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What if Anderson had retired after Bonnar?

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  1. Dreyga2000 VOTE DREYGA FOR POSTER OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!

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    He takes his dick pills in private and never gets popped. Goat.
     
  3. SeattleFightFan Steel Belt

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    It's a valid point that anyone who dogs out BJ Penn for the last half of his career and/or is praising Khabib today should - if they value honest introspection - consider.

    It's so obvious that it shouldn't need to be said. And yet I feel like most MMA fan's have never considered it.
     
  4. Moonwalker95 Brown Belt

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    In some ways going to a decision and doing very well at his age against the current champ looks good

    He also hurt Cormier with a body kick
    And took on any competition which looks good

    But then he also popped and is losing like every single fight...

    If he retired right after Bonner, would people be saying he retired right when there are new breeds of fighters in his division etc?
     
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  5. Moonwalker95 Brown Belt

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    Yeah, what a shame his dad didn't suddenly die at a young age.

    The fuck?
     
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    He'd be accused of ducking Weidman until the end of time.
     
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    This is What had happened:
    1. He would have quite less money.
    2. he would still be the no 2 goat.
    3. We would Wonder how a prime Anderson would do against todays rooster. Now we know he most certainly would beat all of them.
     
  8. BFoe Western States Heritage Champion Platinum Member

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    Likewise, GSP avoided that fate by stepping away from the sport at age 32. If Fedor had done the same, he’d have retired after Arlovski.
     
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  9. egk Gold Belt

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    Sports are full of ifs and buts.
    If ifs and buts were candies and nuts, everyone would have a Merry Christmas.
     
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  10. SeattleFightFan Steel Belt

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    Right.

    And this isn't a dog on GSP or Khabib or any fighter. Fighters should retire when it's right for them.

    It's purely about fans and their critical thinking skills.
     
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    You can do that with so many fighters though
     
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    Goat, probably. That stretch of dominance was unparalleled. It’s when he should’ve retired.
     
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    And deprive the fans of his epic victory over Derek Brunson?!
     
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    If he retired after Bonnar he would’ve been “ducking Weidman, Moose etc..” literally can’t win
     
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    it would have been a good decision but then again hindsight is 2020 and 2020 has been shit so bad decision.
    <WhatIsThis>
     
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    His legacy should be roughly the same either way, but fans are dumb.
     
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    We would've seen "Nick Diaz would demolish Silva" threads and people would've laughed at the mere idea of Anderson even being able to survive a round against anyone while in his mid 40s.
     
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  19. RustyShacleford Green Belt

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    I'd still view him about the same, which is to say I don't currently hold his late career skid against his legacy. Even the greatest athletes will inevitably succumb to the endless waves of new competition. The only difference between him and guys like GSP or (potentially, hopefully not) Khabib is that he was willing to stick around long enough for that to happen. Warrior Spirit.

    Also notable that he was a slow starter in his career, didn't achieve goatness till his 30s, so maybe he just wanted to try to enjoy it a little longer.
     
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