It has become common for MMA commentators and journalists to say that all fighters in MMA need to be well-rounded. In their estimation the days of Royce Gracie dominating everyone with straight jiu jitsu are over and in many ways they are correct. Royce Gracie’s return to the Octagon at UFC 60 against Matt Hughes did not go very well. On top of that more and more fighters are benefiting from cross-training. Like most things in this still budding sport, if enough people say something it becomes a “truth”.
By now “you need to be well-rounded in MMA” is a commandment that holds about as much weight as “thou shall not steal,” but then this past weekend there was UFC 95. In one of the featured bouts of the evening Demian Maia stepped into the cage against Chael Sonnen. In his last bout, Sonnen was able to use his high caliber wrestling in reverse and outpoint the troubled Paulo Filho. Many thought that the Team Quest fighter would have a similar advantage against Maia.