I read this post on my FB news feed today, the person who shared it is obviously a pro fighter in MMA, and no surprise, when I checked his fb wall he also loves BJJ and teaches it.
MMA fighters are always looking at Muay Thai and BJJ as the best "martial arts", and talk about how those fighting styles can destroy everything. They also share their thoughts on Muay Thai being the most violent, therefore the best striking system.
How can a fighting style be the best if it doesn't prepare you to defend or handle weapons? Weapons are the most effective tools for killing and hurting people. Not to mention the rest of things these combat sports don't prepare you for.
Hey, I have no doubt these pro MMA fighters could kick my ass given the chance, at least in hand to hand combat. They've been training a lot longer than me, and are in really good shape. But that doesn't make them real martial artists.
Here's what I've seen though, real martial artists, and not only real martial artists, but also, great martial artists are in better shape, are stronger, faster, more skilled, have healthier bodies, they are free from steroid use, and have mastered several combative skills and have trained in all aspects of fighting. Aside from that, they've also developed their minds and spirit.
Real martial artist don't need to fight, and also they don't need to prove they can fight, they know that for sure they are lethal, that's why they avoid fighting.