What, in your mind, makes a better type of champion/fighter?
Is it the willingness to mix it up and take the risk of getting clocked or falling prey to a quick submission in order to attempt to finish an opponent and not, as they say, leave it in the hands of the judges?
Is it the ability to hold an opponent out and do enough to win rounds with a gameplan, believing that your skill alone will be enough to get you through?
I was musing over this while watching some old MMA and saw how styles have changed drastically over (short) time, how some fighters start out one way and adapt to another and how some fighters have had their whole attitudes and careers defined and forever changed by one big fight. For example, is BJ Penn the same fighter he once was since back to back losses to Frankie Edgar? How will Josh Koscheck evolve as a fighter after being beaten by GSP? Will he ever even be the same and can he get better or is his only hope for being as good as GSP is when GSP loses some edge?
I see MMA becoming increasingly a sport for younger fighters like Jon Jones, who save years off their careers by having the benefit of not having to make the same mistakes that others have made and are able to build on the skills already developed in MMA, a constantly evolving sport.