Originally Posted by The Return Of......
i really do like the ground game aspect in mma. i think it can be fun and exciting to watch. i just wasnt that impressed with any of the ground fighting last night. king mo did the best imo. sheilds is good at jj, but come on, hendo wasnt really fighting back once he got to his back which just baffles me. im sorry but if rampage couldnt hold henderson down i find it hard to believe that sheilds was able to hold him down without something being wrong. i hate to beat a dead horse, but compare this card to the bellator card and it really just wasnt that great. the ground fighting and transitions on the bellator card were amazing and really fun to watch.
Saying King Mo did the best makes me think you don't really understand the ground game... He was unable to do anything to Mousasi's guard. Yes he has nice takedowns, but Mousasi's guard was solid and he did a ton of damage from his back while going for triangles throughout the fight. Mo was just getting top position and holding on, while trying to not get hit too much.
Shields put on a clinic against a very high level grappler. He beat up Henderson even worse then GSP beat up Alves or Hardy, and Henderson is a far better grappler then either guy.
Bellator focuses on the lighter weight classes; they are just generally faster and more explosive, which leads to high paced fights. The trade off is they have a lot less power. Unfortunately for the LW match that was put on the SF card, Aoki has a style that does not translate well for an American audience. He likes to fight from his back; he doesn't have a solid wrestling base, and his striking is pretty weak. But he is comfortable chasing people around on his back, and the ref for the fight on SF was having none of it.