It is clearly a sign of Dominance. Taking little to no damage while dominating or finishing your opponent is a sign of p4p greatness.
Here are some quick facts/stats. Grading on a 1-10 basis.
1 being getting your **** kicked every fight
10 being toying with your food before finishing it off.
Renan Barao: Takes minimal damage. Got rocked once by Mcdonald, but finished him. Score: 8
Jose Aldo: Never cut, never rocked, even when gassed he avoids damage. Score: 8
Benson Henderson: Snatching the title from Frankie, and defending it twice he has not been rocked, cut, bruised or ever hurt. Score: 8
George stpierre: When he dosnt LnP he takes damage in every fight. His last 3 have left him battered, bruised, bloody and injured for 6-18 months. KTFO by a LW in his first defense. Fights LWs and calls them title defenses. Score: 2
Anderson Silva: Always clowns his prey then finishes. Sonnen hit him 600 times and he didnt have a scratch. Score: 10
Jon Jones: Finishes opponents, but has to try really hard. Incredible size advantage vs. all his opponents. Machida rocked him. Score: 7
Cain Velasquez: Takes little damage in Championship bouts, but was KTFO 2 fights ago. Score: 7
After careful analysis I'm gonna have to go with Georges stpierre as the champ who seems to get beat up the most. The guy seems to be the only fighter with an ice pack at the post fight presser.
But I will give credit where it is due, the only thing keeping GSP's last two UDs from the typical 'boring gsp fight' category were his opponents.
Which Champ Consistantly takes the most damage defending his title?
This is a public poll: others will see what you voted for.
Anderson Silva: Proof that you dont need PEDs to be the GOAT.