Originally Posted by TBEAR
^^^^all the post above is what the article is talking about. Noone respects Frankie.
He beat BJ twice and is a hell of a fighter with real skills. If he is to fast moving for you to watch then try and figure out how to fight him. He is a hard guy to prepare for.
There is also no rule that says you have to finish a fight to be the champ....so I dont buy that "has to finish a fight" bulls*&T
There is no rule that fighters with talent automatically get respected and admired. Machida is a fighter with tremendous skills, but for the bulk of his career, he fought not to lose--he didn't fight to win. As soon as he scored some KO's, his bandwagon got a tune-up and a new coat of paint.
There are a select group of fans who can admire a fighter simply for the skill they employ in a fight, but a vast majority of fans--particularly the new, uneducated group that Zuffa pulled from WWE by signing lesnar--want to simply be entertained. They don't want to learn, they want to see guys stand in the pocket till one of them gets knocked out. They're not going to appreciate a guy like Frankie.
Frankie has skills, but they only become elite with his peck-and-run game plan. He's a smart fighter who doesn't take risks, which is a nice way to win decisions, but it's not a great way to win fans. As an increasing portion of the demographic focuses entirely on entertainment, he's not doing himself any favors.
I look at Frankie the exact same way I look at Fitch, or Sherk, or any of the other guys ignorant fans accuse of laying and praying. I don't watch their fights to be excited. I don't expect them to stand in the pocket, I don't expect them to take any unnecessary risks. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate their efforts.
For the record, Edgar lost the first Penn fight.