Nigga don't be trippin' an' thinkin' yo can hang with da mandem.
Because any asshole that picks a fight with me doesn't deserve my hugs!
You forget that a lot of people train who post on this site, so in theory we can get close to a striker to subdue him.
Yet in the real world, Martial Arts/Combat Sports just have a very small fraction of the sportmarket. in percentage a lot more people do Football, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Cycling, Hockey, etc...than Combat Sports.
Most of the time it are these people that start a "str33tf1ght" compared to Combat Sporters.
The reason is that when you fight between two and ten hours a week in the club, you just want to have a good time when you go out.
The majority of untrained fighters (a.k.a. drunken idiots) want to start a slugfest, one or two strikes of a trained person stops such persons, so why would you wait to neutralize such a person till he is at the clinching distance when you can get the job done at striking distance?
I just kick them in the balls whilest wearing combat boots.
I'm an advocate of fighting distances:
distance 1: kick them in the balls
distance 2: poke them in the eye
distance 3: purple nurples
distance 4: teabag them
Control: tie their shoelaces together
If you're serious : A good example that spring to mind would be Brock Lesnar's recent loss to Velasquez or keepin' it old school either of the Chuck Liddel vs Tito Ortiz fights.
Tito thought he could just cover up, close the distance and put the habeus grabus on Chuck.... In fact a lot of Chuck's opponents thought that might work back in the day. They all got KTFO'd in varying degrees. Why ? Because if you don't train in striking at all chances are you don't know **** all how to cover up to begin with. The rest of your plan kind of depends on that working.
This seems to be the very rare doppelganger to the pure striker's theory of "I don't want the fight to go to the ground therefor it won't"
And I'd add to Rene's list, "Your zippers down," and "There's your mother."
Grappling is remarkably mainstream and usually provides competant training, whereas the same level of sophistication in striking is not quite so widespread. By virtue of that alone, perhaps the striking we see in pro competition just tends to pale in comparison. I do notice that in Kudo competitions there is a great deal more time spent striking than grappling. I couldn't say for sure why that is; the rules seem to allow shorter time windows for newaza, and maybe the Karate influence tends to overshadow Judo's. However, it also could suggest that when both parties have comparable training in both striking and grappling it's easier to win striking/harder to win grappling.
You train in Kaj and ask why people train to strike?
Check out the video at around 35:20. Yeah the guy he is sparring is huge, but I believe his strike and training in striking is what got him out of grappling with a guy who may have an edge on the ground!