I actually agree to an extent, I noticed a huge decline in him once he knocked out Riggs. He forgot about his grappling and thought he could strike. Unfortunately for him, his striking was greatly exaggerated and his grappling suffered due to neglect, particularly his wrestling. For a guy that talks up his wrestling a lot, he MUST have the highest percentage of failed take downs in the UFC. Sometimes, I think I have better take downs than Diego.
Overall, I think his grappling is very good, but it doesn't mean much when any decent wrestler can stuff his take downs. I love his intensity, but when he fell in love with his brawling style, he really took a step back skill wise. Another victim of a thing I like to call "improved striker syndrome" which is funny in this case because his striking went from non existent to sloppy, not a huge improvement. Having a granite chin and unlimited cardio has carried it this far.
I feel like his stand up style sort of requires power to be really successful, which is something he lacks. He looked like he tried to be more technical against Gomi and abandoned his berserker style, but he failed miserably despite getting the victory. He's not a technical guy, who ever gave him that gameplan overestimated his abilities. He's stuck in a rut stand up wise. He's a brawler without power, what a bad combination. They may miss a lot, but at least when they land, it counts.
Frustrating to be a Sanchez fan sometimes.
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