By Jerry Chandler
If you are competitive by nature, you strive to be the best there is at what you do. You see it in all walks of life. We even turn entertainment into a serious competition with teams of fans rooting for their film or television show to be the one to get the big awards. Certainly for athletes- especially for athletes in combat sports where things are decided on a one on one basis –it’s almost impossible to not be competitive. Even when dealing with teammates, there’s a comradery that pushes each other to be the best that’s based in large part on that competitive drive. You even see the competitive drive in individuals who perform in the “fake sport” of professional wrestling. Everyone involved in such endeavors wants to be able to point to their career when it’s all said and done and say that in their prime they were the undisputed best in the world during their day.
Typically, by whatever metrics one uses to quantify this, it’s fairly easy to make this claim. Various awards and titles exist that make it clear who is the best in their time. With boxers and mixed martial artists, there’s both the win/loss record and the title to point to. Usually, pointing to these things gives one a clear-cut answer. Sadly, now and forever more, that cannot be said for Daniel Cormier and Jon “Bones” Jones.