Is the MW division weak or is Anderson Silva just that good?

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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?
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  • SistiSisti Posts: 5,312Free
    I personally think Vitor and Weidman are insane talents and would love to see that fight. Between them and Okami there are a lot of legit fighters there
  • _TUF1__TUF1_ Posts: 8,225Free
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    top 10 middleweights who changed their division, going for WW or LHW, prove the division is great, just not enough for Anderson Silva

    not only that but winning. Maia and Marquardt at WW, and Hendo. /thread
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  • BruteDionBruteDion Posts: 10,495Free
    It's insane stacked I think...its only behind LW and tied with WW....the top 15 of MW stacks up even if not better then WW

    Silva skill is just that good...he moves up a class and beat a former champ just removed at the time...has any current champ(at the time) in the ufc ever do that?...no

    Also its top fighters are all close to eachother cept the top 2 in Vitor and Silva...its not like LHW where the top 5 are so much better then the rest where no one can get a win against them....MW is very talented but also very well rounded in just how good everone is against eachother
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  • RodrigoRuaRodrigoRua Posts: 2,422Free
    Its actually a combo of both: Anderson is extremely talented PLUS MW division kinda lacks lil bit on real challengers ... as matter fact, Anderson will have to fight a guy who barely beat anyone (Weidman).

    Just dont get it why Anderson isnt fighting Luke ... champ vs champ ..
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  • SistiSisti Posts: 5,312Free

    Its actually a combo of both: Anderson is extremely talented PLUS MW division kinda lacks lil bit on real challengers

    honestly, i agree with this a little bit. weidman didn't beat anyone that worthy to get a clear-cut shot at the champ. i still believe LHW is much more stacked because of Machida/Tex/Gus all looking unbeatable. i think MW only has one guy who is extremely tough to beat as a contender and that's Vitor. after him, guys like bisping, belcher, okami are all great but not the same level as someone like Machida or Gus. just my opinion
  • SistiSisti Posts: 5,312Free
    on a side note, i'd love to see silva start consistently defending his MW belt. the MW division is fun to follow and i would like to see the belt defended 3X a year. a lot of fights i still want to see including silva vs. lombard/rockhold/weidman/belcher. i don't really care if it's one-sided fights, i just like seeing title defenses happen often
  • chonschons Posts: 3,366Free
    He is that good. IMO, LW > MW > WW, then a tie between LHW and HW as far as stacked divisions go. LHW is really only recently stacked with a few of the new signings. I just don't see the big deal that people make out of JBJ beating Rashad, Rampage, or Shogun. Machida and Belfort are really his only wins that mean anything to me.
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  • SistiSisti Posts: 5,312Free
    chons said:

    He is that good. IMO, LW > MW > WW, then a tie between LHW and HW as far as stacked divisions go. LHW is really only recently stacked with a few of the new signings. I just don't see the big deal that people make out of JBJ beating Rashad, Rampage, or Shogun. Machida and Belfort are really his only wins that mean anything to me.

    LHW looked way different before JBJ showed up. Machida was unbeatable at one point, Shogun looked like a beast after he beat Machida, Rashad and Rampage looked extremely good at one point

  • chonschons Posts: 3,366Free
    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    He is that good. IMO, LW > MW > WW, then a tie between LHW and HW as far as stacked divisions go. LHW is really only recently stacked with a few of the new signings. I just don't see the big deal that people make out of JBJ beating Rashad, Rampage, or Shogun. Machida and Belfort are really his only wins that mean anything to me.

    LHW looked way different before JBJ showed up. Machida was unbeatable at one point, Shogun looked like a beast after he beat Machida, Rashad and Rampage looked extremely good at one point

    Again, IMO, you are talking about washed up fighters. Rampage and Rashad haven't been "extremely good", in years and I expected JBJ to perform much better against them than he did. Shogun... he's kind of a scrub now isn't he? I already said that his win against Machida impressed me so... So, we've got people that JBJ beat performing like scrubs, meanwhile former MWs are tearing up other divisions.

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  • SistiSisti Posts: 5,312Free
    chons said:

    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    He is that good. IMO, LW > MW > WW, then a tie between LHW and HW as far as stacked divisions go. LHW is really only recently stacked with a few of the new signings. I just don't see the big deal that people make out of JBJ beating Rashad, Rampage, or Shogun. Machida and Belfort are really his only wins that mean anything to me.

    LHW looked way different before JBJ showed up. Machida was unbeatable at one point, Shogun looked like a beast after he beat Machida, Rashad and Rampage looked extremely good at one point

    Again, IMO, you are talking about washed up fighters. Rampage and Rashad haven't been "extremely good", in years and I expected JBJ to perform much better against them than he did. Shogun... he's kind of a scrub now isn't he? I already said that his win against Machida impressed me so... So, we've got people that JBJ beat performing like scrubs, meanwhile former MWs are tearing up other divisions.

    Shogun looked pretty awesome once he beat Machida, who no one could even touch before Shogun

    Rashad did decent vs. Jones, which says Rashad was a legit talent as well. Gus and Tex are looking extremely talented right now and running through everyone. LHW always looked stacked to me...there's also people like Phil Davis, Lil Nog, and Mousasi who has been flying under the radar for way too long
  • _TUF1__TUF1_ Posts: 8,225Free
    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    He is that good. IMO, LW > MW > WW, then a tie between LHW and HW as far as stacked divisions go. LHW is really only recently stacked with a few of the new signings. I just don't see the big deal that people make out of JBJ beating Rashad, Rampage, or Shogun. Machida and Belfort are really his only wins that mean anything to me.

    LHW looked way different before JBJ showed up. Machida was unbeatable at one point, Shogun looked like a beast after he beat Machida, Rashad and Rampage looked extremely good at one point

    Again, IMO, you are talking about washed up fighters. Rampage and Rashad haven't been "extremely good", in years and I expected JBJ to perform much better against them than he did. Shogun... he's kind of a scrub now isn't he? I already said that his win against Machida impressed me so... So, we've got people that JBJ beat performing like scrubs, meanwhile former MWs are tearing up other divisions.

    Shogun looked pretty awesome once he beat Machida, who no one could even touch before Shogun

    Rashad did decent vs. Jones, which says Rashad was a legit talent as well. Gus and Tex are looking extremely talented right now and running through everyone. LHW always looked stacked to me...there's also people like Phil Davis, Lil Nog, and Mousasi who has been flying under the radar for way too long
    rashad did decent against jones? :-O
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  • SistiSisti Posts: 5,312Free
    _TUF1_ said:

    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    He is that good. IMO, LW > MW > WW, then a tie between LHW and HW as far as stacked divisions go. LHW is really only recently stacked with a few of the new signings. I just don't see the big deal that people make out of JBJ beating Rashad, Rampage, or Shogun. Machida and Belfort are really his only wins that mean anything to me.

    LHW looked way different before JBJ showed up. Machida was unbeatable at one point, Shogun looked like a beast after he beat Machida, Rashad and Rampage looked extremely good at one point

    Again, IMO, you are talking about washed up fighters. Rampage and Rashad haven't been "extremely good", in years and I expected JBJ to perform much better against them than he did. Shogun... he's kind of a scrub now isn't he? I already said that his win against Machida impressed me so... So, we've got people that JBJ beat performing like scrubs, meanwhile former MWs are tearing up other divisions.

    Shogun looked pretty awesome once he beat Machida, who no one could even touch before Shogun

    Rashad did decent vs. Jones, which says Rashad was a legit talent as well. Gus and Tex are looking extremely talented right now and running through everyone. LHW always looked stacked to me...there's also people like Phil Davis, Lil Nog, and Mousasi who has been flying under the radar for way too long
    rashad did decent against jones? :-O
    better than shogun lol
  • wedo619wedo619 Posts: 1,265Free
    Sisti said:

    _TUF1_ said:

    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    He is that good. IMO, LW > MW > WW, then a tie between LHW and HW as far as stacked divisions go. LHW is really only recently stacked with a few of the new signings. I just don't see the big deal that people make out of JBJ beating Rashad, Rampage, or Shogun. Machida and Belfort are really his only wins that mean anything to me.

    LHW looked way different before JBJ showed up. Machida was unbeatable at one point, Shogun looked like a beast after he beat Machida, Rashad and Rampage looked extremely good at one point

    Again, IMO, you are talking about washed up fighters. Rampage and Rashad haven't been "extremely good", in years and I expected JBJ to perform much better against them than he did. Shogun... he's kind of a scrub now isn't he? I already said that his win against Machida impressed me so... So, we've got people that JBJ beat performing like scrubs, meanwhile former MWs are tearing up other divisions.

    Shogun looked pretty awesome once he beat Machida, who no one could even touch before Shogun

    Rashad did decent vs. Jones, which says Rashad was a legit talent as well. Gus and Tex are looking extremely talented right now and running through everyone. LHW always looked stacked to me...there's also people like Phil Davis, Lil Nog, and Mousasi who has been flying under the radar for way too long
    rashad did decent against jones? :-O
    better than shogun lol
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    I think it is a bit weaker than the other ones, but then you got to consider that there are guys who are at 205 just to avoid Anderson
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  • chonschons Posts: 3,366Free

    I think it is a bit weaker than the other ones, but then you got to consider that there are guys who are at 205 just to avoid Anderson

    And there lies the key, you've got guys moving up and down because they can't hang with the goat.

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  • chonschons Posts: 3,366Free
    _TUF1_ said:

    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    He is that good. IMO, LW > MW > WW, then a tie between LHW and HW as far as stacked divisions go. LHW is really only recently stacked with a few of the new signings. I just don't see the big deal that people make out of JBJ beating Rashad, Rampage, or Shogun. Machida and Belfort are really his only wins that mean anything to me.

    LHW looked way different before JBJ showed up. Machida was unbeatable at one point, Shogun looked like a beast after he beat Machida, Rashad and Rampage looked extremely good at one point

    Again, IMO, you are talking about washed up fighters. Rampage and Rashad haven't been "extremely good", in years and I expected JBJ to perform much better against them than he did. Shogun... he's kind of a scrub now isn't he? I already said that his win against Machida impressed me so... So, we've got people that JBJ beat performing like scrubs, meanwhile former MWs are tearing up other divisions.

    Shogun looked pretty awesome once he beat Machida, who no one could even touch before Shogun

    Rashad did decent vs. Jones, which says Rashad was a legit talent as well. Gus and Tex are looking extremely talented right now and running through everyone. LHW always looked stacked to me...there's also people like Phil Davis, Lil Nog, and Mousasi who has been flying under the radar for way too long
    rashad did decent against jones? :-O
    From my point of view, it's Jones performed **** against Rashad.

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  • SistiSisti Posts: 5,312Free
    wedo619 said:

    Sisti said:

    _TUF1_ said:

    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    Sisti said:

    chons said:

    He is that good. IMO, LW > MW > WW, then a tie between LHW and HW as far as stacked divisions go. LHW is really only recently stacked with a few of the new signings. I just don't see the big deal that people make out of JBJ beating Rashad, Rampage, or Shogun. Machida and Belfort are really his only wins that mean anything to me.

    LHW looked way different before JBJ showed up. Machida was unbeatable at one point, Shogun looked like a beast after he beat Machida, Rashad and Rampage looked extremely good at one point

    Again, IMO, you are talking about washed up fighters. Rampage and Rashad haven't been "extremely good", in years and I expected JBJ to perform much better against them than he did. Shogun... he's kind of a scrub now isn't he? I already said that his win against Machida impressed me so... So, we've got people that JBJ beat performing like scrubs, meanwhile former MWs are tearing up other divisions.

    Shogun looked pretty awesome once he beat Machida, who no one could even touch before Shogun

    Rashad did decent vs. Jones, which says Rashad was a legit talent as well. Gus and Tex are looking extremely talented right now and running through everyone. LHW always looked stacked to me...there's also people like Phil Davis, Lil Nog, and Mousasi who has been flying under the radar for way too long
    rashad did decent against jones? :-O
    better than shogun lol
    shogun Kod Machidabut Machida did better against Bones
    styles def make fights. machida is the oddest style in all of martial arts so there's definitely some guys who match up better against him than others. machida's the perfect style to beat Jones because he keeps a good enough distance against Jones' awesome reach.

    silva's worst matchup is a solid wrestler with ability to finish (basically jones)
  • waikruwaikru UFC PresidentPosts: 10,004Free
    The MW division has been strong for a while. Anderson makes the MW division look weak. The domination of Maia at WW and Belforts success at LHW should confirm this. The reason why he has nobody to fight in his own division right now is because everybody keeps getting beat by the guys Silva has already beat.
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  • GN_FDUGN_FDU Posts: 3,810Free
    Silva's just that good. Problem?
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  • waikruwaikru UFC PresidentPosts: 10,004Free
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    I think that the way people looked at the LHW division is a perfect example of a division looking weak due to its champion. Not too long ago this very forum used to tout that the LHW divison was the strongest division. Since Jones, LHW is now being viewed by many on the forum as one of the weakest.
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  • ThePack19ThePack19 Posts: 1,976Free
    chons said:

    I think it is a bit weaker than the other ones, but then you got to consider that there are guys who are at 205 just to avoid Anderson

    And there lies the key, you've got guys moving up and down because they can't hang with the goat.

    Uummm....no. You have JBJ at LHW. Either your gonna face Silva or JBJ, if they can get there. So either way they're screwed.

  • Yesterdays_HeroYesterdays_Hero Posts: 23,620Free
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    Anderson dat gud. Remember how awesome LHW supposedly was before Jones came along?
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  • bluesybluesy Posts: 2,841Free
    MW division is so good that when their fighters decide they wanna move up, they get an automatic shot at the LHW champ.
  • NyteRyderNyteRyder Posts: 9,437Free
    Silva makes them look like chumps. He's just too good
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    edited March 2013
    I remember when I first joined (2010), somebody had in their sig "Jon Jones will one day enslave the LHW Division.",

    Aaaaaaaaaand now it's happening. And he will continue. 4 Defenses already, to be 5.

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  • serb-1serb-1 Posts: 5,538Free
    are people actually still asking that question?
  • the_enigmathe_enigma Posts: 19,066Premium
    If middleweight was that weak, guys would move from lhw and ww into it, but no, all the middleweights move out of it... most of the time.
    ^ I agree.
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    serb said:

    are people actually still asking that question?

    haha yep, because 10 title defenses still isn't enough proof.
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    The division is poo
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