Watching the first couple of UFCs from almost 15 years ago, I was struck by how one-dimensional the fighters looked. Even a mid-tier fighter today would be a real threat to most of those guys. Which got me thinking how we’ll be looking back at today’s crop of fighters in another 15 years.
Just how good are the top MMA guys in the world right now? That is, are we likely to see a much higher standard of fighting over the next 20 years? Is Fedor at the same level Michael Jordan was in basketball or Tiger Woods in golf? Are there enough quality fighters competing right now?
My opinion is that the guys are the top today truly are greats - they’d be able to hang with almost anyone to come in the years ahead. However, the current quality of the competition outside the Top 5 in any weight class (in any MMA organisation) quickly falls away. That is, not enough depth in the ranks.
What about styles? What’s gonna dominate in the next five years? Sure, styles make fights but champions are champions - Fedor, Crocop and Nogueira are very different fighters, but all worthy of the HW crown.
Lots of questions to stir up some discussion.