Jake95 - If GSP lost to Anderson, then went on a 6 year streak with no losses and set the record for title defenses, you bet your ass people would still have him in GOAT discussions. They'd say weight classes exist for a reason.
No discussion of GOAT for Demetrious. People who say other wise are illogical. If Anderson beat GSP then I guarantee GSP wouldn't be in the GOAT running.
Cruz is at best considered top 5-10, so why the hell should DJ be GOAT if he lost to Cruz? He's definitely not the best fighter in the world either. Cruz showed that.
Coincidentally, this is what people point out about DJ-Cruz. Not even gonna delve into the crazy notion that fighters might actually improve after 6 years, which seems a positively unreasonable idea to you.
Please don't compare GSP compition to DJ. DJ is 125 pounds and his talent pool is shit along with the complexicity of the fighters he's fought.
Sorry but only Joseph was his big name win at 125. Everyone else was just there to take a beating.
Name me one opponent of DJs that was on the level of GSPs compition
I'd put Dan Hardy and Matt Serra up against some of DJ's wins, quality wise. Not to mention Uncle Creepy, who was the undisputed #1 Flyweight at the time Johnson beat him.
You gotta realize that GSP had the added benefit of welterweight fighting in a well-established division with recognizable fighters who had been in the UFC for years by the time he came along. DJ, Joe B, and Dodson were some of the only guys who had fought in the UFC before the Flyweight division was introduced, and Johnson's been the champ since.
Look, I don't find most Mighty Mouse fights to be super entertaining, but trying to act like the guy isn't one of the best to have ever done it is silly. Just admit you don't like smaller fighters, it's fine, plenty don't, but these mental gymnastics I see people do to justify their dislike is ridiculous.