When should a fighter retire?
I've heard a lot of people (myself included at times) talking about how fighters like Shamrock and Gracie should have retired a long time ago. How it's sad to see them fight past their prime when their skills have deteriorated and they aren't able to roll with the younger guys anymore. But if you think about there is something to be said for legends who will give the next generation a shot without caring about their record or their "legacy".
Take Royce for example, when he fought Hughes he knew he was going in there as an underdog, he knew that there was a very good chance he would be beaten and it would affect the way people viewed him and his career but he did it anyway. And I dont believe for a minute it was for the money, I think he did it because he absolutely loves the sport and he isn't ready to give up his reputation until there is someone who could take it away from him. That's pretty admirable if you ask me...and the same goes for Shamrock, he gave lots of young fighters a shot at a legend and it's not like he laid down and rolled over, he fought his heart out until the end and made them earn it.
That's why it disgusts me when I see people talking shit about these guys...it's usually people who know or care nothing about the history of the sport. People with little or no understanding of what makes or drives a great champion. You'll recognize them because they'll be wearing the T-shirt with a picture of whatever fighter is the flavour of the month. Not real fans in my book.
What are your thoughts on when a fighter should hang up the gloves?
Last edited by Mr. Bungle; 10-20-2006 at 11:58 AM.