Originally Posted by Old school fan
Hasn't Aldo almost cleared his division? What makes a champion dominant or not?
I would say a minimum of 5-6 title defenses within the UFC, depending on the quality of fights. I'm on the fence if Aldos WEC defenses should be counted or not.
I think it will be a long time before you have 'dominant' champs in the 125, 135, 145 and 155 divisions.
It's too easy for these fighters to move around in divisions, 10 pounds either way isn't a big deal for guys at this level.
I just watched "Fightville" the other night (really good documentary) which focuses on Dustin Porier. The kid fought at 155 the whole time he was on the local circuit, then dropped down to featherweight after just two fights in the WEC.
I believe there are two reasons for that;
1. No 145 division on most local circuits (not enough depth at that level to have those divisions)
2. He's not the biggest guy at 155, so the decision to drop down was probably easy.
He's ranked the #10 featherweight in the world, but I don't think he would have cracked the top 10 at lightweight this early, he was only 1-1 before he dropped down.
I think we will see a lot of #2-5 contenders at 155 drop down to 145 if they lose against the champion. Same at 145, if somebody loses their title shot, they will drop down to 135 and challenge for the belt there.
It seems too easy to move around divisions for those guys, and I see it being very hard to retain a belt.
On paper it looks like you have 4 divisions between 125 and 155, but with the way these guys can move around in divisions, it's probably closer to having one or two divisions with a lot more depth.