I have to admit that i disagree just a bit. I agree that the focus should be on technique, but being 105kg and pretty strong has helped me immensly both on the ground and standup (although: most on the ground).
People can just dream about submitting me most of the time, beacause I can muscle my way out of most kinds of trouble. This is a very… ambivalent situation of course. If you get TOO used to relying on strenght… it is a very bad thing, and you never learn the techniques good enough… Hard to do much about that though.
Don’t forget that there are weight classes in competitive MMA. The featherweights you are throwing around are not likely to be as strong as a guy of your size.
It has already been said: Strength is really important, but your strength gains are highly likely to cause a weight gain. Who cares if your “big 3” have increased by 10% if you end up in another weight class in front of fighters who are as strong as you are?
Strength is one of the most important aspects of MMA fighting… only if you are competing in the heavyweight division.[/quote]
Correct, relative strength is most important.
If you’re 230lbs, and lets say you can bench 350, and can muscle your way out of most techniques when going with a guy all the way up to about 180-190lbs.
But give a 155lb guy a bench of 325, and lets say he’s slightly sharper with his technique? You’ll find yourself in a WORLD of trouble.
I’m pretty damn strong for my size and I find that in grappling a lot, larger guys use their weight advantage (which is good leverage-wise) and strength advantage so much that they don’t ever really think “what happens if i meet someone stronger than me?”
But a large, strong guy, with great technique? Fucking scary thing. Very fucking scary.
Again weight classes are SO important especially with the advent of cutting weight. There are guys who weigh in at 170 who walk around at (and will enter the cage) at nearly 200. I can’t think of any 155lber who isn’t actually 170 and cuts down.
So if you gain 10lbs and send your lifts up 20lbs each. That may or may not be beneficial to you in your new weight class.
Now a 20lb gain on each lift w/ maybe 3-5lbs muscle gain? Wow. Lean out, even out that 3lbs and you’re a beast.