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His opponent has a pretty decent Muay Thai record.

The ground game is important. At least you need to at least have some take down defense. In all boxing matches, the distance between the fighters is controlled by the ref. The distance is always closed over time if a knockout does not happen and the opponents are really trying to fight. It is unrealistic in the MMA realm to be a pure striker. Everyone needs a ground game - thus, I grapple.