The Brown thing is a stretch he finds success with that against cans and middling fighters Wanderlei has been more effective against better fighters in his career with his striking. Brown would get smoked by the top WWs fighting that way.
We saw what happens to guys like them more often than not at the top levels of a division tonight either way. So you aren't wrong about the level of striking in MMA but that isn't generally how it works at the contendership level these days.
Rich at the very least is still good enough to be competitive at the top of 185. This fight was somewhat disappointing I was hoping that Wandy would be more active; the majority of the fight was him being a punching bag. Hopefully we will see Rich fight some better guys again soon.
Which strikers outside of Nick Diaz at the "top level" are so much better at kickboxing than guys like Stephen Thompson?
Being a good MMA fighter =/= being a good striker. A lot of guys that are good or okay at striking like Matt Brown suck at other things and therefore lose to guys like Hendricks and Koscheck who are just really good wrestlers.
And quite frankly Wanderlei has never really beaten a good striker.....who is the best one he's beat in his UFC run? Keith Jardine? A 40 year old movie star Cung Le?
Hell, even in his PRIDE days he beat Rampage before Rampage really knew how to box and was mostly just a wrestler.