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.
you can't compare tim's decisions to GSP ... GSP wrecked Fitch for 5 rounds, BJ for 4, Serra for 2 or 3 can't remember, Thiago for 5 ... it's not like he pulled a lay and pray ... he demolished them ... after the monson fight, AA fight and even anderson's last two fights, both fighters came out of that looking like neither had been in a fight ... had that been the case with GSP's fights, i am sure there would be more for your case .. but fitch, BJ, serra and thiago looked like they were in a car crash ... if they were all wins like the GSP over Kos, well then i would be with you ...