Originally Posted by Acoustic
Of the following list, Chuck's only fought and beaten two guys, a somewhat mediocre Tito Ortiz and a man I think was too old for light-heavyweight, Randy Couture. He was twice raped by Quinton Jackson, who's actually beat more guys in that elite top ten than Chuck - does that make Rampage more legendary? Rampage's even got a better win-loss record (percentage-wise) than Chuck...Does that make him more legendary?
Of course in huge part it's that most of these guys weren't in the UFC, but that's not enough to say that he can hang with them. He is less proven when weighed against the current top ten than Rampage.
Don't believe the hype people, don't believe the hype.
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION (205-pound limit)
#1 Light Heavyweight Fighter in the World: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
2. Quinton Jackson
3. Chuck Liddell
4. Dan Henderson
5. Wanderlei Silva
6. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
7. Ricardo Arona
8. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
9. Tito Ortiz
10. Kazuhiro Nakamura
Well, Couture's pretty much a rare breed, so I wouldn't say that he was "too old for LHW." Dude did pretty good in that division, but Chuck was his road block. Those were 2 nice wins.
Ortiz was still a solid fighter when Chuck fought him the first time, only losing to Couture by decision. He was on a huge tear before that, beating guys like Wanderlei, Kondo, Sinosic, Vladdy, & a sideburny Kenny. Dude was a good fighter when Chuck whomped him. Ortiz had nothing to offer in that fight, and Chuck knew that.
The second time, I admit, Ortiz wasn't what he used to be, but he still put up a good fight. I mean, he did beat Forrest, in a fight that I thought he (Ortiz) actually won. Not a bad win for Liddell.
Rampage, himself, has some really solid wins, sure. Chuck (Twice), Arona, Vovy, Randleman, Henderson, Eastman, & the Donger. However, this topic is about Chuck. I dig Rampage, the guy is a good fighter, and I'm not comparing the 2.
There is no hype. Chuck beat some really solid fighters, and that's a fact. Couture, Babalu, Ortiz, Mezger, & Bustamante would give anyone hell.
Blah, blah, blah, rankings, blah, blah, blah.