Welcome to the worst piece of advice in MMA history. The worst thing about this advice is the ridiculous frequency in which it is administered.
Modern MMA uses the 10-point must system of judging. In simpler terms, whoever wins the majority of the rounds will tend to win the fight as long as they don't get finished.
So, if a fighter wins Round 1 and 2 in a fight, surviving the third round is essentially the same as securing a win. When this situation presents itself, some cornermen can be heard telling their fighter to "just coast."
Essentially, what they are saying is, "Don't overwork yourself trying to finish this fight. Just stay out of trouble and take it easy so you don't gas out."
While the advice might work from time to time, there is one very important lesson that they have yet to learn: Judges suck!
At UFC on Fuel 8, Bryan Caraway became the latest victim of this advice. Thinking that he had taken the first two rounds against Takeya Mizugaki, Caraway coasted through the final round in hopes of earning his third straight win inside the Octagon.
Apparently, two judges didn't think that Caraway swept the first two rounds, and the American ended up losing a split decision.
Caraway's corner (and girlfriend,) Miesha Tate, turned to Twitter and asked Dana White to give her fighter his win bonus because of the bad decision. Considering that it was her bonehead advice that cost him the win, I think it will fall on unreceptive ears.