Originally Posted by BewareofDawg
Yeah you have to respect those fighters that pioneered the sport back then. Alot is said about the lack of competition and talent in the sport back then, and some discredit the old school fighters as being limited and not theoretically competitive with today's crop. But also, the training techniques, knowledge, experience and certainty of the sports success wasn't available to these guys back then either.
Side note about Liddell. He spent some time in Tito's shadow which delayed his own stardom, although he was the better fighter.
Yeah, the guys back then were different type of fighters then we have now days. The guys now days in large part are into the sport for a chance to make good money and be a star. The guys back then were real fighters there were almost no rules and no money to be made or fame and there was no potential to make money as far as they would have known.
I knew some pretty good fighters and sometimes people would ask them if they ever thought of trying some of these mma tournements. They would look at the person like they were crazy.