Sure a guy may lose a fight because his opponent is better than he is,and better prepared,etc. However,when you ask a guy,especially right after the fight,where they are more likely NOT to lie....and these guys say well.."You know i was hurt coming into this thing,or didnt have the best camp"...as a spectator you never wanna hear that something contributed to this fight not being as even as it could,but that dont make it any less true. Tim Sylvia said after he lost to Randy Couture that he had a bad back and it contributed to him not having a great performance...and watching the fight,i can certainly believe that. Could randy have beaten him anyway? certainly! but even though its not what a bunch of drunken fans dont want to hear doesnt mean they should be trashed for telling the truth. Now,some fighters are delusional,but this delusion is actually what keeps their career going,and sometimes guys get back on track in that way...so I think we shouldnt judge so harshly when a fighter explains himself,why he lost. They are constantly asked,and mostly,they are giving their honest assessment at the time.