I like Al Bundy, but his opinions on MMA sound like boilerplate Gracie rhetoric.
The Gracies dominated the sport when nobody knew anything about GJJ, but faded into obscurity once wrestlers learned how to defend submissions and strikers learned how to sprawl. Once Sakuraba exposed them as one-dimensional fighters and their golden boy (Rickson) refused to take up the family cause, their relevance to the current sport was finished.
The Gracies deserve a place of honor among MMA pioneers, but they are largely irrelevant in modern MMA. The lone exception to that is Cesar Gracie, who is cranking out some fantastic fighters from his school (The Diaz brothers, Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez).[/quote]
GJJ? Shit, I’m still trying to master BJJ…