I am curious what everyone thinks about this (please no geek arguing and getting worked up here). Do you think that the MW division has been historically weaker overall compared to the other divisions?
There's a few reasons why I think the division logically is weaker. First, people were always scared of Silva so a lot of the top guys decided to go into a different division to have a better shot at a belt. Second, Machida is an unbelievable talent and purposely is staying at LHW, which makes the MW division much weaker than it would have been. And last, just by chance, there has to be one division that has less talent than others.
On the flip side, does Silva just have such insane skill that he made the division look like crap? Think about it...if Silva wasn't there, someone like Franklin would have looked like a beast and would have been fending off guys like Vitor, Okami, and Chael in some great matchups. It could have looked like an amazing division. Look how great Vitor looked after he demolished Franklin. Silva brought him down to size like he did many great athletes. So which one do you think it is?