let me join the merry croon
Arnold is numero uno in bodybuilding, hands down!
Roger Moore is the best Bond, shut up, peasants!
Fedor is the Goat of MMA, bleeh!
other capraic contenders are GSP, Anderson, perhaps Saku, maaaybe BJ
Cain, ironically, while enjoying the best cardio, hasn't had the knees for a proper run as a champ.
Jon Jones will be up there, but the claim is weakened by his sheer physicality. He pretty much dwarfes every fighter he was up against.
Back in Pride, Fedor's gut dwarfed every other fighter except Roy's, and he was always going for the finish and getting it, too.
2) "every-generation-gets-better" shit needs to get choked to death
Because just no.
A prime goat would be able to give every man on the planet a good siberian lickin.
We're not talking about the Royce and Ken era, MMA is, in spite of being the most complex sport also the most straightforward.
You can work ten years on your Rubber Guard Ellbow GNP Reversal Counter-Counter, and you might win a fight with it, but chances are, someone knocks your dick off with a sloppy right swing beforehand.
Basics work best in a sport with minimal rules.
And while there are a few things a modern MMA fighter is way ahead of (mostly cagegame, but also some transitions, point strategies, some minor training related shit and a bit of the striking stuff) , he's not in better shape or has better hands, wrestling or submissions.
The thing is, some evolutionary wars were already done FOR MMA in their respective styles.
Kicking, boxing, wrestling, BJJ; all the techniques ARE ALREADY developed on a fantastically high level.
You can STILL win with a very small set of moves. Basic Moves.
That will not ever change under simliar rules.
This guy can be a champ:
Ex Judoka, with all kinds of hip throws and good scrambles. Strong counter cross, good left hook. Has a kneegame-That's it.
This guy can also be champ: Thaibrawler, great sprawl, great defensive wrestling. Exiting as fuck when throwing shin & leather, boring as fuck when tied up standing or on the ground.
Of course, then there's the chemical arguement, namely...
While they inject confusion into the discussion, proper roiding DOES make a fighter simply harder, faster, tougher, stronger.
And on one hand there is great advantage in getting better MMA-focused designer steroids for the next gen, it seems on the other hand that maaaybe they do come down hard on juicers these days(seriously, Fitch?).
If that is the case, Pride era heavies would smash tomorrow's clean heavies.
There's an Arya Stark joke in there but I'm too tired with this long post and nobody gives a shit anyway...