Is Eryk Anders the example of "A-level Athletes" from team sports MMA is looking for?

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  1. AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    Check this article please:
    https://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/03/tides_eryk_anders_makes_one_la.html

    "One year to be more than the undersized, pass-rushing specialist who famously preserved Alabama's 2009 national title by sacking Texas' quarterback and forcing a fumble."

    "Anders has added 25 pounds to his 6-foot-1 frame since the BCS Championship Game and now weighs 245 pounds. He says he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds recently in training and believes he can rush the quarterback in the NFL."

    It seems to be that he WAS a successful football player and hadn't he been undersized, he could've had a bright future in the NFL.
    He actually had to BULK to 245 to be there.Now he's a MIDDLEWEIGHT.

    Is it something MMA orgs have to aim for - successful yet undersized fighters from team sports than can be VERY successful in MMA and take it to new level?
     
  2. Headkicktoleg Titanium Belt

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    He's a C-
    Couldn't even make an NFL roster, something Schaub did
     
  3. ThatGuy7698 In USADA We Trust

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    This whole idea on who's considered an A-Level athlete and who's not is just pure bullshit. At the end of the day, they're all athletes getting paid to do whatever sport they're in, some just happen to be better at said sport than others.
     
  4. AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    ...and the reason was - him being undersized.
     
  5. AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    Not just "happen to be".
    It's more popular sport, more known and respectful.
    So it attracts more successful sportsmen.

    Now there are leftovers these sports belch like Greg Hardy, but Anders is a different story, as I explained.
     
  6. The Blob Banned Banned

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    He went undrafted because of his small stature for a LB, and he wasn't athletic enough to play WR, CB, or RB at the NFL level.

    Levels, son.
     
  7. AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    So had he been small as he is yet athletic he would've succeeded?
    And can you please send a source of this info?
     
  8. ryanrandy Black Belt

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    I think any thread that discusses "levels of athlete" should be wastelanded immediately.
     
  9. IngaVovchanchyn Titanium Belt Platinum Member

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    Schaub never made an NFL roster. He was on the practice squad, which is not part of the team's 53 man roster. Anders was a much more successful football player in college than Schaub and is a better athlete than Schaub ever was. He has yet to progress in MMA as far as Schaub got, but we'll see.
     
  10. AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    There is a reason I put quotation marks on that.
    Overall, better sportsmen come to team sports. Can we agree on that?
     
  11. HaulParris Gold Belt

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    I can’t comment on Anders’ football skills, but I don’t see a bright future for him in MMA.

    As far as other athletes crossing over into MMA, I think it’s really a case-by-case basis, more than a specific prototype that will automatically guarantee success in MMA.
     
  12. AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    Why not?
     
  13. tenniswhiz Steel Belt

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    Depends on the job...

    There are certain positions in the NFL where the requirements to do that job don’t carry over to any other sport.
     
  14. AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    And Anders'? Is it one of them? I really don't know
     
  15. That209 Gold Belt

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    The better athlete doesn’t always mean they’re going to be a great fighter. There’s different kinds of athletes and certain athletic abilities and what not are good for specific fighting styles. These so called A level athletes you all obsess over, the vast majority have shit cardio. Big, strong, fast, done after 5 minutes or less, usually way less. Dana/WME care about having the most entertaining fighters that can draw a crowd or will draw one day. Dana & Friends aren’t like the idiotic ‘Brrooo AAA+ level athlete! Big muscles babyyyy!’ Like so many immature idiots here. This A level athlete bullshit.. it’s gotta stop. It’s straight up garbageeeee.
     
  16. AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    I agree and I never claimed anything that opposes that
     
  17. Vil7 Silver Belt

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    I remember Rogan was talking about how Lebron James would destroy heavyweights if he trained. I remember thinking that this was the guy that looked like he was about to cry when he got a leg cramp. He's going to dominate MMA?
     
  18. AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    ...and to think that not every sportsman has a chance to show this durability during the game.

    Well, I assume that someone like Lebron would've decided by himself that MMA is not for him...
     
  19. Njmma209 Banned Banned

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    No, Anders is a college football player who couldn’t make it to the NFL.

    Greg Hardy is an example of a future UFC champion in 1.5-2 years.
     
  20. ortizgnp Juice Belt

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    Can't compare C level Eryk to A level Schaub though. It's not fair to Eryk.
     

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