With all of the recent so called dominant performances lately I figure I will share some actual dominant performances of the past and remind everyone that winning a fight does not mean you dominated.
UFC 58 David Loiseau was dominated by Rich Franklin. Throughout the entire fight I was thinking any minute now Franklin will finish the crow, but toughness along with backward sprinting ability took this fight to a very one sided decision.
UFC 118 Frankie Edgar did not dominate BJ Penn. Edgar did win each round on points...Edgar had an excellent game plan which used his speed to avoid getting touched, but honestly was there any point in that match where anyone thought Edgar was going to finish Penn? Did you honestly believe that Edgar had Penn hurt. Edgar completely outworked Penn and did an excellent job doing what I didn't think he would have a chance in hell of doing...then doing it again.
UFC 87 Brock Lesnar dominated Heath Herring...I felt sorry for Herring throughout the entire fight he was in Lesnar's game and came out looking like a truck ran over his face...that is seriously being dominated.
UFC 91 Lesnar wins a close first round versus Randy Couture and clips him in the second KOing Couture...I have seen several people call this a dominant performance. There was a point in the first where Randy had Brock pressed against the cage and worked a little dirty boxing...Randy even opened a cut over Lesnar's eye. Hard fought victory...yes. Dominant...NO
Jake Shields vs...pretty much anybody. Now before everyone tries to get all high and mighty about how I do not appreciate the ground game and how they are so much better fans than I am I would like to know what your rank is in Jujitsu, Hapkido, Judo, Sambo...hell any grappling art. I personally am a student of Jujitsu and catch wrestling and when I am training and feeling lazy I will get my opponent down and do just enough to keep my opponent down...score 1 for the take down and 1 for control no need to actually finish the fight. I throw a few lazy half hearted sub attempts and call it a day.
That type of thinking does not help anyone in the class. I am learning nothing. I am not improving my submission game and furthermore I am not helping my training partner at all because they are not getting any better at submission defense. So I have a strong dislike for the game plan of Jake Shields and he can keep his lay and pray and dodge real ground fighters that actually will make him work for a decision.
I am a huge fan of BJ Penn's and I have a hard time calling most of his latest performances dominant. BJ toyed with Diego he looked like a cat playing with a mouse, but up until that head kick it really didn't look like he was going to ever really put him away. Same with Sherk and the flying knee that put him out. Having a good game plan and following through with it does not mean that you dominated your opponent.