The True Legacy of a Fighter

Brighton MorrisContributor IAugust 1, 2009

DAVENPORT, IA - APRIL 6:  Rory Markham of the Silverbacks greets some young fans during the IFL weigh-in on April 6, 2007 at Hooters in Davenport, Iowa.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

With the Fedor signing falling through and another BJ Penn title defense coming up, the word "legacy" has been thrown around a lot lately.

Many within the MMA community now believe Fedor's legacy is that of an immense talent dodging the best competition, and that if Penn loses that his legacy as the greatest LW ever is at stake. I disagree on both counts.

The legacy of a fighter is so much more than their win/loss record, or who they fought, or where they fought.

It is how we as fans received them, accepted them, cheered them, cried for them, willed them through the tough times, and celebrated with them through the good times.

The legacy of a fighter is us. The fans. So when you think about a fighter's legacy, don't think about what they did or didn't do to improve their legacy. Think about what you, as a fan, are doing.