Fighters that helps mma or martial arts in general evolve?
You know how the UFC has an hall of fame and all, well thats nice, but what about the guys that really helped mma evolves towards having a great style of fighting against anyone?
I think the first thing that comes to mind is the Gracie familly, they basically made mma. But after that, who made mma evolve this well?
An example of a guy who did not, even if hes a champ, is Chuck liddell.. hes a good striker, he showed that mma still needs to be about striking. But in the end, when he retires, what will the other fighters learn from him? You cant teach how to have a great chin.
Sakuraba certainly brought something to the mma game, always trying something new, and was one of the first to show the gracies and the world that grappling is great, but after learning about it, striking remains important in an mma fight. Ironically, he kept loosing after because he would get destroyed by other strikers. Anyways, he was one of the first well rounded fighters in mma.
What about guys like silva, shogun, or fedor? What have they brought, and most important, what will they leave to mma? Fedor is considered the best fighter in the world, hes undefeated, but is he going to leave anything when he retires?