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Old 09-19-2011, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Pinnacle of Champions?

Just a thought and not sure if someone else has brought this up. Do you guys think as this sport evolves there will ever be an era of such dominate champs in almost every weight class as it is right now?

I'm starting to think as more gifted athletes join the sport and train everything from day one this sport will become like most others. It will be filled with dominate athletes with almost no edge over the competition.

Todays UFC reminds me of 1980's hockey or basketball, or 70's football. With the odd guy being great and the others being ordinary/good. Will we ever see guys defend a title more then 5 times in a row 20 years from now? A lot of people ( including myself) think if Gretzky or Jordan were playing today in there prime they would be good/great players in there sports but not as great as they were.

Sports evolve but people remember the greats that evolved the sport more. Is this batch of champs the greatest we will see?
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I doubt it, in MMA all it takes is one mistake, one lapse of concentration, there so many ways a fighter can lose, and as the sport evolves and gets older we're gonna see more Jon Jones/Anthony Pettis type of fighters.

It's gonna be so much harder to dominate when kids are training in not just one discipline, but in MMA as a whole.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Once the pay starts going higher, athletes might have MMA as a top option. Right now it's still not very good with a pretty low salary starting off. Unless you're a champ, or a household name, you don't get paid like other athletes do.

It takes a long time for the most part to come into MMA and become a house hold name. JBJ is a rare exception for the most part. Until that time, you could already have millions saved up in your bank account by doing the other 4 major sports.

$40,000 is a good salary for someone who is about average and has their career setup for a while. Comparing that to a below average player on the practice squad in the NFL, they make around $80,000.

That UFC money isn't even guaranteed, who knows when or if you will get injured and cannot fight, or you're opponent gets hurt at the last possible moment, something which happened to Rich Franklin recently.

I may have went totally off topic but it somewhat relates to this in the end, in order to have more athlete's even think about MMA as a career option, pay needs to be higher.
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I'm certain that if the sport keeps on growing there will be Tysons and Mohamed Ali's of mma who will go on insane win streaks and write history. The day that freak athletes like Karelin choose to train MMA since young age instead of some other sport.
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What im trying to say is, other sports have had there greats and had records that can never be touched again because of great training now and the amount of great athletes joining the sport regularly. Im starting to think with the massive surge in popularity and training in MMA and all the balanced fighters coming out, will we see many more, if any Anderson Silvas or GSPs. Like how hockey will never see another Gretsky.

ps. sry the only other sport I know is hockey lol.

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What im trying to say is, other sports have had there greats and had records that can never be touched again because of great training now and the amount of great athletes joining the sport regularly. Im starting to think with the massive surge in popularity and training in MMA and all the balanced fighters coming out, will we see many more, if any Anderson Silvas or GSPs. Like how hockey will never see another Gretsky.

ps. sry the only other sport I know is hockey lol.
Well I don't know, lets take football for example. You have all time greats from the sixties, guys like Terry Bradshaw from the 70s, Joe Montana from the 80s, Aikman and Bledsoe later on, and now guys like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. The sport has been able to produce incredibly talented stars for each generation. Some sports are capable of such.

Basketball however will never see a guy that can compete with someone like Jordan.

Just like music will never have another Michael Jackson or the Beatles.

With the way kids now are starting MMA training at five years old, who knows what freak athletes will pick fighting over ballplay years from now.
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I've thought about this myself, and honestly there's no way of knowing for sure but I have a deep feeling that GSP and Silva's record title defenses in their weight classes will go untouched for a long time.
Once Silva retires, I see a revolving door at the MW title with no dominant champion for a long time. Same goes for GSP, those guys are just legends who are the greatest of all time. I feel like 10 years from now people will look back on this era and think "Silva, GSP, Bones, and Aldo were champions at the same time?! That's incredible!"
So yes, we are witnessing the "pinnacle of champions".
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I've thought about this myself, and honestly there's no way of knowing for sure but I have a deep feeling that GSP and Silva's record title defenses in their weight classes will go untouched for a long time.
Once Silva retires, I see a revolving door at the MW title with no dominant champion for a long time. Same goes for GSP, those guys are just legends who are the greatest of all time. I feel like 10 years from now people will look back on this era and think "Silva, GSP, Bones, and Aldo were champions at the same time?! That's incredible!"
So yes, we are witnessing the "pinnacle of champions".
There has always been the unbeatable fighter in any combat type of sport but eventually they all fall for the simple fact is that the more you fight the better the chance is you'll get beat. MMA is a sport of inches how many times have we seen a fighter just miss or the strike that lands and you say an inch one way or the other and that's just a close one? Same with lapses in concentration, the unbeatable Silva was done until Sonnen lost his focus for just a second but that was all Silva needed. We're just starting the phase of this sport where the new fighters have grown up with MMA, they start it as a little kid and they know that you have to be well rounded, we've already seen how so many of these one dimensional fighters are getting disposed of. So to make a short story long, I doubt we'll see any more of the type of domination that we've seen with GSP and AS. I see that TheLyotolegion has already said this same thing, so props to him and sorry I was redundant.
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