Originally Posted by massage__dancer
That is what is making MMA great, any body can win a match.
All in how you train, what , you train, who you train with, how big your heart is ect.. not luck and oportunity
i agree. something else to consider is that its typically the fighter's who've been in the sport a while that are getting beat. the new guys have come in, having trained true mma- bjj, boxing, wrestling, muay thai- they are usually well rounded (i am aware of the exceptions). The fighters who had been around started out being very good at one thing and then as the sport has progressed they've had to branch out. in doing so, they remain very strong in one skill and decent in the rest. just something to consider.
also, what fun would it be if the same people just won all the time? i was soooooo glad to see rampage beat chuck. i was so sick of chuck winning every match the exact same way. and a very special grats to jardine who has to be the first person in, what? 3 years or so to make chuck go all 3 rounds??? i think it all just raises the level of competitiveness.
also, beforehand you'd get a lot of fighters who would come in with a gameplan, but they weren't watching tape much to study their opponent. it seems that now things are so close that fighters will have to take every necessary action to formulate a strategic gameplan that plays to the weaknesses of their opponent. another thing i saw in jardines fight was that he was the first person to take advantage of chuck's INSANELY open stance. the straight kicks to the chest were a good call along with the leg kicks and that crushing rib kick. when's the last time some went down the middle with chuck lidell?
anyways... sorry for the long post- but what it comes down to is a general rise in the competitiveness of the sport, which is NOT a bad thing.