...Excellent point. Nothing bad about Japanese fighters but the level of competition they have faced over there is nothing like the level we have over here. I'm still hoping Dana can get a hold of Kazushi Sakuraba. I've always enjoyed his game. (Not Rampage though...lol)! Japanese fighters are intelligent & crafty but have trouble dealing with good, aggressive strikers at our level. Whatever, I still think Japanese fighters add another good diverse element to MMA...most of them are just not good enough to make it outside of Japan.
Shoguns the next lhw champ, Gomi's going nowhere fast, since the Diaz fight he's been on a downward spiral,imo.They are too small since they like to their natural body weight near their respective division(which everyone will say). I think its still too early to give a final verdict on Gomi though, It was his first time inside a ring and we have noticed a few fighters having a problem with that early on.
Who knows.. Gomi might turn out like Shogun who looked like every other bust but turned out to be a contender.
I think this is more the reason than failure to adapt style wise (although that is a contributing factor). Weight cutting is as much a part of the sport as BJJ, TDD, striking, wrestling, etc. It is a skill and you can't ignore. You simply can not fight guys that are 10-20 pounds bigger and win consistently. That used to fly when skill sets were more varied but your "average" fighter is so much better now that size is a huge issue.Japanese fighters fight at their natural weight. They don't cut down to make weight, so they are actually 155 pounds when they get into the cage. If we're about equal level of skill, but you have 15 or 20 pounds on me or maybe even more. Chances are you'll beat me just about every time.