Seems like throws from the clinch (mostly judo throws) are working much better than wrestling shots from the outside these days in MMA. And not just recently. It started a few years ago and the trend hasn't really changed.
Just compare the Chuck/Tito fight with the Fedor/Hunt fight and see how EXTREMELY hard it seems to be for a great wrestler to take down a great sprawl and brawler, but how a judoka has a much easier time. All the judoka has to do is throw some leather and clinch, and his opponent is almost as good as down on the mat in a matter of seconds. Yoshida and Karo are like this, too, just to name a few.
It also seems that the judokas can throw from ANY tieup EXCEPT the Muay Thai double neck tie.
It kind of makes me want to train some judo again, along with my BJJ and Muay Thai. If only there was a way to do that for guys in their 20s and 30s that seriously minimizes knee injuries...