After Brock Lesnar, Georges St. Pierre, and Dan Henderson all secured victories at UFC 100, it seemed that the Internet was abuzz with the perceived " dominance" of wrestlers in the UFC. In my opinion, this is woefully inaccurate.
Of the five reigning UFC champions, only two are wrestlers, those being Brock Lesnar and Georges St. Pierre (although GSP is so well rounded its hard to classify him as anything in particular).
The other three, Machida, Silva and Penn, are all extremely dominant and do not rely at all on wrestling as a base. Machida is a Karate counter-puncher. Silva is one of the most feared Muay Thai strikers in the world. Penn is a world champion BJJ artist.
If wrestlers dominated the UFC, why is there no " Take down of the Night"? If there was, I have a feeling that Karo Parisyan would win it more than any wrestler. They still give out the "Submission of the Night" award. Strikers have "KO of the Night".
This is because the fight game is still ruled by striking and submissions. Yes, wrestlers win. And they win often. But how many of those wins came as a direct result of wrestling ability? Very few. Rampage Jackson and Matt Hughes both have highlight reel power bomb knockouts, but the list ends there.
I believe MMA will continue to be dominated by strikers and submission artists for many years to come. So bring on your Lesnars, Coutures, and Sherks. The Nogueiras, Fedors, and Silvas are waiting.