Originally Posted by born2kill
Of course they compete to win and should do everything they can in terms of training and preparation. But you also have to realize that the level of competition is at an all time high now, and steadily rising. Its like imagine if you were part of the lightweight division a few years back, and were mainly concerned about BJ Penn. Now theres a CJ Penn, a DJ Penn; theres 10 axe murderers; theres Ultimate Fighter, IFL, Pride champions now; theres a slew new BJJ blackbests (mostly named thiago) coming in; etc.
Point being, its a very steep climb. And theres no shame in losing. If You can push Randy Couture like Vera did, hes a success in my book. And unless youre privey to his camp i dont think its respectful to criticize him and say his team his not good enough, just because he lost to a great fighter. Remember somebody is always going to lose. Thats the nature.
If you put Anderson vs. Machida, would you criticize the loser and tell him they need to find better training partners and evolve?? Thats messed up IMO.
I'm not saying his camp is bad, BUT if their is room to improve wouldn't you strive for it? If the camp you are with is making you a good fighter, but not helping you reach your full potential, would you consider mixing things up a little up?
Obviously someone is always going to lose, but as a competitor you want to do everything you can to make sure it ain't you who is the loser.
Not even going to address your Silva V Machida statement, as that is completely irrelevant because if something like that were to happen (which we all know it won't) it would be a completely different situation.