I'm assuming that you are basing this strictly on MMA performances. I suppose that's fine, but there are a lot of guys that are around the same level as these guys in terms of applying BJJ in MMA competition. Seems fine, to me, to compare a guy like Maia to a guy like Nogueira in terms of MMA performances, but for me style plays a major role, as does technical ability.
I end up thinking that, in terms of technical ability on the ground, watching a Jeff Monson or a Fabricio Werdum is a lot more impressive than Shields or B.J. Not that those guys aren't great, but I don't see the same level of technical precision.
Yeah, I'm basing it soley on MMA performances. I'm not up on non-MMA JJ so I'd rather not comment on it.
Technically, there may be people superior to Penn or Shields on the ground. But # of MMA wins/dominations is how I'm determining who/how I'd rate in MMA.
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