He's the only champion that has the public perception, based on any subjective metric, that would lose to other champions top to bottom. Most casuals even have the impression that even RRR would beat him thanks to the aura she's created. That's a hard sell in an already submainstream sport. I mean, think about it. I don't think it's (just) about size because Dillashaw is barely bigger but he gets the respect. He's 5'3 Dillashaw is 5'6. Most people outsize Dillashaw but they respect his tricky movement. DJ has no real generally recognizable trademark other popular fighters have. *JJ- intimidating pressure. RRR- tremendously swift judo and sub-game. Killashaw- overwhemingly efficient movement and finesse. Aldo- vicious vicious vicious kicks. /Conor- he speaks for himself. RDA- wellrounded cardio pressure. Lawler- Warrior. Weidman- beat the ufc goat 2x Cormier/JBJ- nuff said. Werdum- baddest man on the planet.. convincingly beat Cain, Fedor, Overeem, Nog, Bigfoot, Browne, Hunt. They all have something strikes natural fear into others, DJ honestly just doesn't have that. What makes it worse is many of these casuals are atheltic themselves and on average outsizs DJ by a lot. This obviously creates a funny situation where some casual fans feel they could give a championship fighter problems without having any training. Not good. It's a shame because he really is a fantastic fighter to watch and he puts on a great show for anyone that's paying any attention. He displays so much that we can learn from and apply in our own game. I feel he's gonna start a string of aesthetically pleasing fights with Dodson, then if he wins there's s.pettis, cejudo, super fights with Dillashaw/Cruz. I hope even if he doesn't get all the way to a superfight he starts to get some more love for his body of work. Too bad it's ironically his body that prevents him from geting the respect he honestly deserves.