Also, Brock Lesnar.
Now you're talking crazy. The heavyweight champ didn't belong in the UFC? He had more succesful title defenses than Werdum.
A guy with a 1-1 record gets a title shot against an old man that beat Tim F’ing Sylvia for the title. Frank Mir didn’t get a rubber match in an age when there was almost nothing but. Shane Carwin unloading on anyone else cowering against the cage would have been a stoppage. He was a cash cow who got out before USADA.
I mean you can do that with any fighter's career, especially at heavyweight. Why was Shane Carwin UFC calibre? the Lesnar fight was literally the first time he ever went two rounds. Why was Mark Hunt UFC calibre? Sean McCorkle tapped him out in his first UFC fight. Hunt was winless for four years straight.
My feeling is Lesnar was gifted the title with matches against guys at the end of their careers.
Heath Herring didn’t fight again for 8 years, Randy Couture didn’t fight at HW again unless it was a spectacle match Mark Coleman and James Toney), Shane Carwin fought once more and retired. Once he couldn’t hide from the killers anymore we saw what happened. Turning his back and running. Looking like Ronda in their vs Cain. Publicity stunt.
Made money? For sure. Brought some new fans to the sport? You bet, but he didn’t pay the dues a guy like Werdum did to get where he got.