Champions like Stipe, Jones and Cejudo have the ability to make complete fight adjustments mid match that completely turn the tide in battle. Stipe with his body shots that won him the fight in R4 when he was getting tagged thanks to better striking(and EYEPOKES). It baffled me with how immediate the tide turned and it killed DC’s stamina as quickly as they started. Cejudo using his clinch to dominate his fight with Marlon once he realized he couldn’t keep striking with him and taking leg kicks. It was a risk getting that close to him but it immediately paid off and sapped all of Marlon’s stamina and cost him the fight in R3. Jones is all about innovation and almost every fight has led to him making mid fight adjustments once he realizes one thing isn’t working and it throws all of his opponents off. Of course there are guys like Max who can just dominate thanks to his striking being leagues above others but also isn’t very good at making those adjustments mid fight and because of that never adapted to Volkanovski’s leg kicks. I could really see Henry and Stipe being long term champions since they are able to do what many others in there division are incapable of doing. That’s not to say this is bulletproof but it’s a damn good skill to have.