"Well, It's believed that Pankration was developed originally on the
battlefield. And by looking at the art of Pankration matches, it appears
that the ground and pound was their bread and butter."
This is not even remotely correct. The whole greek approach to war
and their strategic innovation was to avoid any sort of single combat
on the battlefield. They fought as a team, the phlanx was a
cooperative weapon of mass destruction . . . lots of pushing stabbing,
(think of a giant human lawnmower) but no wrestling on the ground.
You'd be crushed by the team.
War and sport were completely seperate in greek culture. Boxing,
wrestling and pankration were not sports hoplites participated in to
prepare for war. By the time pankration was part of the games
athletes were semi-pro and completely dedicated to their success in
There are some quotes of greek generals regarding athletes as
decadent, self-absorbed and unprepared for the hardships of war . . .
long marches, scarce food, etc.