grinding out a boring decision over five rounds

English translation: eke out a win by decision after a fight lacking exciting action

05:22 Dec 17, 2016
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English term or phrase: grinding out a boring decision over five rounds
Hello everyone,

John Kavanagh describes the fight between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes.

"Going into this fight, there was little doubt in my mind that Mendes would be successful with his takedowns. His ability as a wrestler, coupled with Conor’s lack of work in that area over the past few months, meant that it was inevitable. Our game plan was focused on what would happen when the takedowns came. There was no need to panic when it happened, because Conor had the jiu-jitsu to take care of himself on the ground. We focused on making sure that the action on the ground was always busy and active, which would prevent Mendes from grinding out a boring decision over five rounds."

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/grind out

2. To achieve or accomplish something through determination and force: The team ground out a win.

I'm not sure what the phrase in question implies in the context above.
In particular, why will active and busy action (and not a knock-out by Conor) prevent Mendes from winning by decision and why this decision should be boring?

And doesn't "grinding out" imply (by itself) that Mendes should act actively?

Thank you.
klp
Local time: 00:57
English translation:eke out a win by decision after a fight lacking exciting action
Explanation:
This is the implied meaning. As a wrestler, Mendez wanted to fight on the ground and wrestle, and wrestling is normally as exciting as watching paint dry...
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Dariusz Saczuk
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eke out a win by decision after a fight lacking exciting action


Explanation:
This is the implied meaning. As a wrestler, Mendez wanted to fight on the ground and wrestle, and wrestling is normally as exciting as watching paint dry...

Dariusz Saczuk
United States
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Thank you, Dariusz.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Terry Richards
1 hr
  -> Kind thanks, Terry.

agree  Jack Doughty
1 hr
  -> Thank you, Jack.

agree  Yasutomo Kanazawa
3 hrs
  -> Thank you, Yasutomo.

agree  Yvonne Gallagher: yes, name is McGregor!
4 hrs
  -> :-). Thank you, Gallagy. My bad. My brain was already switched off while I was writing it..

agree  Mark Nathan: "grinding" being the opposite of "busy and active"
6 hrs
  -> Thank you, Mark.

agree  acetran
6 hrs
  -> Thank you, acetran.
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