Post by Carter Seaton (BSP) on May 21, 2012 12:32:22 GMT -5
I am very unfamiliar with early UFC so I just watched both of said fights and they both made me feel uncomfortable for different reasons.
I was familiar with Severn from his WWF days. And I remember his feud with Ken Shamrock and everything and they would always talk about their past rivalry in the UFC. But watching that match, I legitimately felt that Severn was going to literally buttfuck Royce Gracie. I never get that feeling during current UFC fights.
And Joe Son against Keith Hackney made me feel uncomfortable for obvious reasons.
Post by nPo Wolfpack noleafclover1980 on May 23, 2012 13:29:42 GMT -5
I prefer UFC now vs back then. On one hand, it was cool when you had different styles facing off, but it boiled down to Gracies and anyone doing BJJ just strangling everyone with their gis, so that was a downside. Plus the old tournament format had boring as fuck main events where two exhausted guys (or alternates) rolled around to save energy.
The awkward moment you realize MMA just isn't for you.
I definitely miss the old days. I saw an ad for UFC VI in the back of one of the Apter mags and ordered the PPV out of curiosity. After watching Ken Shamrock choke out Dan Severn and Oleg Taktarov's performances in the tournament, I was hooked. I immediately went back and watched the previous events and then followed it for a couple years until Ultimate Japan. After that, it somehow fell off the radar. This may have been during the dark years when a lot of the established stars were taking off. By the time I saw some again, in 2002 or so, it was hardly recognizable. I couldn't believe all the rules they had, and the rounds seemed completely strange too. I've gotten used to it and I understand why so much of it had to change, but I still miss the old days in a way and think it had a certain charm that is lacking now.