When a certain fighter is on top of the world in one division or another for more than a fight or two, there is this feeling around a such fighter that makes fans feel as though that man is better than anybody in his weight class and no one can beat him on any given day unless unthinkable happens. I was just thinking about MMA-related things, and this thought just popped in my mind and figured I'd make a thread about it and see what people felt about it or agree with me or completely saw it the other way. A while ago, BJ Penn was thought to be literally a 'prodigy', a man who gained his BJJ belt in a short time window, winner of the prestigious Mundials,, thought to have the best hands in LW and perhaps in MMA, backed up by some comments Freddie Roach himself made when he coached him briefly, appeared to have this out-of-this-world takedown defense on top of jaw-dropping flexibility and god-given talent which seemed unfair to have been bestowed on one man. Then, GSP happened in a second fight, since the first fight was rather close. Nick Diaz happened. Edgar happened. Then, it was capped off by the humiliating defeat to Rory Macdonald. Then, BJ just became this guy who just wasn't motivated enough to really come through. I think it's one of the ridiculous excuses that people come up with however. Is it as good as winning as long as someone wasn't motivated, and may have won if he tried little bit harder? Someone might say Fedor, but he really never lost it in my eyes. He got caught by Werdum, but even Marcelo gets caught in triangle by someone lesser than Werdum. The way Hendo hurt Fedor, I do not think it will/did happen in a million MMA fights. And both of them was dropped to the ground by Fedor. And, he was stopped by Bigfoot by the doctor stoppage, so ' technically he didn't really lose and could've done his Fedor magic', to sort of quote that one of two Gracies who does breakdowns of BJJ in MMA fights. Not to cheapen their wins, because win is a win, a valuable win, which pushed them to great heights after the win, just explaining why it did not lessen anything for Fedor in anyway in my eyes.