Well if we look back UFC and MMA has transformed into something that alot of people never thought possible. Are we past the golden years of MMA? Are we comming close to it? Are we living it right now or is it all personal prefrence?
What do you think was more exciting. The early years of bloodsport MMA, Discipline vs Discipline or Modern day MMA where everyone is well rounded?
Now some might think im crazy and most will say Modern Day hands down and I can see why but hear me out.
Back before rules. Back before judges. Back before the UFC logo we know today back before Big John invented the term "intelligently defending yourself" was a time of question a Golden Age covered in blood, the beginning of the UFC. Back in the 1990s we had no idea what was going to happen in this cage with no rules. Before hand most of us watched WWF or Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (or as most of us just knew it as UFC or Ultimate Fighting) was new and fresh and something we had never seen before. I remember the first time I laid eyes on it in it's VHS glory. IT WAS INSANE!
We got to answer the age old questions. Who is the Ultimate Fighter? What is the Ultimate Discipline?
Boxers vs Wrestlers
BJJ vs Karate (obviously Karate would own right? haha)
Street Brawlers vs Kung Fu
Even the odd Marine or odd Joe would give it a shot a name their own style
In today's MMA we know what to expect the blueprint has been set out but back in the day it was "ok let's see what the **** is gonna happen" no weight classes no rules aside from no biting and eye gouging it was crazy it was a bloodsport and despite what some people may think here it was "human cockfighting".
Don't get me wrong I love what the UFC has turned into it had to sooner or later but all im saying is the ride was fun while it lasted. If I could choose to be a part of the future of MMA when we are all dead and gone or the beginning like I and many others are I wouldn't change a thing.
So what did you find more exciting? The old days battles with Royce Gracie, Kimo, Ken Shamrock and Tank Abbott or modern days technical bouts like say Lyoto Machida vs Shogun Rua?