Originally Posted by MarcusV1984
The point I'm trying to make is that Liddell fanboys were pretty annoying. Because the best 205ers at the time were in PRIDE. So he wasn't facing the best competition. Once those guys showed up, they mauled him.
This doesn't change the fact that Liddell had a lot of KOs and people liked that. It is really simple to see why he had such a huge fan base. You all are confusing why a guy had a huge fan base with your bias between Pride & UFC.
And Wanderlei Silva did nothing in this first run in the UFC. So, what is your point?
Besides Pride having a next to nothing penetration of the US market back then.