So, here's the thing. This has been debated before, but with the rise of Khabib and other russian fighters, the opinion of the competition of this combat sports has become a lot more favourable. Yet when Fedor was at the top of combat sambo, we even were hearing people just dropping out just to not compete against him, you know, that just doesn't happen in major sports.. Now, Ben Askren and Sonnen has been quoted saying Khabib is more of a wrestler than a sambo fighter. Khabib would obviously disagree with it, but if you really look at other succesful sambo fighters, who are really there who achieved a level of success that Fedor or Khabib has? I am really genuniely curious about really the competition level of Sambo, but unfortunately, on this forum no one really seems to really know about it, but perhaps things has changed. And Sonnen speaks a lot of times a pure garbage out of his mouth, but I must say that what he said about sambo not being very good has been the popular sentiment around here in the past, like I said, before the rise of Khabib and other russian dudes. And it was sometimes hard to argue that, cuz if you look at Alex or baby Fedor, honestly these guys didn't look all that great on the ground, you see. One thing I wanna point out though, a couple years back I just 'research'ed by the means of wikipedia, no one in sports sambo, which in the past around here has been proclaimed to have a higher level of competition and has been around longer, and in combat sambo, appeared to have achieved more in Judo than Fedor has, when it comes to Russian competitiors. It looks like there have been world class judokas entering Sports sambo, not really Combat sambo, world medalists in other countries, like Mongolia for one, but not from Russia. I personally found it very interesting because Sambo is Russian martial arts, and Russia is a powerhouse in heavyweight Judo and perhaps in Judo overall. This may have been due to the limitations of the information available on wikipedia however.