Something is very wrong with the game...
and it's the fighters' ratings.
I just played a classic Silva vs Franklin II, which had several errors, like, using current (well, at the time of the game) records (Rich had 4 losses, and Silva was 23-4), Silva reach appears as 75.5" instead of 77.5". Rich's pants aren't the save he wore at ufc 78, and the fight takes place in the Madison Square Garden in New York instead of Cincinatti.
I was expecting an easy win (playing at advanced instead of expert, I set that for my carree till I get used to the game), but Franklin destroyed me. I couldn't stop him, and my strikes didn't do much. I lost my KO in the 3rd.
Then I go to exhibition and check the stats.
Standing Strikes Offense (that is, punches and elbows)
Anderson Silva-> 71
Rich Franklin-> 82
I was like WTF?. Shouldn't Silva by in the high 90s?. He's the best striker in MMA!
But I checked a few more:
Dan Henderson -> 86
Bisping -> 85
Marquardt -> 72
Leben -> 87
Swick -> 79
McFedries -> 83
Wow. So many better strikers than Silva just in the MW.
I checked a few, randomly:
Brock Lesnar -> 85
Velasquez -> 85
Evans -> 86
Rampage -> 92
Machida -> 53 ????
Perhaps that refers to POWER, maybe, but there isn't any other stat for punches (except the defense).
So you wouldn't want to stand with Machida or Silva.