Originally Posted by The Donosaur
It amazes me how anyone can knock Chris Weidman's opponents. I guess I'm the only one that remembers things like him beating former middleweight title challenger/currently flying up the welterweight rankings contender Damien Maia, destroying a guy who was knocking on the door of a title shot in Mark Munoz (oh wait Bisping called him fat, so he sucks, disregard this one I guess), he is 9-0, he beat Sakara and Lawlor (not easy fights), and he took several fights on extremely short notice. I think that is more impressive that beating little nog (probably), losing to Bones, and beating Phil Davis, Tito, and rampage in his last five fights.
How are new guys supposed to get title shots if the same old guys keep getting them based on the strength of their whole resume. Sports are alot of "what have you done for me lately", and that is the way it should be.
I think the best way for young up and comers to to gain popularity/recognition from casual fans is to beat a former champ or a really popular fighter. Weidman hasnt done that yet; if he were to beat a Wanderlai Silva, Brian Stann, Bisping, Vitor, franklin (maybe not so much now), Cung le (after that Franklin fight); then his stock would be a lot higher.