Today : MMA 'Cans' - The Unsung Heroes... Sadly, some fans seem obsessed with the W/L record, and are quick to dismiss a fighter´s career based solely on that. Sequences during a fight are much more interesting imo, not the overall fight itself. What Im looking forward to is the fighter´s evolution & the slick transitions he might showcase during the fight. Assessing a fighter´s career is generally something uneasy, especially when it comes to ol´school fighters. It requires some deep research about the fights, the patience to watch them, and the will to learn about their context. Historically, someone like Igor has always had a suspicious look from the fans when it comes to assessing the 1st part of his career, in the Russian NHB circuit... His opponents are generally dismissed as one-dimensional (even though some had a sambo background) or literally 'un-trained' (even with a potential extensive army career) Valery Pliev, for instance, who finished his career with an 'average' 8-6 record... was pretty game in the 1st part of his fight vs Igor: Another unsung hero: Jung Bu Kyung, who finished his career with a 0-4 record... What an impressive performance in his rookie fight vs Aoki, almost armbarring him and pulling the upset (while being clearly undersized): Finally, Magomed Magomedov, very game in his fight vs Khabib (arguably won that fight imo)... Such an interesting skill set... Some people around here call a fighter "can" when they dont even know him and his career, they jus´read his wiki record. For instance, they like to use this argument to attack a potential ATG, like Spider vs Takase or Chonan [LWs who had to fight @ openweight against much bigger opponents.back in the days... see poor Takase vs Horn...] The finish over Spider was a slick, very smooth transition from a straight armbar to a triangle choke. Definitely not something a "can" or a "journeyman" would be able to do. Guys like Chonan,Takase,Shoji, Kanehara etc... were good,tough fighters. Not GOATs, not potential champs... But good fighters nonetheless... Hespect.