Wrestlers are starting to dominate, but it isn't surprising. The bottom line is, in any professional sport, or in fact, in any organized activity that rewards people with large sums of money, people will do whatever is necessary to win that money. Doesn't matter if it is MMA, baseball, chess, poker, whatever, there will be professionals who will analyze it and basically try to 'break' the system.
Whatever style gives the best chance to win is what you will see the most of at the highest level. It's like the dead puck era in hockey, when teams like the New Jersey Devils played this suffocating defensive style, but it worked, so others did it until almost everyone did. Coaches and players don't care how something looks, they don't care what the fans think, they want to win. Full stop. The reason wrestlers are slightly overrepresented in MMA is because if you have to have only one style without being effective at everything else, wrestler is by far the most effective. It is the style most likely to let a newer, less experienced fighter have success.
Wrestling in MMA isn't at that point, it isn't so dominating that no non-wrestler has a chance. You could argue it is trending that way. Lets not make the mistake of blaming the fighters though, even if it did reach that point, they are just going to do whatever is best for them.
It is up to the fighters who don't have the wrestling background to learn to defend a takedown well enough to stop it, or be physically strong enough to do it. It should be pretty obvious by now if you can't defend takedowns in the modern MMA world, or get up easily if you are taken down, or attack effectively from the bottom, you are going to lose. And if you can't do any of those things, you deserve to lose.
If MMA reaches the point where every champ and every contender is a primarily a wrestler, then it might be time to consider tweaking the rules the way other sports have, but we aren't there yet. To me, the onus is still on the fighters to defend themselves against it, and have a well rounded game.
Last edited by Finnsidious; 08-30-2010 at 08:58 AM.