Originally Posted by SuperHut
I agree that Ken didn't attempt to pass Royce's guard in UFC5, but I remember it looking more like Ken, (despite training with the Machados to prepare for Royce) looking like he was afraid to get caught by Royce again.
It wasn't until the overtime round, after the artificial restart when Ken popped Royce in the eye, and then had an advantage and started working on Royce's eye and that's when I guess you could say he pioneered the GnP.
kens plan was to sit in royces guard and chop away with short punches and head butts for hours if he had to. the gracies got wind of his plan (probably through the machados) and introduced a time limit a week before the fight. ken introduced ground and pound to the ufc. this is indisputable. mark just worked at a more frantic pace because he didnt have to fight as long so he gets credit for popularising it.