I think maia would do it again as well or at least pull guard. Also his boxing had improved by a crazy amount since then. I'm not saying it's great, but c Chael was never anything special standing either so I think it would be competitive striking wise.
Maia's striking has imo improved drastically and I don't know who wins the kickboxing bout but I was simply saying I would be shocked if Maia could throw Sonnen down like that again.
Originally Posted by Sambo de Amigo
This is good stuff , first of all Koscheck has horrible striking and is not a complete fighter he is generic American wrestler WHO has is slightly better than the average one, He has power in his hands with no technique and good shoot in and some reasonable submissions nothing more , granted he is effective and like Jon Fitch can win fights with these skills. Akiyama , Kang and Leben have better striking easily.
Don't mistake power for skill. Leben is a horrible striker, technically he sucks. Leben is a fun guy to watch but my god I'm not even sure I can think of 5 fighters in the UFC I would consider worse strikers. Akiyama is also horrible and he just gets worse because he lacks massive power but runs around trying to throw that one big haymaker like he is Shane Carwin or Dan Henderson. Its almost comical to me because frankly Jake Shields is a better striker than Chris Leben. Effective does not equal good. If Leben didn't have such a good chin he would have lost enough fights to get him cut a long time ago.
Alves and Dan Hardy werent beaten by striking they were beaten by wrestling. They were most likely outstruck the BRIEF time they were standing but they werent exactly beaten with striking.
Choosing not to strike with strikers doesn't make you less skilled. GSP was out striking them and was the better striker in both fights but it is smarter to attack your opponents weakness than fight to there strength.
Your point about GSP being elite is nonsense , just because he is the BEST fighter in the division does not make him better at everything than everyone , His weakest attribute is striking and Bisping is actually very underrated at striking.
His biggest weakness is his striking? Why has nobody ever been able to expose this glaring weakness? The only thing we have even seen from GSP that you could possibly call a weakness is you could question is his chin but even that was more to do with a perfectly landed shot from somebody who had never shown the ability to throw like that. Please give me a single example of GSP's horrible striking, show me where somebody capitalized or exposed his striking? Please....