I wrestled for 15 years all the way through high school where in my junior year I entered martial Arts. I studied jiu jitsu, and kick boxing mostly. After 5 years of fighting in a cage as a professional, and a few scraps outside of competition I can confidently say that against your average Joe, and also elite fighters, the ability to control the other person on the ground even if you aren't inflicting damage, using wrestling and jiu jitsu, is extremely important. It allows you to weaken stronger opponents, tire out people with better conditioning, and force them to open up opportunities to end the confrontation. I would have done my entrance to and fighting style choices the same, just wish I had started the true martial arts earlier in my life.