It is nice to see a Fighter who takes his Technique as serious as his Attributes.