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Generational Mixed Martial Arts

There were umpteen articles and rankings on the history of the sport, you know, because no one had heard of MMA before the UFC.

Let ‘s just forget that Pancrase ran their show before the Gracie’s did.

Prior to the UFC, the Gracies were combined 7,819,952-0 in any barred fight, in the years before the UFC was created.

Let’s also not forget that while the UFC is the big dog sitting on the porch, there were times when they were pulling down some promotions, the only reason they became a big dog is that the Fertitta Brothers had several Million to burn before they had to worry. for profit. I wonder if Pride would be run as the California State Government if the UFC were as big as it was. Goodness knows that MMA has always been able to pull silver marks out of woodworking.

That said, I think we can look back and break down how MMA evolved.

So let’s take a look at what I will call Generational MMA. As the sport evolved, you can rank the majority of fighters into 4 eras. I also have Side A – which would be the first generation to advance, and side B, which would be considered the last of that generation.

First Generation:

Alexander the Great for Royce Gracie.

One is a first generation fighter who has fought to fight someone from 2 backgrounds – be it a backyard fighter with an iron chin who is just getting out of severe and outward pain – or who is highly skilled in one aspect of MMA, and his skill is better than your skill.

Side Would be those like Tank Abbott- and hundreds of his men.

Side B would be the Gracie Family,

Gracie is just a master of Ju-Ju, and almost anyone could beat that.

Dan Severn was a master wrestler- and look at that striking power

Look at the strike of those two men soon – that’s the definition of a G1 fighter. My Karate will make you KO, unless you take me down and then it is done for me. But if I judge you …

G1 Dinosaur.

Matt Hughes.

Hughes may be the biggest of the G1 fighters. Why do I consider it a G1? Explain to me where he worked his hands. If he went out and fought today, he is looking for a takedown or getting sprawled. He is a submission contender, who has worked directly with everyone. Would it work today? Not really. He spent most of his post-GSP career trying to get a knock and got lost. I’m saying that as Fan Matt Hughes.

Generation 2

Frank Shamrock to TUF 1

Generation 2 is the fighter who started in one discipline, and moved on to become an expert on another, or just mixing the two styles.

You look at Belfort, he’s not just a striker, he’s almost finished. You look at Randy, and he grows into more than one wrestler. I think you can even put Tito in this category. He is a wrestler, who works well on his hands. This generation is more training. In G1 you train primarily on one thing, and then see if your skill can beat his skill. G2, we have improved a bit, you spend MWF at the wrestling gym, then on Tuesday and Saturday you went across town and in boxes. You guys have gone from Skill to SkillSet.

G2 Dinosaur: Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Fedor

Generation 3

2006 to 2012

This is where it gets harder to draw the line, these are the fighters where they have always fought under the United rules, almost all of their fights will be found on Sherdog fighting finder, The main difference is that training on the fighters in MMA, not just wrestling, or Karate or Ju-Ju .. When you’re riding at school, it’s not Wag-Fu Joe’s School with a flag in front that says we teach UFC.

It’s MMA Jackson or Xtreme Coutire or something for that matter, you don’t do one discipline, or worry about Gi Training, fighting, all day long every day. You have a cash explosion, a promotion, or a fighter qualification, you have people who could be in the NFL or NBA wanting MMA, and some of them are even going to fight. You leave wrestling as a drag and the fighter is a drag. The gimmicks were mostly gone, and things were standardized. For the most part. We also have Women ‘s MMA, with people getting title fights and headline fights because of traction power.

Generation 3 fighters are like Jon Jones, or Rory McDonald.

G3 Dinosaur: Like birds, they walk among us.

Generation 4

2013 -?

This is the current day, we have one top dog, so we have the NBA of MMA, the UFC- and we have the best Euro Leagues where their top men could compete in Bellator and WSOF. There may be some people who could beat a UFC title holder, but there is no promotion where his top 5 could win a series against a top 5 UFC.

We also have a time when there is money in the business. Not only for the UFC, but you can never fight in the UFC and survive in Bellator, or even in some smaller promotions, it may not be a great survival, but you have coaches who don’t have to deliver pizza to end together. .

The sport is also in the newspapers, in every sports channel, in every state, and everyone strongly agrees with the rules. You don’t have to learn one set of rules in Vegas and another in Sweden.

Where do we go from here?

Well, I don’t see a Union coming together, but it will not happen. I can see the real challenge of the UFC coming together, perhaps after Dana retires and WME-IMG puts on a suit in the office. Will that add to G5? I don’t think so. I’m not sure what gravitational shift will happen that could be a G5. Maybe if someone dies and swings the safety line the other way. Maybe if the UFC has to mandate Head Gear and ban low lyrics that will make G5 happen.

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