Originally Posted by memling
That first takedown, where Sonnen sets it up by faking the kick, is so beautiful. Sonnen has adapated his wrestling to MMA perhaps better than any other wrestler. Even if others are more explosive, have cleaner technique, better takedowns in the clinch, whatever, Sonnen's sense of timing and his overall understanding of the entire fight game and how to use wrestling in an actual fight is superb.
I agree and put Ben Askren in the same boat. Not exciting guys to watch IMO but the way they control their opponents and prevent them from doing what they want to do is impressive. Again though, not the most exciting to watch.