Originally Posted by Fat Antihaxxer
What about Machamp in Yellow ? You can have him with a trade with a Cubone before 4th gym (Cubone can be caught in Safari). Is he good enough ? Karate Chop + Low Kick seems interesting
That's true, there are also capturable Cubones in the Pokemon Tower so you can have your own Machamp very early with brutal attack. Low Kick/normal-type move of choice/Submission/Dig give it pretty good coverage. I do agree RBY wasn't the time for fighting-types to shine though.
I also feel that the Yellow list in particular could be revised with the knowledge that Super Rod nets far higher-levelled Pokemon than those you can catch in Red/Blue. Low is just unfair for Shellder for instance, as you can capture it at lv. 40 with a Super Rod before Koga and instantly evolve it with a Water Stone. Its base stats are great, it can Surf and Ice Beam, and it actually takes special hits just fine in this one generation. High tier material I say.