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Old 07-16-2013, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ive been doing something that I recommend for yall, go back and watch some badass Randy, Chuck, Matt Hughes fights. To me, the golden age of MMA (so far) has been UFC 40-80. With Tito, Chuck, Randy, and the gang on top. And I've been asking myself "why was this era so special?" and I think Ive came to a tiny conclusion. The guys that were on top in those days, they weren't the greatest athletes. UFC didn't have Bud Light, they had Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor. The crowd was rowdy, but only half as rowdy as the fighters. Guys were on top that were born to fight. They wouldn't have been pros in any other sport, but they brought it in the cage. Im not saying guys don't do that now, but then was really spectacular. So if you're tired of talking Anderson Silva and don't have anything else to do today, go back and rewatch some magic. All the Chuck vs Randy vs Tito saga was amazing. Hughes vs Newton 1, Trigg 1 and 2 were great. And I cant remember what PPV it was, but when Randy came back and beat Tim Sylvia, wow I just rewatched that fight and it was amazing. From the very first punch, until the bell, exciting all over again.

So do yourselves a favor, whether you're a new fan or have been watching since Royce was choking fools out. Go back and watch the magic in those fights. If you don't know where to start, I suggest watching any of Chuck's title fights. Then the nostalgia will kick in and guide you the rest of the way. If you find any gems, please mention or link them here so we can all enjoy!
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not to take anything away from Randy, Chuck and Hughes but the golden age of MMA was Pride.
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let me just clarify by "golden age" I didn't mean the best physical athletes, as currently we probably have the best athletes MMA has ever seen. but by golden age I was referring to the feeling you got when watching MMA. maybe it was because there were less events, but I love those old fights and how exciting they were.
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let me just clarify by "golden age" I didn't mean the best physical athletes, as currently we probably have the best athletes MMA has ever seen. but by golden age I was referring to the feeling you got when watching MMA. maybe it was because there were less events, but I love those old fights and how exciting they were.
yeah, I kinda have to agree with that.


Which is also why I loved Pride, I just loooove how over the top and epic the shows felt.
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Yeah I miss some things about the good old days too but there are others I enjoy about the modern era as well. I do like how the arts have evolved a bit more, the action does look a whole lot more precise and deadly than some of the haymaker fests that used to be the rule back in the day.

I think if we just had another major org pop up in Japan like Pride, it'd all be fine again ... most of the things that piss me off about modern MMA tend to stem from the UFCs de-facto monopoly over it.

If the two orgs had cross promotional fights as well like the whole Chuck entering Pride GP thing, it'd be gold.
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Speaking of awesome organisations that don't exist anymore... ****in' WEC! man, I used to love their shows. Possibly even more than the UFC shows at the time.
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This is the Machida era bra.

That made me chuckle in real.

I do miss the "old days", although since the sport is still very young it seems silly calling them "old days", Randy/Chuck were on top like 6 years ago.
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