Looking back over my time as an MMA fan over the last 6 years, there has been numerous fights that were critized for lacking action or just being overall dull fights. A few fights that come to mind: Mir vs Cro Cop, Silva vs Maia, Werdum vs Overeem, GSP vs Alves, Evans vs Bisping, and this weekends Lombard vs Boetsch and Kongo vs Jordan fights. These fights stand out as snorefests not only because they lacked in action, but also because they failed to deliver on the hype they promised on paper.
A paricular fight that comes to mind that is often critized was a bout between P4P king Anderson Silva vs (undeserving) challenger Thales Leites. Fellow Brazillian Leites was regarded as one of the top BJJ guys in the UFC having submitted 9 of his 15 opponents and at UFC 97 was set to face The Spider. On April 19, 2009 many fans believed they witnessed a stalemate, much like Anderson's previous fight against Partick Cote, in which not much action took place with either fighter failing to deliver on the Martial Art aspect of the sport. However, in fact the fight featured spactacular technique n00b MMA fans would simpily not understand.
Throughout the fight, many fans thought both fighters were failing to engage as challenger Thales Leites would flop on his back in open guard. However, what fans failed to witness was the technique that was being displayed by both fighters. Leites was using offensive BJJ in order to try to, ironically, lure The Spider into his legs as Anderson Silva used briliant defensive BJJ in what's refered to as the "Stand-up" technique in the world of Brazillian Ju-Jitsu. As this game of cat and mouse transpired, Andy began to use a secret form of Muay Thai, most likely thought to him by MMA God Steven Segal, as he began punching at Leites thighs in a ferocious attempt to finish his opponent. When the fighters were forced to start each round on their feet, many fans thought the fighters were failing to engage each other in a stand-up fight when in fact both fighters were utilizing outstanding footwork and cage control as they battled for standing positioning.
Fans must realize that it is no fault of Dana's that you simiply don't understand MMA and are not a fan if you "boo" a particular fight. The UFC isn't about witnessing "some crazy shit" or a "lion in a cage" but its all about two mixed martial artist using various MMA techniques in attempt to presude each other to bring the fight to their advantageous position. Unfortunately, this misinterpreted fight was scowled by fans and landed Leites on an undercard followed by a release from the promotion.