Rashad Evans talked to MMA Junkie and made it plain, he's looking to win first, entertain later:
...for those who complain that it's a lay-and-pray style light on entertainment value, Evans has a message for you: Get used to it.
"I felt like I needed to bring [wrestling] back after the Machida fight," said Evans, who posted back-to-back knockout wins over Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin before the loss to Machida. "One thing that happens sometimes when you find success in one area - and I found success standing up - I kind of forgot about the area where I was strongest."
Evans said his return to wrestling is part of his win-first mentality.
"Me doing wrestling now is just going to be something I do from here on out," he said. "Because no matter how far (I get) in my stand-up, I've always got to remember that my bread and butter is my wrestling, and everything else stems from that."
It's no coincidence that Rashad's fellow Team Jackson fighter Georges St Pierre is on the same tip:
"I'm fighting safe," St-Pierre admitted. "Every time I step into the octagon, my life is in jeopardy. For me, it's more important to not get hit than to hit the guy. I will never fight in a way [in which] I fight like I flip a coin.
"I never took risks. The only fight I took a risk was when I fought Matt Serra, and I went in a stupid exchange, and it was not smart. I got caught; Serra beat me fair and square, and he deserved the victory that night. But it taught me a good lesson, and I don't want it to happen again."
St-Pierre said playing it safe also applies to his stand-up skills in a fight.
"When I'm standing up, I hit the guy, (and) I pick my angle, and I'm smart," he said. "I'm not afraid to say it: I'm not a brawler, and I'm not a coward. I'm not going to trade punch one-for-one with a guy. I'm going to hit the guy and not get hit. That's a smart way to fight."
As MMA evolves and becomes more of a sport and less of a spectacle, we're going to see more and more winning fighters adopt this approach.
Fans may love fighters who bring it at all costs, but we haven't seen Chris Lytle and Marcus Davis fight for many titles have we?