I agree. I learned this when fighting for title fights against people like Vitor. Another thing that I do is a lot of leg kicks after they punch so they can't counter. After you do it enough, they begin to limp around the octagon and can't stop a takedown at all.
The 2014 Hit Squad (FFL)
Eddie Alvarez - Junior Dos Santos - Patricio Freire - Jessica Eye - Pat Curran