Originally Posted by BonesKnows
I was told by many on here that fights outside a division / company dont affect a fighters rank in a different division. (example fighter X fights at heavyweight in strikeforce, therefore if he drops to LHW in the UFC he would be dead last in the rankings to begin)
Sonnen has the greatest beat down of the greatest fighter on the planet, i know thats not a title but in this case its gotta stand for something if we are going to consider stuff that has happened outside of the LHW division
I'm sure Sonnen's performance in the first fight and again in the first round of the following fight are a substantial factor.
DC is different from the usual guy coming in or dropping down. Zuffa owns Strikeforce and he's coming here anyway. The UFC was also sending a fighter to fight him. He's more of an insider than an outsider.