Gray Maynard vs Kenny Florian and the Specter of Lay n Prey

Gray "The Bully" Maynard vs Kenny "KenFlo" Florian is one of few MMA fights where I felt that North America should adopt the Yellow Card policy.

Now, I am not advocating that MMA in North America should adopt the Yellow Card policy, but I do feel that this fight accentuates the fact that completing a takedown and not predicating it with any offense or very little offense is worth at times a whole round.

What Gray Maynard utilized on Kenny Florian was what most would consider "lay n prey." Maynard would take Florian down and end up in Florian's full guard, use his weight to hold him down, not attempt to pass guard, and utilize little to no ground n pound. There was a point in the fight where Maynard would take Florian down, hold him down for what seemed like a minute, and then the ref would threaten to stand the fight up due to inactivity. With that warning, Maynard would attempt some (very little) ground n pound, and then he would go back to holding Florian down.

I must admit that this strategy is not to my taste, and I feel that it is in a way "Playing the Game." It's "Playing the Game" in that the fighter who initiates the takedown knows that being on top is seen as being dominant in the judge's eyes especially in North America. Also, by not being active or having very little activity except for pinning the opponent down, it allows time on the clock to be wasted. In the case of Maynard vs Florian, it also seemed like Maynard had absolutely no intention of even trying to finish the fight or cause much damage at all. In the last seconds of his fight against Florian, he was backpedaling so as not to get hit at all. In my opinion, it felt as if Maynard won the fight because of loopholes in the judging system of MMA.  

I am not against wrestling in MMA, but I am not fond of taking an opponent down and not following it up with offense, guard passing or using very little offense. Demian Maia took down Mario Miranda and passed guard to dominant positions while throwing ground n pound, and so did Joe Lauzon against Gabe Ruediger. Chael Sonnen stayed constantly busy against Anderson Silva after taking him down. More often than not, I see takedowns followed by some sort of activeness such as ground n pound or guard passing from the top from most MMA fighters, and I have no problem with it.

Granted, it is also the job of the opponent to utilize takedown defense in order not to get taken down or work from the bottom to get up, try to submit from the bottom, or cause damage from the bottom. With the way that Maynard was holding Florian down, it is much easier said than done.

MMA is part sport and part entertainment. For many, Maynard's way of fighting is not entertaining. However, in the end of the day, he won the fight and has been winning MMA fights with this style. It generally goes against the entertainment aspect of MMA in many fans' eyes, but it is within the rules of the sport to fight in this way.

Some feel that something should be done so as not to encourage the "lay n prey" style of fighting such as penalizing a fighter who is stalling the fight on top position, and others feel that this is just a part of MMA as striking or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is. Some find all the fault lies in the fighter who allows himself to get taken down and allows himself to be the recipient of "lay n prey." This fight in my opinion is not the norm, and while fighters like Gray Maynard and Jon Fitch are utilizing this wet blanket style of fighting, many others who have a wrestling base are not doing this.   

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