There appears to be two trains of thought on Lyoto, both have pitfalls but also merit.
On one hand, people think Lyoto fights like last nights are boring. He is a point fighter, reluctant to engage unless an opponent chases him down, leaving themself vulnerable in the process. This aggravates people because he is seemingly hypoallergic to risk. Its a fight, you're probably going to get hit. People who pay good money expect you to lay it all on the line. Hell I could invoke the "warrior spirit" mentality of coming home with your shield or on it.
On the other hand, people think Lyoto fights like last nights are simply an execution of clean, superior technique. Agression, excitement, and finishes, are not as important as mimimizing damage, minimizing wasted energy, and effective, relatively lower risk strikes. Lyotos speed allows him to excel here.
My personal view is a muddled combo of both. I hated last nights fight because it was boring with a capital B. Lyoto ran a good 5 steps backwards everytime Dan came forward with punches. Sometimes he countered, sometimes he didn't. Nothing that landed, even the better couple of kicks, phased Hendo, who coming into this fight had been recently wobbled a few times. Hendo came with the aggression and willingness to make the fight a Shogun/Hendo caliber show. Lyoto had no such intentions.
But can you really blame him? Hendo has the H bomb that has wrecked almost anyone he's touched with it. Why take the chance of falling prey to it? Fighting exactly the way he did is the only way Lyoto gets past Dan and that much closer to a title shot.
Ultimately, I understand why the fight went down the way it did, but it doesn't make me hate watching it any less.
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