I think what needs to be taken with a grain of salt is that this picture is representative of a game in development.
Another thing about the little details of the technique, I ask, are you using the game as a MMA instructional tape or are you playing the game. People never complained that when Street Fighter II came out, that Ryu and Ken could throw a guy over their head with their arms, or that several fighters could generate electricity or shoot fire from their bodies. What matters is whether or not the game plays well and whether or not it is fun playing it.
It's just a screen shot and it means nothing. Just to prove my point I did a google image search on the UFC undisputed game (which most people haven't bitched about I might add) and here is one of the first five images from the game. I am sure anything the douche bag writer of the article said about the EA game screen shot could be said about this one taken at random.