Jose Aldo, The Beatles of MMA: Indisputable Greatness vs Loud Casual Consumption
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. However, periodically an undeniable phenomenon can still be perceived as “less than” as time advances. All-time transcendence is challenging to doubt while developing in real-time. Thus, forcing legendary musicians and athletes to fall into a snare between periods, diminishing their massive successes. However, observers cannot deny their accomplishments when it comes to music acts like The Beatles and Brazillian mixed martial artist Jose Aldo; the only debate is preference.
“Get Back,” and the Success of Jose Aldo
The Beatles documentary entitled “The Beatles: Get Back” was recently released on Disney Plus. The eight-hour spectacle documented the rise of The Beatles and answered many questions that long-time fans of the group have always wondered. “Get Back” put the theory of Yoko Ohno breaking the band apart to rest, and the crew confirmed levels of genius between both John Lennon and Paul McCartney to a newer audience.
Happy holidays everyone – how great it’s been to Get Back with you all this year!
From The Beatles pic.twitter.com/k7ka5bIJ63
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) December 24, 2021
Effortless musical composition blew the minds of Beatles fans as they embarked on witnessing genius-level chord progressions and melodies being created organically and even more impressive; rather quickly. Tunes like “Get Back” were written seemingly out of thin air. Additionally, songs like “Yesterday” were recorded overnight, and even Paul McCartney marveled at himself for how effortless a US Billboard Hot 100 #1 flowed out of him so easily.
“If I had to answer one song it would have to be ‘Yesterday’ because it came to me in a dream and because 3,000 people are supposed to have recorded it.
That was entirely magical – I have no idea how I wrote that. I just woke up one morning and it was in my head. I didn’t believe it for about two weeks.”
Underappreciating the Undeniable Greatness of The Beatles and Jose Aldo
Sometimes, we’re unaware of the magic that’s being created in front of our very own eyes in real-time. That very notion is the catalyst that opens the door for denying greatness in years to come. Whether it’s an iconic broken-up band like The Beatles or an active fighter in Aldo who is beyond his prime, time is the ultimate detriment that tries to erase greatness.
In mixed martial arts, Jose Aldo has been known as one of the most dominant fighters ever to live. He’s a once-in-generation level fighter with eight years of undefeated dominance on his resume. Seven consecutive title defenses and featherweight world championships won in both WEC and the UFC is also part of Aldo’s accolades.
Simply put, Aldo is one of the most important and decorated mixed martial artists ever to live. Like The Beatles, who are widely known as an essential band in rock music history and music in general.
Both international sensations are as popular in America now as they were in their prime. Yet Aldo is still actively fighting while on a winning streak. Regardless, he faces the same problems now as The Beatles; time has to move on to make something feel meaningful.
The Beatles and Jose Aldo Versus the Dark Side of Casual Fan Consumption
However, time progression can be a double-edged sword for a casual fanbase, especially for those who aren’t interested in the history or technique of a craft and only the entertainment value. Time can make one question if what they’re witnessing is a glimpse during an artform’s infancy or if an artist will stand the test of time throughout an ever-changing industry.
Take the Beatles, for example, who have 52 Grammy awards, 111 nominations, and a lifetime achievement award won in 2014. Yet, fans of music today will diminish their greatness by referencing them as outlandish British musicians with simplistic lyricism, designed only for drug consumption.
Or Aldo, whose accomplishments and iconic status was quickly erased by a growing casual MMA fanbase within 13 seconds. After losing to Conor McGregor during his rise to superstardom at UFC 194, Jose was written off. When it came to the greatest featherweight fighters of all time, names like McGregor, Max Holloway, and current champion Alexander Volkanovski became the new entrants, fresh on the minds of fans who missed Aldo’s reign of dominance.
The Unfortunate Twenty+ Year Time Theory
“Yesterday” was released by The Beatles in 1965, over fifty years ago. The significance of that number stems from a theory made by Ken Burns and explained by Chuck Klosterman on the “Bill Simmons Podcast.” The theory states that people lose interest in things after twenty years have passed.
“In thirty years, people may still care about it. Forty years, it goes down a little bit more. Fifty years, there’s a huge dropoff (in interest.) And in sixty years, there’s an exponential drop off because all the people who experienced (things) first hand are dying.”
Almost everything in culture after the forty-year mark starts to erode rapidly. No matter how great it was during its time. Bands like The Beatles and fighters like Jose Aldo should be exceptions to theories. Yet they are already on the verge of their greatness being diminished.
Astonishingly, the rapid growth of MMA over the years can be likened to dog years when compared with actual time. Although the UFC celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, the sport has arguably passed through as many eras as music. Especially when considering the overall level of talent, blending of disciplines, training, coaching, and new techniques. In short, MMA today is an entirely different sport than the arguable sideshow known as UFC 1.
Accountability and Preserving Greatness
So who is to blame for the diminishment of Aldo, the Beatles, and their accomplishments? The answer is a casual population of fans in each sector: Respectively—those who enjoy what is happening now but don’t understand the path of evolution. Nor care to trek backyards and relive historic golden eras.
The best way to preserve greatness is to appreciate and learn from it. When it happens, excellence deserves to be studied, maintained, and serve as a prerequisite to fandom or casual conversation.
Music lovers should be mandated to go backward and research before commenting on the greatness of the past. Current music artists should apply that same philosophy, paying homage to those who laid the groundwork for them to become millionaires and influencers.
MMA is a relatively new sport. There’s no excuse not to go backward and study the foundations of greatness. Sadly, nobody can enforce these invisible rules. And because casuals are the majority audience, the risk of all-time greatness being diminished to nothing will run rampant.