Just imagine how different things would be if he had just been civil and learned from his experience, but he didn't and that is why he receives or deserves any respect.
The thing is, Rudy was doing well when they were standing up. He might have won if he'd only had the sense to say 'I don't have a background in grappling, I want a San Da or Kickboxing match'.
Cullion, Rudy was landing punches, that much is true. But he didnt have game ending striking. But you are correct, if he'd requested San Da, he may well have won. But he didnt.
Also, it takes a wily old fox such as yourself to request San Da in such a situation. "Wets self in excitement at thought of witnessing Cullion Vs Judoka_Uk in San Da"
I think you're getting a little off track, Cullion. I never thought that Rudy was there with the sole objective of winning a fight - he was there to prove his CMA could work in an MMA setting. Winning a San Da match but losing to teh grapple would land him in the exact same situation.