As many of us would agree, striking/boxing in MMA is pretty embarrassing. As I was watching the Bonnar vs Soz fight and the Leben vs Akiyama fight...I thought to myself, a boxer with adequate takedown defense would destroy these fighters. Don't get me wrong...both fights were exciting and I was cheering on Stephan Bonnar as he was swinging and was yelling when Akiyama and Leben were trading... but their striking leaves much to be desired. That being said...one fighter last Saturday demonstrated good striking/boxing (by mma standards). Sotiropoulos used very rudimentary boxing skills (jab, straight) to frustrate and hurt Kurt Pelligrino. It reminded me how Kenny Florian completely embarrassed Gomi by using a simple jab that set the tempo for the entire fight. I'm just surprised it's taking so long for many MMA fighters to utilize basic boxing fundamentals in their training regimen.