Don Frye is a retired American mixed martial artist, professional wrestler, and actor. He competed in various MMA organizations such as UFC, Pride, and K-1 during the 1990s and early 2000s.
Frye is known for his impressive striking skills, toughness, and iconic mustache. He also appeared in movies such as “Godzilla: Final Wars” and “Miami Vice” and had a brief stint as a professional wrestler in Japan. Don Frye’s professional MMA record is 21 wins, 10 losses, and 1 draw.
Frye got questioned about his aversion to BJJ a while back and had a very interesting response:
“Didn’t need it. ”
Frye was accompanied by another UFC veteran, Dan Severn, who softened his stance: “you actually had a judo background, correct? ”
To which Frye added: “Oh, that judo and wrestling”
“I had boxing, so I didn’t need it. I mean, f**king I jujitsu stolen from judo. So why would I why would I take a watered down version of a better, better style? ”
This response prompted some to argue that Judo might be watered down sumo wrestling considering both come from Japan, and sumo has considerably longer history. However this isn’t exactly accurate.
Judo is a modern martial art that was developed in Japan by Jigoro Kano in the late 19th century. Kano was influenced by various traditional Japanese martial arts, including Jujutsu, which emphasizes throws and joint locks to defeat opponents.
Kano created Judo as a safer and more ethical form of martial art, focusing on throwing and grappling techniques and discouraging strikes and kicks.
On the other hand, Sumo wrestling is an ancient Japanese sport that dates back to the Edo period. Sumo wrestling emphasizes the use of strength and weight to push or throw an opponent out of a ring.
While Judo and Sumo wrestling share some similarities, such as the use of throws and grappling, they have distinct histories and techniques.
Yoshida taking on the legend Don Frye in his 1st pro MMA fight was a huge challenge for him, but in the end the judo master got the win with a sweet armbar. pic.twitter.com/L06FIT6ZAB
— Cerebral Vigilante (@Delisketo) December 20, 2017
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.