UFC vet Kenny Florian crowns best martial art for MMA

Kenny Florian explains why Brazilian jiu-jitsu is second to none in the world of MMA (mixed martial arts).

Florian is currently a commentator for the Professional Fighter’s League (PFL). The three-time world title challenger has acquired a wealth of knowledge during his tenure as an active fighter under the banner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Florian (14-6) catches up with SB Nation’s combat culture to rank 10 martial arts by effectiveness in MMA. Topping the list is soft art.

“Maybe I’m showing a little bias here, but I would put him on top,” Florian begins. “I feel like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as it’s designed, it’s a pretty complete system. I think if you go back to Royce Gracie’s time it showed that he was good enough to defend himself against all the different styles.

“We don’t see the same kind of domination these days; however, I think of everything from melee to groundwork, defending a takedown, if you’re downed, on your back, immobilizing your opponents, making submissions, etc. I think Brazilian jiu-jitsu is still very effective and I would put it there on top.

To see how the other martial arts – boxing, judo, karate, American kickboxing, kung fu, muay thai, sambo, taekwondo and wrestling – have compared to BJJ and to each other, watch the video embedded above.

“I could sit here and doubt myself for the next few hours, but we don’t have time for that,” Florian concludes. “I like him where he is for the most part.”

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