Today : Skillset & MMA Evolution - The HWs Case. Some 'evolutionists' here keep claimin´ that the game has evolved exponentially, and that the current generation is definitely more talented/less 'one-dimensional' than the previous one, from the 2000s. > Context: In retrospect, NHB/Vale Tudo was much less refined...Even the BJJ Black Belts, most of the time, would GNP... If you look at the BJJ vs Luta Livre Challenges [1984 or 1991], or hardcore tournaments like WVC or IVC, half of the dudes invited were BJJ dudes, and the fights were pretty gruelling ones, not really technical. Early Pancrase tried to promote a new evolution, more technical, with fighters working on their ground game and trying to built a submission game (that´s why GNP was forbidden, great idea...). A talented generation willing to create cross-training teams,and adapt their game to a new fight configuration, technically more demanding . Rings too had this same objective. And you could say that both had a clear influence in Early Pride´s game... Then, Pride added some rules, that made it difficult for submission artists to take risks on the ground: [till the knee-to-a-downed-opponent rule, technically - Pride 13], On a sidenote: some of them HWs were actually LHWs bulking,which means that they would retain some of their agility and quickness, while competing/grappling @ HW... > Now, about the 'Well-Roundedness' Concept: Ground control has become the new paradigm these days. Modern Rules & Fight Configuration led the path to a new Skillset Evolution. Today, the best "well rounded" fighters are 'defensively' well-rounded, in grappling for instance: they know for sure how to defend this or that submission. But one might argue that their offensive submission game has become sub-par, since most coaches now "prohibit" risky subs like leglocks or armbars for instance. Well-Roundedness has consequently become limited to its poorest dimension. But, this cannot be only about a defensive posture: A "well-rounded" fighter, in his higher and richer meaning,should be someone who can be a threat wherever the fight goes [shout-out to Marco Huas]. Hence, let´s try to assess this Evolution Thing, starting 1st with the HWs. 2006: 1.) Fedor Emelianenko Russia [30 yrs] 2.) Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira Brazil [30 yrs] 3.) Mark Hunt New Zealand [32 yrs] 4.) Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic Croatia [32 yrs] 5.) Fabricio Werdum Brazil [29 yrs] 6.) Sergei Kharitonov Russia [26 yrs] 7.) Josh Barnett USA [29 yrs] 8.) Alexander Emelianenko Russia [25 yrs] 9.) Heath Herring USA [28 yrs] 10.) Kazuyuki Fujita Japan [26 yrs] 2018: [Current UFC Ranking] Champion : Daniel Cormier [39 yrs] 1 Stipe Miocic [36 yrs] 2 Derrick Lewis [33 yrs] 3 Curtis Blaydes [27 yrs] 4 Francis Ngannou [31 yrs] 5 Alexander Volkov [29 yrs] 6 Alistair Overeem [38yrs] 7 Junior Dos Santos [34 yrs] 8 Mark Hunt [44 yrs] 9 Marcin Tybura [32 yrs] Which Generation was indeed the most Well-Rounded one?