Originally Posted by sirdilznik
Yes, I'm serious. I don't acknowledge the 400-0 record, but that doesn't change how great a fighter he was (is?). Sure the competition back then wasn't nearly at the same level it is today, but you have to measure a man against the era he fought in and Rickson was outrageously dominant during his prime. Most people consider Royce Gracie to be a legend and one of the greatest of all time. Rickson was the family champion. Simply put Rickson > Royce.
Royce atleast fought good competition. Rickson Gracie padded his record, and avoided Sakuraba like the plague. Royce has beaten Ken Shamrock & Dan Severn. Rickson has beaten Funaki, and a bunch of nobodies. Does beating a carny pro wrester(Takada) mean that much? Royce also faced the one guy Rickson didn't want to in Sakuraba, and had a ground breaking(Albeit boring as hell) fight with him(Saku).
Rickson Gracie was/is a myth.
Frank Shamrock was really great during his time. Unfortunately, his time has passed, and he continues to get his name out by posting ridiculous ego stroking video's.
Frank Shamrock(Yea, I'm biased)
These are the 4 who I think are the best in terms of memorable fights & importance.
Frank Shamrock was the blueprint of current MMA. A really well rounded fighter who had some classics in his time. His fights with Inoue, Tito, & Bas will forever remain epic.
Sakuraba was the guy who carried Pride for the longest time. If there wasn't a Saku, then Pride wouldn't have survived.
Frye was the perfect gaijin fighter for Pride. His battles with Takayama & Ken Shamrock are among my all time favorites. Only Frye(And Ken) could make a staredown seem so important.
Bas was one of the main Pancrase stars. If it wasn't for Bas, then Ken may not have been as popular as he is/was now/then(Ditto Frank). He was the man to beat, and still remains one of the most respected fighters around.
You can tell who's new to the sport, and who's not by reading some of the posts on here. Anderson Silva? Are you serious?
Say what you will about Ken Shamrock, but he is a pioneer. He helped build up the sport, and he even played his part of putting over the new generation of fighters.