After watching Showtime sleep Wonderboy on the weekend with a superman hook I thought ‘thank goodness I don’t fight anymore!’
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) 24 March 2019
It’s fitting these guys have nicknames that make them sound like super heroes, the level of skill and ability in the sport of MMA is unbelievable. If you look back to 1993 when the athletes were one dimensional and for the most part only mildly talented in comparison to today’s stars. How many of the old school champions would be able to hold belts these days? I’d be pretty confident of saying none?? Unfair, I don’t think so, and it’s by no means disrespectful. Being such a new sport the evolution that MMA is experiencing is crazy. I’d say that we could slot a 1990’s Michael Jordan into any NBA side right now and he would still be the man, same cannot be said for Royce Gracie or Randy Couture.
Nowadays kids aren’t coming to MMA from other sports for the most part. They literally walk in to an MMA gym aged 5 and their MMA journey begins from such an early age. They learn all the skills and transitions straight off the bat, there is no need to re-teach anything or change thinks from another martial art to fit into the MMA game. There is also loads of opportunity for them to safely compete and become comfortable in that fight scenario quickly. It’s the norm if you’ve been doing it since you were 6 years old. I have kids in my gym that are 15 or younger that have been training with me for 5 years and they spar with the adults and more than hold their own. Frightening really. It is very conceivable that a grown man could get dominated by a 15 or 16 year old kid these days. This is why we are seeing the new breed of MMA fighters coming through and taking over, Pettis is a great example of this, his ‘Showtime Kick’ against Benson Henderson was the dawn of a new era of innovation and outright athletic ingenuity. (I understand Pettis began as a Taekwondo practitioner but he was one of the pioneers of this new movement. Rory Macdonald was probably the first to really hit the big time who was training in MMA since day dot and he really shook up the scene when he exploded onto it with his war with Carlos Conduit. (if you haven’t ever seen this fight please watch it on this link). Yair Rodriquez is another example of the new breed with his style, not always effective but always flashy and unapologetically flamboyant.
Although wrestlers still dominate the sport at the highest level I feel there is about to be a huge shift and am very excited to see were the sport we all love so dearly will have evolved to in the next 10 years. Spinning shit for days me thinks!!!