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Boxing Skills in MMA

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Good Boxing skills in MMA were considered not all that necessary in MMA for a long time. From the first UFC up to a  few years ago, wrestlers/grapplers would dominate MMA by taking the fight to the ground quickly and then finishing the fight with a ground and pound attack or a submission.  Boxing was nullified by good wrestlers/grapplers.  But in recent years, fighters that prefer to stand have been improving their takedown defense, improving their submission defense and utilizing good boxing and muay thai skills to keep the fight standing. Good Boxing skills in MMA were considered not all that necessary in MMA for a long time.

I was exchanging some thoughts on boxing in MMA with Neto Padilla, owner and head trainer of Basic Skills in Upland, California and he brought up a good fight where improved boxing skills proved to be a big difference.  In UFC 121, Cain Velasquez used his vastly improved boxing to baffle Lesnar on his feet.  Cain went on to dominate and finished Lesnar with chingasos on the ground. 

Check out a free video of Cain Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar that was taken by a UFC fan in the stands.  
Take a look at the free fight video of Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromski as another example of superior boxing skill used to help win an MMA fight. This fight was for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. 

If you're looking for learn and or improve your MMA skills, check out Neto Padilla's Basic Skills Gym in Upland, California. His gym offers, boxing, MMA striking, wrestling, Muay Thai, submission wrestling, ladies fitness, and Jeet Kune Do. They train men, women, and kids.  Basic Skills Gym also offers a free Saturday boxing class which is open to the public and you don't need to be a gym member to attend. The gym is 1100 square feet an classes are kept small, no more than 10 students at one time for a semi-private environment.  

Basic Skills Gym is at located at 1252 Monte Vista Avenue #14 Upland, CA 91786. Call 909-229-6655 for more info.  

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