I think Anderson Silva is incredibly popular within the fight industry. I don't think you will find a single fighter, promoter, trainer or organizer who does think Silva rocks. However, when talking about fans ( much as i dont want to admit ) jcc78 has a point. In every conversation I've had with any reasonably noobie fan, the conversation never goes to Silva. If I bring him up, I get a Meh. As much as I would like to believe most fans know a thing or two about MMA... 90% don't.
Of course, on a forum like this where the majority of the posters know their shit, saying something along the lines of "Silva isn't very popular" ( in any context ) is being more than a little bit naughty and provocative! The response is bound to be sharp!
Your views, the way you present them, and your avatar... man, it's perfect! I really don't mean that in a bad way. I just hant help but hear Nixon telling me I'm talking crap. I like it! Sometimes more enjoyable than polite opinion exchanges.