I find a good ground game match with multiple submission attempts much more interesting now that I understand what each type of submission requires. I did go into watching MMA expecting the brawl, which are interesting, but technical BJJ fights and technically sound stand up involving good boxing/kickboxing is what I've learned to enjoy.
I do understand and appreciate the ground game and have been following MMA for a long time ( Long before the UFC1/Royce Gracie days ). It is just that I enjoy a stand up fight more. Many good strikers have a good ground game anyway and choose to strike most of the time- chuck Liddell; Dan Henderson etc..A lot of them are my favourite fighters.
Nothing wrong with Sonnen wanting to take Silva down, he was fighting to win. I just don't care to watch it. The first round of the second fight sums it up.