TEM, I agree with you with regards to fighters. Belt level or rank is meaningless if you cant deliver.
How many fighters actually study and train in more than one style? My limited experience is that most have one primary style (may be two) where they have any high level rank and incorporate other style techniques into their fight game.
Many people appear to be reading too much into my posts. They were answers to a slightly larger question than "should MMA have belt rankings." Still in context, just a larger view.
Dude this thread should die. I responded because it was you.
I just realized the poster was a part of the reply and not a sig. That is an awesome poster and very relevant to the thread. For the record, I was playing devil's advocate.
If you have some specific questions regarding individual posts, PM me. In a larger context they may make more sense. Or not.
You don't need any months of anything to realize that.
Man, I love how these belt questions get debated so much! It shows you how brain washed we are by Hollywood. We are all grown adults and most of us have years of martial arts training. But for some reason, we are still able to dismiss all logic and say, "your only good if you have a black belt". I mean seriously!!
If the belt is your only motivation, the GTFO!