For me, one of the most annoying situations in a fight is when Fighter A continually takes down his opponent, and Fighter B appears surprised the other guy is implementing that strategy. It is the helplessness. I absolutely love the ground game and trained in Jiu Jitsu for years, so it is not a lack of understanding that element of fighting. Rather, I begin questioning the game plan and strategy of Fighter B and his team.
Too many times I see a fighter going up against a guy who he must know (or at least suspect) will try to take him down. This fighter, generally attempting to outstrike his opponent, will have a high striking stance, headhunt, and go for hail mary-esque blows to the head that generally result in him going for a ride.
I have often wondered what would happen if he were to avoid the moves that would increase his chance of going to the ground (i.e. headkicks, flying knees, certain punches, etc.) and instead, fight in a low stance and throw punches to the body. Would that not help negate the wrestler's attempts to get under his hips to take him down? I am trying to think of a situation where the anti-takedown fighter used this strategy and still got taken down.
I am not suggesting that body shots are the cure-all for takedowns, especially when the wrestling pedigree is superior. Some guys are so good that it doesn't seem to matter what the other guy's strategy is, they can get them down when they want to. I am only asking the question: Do you think that would help? What else do you think would help?