"And where's the on screen graphics showing what guys are trying for.. There's still so much they could do."
Hey, never thought of that pulsy. Light bulb.
IMO, it still goes back to being like any other sport. Even if they didnt have the graphics WHILE the sub attempt is live (which would really help the necks out btw), even if they dont go back to Laimon's instructionals, they could simply show replays in detail or show each fighter's strengths in the previews and explain it.
Even in educating fans how MMA striking differs from boxing; show how Chuck keeps out of td distance and selects his shots while always being aware of the td attempt.
Babalu subbed a lot of guys before Chuck. How did he sweep guys and take their back, how does he maintain back control, what steps to take for the RNC.
IMO Rogan does a good job but pictures are worth a 1000 wds.
"In Pride, whenever there is a submission attempt, the referee raises his hand until the attempt is abandonded or of course successful"
I believe this is considered a "Catch" as you can hear the ref say it and its considered in the scoring.