Originally Posted by achillesthegreat
If a guy goes the traditional route he is moved along nicely and his competition increases, thus preparing him for the big stage. It would go British fighters, commonwealth fighters, elite europeans and then you would need some sort of eliminator if you were amongst a serious group of fighters.
but what i'm saying is that moving up the british, commonwealth and then european ranks takes up so much time of a prospects early career they miss out on experiencing american / south american styles, and then the next jump is just too much. they need to get this kind of training / sparring earlier in their career before they become too set in their ways. Even if it means they can't become commonwealth champion two or three years in their career.
there are exceptions like where the europeans dominate the fighters division anyway (smw, hw etc)