Originally Posted by C00kie
Incorrect. GSP is (or was) the most actively offensive fighter in the UFC. Even in the post-Serra days, there was never a given moment in the fight where GSP was not working to dismantle his opponent's defenses in every facet of the game, whether it be with jabbing, guard passing, takedowns or ground and pound.
The correct answer would, in fact, be Anderson Silva
; so defensive as to almost REFUSE to lead when his opponent will not do so himself, and to appear ineffective and frustrated when forced to lead against an opponent who would not merely get excited, over-extend and expose openings in Chris Weidman. Merely watch his frankly boring fights against Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, and Demian Maia for further corroboration of just how much Anderson dislikes being forced to lead.
Now compare this to what he did to the tactically unintelligent, soft-punching yet doggedly relentless brawler in Forrest Griffin, who not only had next to no chance of hurting the iron-chinned Silva even if he DID connect, but whose offensive strategy was almost literally nothing more than running forward while moving his fists. He was dropped with tight counterpunches during both of his attempted bull-rushes, and Silva even tried actually leading against him for once because he had no reason to fear Griffin's hands-- leading to a breathtaking knockdown created by forcing Griffin to circle left under the threat of a jab before then switching stances and cutting him off with a simply gorgeous stepping right hook.
Machida, comparatively, has actually developed into a striker who is dangerous when he is countering AND leading more so than Anderson, and it showed in his frankly superb work in setting up powerful round kicks against Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi. It is almost as if he has become a Shotokan version of Mirko Cro Cop.
Now, that is not to say Anderson CAN'T be dangerous while leading, because he obviously has enough power in all his strikes to hurt his opponents when he wants to. But it just really seems like he simply WON'T decide to do that, UNLESS he is angry or the risk involved is decidedly minimal-- and in that regard, heck, you know, Patrick Cote certainly has enough power to hurt or wobble Anderson if he did catch him. Moreover, if Silva chose
to try and unload from the inside or clinch in some of his more lackluster title defenses, he very well may have gotten dragged to the ground by the reasonably dangerous Thales Leites-- or the INCREDIBLY dangerous Demian Maia.