Originally Posted by Nobilis
You know- in any sport- I've never quite understood when people say this. Is it cause he is your fav?
No. But the UFC rankings and how they do their title match-ups kind of remind me of college football. Sometimes the guys who fight for the title came off of direct #1 contender matches. Other times its based on their record and who they have beaten. The UFC has done a good job of honouring what fighters have done before coming to the UFC.
Keep in mind, Pride Champions should be held in higher regard than, lets say a TKO Champion. Dana knows that up until this year, Pride was the #1 mma organization in the world in regard to talent. That has changed now but fighters like Noguiera, Cro Cop, Shogun etc, beat the best fighters in the world in their prime.
Big Nog has 4 losses: Josh Barnett, Fedor x2 and Dan Henderson in 1999. He has beaten: Heath Herring, Josh Barnett, Werdum, Cro Cop, Ricco Rodriguez, Dan Henderson, Bob Sapp, Mark Coleman, Gary Goodridge, Jeremy Horn and the list goes on.
Out of all his losses his only ones not avenged were against the #1 ranked fighter, Fedor.
Tell me, who in the UFC right now has beaten a better who's who list of fighters and who has done more to earn a title shot. (Sylvia might have earned a shot by default of being the last title holder.)