It occurred to me before I fell asleep last night, that all these so called "upsets" lately, aren't really upsets at all. I think fighters are just finally realizing that a really good gameplan with skills will beat just really good skills any day. I noted this on a comment made in PRIDE 33, where one of the announcers quoted Wanderlei saying "He doesn't come with a gameplan, he just trains for everything." Look how that worked out for him. This is what I'd consider the 3rd or 4th major turning point in MMA. The first ones being that a ground game is necessary (via Royce), conditioning is key (Tito, Frank Shamrock, etc..), and skills in every area (once again Frank, Bas, Fedor, etc..). Note, I'm not a huge Frank fan, but he did introduce a few things. In the Couture/Sylvia fight, we just saw what Randy does best, a great gameplan and enough skills in all the areas to implement it. He imposed his will on Tim and it worked out really well for him. Same thing with GSP/Serra, GSP didn't really have a gameplan (and his most recent comments display that he wasn't prepared enough). Serra on the other hand, while he doesn't have the overall athleticism and skillset as GSP, had a much better gameplan and implemented it. Obviously the same goes with Mirko/GG, Mirko just was relying on his skillset of striking and takedown defense whereas GG specifically trained and had a plan for Mirko's weapons. I guess all in all, I wasn't suprised at all when I was actually watching these fights. Obviously people have been crying gameplan for awhile, but this is a big wakeup call to everyone IMO. Thoughts?