In this day and age where it seems like everyone and their mother owns a gun, what are some of the applications and uses of Wing Chun? What purpose could it possibly serve? Well, let me tell you: martial arts aren't JUST about self-defense. There is much more to it than that. If there wasn't, then everyone would have stopped going to class as soon as the first automatic weapon came off the production line.
For a long time, you hardly ever saw Wing Chun fighters in an MMA match. If you did, they infamously got creamed in a minute or less. To this day, there still have not been any Wing Chun UFC champions, and on those rare occasions when a Wing Chun fighter does win a match, people usually say, "Yeah, well he did not use pure Wing Chun." Sometimes people just do not want to give any credit. Ah well.
Having said all that, there are a few MMA fighters who have brought some respect to Wing Chun such as Anderson Silva and Tony Ferguson. Granted, Wing Chun was not the only thing they used in the ring, but they did use techniques and principles that were clearly taken from Wing Chun. All I know is this: if you performed a Wing Chun move in the ring effectively enough where even Joe Rogan said, "If you really know what you're doing, Wing Chun works," then you're A-okay in my book .
Of course, no discussion of tournament fighters would be complete if you did not mention Alan Orr and his stable of combatants known as the "Iron Wolves." They have been racking up the victories in MMA tournaments, and yet neither Alan nor any of his fighters are household names. (I wonder why. Hmmm… maybe it's because if they win with Wing Chun, they make all those people who say “Wing Chun doesn't work” look like idiots?)