Nice thread. I've always thought Hardy was overrated--I honestly don't have him top as 15 anymore--and felt Condit had much, much better skills everywhere but talking smack.
It only takes one mistake to make a brave fighter into a smart one.
Georges fought entirely differently after the Serra beatdown than he did previously.
I think a lot of young fighters are "brave" by default, in that they feel comfortable enough relying on adaptation/reaction and don't feel like they need to plan. That works great until you run into someone either better, or someone who has studied you and has a plan.
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