Originally Posted by Javy Pornstache
The one thing that's stuck in my head about why the highly-decorated international fighters, and certainly PRIDE fighters in particular, are struggling so much when fighting in the States, especially against younger guys they're perceived to easily defeat, is the fact that WRESTLING is the particular part of the game that seems underdeveloped to a lot of these guys.
Excellent observation. Jake O'Brien basically laid out the blueprint for how to make a Pride fighter look silly when he took apart Heath Herring. Not coincidentally, Rampage probably had the best wrestling skills in the Pride stable.
I also think the cage in combination with the wrestling is a problem for a lot of the Pride guys. They get lost once they're pinned against the fence and they don't understand how to position themselves in relation to the cage when they're on the ground.
Then eliminate a few shortcuts on which they've come to rely (no stomps, no knees to the head of a downed opponent) and you've got some throughly confused fighters. They're going for one-shot knockouts because they've got nothing else.
Fair point about MMAth, though I think Silva may demystify Dan Henderson's chin, opening some minds to the possibility that Griffin might be able to take similar punishment from Jackson while being able to fire back with a much better arsenal.