Originally Posted by plazzman
Maybe its the fact that its more difficult to out grapple someone and win by say a submission then just throw and KO someone. These guys probably want to look good and make an impression on potential fans and show they have some technical abilities.
Also, they most likely dont want to look like brawlers, because TUF 1 really stereotyped that. Or it could just be the fact that there isnt too many great strikers on the show, and the ones who are pretty good arent well rounded enough to avoid being taken down and pounded on.
I think your last point holds more water than your first, and I agree with it. I think it has more to do with their skill levels as opposed to their not wanting to stand. I think it also has something to do with what Fitch was saying in his post fight versus Diego. It's really hard to let 'em go on the feet with a guy who just wants to grapple. He'll just duck and shoot as soon as you start swinging. I guess I get spoiled by guys like Lyoto, Chuck, and Forrest, who are all guys who seem to be able to keep the fight where they want it and bang.
As for them not wanting to look like brawlers, I don't think that's the case. I can tell you, people are every bit as impressed by watching Anderson Silva's beautiful Muay Thai, the missiles Robbie Lawler calls his arms, or GSP crisp karate. If these guys could get the KO's, I'm sure they would, but I think you hit the nail on the head: They can't keep it standing.
I'm still hoping that a couple of them have that ability, though. I'd like to see some guys either decide to stand and trade, or some guys who have the ability to sprawl, get back to their feet, or shirk takedowns off.