Originally Posted by mizanation
I also agree that you don't want to be on the ground in a street fight, however, a lot of times the fight ends up on the ground whether you want it to or not. If you want to bring the fight back to standing, you will need to know ground technique to get back up.
I definately agree but learning one martial art well enough for it to be effective is time consuming as is; let alone learning two. For learning a single art, Muay Thai is the way to go. If you really work at your clinch fighting, you won't end up on the ground that easily.
The stand up fighters with good clinchs are doing really well in UFC and Pride right now. Anderson Silva killed Rich Franklin that way. I know there are a few other examples lately but I can't think right now.
If you can, find a club that teachs MMA as opposed to a single art. These clubs tend to have athletes that are much more serious about training and fighting. It's one thing to learn stand up and ground fighting seperately but it's much better to learn them together in an environment that is focusing on MMA. Certain BBJ techniques, for example, will get your head pounded in if you add striking like you would find in a street fight. Also, a lot of ground fighters have no problem being on their back. This is not where you want to be in a street fight no matter how good you are. An MMA club will focus more so on keeping dominate position on the ground and using strikes to beat your opponent instead of submissions.