I've read a good number of threads on this site, and something that has stood out are the disparaging comments about wrestlers using their abilities to control opponents. Wrestling seems to receive more disrespet , criticism, and lack of appreciation than any other style.
It's my opinion that being able to use defense and neutralize an opponent's ability to inflict damage is equivalent to an offense that does the same thing.
Not to go off on a tangent, but I've never liked Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he fights almost exclusively in a defensive mode. However, after watching his fight with Shane Mosely, I have a newfound appreciation for his abilities. The guy has superlative boxing skills, and he uses them. Boxing is no longer a competition where two bare knuckled men stand at a line and trade punches until one of them falls down.
It's laughable to me that fans of MMA would call for this type of antiquated contest, but that seems to be what a lot of them are looking for. It's called mixed martial arts because skills in a variety of disciplines are necessary to be a successful fighter. The guys that come from a wrestling background aren't typically going to be the best strikers, nor are the best strikers likely to have the best ground games. In any fight, being able to control an opponent is going to be a huge advantage. Anybody who expects a fighter to give up his leverage is an idiot, and would seemingly have virtually no understanding of combat sports.
I think people need to consider what they themselves would try to do in a fight, rather than armchair evaluate what a fighter who is actually in the cage is doing. I'm personally tired of the nonsense coming from ignorant "fans". Being able to control an opponent and dictate a fight are the true marks of a successful mixed martial artist.