Chuck I might give you, but not Rampage, considering that he got floored in the 3rd round, and were it not for Rampages ineptitude he would've been finished.
You keep mentioning the 'were it not for' and 'if's'. Nobody gives a shit about what might have happened, i'm more interested in what ACTUALLY happened, and what happened in the Rampage fight is Rashad outsmarted Rampage, got into a little trouble in the 3rd round, and survived to come back and steal the round again. That's the mark of a true warrior, imo.
And who did the mighty Jason Lambert beat in his win streak? No one in the top 20, that's for sure. And Bonnar, much as I love the guy, is much the same, his only notable win is Keith Jardine. Oh, and Chuck had a bad day against Jardine, yeah, ok, whatever. If you want to play that game then Forrest just had a bad day against Rashad.
If you're cool with discrediting other fighters records, then go for it. But Keith Jardine, Brad Imes, Stephen Bonnar, Jason Lambert, Michael Bisping and Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin aren't gimme fights. Then going on to beat T.Silva, Rampage, Tito Ortiz and the highly rated Phil Davis doesn't make you a non top fighter. That makes you an elite fighter.
So it took him 2.5 rounds to decide that he'd enough? I guess it had nothing to do with Forrest breaking his hand during the fight which allowed Rashad to finish it? Forrest just got unlucky and had a bad day, if he didn't break his hand in that fight he'd have won an easy decision.
Rashad remembered that he had something over Forrest. I don't know about Forrest breaking his hand or whatever, but I know that Rashad took him down the moment he realised he was out pointed, and then that was it. You're trying to tell me that even if Forrest had broken his hand, it would have saved him from the ground and point assault that Rashad put on him yeah??? Besides, it wasn't that bad, Rashad was outpointed yeah, but he was so confident in Forrest's lack of power that he stood and taunted him before taking him down in the next round and ending it. Easy decision? Lol, the harder strikes were thrown by Rashad.
And once again, you, yourself admitted that Rashad used a complete dumbass gameplan in both of his championship fights against Jones and Machida. You know, the one he just lost? And you have reason to believe he'll suddenly smarten up and execute a smart perfect plan against Silva?
Yes, Rashad used terrible game plans versus Machida and Jones. So, what, he's doomed to have bad game plans everytime he has a championship fight? He isn't capable of executing a good game plan against Silva all because he didn't against Jones and Machida?? Rashad often learns from his mistakes. He adapts, it's one of the reasons he became the champ. There isn't any logical reason to suggest he wouldn't have a strong game plan against Silva. Sonnen laid down the blue print, Rashad just has to implement the plan, and I think he could. Silva's weakness is Rashad's strength, and Silva may have the stand up advantage, but Rashad's ever improving striking and athleticism is less a gap than the grappling aspect of the fight is.
I respect Silva a lot, i'll never look past a man who has defended the belt over 10 times, but I have Rashad winning 7 times out of 10, at least. Just a bad match up, that's all there is to it.