Like most fighters - if you'll forgive the expression - my record was better early in my competitive career than it was late. In fact, once you get beyond the superstars - the Anderson Silvas, the GSPs - a lot of fighters' records look like that as an early edge gives way to a brief period of either competitiveness or, at best, superiority, and then - for all but a very few - the decline.
So I wondered when I'd have my Machida moment, the one tournament match that would unequivocally make clear that my time on the competitive tatame was pretty much over. As it turns out, I'll be afforded no such drama. Out with a whimper, rather than a bang, I go.