Tactics beat technique
I was listing to a podcast yesterday ( http://bjjbrick.com/ ) and the guest was Neil Melanson who ( I gather ) is a fairly accomplished MMA grappling coach. I think he used to work with Randy Couture among others. Neil made this statement that tactics beat techniques. I'm just wondering how ya'll feel about that.
Miyao brothers have great tactics and technique.
Melanson does coach a ton of high level fighters. I think his use of tactics would be more accurately called strategy. Honestly I think strategy and game plans are more relevant and important in MMA than BJJ. In MMA, I think that holds true, but in BJJ strategy isn't as important. I think in MMA because there are more distinct phases it's easier to strategize to stay in or out of certain phases, whereas in BJJ it's much harder to say, "okay, I'm only going to play guard", and win using that strategy.
Although, a big part of that is likely because MMA is against a specific opponent, BJJ is usually a tournament, and because of that, there's specific opponent studying in MMA, not so much in BJJ. Regardless, the point stands.
Part of Melanson's justification for this statement was his own experience having submitted other grapplers many times during competitive rolls who were (in his words) much better grapplers than him. His assertion is that he is a submission specialist--he has what you could say is a somewhat limited game, but he's very good at it.