Do you respect somebody like BJ Penn or Randy Couture more for moving up up in weight with mixed results. Or somebody like GSP or Jose Aldo who just stay in there natural weight class and consistently keep winning?
I actually respect them all pretty much equally. Bumping up a weight class definitely deserves respect, regardless of the outcome. Huge props. However, it's not for everyone, as everyone has different "physicalities", and/or different philosophies about how to do it. (just quickly packing on a bit of fat vs. building lean muscle & letting your body adapt, cardio considerations, etc.) I take it on a case-by-case basis.
Made me think - I actually do get bothered by fighters who fight at a weight class that (in my mind) is sub-optimal for them. (Big Country & later-career Fedor come to mind)
Fun thread. :]