Originally Posted by Peteyandjia
Right now he's a submission wrestler. If he wants to be champ, he's got to improve his striking. He's got great movement: distancing, fluidity, calmness, the Machida/Karate-ish style is obviously working for him. But he needs to be more dangerous, his offense is still lacking. I think he may improve though, and I'm rooting for him. Awesome fighter to watch
All of this. He's obviously physically very talented with legit movement, grappling and killer instinct bar none; but in terms of striking he needs to use a greater range of punches and not rely as much on karate style single strikes which will ultimately cost him in the long run against the elite.
He's also a bit too comfortable at maintaining his distance so up close he's very vulnerable/uncomfortable. His grappling prowess will ofc alleviate much of the willingness of his opponents to step into short range but add a wrestler with striking skills and subtract the grappling advantage and he might be in for a seriously rough night. A guy like Lawler standing in the pocket and slipping his straight punches with head movement would for instance be... not so good. I'm much less worried about supposed monsters like Woodley who would spend all night treading water while being poked in the face repeatedly plus get smothered on the ground.
I'm on the bandwagon though and think he'll improve. Might take a beating for him to get there but eventually I see him as a champ, possibly at LW.