Styles like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and judo have gained significantly more popularity because of this and honestly, that alone makes it a worthwhile investment of 20 years.
Meanwhile, Royce Gracie wants the sport to return to its 'anything goes' style of the early days.
Consider how the NFL has adjusted its rule set over the years. Is the game less about the hard-hitting fun? Yeah, but at the same time concussions are treated more seriously and people will probably be less damaged for that.
While anniversaries are good for reflecting on the past, they also need to be the baseline for the future. UFC has grown a great deal in its first two decades and next year it plans to grow even more with the addition of a women's strawweight division.
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This event needs to showcase an evolution, and I think we'll get that when Hendricks KOs GSP in the second round. Yeah I said it. Hendricks is his near equal at wrestling and is an excellent knockout-caliber striker. He's the complete fighter who can match GSP and who has the hunger necessary to take out the complacent champion.
It should be a fun night of fights, and for my more detailed thoughts on the main event and other main card fights, check out my audio above.
If not, here is a rundown on the rest of my picks.
Rashad Evans over Chael Sonnen (dec)
Robbie Lawler over Rory MacDonald (KO3)
Tyron Woodley over Josh Koscheck (dec)
Ali Bagautinov over Tim Elliot (dec)
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