The Sylvia/Monson title fight is not getting much respect as a Main Event and I think that is fine. Both of the fighters deserve every fan's respect because they are fighters. When I hear people say that these two fighters are not getting the respect they deserve I think people mean they are not getting the popularity and hype they deserve. And they do not deserve popularity or hype at this point but they deserve a chance from the fans to earn it.
Part of it is out of their control, the quality of the HW class in UFC is awful (really going out on limb there, right?) and must improve if it wants to elbow its way into the spotlight with the LHW, MW, and WW divisions. The other thing that has to happen is that these two need to establish a personality for themselves. Brandon Vera is doing it by dominating opponents in short action packed (one sided so far) fights and being a likable guy in his interviews. I think the fans have been begging for Frank Mir to give them a reason to like him but he keeps showing up to the octagon pudgy and his comeback fights have been awful. If Sylvia (can't really see Monson caring) wants the hype and popularity it is up to him, not us. I already like him a little more after hearing about the pants shitting (the first fighter to visibly shit his pants in the octagon will never be forgotten and should immediately get a title shot at the next PPV), thats funny, and fans like funny. When all you have given the fans as the champion is one dissappointing title defense on a now infamous PPV and a pant shitting story(that the casual fan probably doesnt even know about) don't whine that you aren't on TV commercials running through the desert with a cold Xyience
and eating sushi with the Ulitmate Fighter guys.
All that being said, I wish the best for these two and hope they put on a fight that will start the ball rolling in the right direction for their careers and the HW class.
Last edited by Halebop; 10-13-2006 at 08:02 PM.