Originally Posted by osmium
Dan Hardy and Jake Shields are clearly the elite of the elite.
Maybe not, but did Hardy or Shields get beat any worst than Alves, Penn, Fitch? ... GSP fights the way he fights, whwther your style is 'first round KOs' or '5 round easy UDs', if that's how you beat the elite and the jobbers, then who's to say what opponents were 'elite' or not?
BTW: Shields didn't become "un-elite" until after he got his butt handed to him buy GSP ... yeah, probably not the heavly favoured in that fight, but he was the SF champ, had defeated Condit, and was undefeated to that point, which is a better record than Nick Diaz would bring to the game ... is Nick 'elite'?