Originally Posted by rockybalboa25
You are talking about getting started. Aoki is not getting started; he is well into his career. GSP fought his way up and then took on the best in his division. Aoki started fighting cans, and then went on to fight guys who were descent. Other than Melendez he has yet to fight top guys, so he doesn't deserve to be top 5. Aoki never beat any of those other fighters to propel him stardom. I don't think you can consider BJ a stepping stone either. Edgar won the title not used him to climb through the ranks, which is what a stepping stone is. If Aoki was young in the sport and looking to fight top competition that would be one thing, but a guy like that isn't considered top 5 in his weight class.
look at Aoki 1st 15 fights. You mean to tell me the Soti, Mach, Hansen and Kuuchki twice isnt tough compition.
And you guys have an Elitist attitude about whos tough compitition and whos not. IMO is fair ground. Like i said before, if Japan has LESSER compition, why dont fighters from the US come and prove them wrong? Because they fail most of the time and vice versa. No country has better fighter than the other. And i dont see why America is acting so damn high and mighty when most of there champs are Brazillian