Originally Posted by roaddawg
Please punch yourself in the face for half assed reading. Both Rampage and Silva came into the UFC as relative unknowns to casual UFC fans. This is no secret to anyone.
Only you would disagree with that something that even Rampage Jackson said in posted interviews.... Let me guess you don't follow his interviews because hes black and knocked out Liddel?
See how I just shoved that racism back up your ass? Does it hurt? K thx
Rampage had recent memorable fights with well known fighters. Might as well say Shogun and Wandy were relative unknowns too while you're at it.
Fact is, Rampage didn't have the same level of fan worship that he did in Japan (he never has here and has publicly bitched about that a lot) when he joined the UFC but he was absolutely a big name and easily marketable.
Anderson Silva hadn't fought in Pride for years, his last Pride fight was a loss, and unlike Rampage had fought multiple fights in orgs since that many American fans didn't watch. More so, he had never fought anything close to the star power that Rampage had at that point in his career.
So no, the two did not join the UFC in similar situations.