"I guess it was not enough to fight everyone who challenged him and train with as many diverse body types and techniques as he could. He had to go to every remote corner of the world and prize fight for dog scraps to prove his worthiness? Do you think the Gracie's did this? Do you think any Judoka or Muay Thai fighter of the time was doing this?"
How did you end up on an MMA forum? Have you missed Helio Gracies fight with Kimura? Thats not enugh of a high caliber challenge for you? How about sending a letter to Joe Louis asking him for a no rules fight. How about the countless kung fu and karatekas being whooped in Thailand during the challenge matches of the 1970s. Yeah Bruce was definatly beating the cream of the crop. The stageworkers on his moviesets more likely
"Look at the people Rickson was fighting in the early 90's. I can venture to guess that sled-boy, half a dozen tomato cans and a few pro-wrestlers who might not even have been trying to win are not much more of a challenge in a fighting sense then the guys who stepped up and challanged Bruce time and again."
Yeah look at that clown Funaki. All he did was beat the likes of Ken Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Frank Shamrock, Guy Mezger, Yuki Kondo. Bruce could have handled him just as easily. Difference between Rickson and Bruce is that there is documented evidence of Rickson fighting
"You people are clowns. The man had extremely limited avenues to "showcase" his true fighting skills. Unike the Gracie's there is no obvious evidence of Bruce ducking people or avoiding confrontations, but like the Gracies all evidence of his prowess at the times was based 100% off of dubious challenge matches."
Yeah the Gracies challenge matches consisted of one of the greatest judokas of all time and a decent kickboxer like Dennis Alexio. All documented. Bruce challenge matches consisted of waiters and stageworkers. Didnt Bruce film Big Boss partly in Thailand? He could have easily gotten a fight at one of the stadiums. Oh wait i forgot. He would not have been able to use his super impressive grappling skills on the ground. Bruce never proved he was a good striker or a good grappler. Nothing aside from writing a good philosophical book about martial arts evolution. All the credit in the world for that. But still doesnt make him a fighter. Let alone one of the best fighters during that time period