I used to tell myself the same thing. I sooo wanted Paul to be a good fighter. Something to go with his lunatic quirks. To complete the package.
So, I said "He's a great fighter. He's just a bit stupid."... sounds better then "hes a bit rubbish, innit?"
But now, I'm not sure he is that skilled. He's obviously excellent in pure BJJ competition. But in MMA? Naa.
End of the day, when you recall a fighters best moments in the cage... and the only ones that come to mind are brain-fart moments of pure lolz... thats not a very good fighter.
The dude might not be beating top guys, but he's submitted Ivan Salaverry, beaten Jeremy Horn, crushed the knees of Tomasz Drwal, Mike Massenzio, Lucio Linhares and Dave Branch, had a back and forth fight with Hendo and beaten Dan Miller. He doesn't have a great deal of success against the top guys, he's 0-4 in important fights against top guys, but I do honestly think that's due to his fight IQ and lack of heart, not a lack of ability. We'll see, I'd like to see him put together a good run, whether it happens or not is yet to be seen.