Originally Posted by sandywh
Rampage is marketable was pushed. I personally think Nog was set up w/ Herring to lose. A lot of people though CroCop got setup for failure against GG, I'm one of them.
Herring and Silva came over early so they weren't held down. But look at Henderson. Put on the shelf for that long only to fight Rampage and Silva in his first 2 fights. Damn! I can understand not wanting to pay some of the guys their Pride contracted money, but why not get at least one fight from Hunt? or any of the other guys they let sit for a year?
I gotta disagree here man alot of the PRIDE fighters were set-up to be champions, think about it for a sec:
Rampage got a title shot in his 2nd fight after beating Marvin Fucking Eastman!
Anderson got a title shot in his 2nd fight after beating Chris Leben
Cro Cop was fed a HUGE can(bigger then Eastman) in Eddie sanchez and fought for the #1 Contender spot in his 2nd fight(GG). Did you really think CC was "set-up" to fail aginst GG? come on man be honest with yourself, that was one of the biggest upsets in MMA history
Dan Henderson came into the UFC and fought for the LHW title in his 1st fight then for the MW title in his 2nd fight
And NOG fought Herring in his 1st fight then got a title shot in his 2nd fight
I dunno how anyone can say the were"set-up for defeat"
Alot of them fought for the title in under 2 fights, everyone always says/said PRIDE fighters were better and dana wanted to find out,and we did, some were and some werent.
The only ones i could see someone making a case for being "Set-up" is:
Soko- got thrown to Machida in his 1st fight(When the hype was surrounding him)
Shogun- Fought TUF1 Winner Forrest, everyone thought Shogun would blow past Forrest so i dont think this was a " set-up" either, Forrest pulled off the upset
And Wandy- Fought Chuck in his 1st UFC fight, yea thats a pretty rough fight but there was bad blood and a fight that was 6 years in the making
Just dont think they were set up for failure bud, JMO tho:headscratch:
And PS: Hunt WAS offered a UFC contract but told them he would have trouble making the 265pound limit(i know i know hes made it before) but for some reason he told them he would have trouble making the weight so they said fuck it