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Old 01-08-2007, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Will MMA Be Weak In 10 Years?

is it me, or does it seem like there isnt an abundance of new guys that are good? with the exception of a few guys, it seems like alot of the newer guys just arent on the level of the vets. now i know thats an obvious statement. but what i actually mean is that it appears that if you could freeze chuck for 5 years, and thaw him out when bisping, forrest, rashad, jardine are all at the top of their game, i think chuck still will knock them out. same with guys like wand, or the nogs and fedor. in 10 years will there be dominate fighters like we see today. you can look back and say rocky marciano might have given ali a good fight. but will we be able in 10 years to say, "man if so and so could have fought chuck in his prime that would have been a great fight"??? only time will tell. right now though it seems like the guys that have been on top will stay there, and the alot of the guys coming up wont be at the top until the guys that have been here retire.
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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new guys are never GOOD. they need time to develop into stars...

today's fighters like liddell, gsp, hughes etc. dont just start out good...it takes years of training and then more years of experience.
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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new guys are never GOOD. they need time to develop into stars...

today's fighters like liddell, gsp, hughes etc. dont just start out good...it takes years of training and then more years of experience.
Couldn't have said it better myself! There is so much involved in MMA. So many different skills and techniques (unlike boxing). It takes time to master enough of them to become a really good fighter.
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I think there will be better fighter 5-10 years down the road. MMA is a young sport. The talent pool is growing, more and more young kids are joining MMA gyms rather then traditional boxing Gyms or Karate dojos. As any sport grows, more people get involved. It's a sheer numbers game.

Fighters like Chuck, Fedor, Wandy, Hughes and the Nogs will be remembered in the same way Royce, Ken, Sakuraba and Severn are today.

In UFC 1,2,3 did u think anybody on this planet could beat Royce Gracie in a fight? not me. But plenty of guys learned how to exploit his weakness and nuetralize his strenghts. Nowadays Royce could'nt hang with elite fighters.

This Sport is just getting started. It's gonna be fun.
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Kinda ironic that I found a quote on ESPN's website about the UFC:

ESPN.com - NHL - Buccigross: The age-old debate of fighting in NHL

It is an article written by an ESPN anaylst about fighting in hockey. Here's the quote:

If anything, fighting keeps hockey as an extreme sport. Extreme sports, while entertaining, do not garner mass appeal. Ultimate Fighting is a growing sport that will probably flatten.
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Ultimate Fighting is a growing sport that will probably flatten.
That's BS from a person who probably doesn't know anything about the UFC!
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With people growing up today watching and training in MMA at earlier ages, we are going to see much more skilled and better athletes in the future in MMA. I expect the overall level of fighting to be higher in 10 years. Just look at early UFC fights if you want to see the progression we've already had.
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The only reason you think this current group of champs is the end all be all of MMA is because that's all you know. I have some news for you, just because a fighter hasn't fought in the UFC or in Pride doesnt mean that he's a nothing. If you think those guys are the best in the world you're delusional...those guys are the best at making the the owners of those organizations a lot of money. They're not fighting the best competition, they're fighting whoever it would be most profitable for them to fight. What you end up getting is bigger personalities and watered down talent.

I find it so hilarious that all the "experts" on this forum will say shit like "Oh he's new to the UFC so it'll be a while before he's any good" How retarded...like a fighters ability has anything whatsoever to do with the amount of times your dumbass has seen him. There is more to the planet than North America and if you think we've got the best in the world you're dead wrong.
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Yep,MMA Fighters will be alot better in 5 to 10 years not the other way around.

Another reason besides those said above(I agree with those also),but MMA is so much more popular and mainstream more kids/young adults will get involved and thus some more gems will join the sport that might not have before.
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I personally think MMA is exploding and people are seeing it more as a sport than a "freakshow" like the earlier UFC events. Personalities like Liddell and Ortiz are helping MMA become more mainstream, it's obvious how popular it's become simply by the celebrities who are coming more and more to see the events.
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