Originally Posted by Big McLargeHuge
not fully disagreeing with you, but it could be argued said fighter has some control over how much damage he took in his previous fight, its not like they draw straws to see who is more damaged before they fight
ever seen Sakuraba v Igor? yes, this is an extreme (***VERY*** extreme) example. but the point is, some guys come in more fresh than others. it's a long standing debate, and many simply think that individual matchups are more fair than tourney wins/losses.
i think that's only a worthy debate if you only look at individual fights within a tourney. but alas, that's what forum warriors do, peruse fightfinder and debate shit like "ya, but if (insert fighter) hadn't just fought so-and-so, then (insert alternate result)."
whereas i think that's a small cost to pay for finding out who's really the baddest mofo around. it's 1 thing for GSP to game plan 12 weeks for an opponent; it's another thing to have to fights some combination of 3 fighters out of 7 in 1 night.
i miss 1 night tourneys
but they're probably gone forever at the highest levels of mma.