Originally Posted by NateR
As a champion, Matt Hughes has 11 victories. 2 of those were for the title (Newton, GSP), 7 were title defenses (Sakurai, Newton, Castillo, Sherk, Trigg x2, Penn), 1 was a catchweight fight (Gracie) and the 1 his opponent didn't make weight for (Riggs).
Of those 11 victories as the Welterweight Champion, how many went to a decision? Only one, his fight against Sean Sherk.
So, you'll excuse me if I'm a little bit spoiled by that and actually expect UFC champions to fight to win, not just fight not to lose.
I seem to recall Tim Sylvia putting on similar performances against Andrei Arlovski and Jeff Monson and everybody hated him for it. However, with GSP it's somehow forgiven.
Thanks for the figures Nate, well said.
Impressive as well, wow, one decision as champion.
I also expect a champion to come in to WIN, not just not to lose.