First fan post, please bear with me. Ill keep it short and sweet. I have noticed a trend in comments and posts, more so recently, regarding the ability of some fighters (George St Pierre comes to mind) to finish fights, when it appears they are completely dominating their opponent. Also, it seems that the a lack of grappling knowledge, of some posters, appears to contribute to the type of comments I am seeing on some of the posts etc.
I have been an MMA fan for some time, up until recently (knee reconstruction) I also trained, during such a time I trained alongside proffesional fighters, Hector Lombard to name one.
I will use the example of GSP Vs Dan Hardy. After that fight there was much debate (I believe due to the misconception that Dan Hardy was a chump) as to why GSP couldn't finish the fight, didnt inflict more damage among other things. First of all, Dan Hardy is a professional MMA fighter, he dedicates every day of his life to not losing when he is in a fight, and as you can imagine his whole camp most likely consisted of training and drilling scenarios to avoid damage, submissions, and techniques to defend against GSP transitioning from guard to half guard, side control etc. I feel that some fans really do not appreciate the difficulty in finishing a fight, particularly on the ground. I even saw one poster go as far to say GSP displayed poor technique in applying the Kimura, yeah maybe so, unfortunately applying a Kimura on your white belt training partner in the comfort of your gym is a little different to applying it to a professional fighter, in the heat of a battle to defend your title, its also funny how only this was mentioned not the grappling clinic that GSP displays each time he enters the cage. This comment may have been left on BE haha I'm not sure, it frustrated me nonetheless.
I feel that sometimes certain fans do not appreciate the level at which these fighters are competing, nor the difficulty in actually finishing an opponent. I'll use this as an example, my grappling is not at a very high level, and although most of my experience is no gi, I would say I would have been a high level blue belt if I put on a GI, in the peak of my training. However, during my time rolling, I could hang with and not be submitted by a brown belt during a 5 minute round, and avoid mount or sustaining much damage if we were including GNP during the round. It is much harder to attack than defend. And when a person enters the ring with you, with the goal of simply not being finished it makes the task that much more difficult. Although difficult to see sometimes, I have no doubt in my mind that in this particular scenario GSP would have been attempting to finish the fight, you don't get to his level without a drive to finish your opponents.
This is a bit all over the place but anyhow. Thank you.