All this recent talk about super fights, such as Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva, has really got me thinking.
Are these unprecedented matchups all they're cracked up to be?
In hindsight, yes.
When you have the best fighters in the world throw caution to the wind, disregard their own weight classes and bank millions of dollars for everyone involved, it seems like a winning recipe.
However, some things are often overlooked due in part to the overwhelming public outcry by fans who never take a second to think more deeply.
What you have with these super fights is two of the best three or four fighters in the world fighting each other for nothing more than money and bragging rights. No titles, no divisional implications, nothing.
Now I would love to see who really is the best fighter on the planet, but you have to look at the complete picture. One guy is going to solidify his era within the sport while the other guy's legacy is going to take a hit.
What if GSP breaks Silva in the first round? Will Silva still be considered the best fighter in the world?
Will people chalk it up as an out-of-division battle that has little significance to his middleweight reign?
These are truly things to think about it. Not to mention the top contenders in each division that have to sit idly by, train for non-championship rounds and hope their weight class titleholder doesn't get too battered to where he can't compete for months on end.
I'm in no way trying to form some sort of anti-super fight cult on Bleacher Report, but just be aware that sometimes things aren't what they seem. Sometimes the end doesn't quite justify the means.
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