There are fighters who are out of their prime and decide to just out wrestle/wait their opponents out, and there are the warriors who give it their all in every single fight no matter what.
In my last article, I wrote about all the fighters who needed to retire, either because they were washed up, too old, or simply because of their recent results.
In this article, I will write about the true warriors who either contribute too much for MMA to retire, or may be on a slight downturn of their career, but still fight as if there is no tomorrow inside the cage.
In Pride, Wanderlei was one of the most feared fighters out there. He is and was one of my all-time favorite fighters, as every fight he is almost always guaranteed to put on an exciting show.
Probably one of the most imtimidating fighters in the history of the sport, Wanderlei does indeed look like an "Axe Murderer" when he is about to fight. The picture definitely illustrates how he looked before a fight, and just ask any of Silva's victims if the caption is right or not.
From 2000 to 2004, Wanderlei was close to unbeatable. He had 17 fights altogether, and he only conceded one draw to Cro Cop. Otherwise, he won two decisions and fourteen TKO/KO's.
As I said in my last article, every fighter has a breaking point. Wanderlei's breaking point seemed to come when he lost a split decision against Mark Hunt. Two mediocre wins later, Silva lost once again at the hands of Ricardo Arona.
While Wanderlei avenged his loss in his next fight, it was far from a dominating performance, as it was a split decision.
Fujita was his last win for two years. He went on to lose to Cro Cop in the rematch by brutal KO to a headkick and lost to Dan Henderson in his next bout.
It was quite apparent that Silva was getting rusty when afterwards he lost to Chuck Liddell by UD.
Today, Silva has compiled a record of five losses and one win from his last three-and-a-half years of fighting, and some people are suggesting retirement.
I disagree, if for only the reason that whenever he fights, I know it's going to be super exciting. He still has something in him, and can produce a challenge to any of the young talents who think they have what it takes to be a force.
He certainly can hang with anybody in striking.
There is not much to say about Nog except that he is in no way obligated to retire. He seems to be one of the least liked fighters out there, probably because he does not always dominate his opponents.
However, he always gets the job done.
It's ridiculous to say that Nog should retire after his loss to Mir; he had a horrible staph infection and that's no joke. He also beat Couture right afterward.
Before his loss to Mir, he beat Barnett, Herring, and Sylvia, all in a row. To say that he has a bad chin is just dumb—he has an iron chin and has never lost a fight by (T)KO except when he wanted money (hint hint, Mir). And as I said before, he may not be the prettiest fighter, but he always wins in the end.
He will prove all his haters wrong against Cain. Expect Nog to do a trademark submission in the second round.
Quinton is probably the most entertaining fighter in MMA, in both fighting and talking. He is a great fighter as well, beating his old nemesis Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine in his last two bouts. At only 32, The Ultimate Fighter show seems to be the only thing that made him want to retire.
The show must have been a serious blow to his confidence, but it was his own fault that almost everybody he trained didn't stand a chance against Evan's students. All Rampage did was pranks. He announced his retirement after the show, but now he said he was briefly coming out of retirement for the sole purpose of beating Evans.
If he loses, it will be very likely that he will retire. If he wins, somebody's gotta challenge the winner of Rua/Machida.
If only for the reason that it would be a pity to lose a great fighter, let's hope that Rampage wins against Evans.
Coming into MMA as a huge prospect, Lesnar did not dissapoint. He started off by beating Min Soo Kim, and followed by almost completely dominating Mir until he lost focus and let himself get caught in a kneebar.
However, he proved he was no joke as he went on to beat both Heath Herring and Randy Couture. Once he beat Mir in the rematch, it was clear that he could possibly become one of the best, with a little more experience.
Just when things were getting interesting, and Brock was about to fight Shane Carwin, he developed a serious intestinal disease that put his career in jeopardy. Rumors of retirement followed since Lesnar hadn't been able to fight for a long time while the heavyweight division was moving along.
Even when he recovers from the disease, he will still need to train and prepare for his next fight.
Hopefully, Lesnar doesn't let this disease stop his MMA career.
Arguably the best P4P fighter in the world.
Hasn't really been beaten in his last 14 fights (he lost by DQ against Okami).
His reign of dominance has the UFC struggling to give him a real challenge.
In his 10 fights in the UFC, he has fought strong opposition, yet none of them gave him a challenge.
And the list goes on.
Silva said he would retire once his contract is up, and that is only two or three more fights. It could be because of age, or it could even be out of boredom. I wonder if he would still retire if he lost the last fight of his contract.
That would undoubtedly make him want a rematch.