Life of an up and comer or journeyman for that matter. I really wonder if the older generation had it easier or the new breed.
The older generation starting from early to mid 2000s had less competition to deal with and more room to grow in terms of the business end of things which points back to less competition. Most of the multi millionaires now are the ones who started a decade ago (Chuck, Randy, Tito, Fedor, GSP, Anderson,) with the exception of the LHW title holder. I don't think Aldo is a multi millionaire yet, DJ, or Ronda. I suppose Brock would be another exception although he already made his bones on WWE so he had a strong fan following.
New generation from mid to late 2000's have the template from the older fighters to study from; training methods, GYMS, sparring partners, better pay, more sponsorhips. But the one thing that separates the new from the old is the fact that there are 10x the number of fighters out there presently and even more training.
If you had the opportunity which generation would you choose. I'd go with the 90's...aahahaha...cuz I know I'd have a better chance of beating those fighters. :P
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.