As much as fight fans love to see a good knockout or submission. From time to time, there tends to be a fight that ends up going to the judges scorecard but is a remarkable fight nonetheless. Fighters like Frankie Edgar, Benson Henderson, and Demetrious Johnson have proven that knockouts and submission are not always the way to go in mixed martial arts.
During the UFC on Fox 8 conference call, he explained that exciting fights don’t always have to be finishes:
“What we have to do is, ‘Mighty Mouse’ has been on a lot of big cards, he’s going to fight on FOX again. We’re in the building phase of that division. I think that Ben Henderson has fights that have gone to decisions, controversial decisions. Demetrious has gone to decisions. You know as long as they’re exciting fights, there are all different types of fighters. Some guys go in and they knock people out. Some guys pull off submissions, some guys go to decisions and have exciting fights. The last fight with Demetrious was an exciting fight.”
Dana White makes a solid argument. As much as fans don’t like to acknowledge this. Mixed martial arts has become a form of point fighting. Getting that last takedown before the round is over. Showing more movement for octagon control. Whatever it may be, some fighters want the fight to go all three or five round.
Not all fights have to be crazy flying armbars or insane spinning heel kicks. Some fighters bring it in a different way. The long methodical way.