Remember that "gray period" in MMA where the only styles that seemed to matter were whether someone was a "striker", "counter-striker", or "wrestler"?
Well...we've said goodbye to those days.
I must truly credit Lyoto Machida, the current LHW Champion of the UFC for bringing "Fighting Style" back into the equation. His elusive Karate style fighting had many critics calling his fights "boring" and "disappointing", then suddenly he ended the win streaks of Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans by KO, and picked up a championship belt too.
The evolution of the sport has once again given rise to specialists in the many areas of fighting. Guys like Demian Maia and Dustin Hazelett have shown just how effective a stellar submission game can be, while heavyweight combatants Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin are showing that size matters, speed kills, and they have both.
It seems that when MMA started everyone had a "style". Then, as the sport became more accepted, more and more fighters simply wanted to be called "Mixed Martial Artists." Now, as the sport evolves even further, we are seeing the return of the specialists; Jiu Jitsu, Karate, and even the good ol' Ground and Pound are turning into legitimate titles of those who proudly practice each style, and watching the rest of the MMA world try to prepare for the best in each divsion is well worth the price of admission.