Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Hazuki Ryo, May 25, 2014.
Especially when he was defeated by both silva and Machida ?
He was a very good fighter. Never really a P4P great, but really good. Until the Cung Le fight his only losses were to world champs (and technically Cung was a former Strikeforce champ). So basically a notch below the really elite.
He was a working man's fighter. Not flashy, just got the job done.
I think he was pretty underrated, actually. He was in Silva's shadow for a long time, but was destroying fighters before that.
Terribly underrated and I don't think he's appreciated properly, he was 22-1 before the first Silva fight I think, with his only loss to Machida
Also only lost to former champs as mentioned above
He was never that great. He became champion in what at the time was the UFC's weakest division, and during a time when the UFC was still in a relative dark age.
He was a good fighter but there was nothing he really excelled at.
If I were to make a list of the top 50 best p4p fighters in history he would probably be found somewhere near the end.
Very good fighter who fought in a very weak division. He's pretty underrated to be honest. Even after losing the title he still got some very good wins such as Okami, Wand, Hamill and Chuck. He's top 5 MW all time.
he was aight.
Pretty overstated tbh. This "He would dominate MW if it weren't for Anderson" malarky is pretty strange
Great fighter that worked hard. He really utilized his strength advantage in a lot of his fights. Would be successful even today imo if he wasn't past his prime.
got the job done. ufc champ. fought for the championship a couple of times. defended twice. he was an excellent fighter.
While not a HoF candidate, I think hes the benchmark for HoF. If you want to consider someone for it, they have to be better than Rich.
Good enough to beat Wand twice and knock Chuck out. So pretty solid.
Good, but not great.
Good fighter, IMO a borderline legend.
How would he not be a HOF candidate?
He had a spectacular KO of Ken Shamrock only shortly after people suspected Ken was out of his prime
And he beat the hell out of JMac Prime and Quarry Prime and Crow Prime. These guys aren't incredible, but they were all very very good. And he outclassed them.
And while they were both past prime he beat Wand twice, beat past Prime Liddell. Lost a debated decision to Hondo Prime.
It's a really strong resume if you look at more than just the wins and losses
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