BrazilianDude wrote:still can't believe this guy is holding a belt...
I have a question for all the wise linkers out there....
since I haven't been paying a lot of attention to MMA these days ( I let others watch the fights and when people say the fight was awesome I go and watch it), does anybody else here has the feeling that we are living one of the worse eras of MMA when it comes to talent??
I was thinking about all great fighters from 2000 to 2010 and even late 90's ,and I think that if they were all in their prime today they would smash all those ''top'' guys from today...
a prime BJ would terrorize his division today, same goes for prime gsp, anderson, machida, even guys like randy and hughes ( I might be wrong there)....wanderley, cro cop etc...even chuck ( before glass jaw ), shogun, RDA, JDS etc
it is crazy to think that those guys in their prime would simply dismantle all divisions in the UFC today?
or am I just too old school and refusing to see that today we are better off than yesterday?
man, michael bisping? really? come on.....really really?? ronda?? ( a couple of months ago, not now)......connor??
WTF? no, just no !!
a lot more money involved in promotion, a lot more money being made, a lot more money being paid to fighters...
and a lot fucking harder for old fans like myself to watch a good exciting fight...
most of the excitement I get from fights today is watching whoever the UFC has hyped as the ''best ever'' getting exposed! And that is sad !!
I'll probably retire as a fan as soon as the Mcgregor train is permanently derailed....anybody with me?
I haven't been watching as much mma either and I get what you're saying about the old days and kind of feel the same way, but it's probably wrong.
I think the older guys used to really dominate in one area and if they could dictate the style of the fight, they would outclass the other guy. A lot of guys had an obvious flaw in their game, it was mostly a matter of someone being able to exploit it. I think most guys now are probably more well rounded, but at the cost of not having one really strong skill. They start practicing more skills earlier, but without the focus to really develop an area. The result is a lot of the guys can neutralize the other guys skills.
Another thing is that a lot more fighters are taking their conditioning more seriously. A guy like Tito could take over a fight after the other guy gassed and completely faded.
Bj had crazy flexibility and control of his legs for his bjj, combined with heavy hands - conditioning was an issue for a long time. Not sure how a prime BJ would do.
GSP and Machida were/are well rounded, but both were heavily criticized for not finishing fights - lack of one strike ko power.
Randy used strategy to expose a guy like Sylvia, not sure how he would do against a healthy Cain or JDS (or Jon Jones at LHW).
Hughes was a strong dude that could outwrestle almost every WW. He developed some submissions, but I don't think anybody feared his striking.
As for Bisping, after losing a bunch of fights to guys who used TRT, he's just looking to cash in. Can't blame a guy for wanting to take the
fights. He'll take the fight he's most likely to win. It's not his fault the UFC doesn't have a clear path to the title.