Man I couldn't agree more. I was going to start the same topic myself, but you beat me to it.
Shields is officially the new UFC Blanket. I am so tired of these guys that are good enough to take you down and lay on top of you, but not good enough to do anything about it.
I just can't watch. It's so ******* boring and he is so hyped as some "Over the top world class submission specialist".
World Class Submission Specialist - Definition: Shitty striker that tries to clinch, then tries to take you down, then tries to advance position, then the round ends - rinse and repeat for 3 rounds. ******* boring ass shit.
Learn how to strike for gods sake. Then maybe you will be able to hurt someone, take them down and submit them, for real, like a real fighter.
Sorry for being so blunt, but this post and the ones similar to it on this thread irritate me. If you want to see stickily striking, go watch boxing, K1, or some other forum of kickboxing.
You are watching MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. So if you don't like grappling, don't watch it dude. I have nothing against you and I'm not trying to upset you either, but when you watch MMA some fights will have clinching and grappling, and if the guy's opponent can't get up and get out of a bad situation, tough luck.
Maybe ED shouldn't have initiated the clinching almost every round, and maybe he should have sprawled and brawled with Shields, instead of playing straight into Shield's strongest part of his game - which is grappling and clinch work.
But to be fair, I didn't find the fight super exciting but I still enjoyed the technique Shields used and if ED didn't have a strong submission defensive style, the fight would have ended with a guillotine or armbar in the first.