I know the common sense answer is of course, but I'm not sure. The one thing that disturbs me about MMA striking is the footwork and defense. For many mixed martial artists as soon as they get in trouble on the feet, they instantly look to shoot or clinch. This is why I think striking has been slow to evolve within the sport. Since most elite MMA fighters come from elite grappling backgrounds (wrestling or bjj) there is no commitment to striking once things don't go your way. I think the well roundedness of MMA is actually to the detriment of the striking aspect of the sport. Thougths?