Posted by DCRage
Another fight, another loss, and this time Reed Harris "all but guaranteed" he's done. I think it's a fitting time to once again re-visit this subject. I honestly still think he should've quit after the second Faber fight at the latest, I respect his heart and his devotion to MMA and know it's hard for someone like him to walk away, but it was just too clear that the current generation of young talent has passed him by.
I agree with you for the most part. Jens didn't even look in shape for the fight last night. His athleticism, speed, explosion, reflexes.... its all shot. It happens to old fighters.
What I disagree with though is that the "current generation of young talent has passed him by." Forgive me if I misinterpreted what you're saying but it sounds like you're inferring this generation is better than the last.
I think that the decline of stars going on right now has almost everything to do with their age and/or length of their careers and nothing to do with a lack of technical ability. If Jens Pulver was twenty five years old and had the exact same skill set he does I bet he could be champion all over again. It's sometimes all to easy to forget what we used to think of the people we now consider 'done' or 'past their prime.'
Cro Cop, Jens Pulver, Wanderlei Silva, Big Nog, Matt Hughes, Andrei Arlovski even (I'm sure I'm missing a bunch of names, I just listed the first that came to mind. All of these fighters are declining as a product of their age or because of the wear and tear that fighting has on your body.
But the best example is Chuck Liddell. I have a magazine with the cover article entitled "Can Anyone Stop the Freight Train" all about how the author doesn't think anyone will beat chuck and he'll retire on top. Same kind of thing people are saying about Anderson now a days. Chuck had all the same kind of hype that George St. Pierre, BJ Penn, Anderson Silva, and Fedor have right now. Couple bad fights and a few years later everyone treats the guy like a bum. Talks About how the sport has passed him by.
I for one soundly believe that Chuck Liddell in his prime could hang with Lyoto Machida or Anderson Silva today.