"To become UFC 6 Champion I had to (take part in) three fights in one evening. Just imagine that you have to win in 1st fight, then second, and save power to stand in the last one. And the weight difference could be incredible between fighters. I might come to the cage at 90kg and the opponent at 120kg." "Who is the more complete fighter? One who juices himself with steroids and comes in the cage to show the judges that he is better?" "Real fight can last a day, two days or a whole week. Rounds weren't limited with 5 minutes and could last for half an hour. Why? This is because after the 18th minute of the fight, an athlete can simply break. When there weren't time limitation, fighters were not aware of how long their fights would last. "It was a matter of your will." http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/12/...real-championship-ended-in-the-1990s-mma-news My take - it's a bit of both. What's missing in today's UFC is the rawness of it. The fighters/athletes are so highly skilled that it has lost that edgy feeling it once had. But I think even up until the mid 2000's it had an edge to it because fighters still had personas. Today, guys like Jones and Conor are few and far between. Whatever made the UFC is not as easy to find these days.