1. this is a sport. the sport of fighting. this is not real fighting. if this is a real fight, these guys will kick each other in the balls, poke eyes, bite, stomp and anything else dirty and nasty. if you want that, hang out in your local bar until last call and hang out in the parking lot night after night until you hit paydirt. otherwise, accept that this is a sport and they are playing a game, and the game wont always be as exciting as it could be. make the relation to any other sport you enjoy following, and this should be an easy concept to grasp.
2. accusations of lay and pray, ducking and running are so hackneyed and abused that it is embarrassing. if a guy avoids a combo hes a runner. if he gets injured he is ducking. if he lands a takedown hes laying and praying. reading these kind of posts is like grading homework from junior kindergarten
3. to justify the title let me touch on each of these fighters last fights
GSP: fought literally half and half with diaz, dominating him on the ground and on the feet. cry all you want, your boy had half the fight to land with his best boxing in mma, and all he did was eat jabs, supermans and kicks, while his famous bjj amounted to being on his back eating punches. masterful performance from the most well rounded fighter in history.
LYOTO: took hendo to school, hendo never came close to landing anything, and lyoto just took his time, got the patterns and timing down and could have won 20 rounds in a row, each more convincingly than the last. this man is a martial arts genius
a) beat diaz cleanly in a kickboxing vs boxing match,
b) gave GSP a great fight, and
c) barely lost to hendricks in another great fight, which I would not have blinked if they gave him the decision. very creative fighter, who will get better as he tightens up his game and improves his wrestling
RORY: shut down a guy with KO power and great wrestling. if thats all jake had to offer, then what the hell was he planning on doing against the champ. at the highest level, you better have the chops and the reserves to throw something that works, or you can expect to get shutout by a real top fighter.
recognize what it is my friends, appreciate what you are watching