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wiggum - It's bizarre that people think that MM wouldn't test himself, but don't make similar comments about GSP, Silva, Jones or Aldo--none of whom bumped up during their title reigns.
Of them, only Mighty Mouse ever fought for a title at a higher weight class.
Andson did step up twice. Whilest not for a title i give him huge credit.
I know you probably ment for a title but i say that to make the point... i honestly dont think the ufc would have been into GSP or Anderson stepping up for a title back then. This was before the champ champ era. The ufc seemed to want to protect their champions. As if it were a loose loose and no matter who won someone's brand would be devalued.
That's certainly the impression i got at the time. I know BJ did it but i cant think of anyone else off the top of my head.
I don't think there was another example of a champ going up for a title shot.
Anderson's best opponent a weight class up was Forest.
Mighty Mouse's best opponent a weight class up was the reigning world champion, Dominic Cruz.
To be fair, Forrest Griffin was a former light heavyweight champion by the time he fought Anderson Silva. It's not like he was a nobody.
Responding to this post and to Grindonline and EKPOGI:
I did not mean to tarnish what Silva did. Silva is an all-time great with a better legacy than DJ, IMO. His win over Forest is genuinely impressive. And I forgot about the DC fight. But, by that point, Silva was at a far different point in his career. (Of course, so was DJ when he fought Cruz).
My point is simply this: (1) Contrary to what is commonly acknowledged, MM fought for a title a weightclass up from his natural weight class. (2) Like MM, Jones, Aldo, GSP and Anderson did not bump up a weight class during their title reigns to fight top-flight competition. Anderson fought Forest, and that's the most we can say.
Anderson finished both opponents impressively. Dj came up short.
Not taking a dig just noteworthy.
As far as him being mistreated.
I disagree. He got a massive push at the start. They did everything to try to get him to catch on. Probably for at least 4-5 fight when they started th fly weight devision.
To the point they were force feeding people with him as a headliner.
I bring that up because nobody mentions that but it's the absolute truth.
When they did all that and he simply didn't draw for shit thats when the animosity started. They wanted him to go up because they knew that would be the only chance of a fight that would sell. He wanted a guaranteed pay day of 2 million but had fuck all leverage in tems of what he brought to the table in previous sales.
The ufc was at the point of scrapping the devision it was that lackluster.
All that shit was between them and im not taking sides.
Personally i was soured by the initial hype and my general lack of interest in fly weights. It put a bad taste in my mouth for the rest of his time with the ufc.
The ufc is no angle though. They've fucked over plenty of fighters before. I'm not exactly going to cry a river on DJ's behalf on this one though.