Sometimes a dominant skillset is all that's required
RD fumbled then tripped and fell on his face by making that point.
Silva only lost to Rousey because his shoelace was untied.
Kos getting caught off guard? Okay, so he was caught off guard the 1st time he was put on his back. He should have been able to respond and alter his gameplan accordingly after being caught off-guard. That is not an excuse that is applicable after said 1st takedown.
I think GSP still had the edge in their 2nd fight. If a national Division 1 champ like Kos couldn't utilize his wrestling to dominate GSP, I cannot see any other wrestler doing a whole lot better, not enough to win a fight based predominantly on wrestling skill. GSP's wrestling abilities are enough to neutralize the very best of wrestlers, forcing them to go to other skills to try and win a fight. Askren's other skills are nowhere close to being enough to take GSP.
If Askren comes to the UFC, I think it will be a massive wake-up call for him. It is like going from the minor leagues to the majors...... The very best are in the UFC, and he hasn't faced any of them yet.
Strangely enough, Koscheck went to Askren to train for the second GSP fight I believe.
There's no doubt in my mind it did help.
Koscheck dedicated an inordinate amount of time to training standup and basically forgot about his bread and butter.