I posted this on the Aussie Forum but everyone is retarded over there... So I thought I'd see if I could generate some intellegent discussion over here on the UG... maybe I'm asking too much though... ;-)
Actually, this discussion brings up a good point. What makes an A-level fighter? How do you determine that? Are you A-level if you can beat all the B-level guys? Or does A-level mean you have to be able to beat A-level guys? What if you can beat all the B-level guys, but can't beat the A-level guys? What if you beat and lose to both A-level and B-level guys? Is it broader than that... Are you A-level if you fight in an A-level show? Or are you A-level if you can win in an A-level show? What if you beat a B-level guy in an A-level show. Or is it how you win. Would someone who finishes all their victories be considered A-level. Or would winning all your matches by decision, even against other A-level guys still make you A-level?
What makes an A-level show? Is it attendance numbers? Is it having your own tv show? Is it being on PPV. Is the quality of fighters what makes a show A-level? Maybe it's the purses that the show pays it's fighters? Is it the amount of money the show makes, or even spends? Is it a combination of these? I think everyone agrees that UFC, Pride & K-1 are A-level. What about shows like Cage Rage, IFL, Bodog, TKO, Pancrase, Shooto... where do they fit in the picture. Then what about all the other shows like KOTC, XFC, WEC, WFF, WFA, Warriors Realm, Spartan etc and then the even smaller promotions.
Also on that topic, what are the levels? Is it just A-level and everything else is B-level. Or does it go A-level, B-level, C-level, D-level and so on? How far do you go if that's the case? If so, what determines that?
I'd really like to get everyones opinion on this. What do you think? I think this could bring up some very interesting and civilised discussion.