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Old 01-17-2012, 07:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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what for you, is the golden age of the UFC

is it the very first events when gracie introduced the world to his submissions? the chuck versus tito versus randy days, the ultimate fighter?? or are we still in the golden days but just dont know it yet?? I mean, who are we to say that the sports narly fully evolved when its changing so much even to this day

for me personally i would have to say the chuck tito feud, i could watch that on dvd anytime,the whole build up was unreal, i was hooked from that point onwards
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The CHuck - Tito - Randy era.

Aside form this though it would have to be the debut in the UFC of perhapse one of the greatest fighters of recent memory with the arrival of Rob Emerson to the main stream, with the delivery of a vicious KO to Grey Maynard @ UFC - The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale.
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We're living the golden age baby! And it just started a few weeks ago...

UFC signing with FOX marks the beginning of the big time for me

The Chuck-Tito-Randy era was certainly something special as well though... All the way from around UFC 30 up until UFC 80-90ish, UFC matured alot during that time...
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The Golden age in now.
it started in early 2011 imo.
Since that time, all cards deliver in a absolutely extraordinary way.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Agreed the time is now
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Right now easily. Just look at the divisions, even the weakest one has great matchups.

Cruz at BW
Aldo at FW
Edgar at LW
GSP - Diaz/Condit at WW
Anderson Silva, arguably the best MMA fighter ever, at MW
JBJ, who is still so young and so talented, at LHW
JDS at HW

We have no division where we don't have a strong champion, FOX will now be showing fights, 125lbs just got introduced, and we are seeing more fights than ever.

Funny enough I feel that the UFC is also very close to over-exposure. I feel they need to throttle the amount of PPV cards back just a little bit, or keep it where it is at.

But to the point, we are currently in the golden age and I think a lot of guys know it. It is probably why Tito is trying so hard to stay relevant, it is why so many people are turning to MMA as a new form of working out and staying fit, and why a major network like ESPN is throwing a hissy fit that the UFC signed with an opposing network.
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I'd say we're there. There are still remnants from the old generation everywhere (Tito, Rampage, Anderson, Fedor, Henderson) but the new generation has definitely taken over.
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:22 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Sport's not even twenty years old, we're still a long way away from the golden age.
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Yeah I basically agree with everyone else. The Golden age is in the beginning stages right now and we still have a long way to go! It's a great time to be living, ladies and gentlemen.
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The golden age of hip hop was in the 90's, but the nascent of hip hop was in the 80's so I'd have to say we're probably somewhere along those lines right now for the UFC and MMA in general witnessing GSP, BJ, Chuck, Randy, Tito, Vitor, Wand, Mirko, Big Nog, Anderson Silva, and the progression into the next generation with JDS, Cain, Jose, JBJ, Erik Silva, Barboza, and many more.

I'd say 2000 - 2011ish was the golden age because that's when you saw quite a few MMA fighters retire; Chuck, Randy, Almeida, Lytle, Mirko, Frank Shamrock, Hardonk, Bas Rutten, Igor V., Pat Miletich, Royce Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Matt Hamill, BJ + Matt Hughes quite possibily and Brock Lesnar.

Probably missing quite a few more, but if you look at that list it's pretty surreal. More will be joining that list in the next several years. Once GSP and Anderson Silva retire that would be the definite close of the Golden Years if it isn't over already.

However the sport will live on and continue to grow through leaps and bounds.
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