i can honestly say that iv'e been in his corner since i seen him perform in the tuf series. he started out in wrestling like myself and had a below average stand up game like i had. tlking shit in a fight just comes with the territory as a fighter. ok so he show-boats a lil but who hasn't? as long as he doesn't call himself invincable then i'll continue to cheer for him. he's gotten alot better in his stand-up game but still needs to work on his stamina. i think it's due in part to muscle mass. larger framed guys seem to gas alot faster due to needing more ox to properly feed the muscles. anywho, he always shos respect to a fighter after each fight so i think that makes the pre-fight shit talking moot.
do some people not like him because he's black?? perhaps.
hell, i could name a few "other than white" guys who don't get the shine they deserve no matter how talented they are but i think it has more to do with the public not being interested , thus not having drawing potential. and sure, i'm pretty aware that the spider gets more than enough camera time but he's not seen as a black dude. that goes for most dark skinned brazilians in mma. now don't get it twisted and think i'm calling racisim in mma. it's more about drawing potential than anything. it just takes more for some to get the recognition deserved than others regardless of how good they are. two examples? kimbo and lyoto mash. both polar opposites. machita has an impressive record and is more than worthy of a tittle shot but since some people don't like his stand-offish fighting style, he's not much of a draw as someone with a less than impressive record who has a tinacious style of fighting like kimbo. kimbo draws more crowds but lyoto is the better fighter.
do some people not like hime cause he ko'd their favorite fighter? no doubt. but give respect where it's due. rashad is a good fighter with the potential to be a great fighter and i'm looking foward to watching the rest of his career.
"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." - Sun Tzu