Eh. I didn't see some of those fights like that. To each opinion their own. I have a feeling Okami will out grapple Silva (whether Silva manages to win or not). Loser eats crow?
I'll book mark this thread if you would like.
Also. I dont get what you mean when you say you don't see some of those fights like that. I thought most of the fights were pretty clear cut.
Leben - Leben never actually executed his gameplan, but he made it clear that his gameplan was to get in Anderson's face right off the bat(he said Anderson wasn't great mid-short tange) and that he wasn't going to stand back and allow him to get caught in Anderson's technical game. Then he'd go for takedowns and try to ground and pound and beat him up. His gameplan....eerily was actually EXTREMELY similar to Sonnen's. Problem, the very exact weapon that Leben said he had to watch out for(the left high kick) he ended up getting caught with then got knocked out by a flurry in less than a minute.
Rich - In the first fight, his team had basically surmised that Rich was going to be a lot bigger and stronger and that he could control the fight in the clinch and perhaps work some throws and drag downs, the problem was, he found out about Anderson's underestimated strength, and when he attempted to clinch, Anderson turned him around and brutalized him. Again this is all in interviews and can actually be seen when examining the fight. The second fight, Rich wanted to mix it up more on the outside, but he did go for takedowns and even got one but Anderson scrambled up very quickly afterward. Rich wasn't a great wrestler so he really couldn't do much in that area.
Nate - Nate got takedowns in the fight, it was basically his only strategy, he got stood up by Big John which was a BS stand up after controlling Anderson for most of the round...he tries another single but gets sprawled but then makes a mistake and puts his head outside on his second attempt and Anderson hits the wrestling switch and ends it.
This my main point, Anderson isn't hitting a wrestling switch like that on Chael freakin Sonnen. The reason these guys are losing is not because of gamplanning but because they are not All-World wrestlers like Sonnen is.
Hendo- Same thing, got a takedown from the clinch in the first. Second round he fails a shot....he goes for a clinch and Silva breaks away off the fence and a few seconds later catches him with a punch, Hendo started swinging wildly in retaliation and apparently him doing this meant that he was trying to strike with Silva and had foolishly abandoned the wrestling. He then PULLS guard to avoid the striking game and gets ground and pounded then choked.
Leites- Tries 1000 takedown attempts...gets about 1 or 2.
Maia- See Leites, Thales...minus the gets about 1 or 2.
The only dudes that tried to actually technically strike with him were Vitor(duh)Irvin and Forrest(lol) and I guess Cote if you considering looking for one big punch a la Robbie Lawler, trying to strike.