If Yoel Romero started 20 years earlier

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Lissove, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. Lissove

    Lissove Guest

    He wouldn't be what he is now, and would likely end up in a much worse position ufc career wise.

    Thing is, and what I noticed looking him up since his first appearance in the ufc, the age made him more intelligent and capable of evolving at the pace he is now. Yes, he is a great athlete, but that we already have tremendous athletes in the ufc who can't perform, being a good athlete doesn't grant success.

    What gives him his achievement is his specific attitude and approach which you don't see in young fighters. That I noticed and since rooted for him throughout his ufc fights even though all considered him an underdog with quirky style of fighting. What people didn't seem to see in him was his calmness, his interviews where he talks about how he trains, the way he adjusts in the fight, the way he adjusts and evolves after each fight, and his daring "quirky" moves which he does in confidence knowing his athletic capabilities.

    He is so great now because he is old(experienced).
     
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  2. CJohnny

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    Don't need to be that much. If he started like when he was 25 would be better. Still think he have the best shot against Weidman.
     
  3. HHJ

    HHJ Jeg reiser til mørkets dyp der alt er dødt.

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    well the thing is he is using his vast wealth of experience,coupled with his amazing athleticism,and at his age,really the only thing that is "normal" and "human" about him is his conditioning,which..is still pretty good. Most guys who have done what he has done got one foot in the retirement house. He's well preserved enough to still fight like a young man without TRT,and its rare to see that.
     
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    What if he started 8 years earlier?
     
  5. PivotPunch

    PivotPunch Red Belt

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    He should have started when he was like 20-25. if he started earlier then his wrestling would be worse and some fighters who start early decline early.

    I don't think he fights smarter because he's older but he fights smarter because he is more experienced and is improving technically if he started MMA earlier then he would have fought smarter at a younger age when he was still in his physical prime.

    So yes it would have been bette rif he started earlier but nothing you can do about it
     
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    Ragnarocker Banned Banned

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    If Romero had started MMA sooner then he wouldn't be the fighter he is today. His base is his wrestling and athleticism and he spent a good 15+ years of his life getting good at that. If he didn't have that wrestling mentality and work ethic, he'd be just another athletic and explosive guy like a Sokodjou.
     
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    How come these random threads always end up on the front page of Sherdog?
     
  8. Rational Poster

    Rational Poster War Room Messiah Platinum Member

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    I think Gay Jesus would have some problems today if he started fighting 20 years ago.
     
  9. Lissove

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    Because they strike an important point which everyone seems to err on?
     
  10. Ragnarocker

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    Cause we get tired of talking about Ronda Rowdy and Conor Mc all the time.
     
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    He wouldn't be as good, the wrestling gave him his determination and strength.
     
  12. erikpalshammar

    erikpalshammar We'll see what happens.

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    A lot of fighters look a bit old once they get past 35 years of age. I dont know if Yoel looks the same as when he was lets say 25, but you certainly cant say he looks declined physically in any way. Anyone who knows about Yoels training/diet/secrets?
     
  13. PivotPunch

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    At 20-25 he would have had the determination and the technique already it's ridiculous to suggest that it's a good thing that he started MMA at over 30 with already a history of serious neck injuries
     
  14. yekmurat

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    His body would have been taken 20 years of damage
     
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    You don't know that though. He won a silver medal in the Olympics at 23. He wanted a gold so he kept training for the 2004 Olympics. It was only after he failed to medal in that bid did he quit wrestling and look for other things to do.
     
  16. Bahoosh

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    If he'd gone after the 2000 or even 2004 olympics he would have been better. If you think otherwise you're a moron. The ideal age for a wrestler to go into MMA is early 20s i'd say. Cejudo right out of the 2008 Olympics would have been hitting his prime in MMA right about now, aged 27. Romero was already an elite world class wrestler when he was younger. The extra time he spent in wrestling isn't doing him any favours in MMA.
     
  17. Organic Damage

    Organic Damage Dancing on the ashes of the World

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    Meh, Randy started late and still got the title multiple times.

    Yoel be aight.
     
  18. PivotPunch

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    The difference in skill ebtween an Olympic gold medal and a silver medal is only a tiny bit it matters in that particular discilpine if he improved 1% in those years but it doesnt matter for MMA if his wrestling was 1% better or worse.

    And the determination is probably the same for every high level wrestler even those who aren#t close to being an Olympic medalist .is determination was always there I don't think its the result for his accomplishment but it's the reason for his accomplishments in wrestling
     
  19. Balthasar

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    What exactly about his "specific attitude and aproach" is so good? Can that only come from old age? OP is quite vague.
     
  20. Cptn1NSAN0

    Cptn1NSAN0 shows no mercy

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    Yoel is definitely the most dangerous 38 year old in MMA right now. He's like an explosive, Cuban Couture with flying knees. War Romero.
     

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