Thompson will absolute slaughter Lawler...who realistically clearly lost his last fight to Condit anyways. It's a shame they gifted Lawler that decision as Condit vs Thompson would be a great fight. Anyways...that fight put the stamp on a trend I think we all have been noticing. If you look at the evolution of MMA you notice that at first...Ju-Jitsu was king. A lot of guys weren't competent with submissions and consequently a lot of fights ended in submissions, and divisions had a lot of high ranking grapplers. After a while, people caught on to the need to learn BJJ...even if they couldn't develop an offensive BJJ game, the vast majority of fighters learned to defend themselves from submissions. Then came the wrestling era. You saw a trend of wrestlers competent in some BJJ just manhandle strikers and BJJ guys. Submissions still happened...but in the top 10 they typical were the result of a fighter being exhausted, or being rocked. Then came the GSP/Fedor era...A select number of fighters found real success in their ability to transition from striking to the ground in one fluent movement. This style is still highly effective in mma...but it's no longer the only way. Now you have guys like Conor, Rockhold and Thomson who can defeat wrestlers not with traditional wrestling...but with a ridiculous range of strikes that these guys can't anticipate. Hell...even Jones defeated Cormier who has an INSANE wrestling pedigree, great KO power, solid cardio. He did it through a variety of strikes. I never thought this would be the next wave in MMA. But now that a lot of grapplers aren't supercharged with steroids and EPO...I think it is. These wrestlers used to time their takedowns by ducking under a jab, cross or a hook....but they can't get any rhythm going with these more dynamic strikers.