Striking in the Demilitarized Zone (*EGADS!* From Guard!)
When you're in someone's guard in MMA, forearm the body, lift your body weight an inch, then drop it on one side, then the other, back and forth. It bugs people, it's easy to do, and it makes'em squirm, and makes it harder for them to breathe. If they start moving around and forget you're going to hit them from contact-submission, you'll only force the air out of'em quicker.
It's not a high reward technique, but it allows you to keep your arms out of danger in the guard and still be offensive, and when they squirm a little too far, you go for the guard pass. The movement I'm talking about is like sort of like peddling a bike, with your arms, up and down forearms into the gut, constant rhythm.
As their arms come down to stop yours moving, slide your palm into their jaw, it should be a really short shot, no more than a couple inches if you've got your weight planted on'em in guard. Forearm, forearm, forearm, pop-to-the-jaw, their arms come back up, forearm, forearm, forearm...if their arms do not come up to defend, you can break into a flurry of short shots to the head.
Defending against someone GnPing from your guard, especially someone who isn't going for bombs, just short shots that are low-risk makes it really hard to do much. You have to be VERY tight and VERY controlling and VERY quick to stop, for example, those shots to the jaw. You also need to hit'em back or they'll be happy to keep hitting you
The same thing can work from the bottom to make some room, hold the head, then move the other hand, also on the head about an inch away, then clap your hands. Over and over until they do something about it. If they move much, they'll give you enough room to go for a sub, or throw an elbow.
The emphasis is always on staying safe, but delivering damage, low-risk, no one shot necessarily being a KO shot, but you start smacking someone in the head...if they can't do anything about it quickly, they'll start seeing stars, and you will get that KO or submission.
This is absolutely not a style bashing thread, but one of the coolest things about this strategy is, it fucks with BJJ guys. They want to be close...so do you, because then you pummel them as they try and look for subs that aren't there.
In an MMA match, you should not stop striking, once you're in range, unless you're blocking an opponent's strike or going for a reversal or submission, and even then, most are aided by adding strikes.
I think the boxing/MT influenced striking at a lot of places just doesn't address that fact. MMA is not about a long battle of attrition, because it isn't about avoiding shots, and moving in and out of range, it's about cornering your opponent in the worst possible position (for him) and unleashing the most devastating offensive you can, as quickly as you can, without puting yourself at unnecessary risk.