Sometimes you have to ask yourself those tough questions. Like, "Does God exist and, if so, why wasn't I adopted by loving parents?" Or, more importantly, "Rickson versus a mid to large-sized bear and Chuck Norris (think "Good Guys Wear Black" and not "Walker: Texas Ranger"): Who wins?" [Answer: Yes].
Or, here's an even better one: Is it better to seek your victory by submission or points?
Pablo Popovitch, (who is undefeated since 2007) that illuminates the issue:
Popovitch is one of the best in the world for sure, especially after his dominance the last couple years. He's obviously very honest too. And, based on what we see in the major tournaments, he's not the only competitor with this mentality. Skill level and overall sophistication are at an all time high, and, it's understandable that many competitors will seek to win on points rather than attempting submissions at the risk of loss.Anyone can make a mistake and get caught. Some matches I think I could do more but I don’t because I want to keep the record going. It does take away from my Jiu-Jitsu in tournaments for sure. In some matches I could really let it go but I play it safe, so as not to fall into danger. Jiu-Jitsu is like a chess match. You make a mistake, you lose. I just try not to put that much pressure on myself. Deb Blyth, "Undefeated since 2007, Weapon X Wants Gi Win in 2011" Graciemag, November 10, 2010.
For me, personally, there is no question. Unless, you are incapable, you should always be seeking the submission, regardless of score. This doesn't mean being foolish and risking loss for no reason. But, seek out and work for the submission. Always.
WHAT DO YOU THINK, GRAPPLER?
Side note: Norris was mustachedly badass in "GGWB" (but, still no match for Rickson G.):