So what are everybodies thoughts on Paul so far ?
I must say, I can't help but be impressed with this guy, his Jiu-Jitsu is a joy to watch. He has a purple belt in Luta Livre and a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but by all accounts, he taps Black Belts regulary in training. I was always concerned about his stand-up, he certainly isn't the smoothest on his feet, and he needs to work that area, but when the fight hits the deck, it's a wrap.
I actually bumped him to him in the MGM Grand, he was very unassuming, almost shy, but very polite. It was if he hadn't quite got his head around the fact he is becoming recognisable. I got the feeling I was the first person in Vegas to recognise him though, and he looked a little shocked that someone actually knew who he was. Definitely a guy that will always have his feet firmly on the ground, no matter how successful his career may or may not pan out.
I thought Volkmann would cause him a few problems, he is definitely the most savvy fighter Paul has faced to date, but he handled him brilliantly. I got the impression that Volkmann was trying to prove that he had nothing to fear from the Sass ground game, and was more than happy to stay in Paul's guard, as if to prove a point. Bad mistake.
I think it would be a little unfair to label Paul a one-trick-pony, even though his Triangles are so damn impressive, but it's hard to see the other sides of his game when he finishes almost all his fights in this manner. I've caught all of his UFC fights, and he always seems to able to get his opponent to the mat, whether he scores the takedown, or is at the other end of it. His persistence in this regard holds no boundries.
At 13-0 with 9 Triangles and 3 Heel Hooks, you would expect his next opponent to learn from Jacob's error and keep the fight standing for as long as possible. I would suggest that is where the advantage clearly lies. I'm keen to see how that scenario would play out, because at the moment we haven't really seen much else from Sass. What we have seen though, is arguably one of the most ardent ground practioners in the UFC doing exactly as he pleases.
I don't think it will be long either, before we see him pull off this attempt in the Octagon.