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Your favorite era of mma?

Cbear2011-02-23 08:15:39 +0000 #1
Not the "best" era of mma, but your favorite era of mma.

1. The birth of the UFC: the ultimate challenge of all fighting styles to see who is strongest. The legend of Royce Gracie is born. Tank Abbott gets over huge with fans.

The world is educated that a small skilled ground fighter can beat a burly brawler. The first generation of stars is born with Gracie, Shamrock, Severn, Coleman, Frye, Abbott, Belfort, Frye, Taktarov and others.

Everything was fresh and new, and had the aura that anything could happen at any time.

2. Japan's glory days: fighting was huge in Japan with K-1 kickboxing and mma everywhere from small promotions such as Shooto and Pancrase up to the monster that was Pride FC.

Bob Sapp became a mega draw. Sakuraba became a god. Wanderlei Silva was Gozilla destroying all Japanese.

And the holy trinity of Fedor, Big Nog and Crocop became the stuff of legend.

3. UFC version 2.0 conquors the world:

UFC popularity explodes with tv show. A new era of well rounded fighters assumes the mantle.

Mega stars are created in Chuck Liddell, Georges St Pierre and Brock Lesner. Right behind them is a long list of great fighters that create a dynasty; names such as BJ Penn, Matt Hughes, Anderson Silva, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, and more.

Is your favorite era the early days when almost everything went, the Japanese glory days or todays UFC monopoly?


Cbear2011-02-23 08:31:10 +0000 #2
Not as easy to choose as it sounds if you really reflect on each on.

Birth of UFC literally opened peoples eyes as to what a fighter really was and how much b.s. was exposed.

Royce Gracie shocked America. There were crazy fights such as Tank Abbott almost killing John Matua and Vitor Belfort blasting his way at lightning speed through opponents. Everything was new and fresh, it was a whole new thing.

Glory days of Japan featured true spectacles with huge crowds.

Sakuraba's legend as the Gracie Hunter and money draw was sealed as he literally invented moves in mid-fight.

Viscious strikers like Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Crocop struck fear in the hearts of their opponents and resulted in destruction after destruction of opponents. The greatest rivalry in mma happened with Fedor and Big Nog showing the world toughness and how good fighting could be.

UFC conquors the world has the most evenly matched, well rounded fighters ever competing against each other. Superstars sell tons of ppvs and have made the UFC into a rumored billion dollar promotion.

Nobody is even close to touching their success and popularity.

In the end, I chose Japan's glory days.

I eagerly awaited each Sakuraba fight to see what craziness he would pull next. The spectacle of the big shows appealed to my showbiz enjoyment.

And the top fighters such as Saku, Fedor, Nog, Crocop, Wandy were treated almost like rock stars.

It was just plain......FUN!

Nothing against the other eras, there are things about both of them I love but its Japan rocking the mma world that is my favorite time of all.
bhorrrr2011-02-23 08:36:00 +0000 #3
i miss pride, but i like it right now better than ever. i'm loving the constant shows. i'm loving most of the top guys in the world actually fighting each other. i love the depth of most of the divisions. and i like that even though the sport has evolved THIS far and come into the public eye this much, that there still, for the most part, isn't a "generic mma fighter" mold. there are still tons of guys with specific backgrounds and styles.
bhorrrr2011-02-23 08:25:04 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by Cbear

In the end, I chose Japan's glory days.

I eagerly awaited each Sakuraba fight to see what craziness he would pull next. The spectacle of the big shows appealed to my showbiz enjoyment.

And the top fighters such as Saku, Fedor, Nog, Crocop, Wandy were treated almost like rock stars.

It was just plain......FUN!

Nothing against the other eras, there are things about both of them I love but its Japan rocking the mma world that is my favorite time of all.

ideally for me, it'd be a mix of one big promotion (or a lot more co-promotion than there ever has been before) and it still being huge in japan. i miss almost everything about how japan was. i even miss the ring.

but yea, if i'm picking one or the other with a gun to my head, it's the current one.
Shamrocked2011-02-23 10:10:06 +0000 #5
For me MMA will forever be eclipsed by the glory days in Japan.
Iron Maiden2011-02-23 09:35:18 +0000 #6
For me, I pretty much like pieces of all three. I don't think I really have a favorite,they all have their perks and downfalls and I really love them all pretty equally.

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