People keep championing the stats on Lyoto Machida’s fighting style to justify it’s validity. To do this, they point towards our friend Rami’s FightMetric site and the statistical domination that Machida achieved against Tito Ortiz. This got me thinking … what do the stats look like for other fights where one fighter decides to be ‘elusive’, like Tim Sylvia vs Jeff Monson, for example?
Even better, I wanted to know how the stats represented another ‘loophole style’ in MMA: Lay and pray. My theory is that while lay n pray is considered a bullshit fighting tactic (and rightly so), it probably represents the same kind of statistical domination that “Hit and Run” (Machida’s style) does.
So here’s where I need your help. Can you give me examples of the worst cases of Lay and Pray in the recent history of the UFC? Rami has agreed to do his FightMetric thang for a fight of our choice, and then we’ll get to see how LnP statistically stacks up to Machida’s style. I don’t think it’s going to change anyone’s minds nor do I think it answers some of the ‘bigger picture’ questions regarding the Hit and Run. But it should be a fun little experiment.