When it comes to combat sports, there has always been a heated debate over which discipline is superior.
Two of the greatest athletes in the MMA world, Henry Cejudo and Kayla Harrison, recently had a disagreement over this very topic.
While Cejudo, the current UFC bantamweight champion, believed wrestling to be the greater combat sport, Harrison, the women’s lightweight champ, argued in favor of judo. However, the score needed to be settled and Kayla sought the opinion of Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC lightweight champ, for a third opinion.
Judo or Wrestling – Which is better?
As Olympic medalists in their respective sports, both Cejudo and Harrison are well-versed in the skills required for their disciplines.
“If I have chance to take like Judo Olympic gold medal or freestyle? Please, put Judo. Yes brother, I’m from Dagestan. I love freestyle wrestling, but Judo’s different level. ”
“I am from Dagestan. Everybody, love. freestyle wrestling but judo. You have to… Okay. We talk about Dagestan. 3 million, but what about 7 billion.”
“They love Judo. Judo is like different 176 country compete in Olympic Games. Freestyle wrestling? I think 54, 56.”
However, Khabib’s opinion is highly valued in the MMA world, and he believes that Judo is in a class apart from Wrestling. He stated that Judo is “next level” and superior to Wrestling, although he did acknowledge that Wrestling is also a great sport.
Kayla Harrison used Khabib’s opinion to win the debate, but the reality is that both disciplines have their unique strengths and weaknesses. It ultimately depends on the individual’s skill level and how well they can adapt to the opposing fighter’s tactics.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Expert Opinion
Khabib Nurmagomedov is a highly respected in the MMA world. His expertise and opinion are highly valued, and his statement that Judo is a superior combat sport to wrestling is not to be taken lightly. However, it is important to note that both sports require a high degree of skill, strategy, and physical endurance. It is ultimately up to the individual to determine which discipline they excel in and which they prefer.
The Debate Continues
Although Kayla Harrison may have won the debate, the discussion over which combat sport is superior is likely to continue. Both wrestling and judo have their unique strengths and weaknesses, and each requires a different set of skills to master. However, it is clear that Khabib Nurmagomedov’s expert opinion carries a lot of weight in the MMA world, and his statement that Judo is a class apart from Wrestling is a testament to the value of this sport.
John Davis is a dedicated practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, having first started training in the martial art in 2011. Despite facing significant knee issues that have sidelined him for a period, John remains passionate about the sport and continues to follow all the latest developments in the BJJ community.