Originally Posted by Dionysian
Rogan was trying to differentiate Wes and Frank and Tim from Pride HWs. They were bigger therefore new breed. Despite the fact Fedor would have murdered them all. They did the same exact bullshit with Carwin and Lesnar... appealing to their size queen demographic.
Cain and JDS aren't new breed at all. The context of new breed was size-related and Cain and JDS are the same size as Fedor/Nog/CC. In fact Cain/JDS also mirror similar skillsets to Fedor/CC. "New breed" never made any sense. It was just a BS marketing phrase to promote the UFC as being something qualitatively different when it wasn't (or to hide the fact when it was worse in fact).
I agree with this completely. My point wasn't to poke fun at Rogan for hyping Wes Sims, it was to show how silly this recurring notion of a new breed at HW is. "New breed" isn't just a turn of phrase, it is part of the just bleed fiction that whoever fights within the octagon at a given time is necessarily the best in the world. The best HW in MMA history was a short chubby guy. The most dominant HW today is a short chubby guy, and his only real competition is a short chubby guy with an identical skill set who moved to LHW.