I will say that Anderson was a very interesting fighter. I dont think I've ever seen a fighter who's been dominated as many times as they have dominated others. statistically, Anderson would either win big or lose big. Anderson was the epitome of match making. He looked great against gift match ups, and awful against bad stylistic match ups. There has never been a fighter in history who was as dependent on match making as Anderson was.
He didn’t duck anybody in his weight class during his reign. He was completely dominant until the first Weidman fight. The game just passed him by and Father Time got him. He beat the best in front of him for a long ass time
Anderson fanboys are the worst. Anderson was not dominant against Cote, Lietes, and Maia. Like I said, Anderson's "greatest performances" were all the result of "generous match making." Leben, Franklin, Forrest, Irvin, Hendo. These were absolute GIFT match ups to make Anderson look good.
Like I said, Anderson is the only fighter I've ever seen who depended so much on match making. In 1 fight Anderson could look amazing against a hand picked Bonnar. Yet in his very next fight, against a disciplined striker in Weidman, he gets humiliated.
Anderson can look amazing against a short stocky 1 dimensional wrestler in Hendo who only had a right hand. Yet then almost get shut out, in what wouldve been the most lopsided decision MMA history, by a better striking wrestler in Sonnen, who actually used his jabhand, and set up not only his rear hand, but his takedowns
Everyone use to thrash Bisping, and yet Bisping OUTCLASSED Anderson simply by fienting Anderson out of his timing, and working behind his jab, and double jabbing.
Everything I said was a fact that can not be logically disputed. Anderson fanboys are no better then Fedor fans who use to claim that Fedor mysteriously became "finished" the instant he stated struggling
He was dominant against those guys. He literally had Maia spinning in circles with leg kicks. The fights just sucked. Chael had 4 good rounds agains an injured Anderson and remember who won the rematch? Like I said, I was talking about Anderson’s title reign. He’s been a completely different fighter since the Weidman fight, cuz he’s well over 40.
Watching prime Anderson live was the best of MMA for me