BGL is still the top dog. Those who unfairly criticized him does not know that fighting is more than just throwing punches then fall on your face. It is about strength, balance and agility and it is not possible to always end it with a KO. It wasn''t like he just hugged. He did try to take McGratten head off or atleast knock is sideway but McGratten who is taller yet less interested in standing straight and exchange. BLG won but boring match and rematch is a must though I think McGratten injured his elbow.
I think the laraque just wrestles critiques are getting fairly old. Laraque landed several short punches and was not punched once by McGratton. He regained his balance several times, and as they were going into the boards - where the fight was likely to stop as they stayed against the board - he spun and took McGratton down. But all of you will then say he doesn't fight that often and that's why he isn't HW champion. He has 5 fights this year, all of which are victories. Middle of the line fighters, guys like Chris Neil, aren't going to step up. He only fights the top guys and this results in less competion then a guy like Carcillo would be able to go against.