lol, 8 years and over 20 wins ago he fought guys without a wiki page to start his career. BTW those were bantamweights not flyweights. That's normal in modern MMA because everyone isn't a one dimensional can like they used to be and the UFC didn't have any lighter divisions. I have no idea why you are bringing up GSP when trying to compare divisions. He fought lightweights and cans for most of his career.
Look at facts and compare his division vs other ones in the UFC today and it's on par with the other divisions and better than a couple of them. You had a dominant champ, 3 fighters that are better than the rest, and then a few solid guys that would alternate wins if they fought each other regularly.
Of course DJ didn't fight guys with no wikipedia page. What I mean is if you start looking att what was the history of the guys who fought him, and the guys these guys fought, and go down the ladder. What you notice is that this tree is pretty short.
Let's just go back a few fights ago on DJ's record. What do we see. Tim Elliot.
Who the **** os Tim Elliot, and what did he do to get a shot at that belt?
He had previously fought in the UFC, amassing a UFC record of 2-4, and then beat 3 guys in another organization, two of whom are complete nobodies. That got him a straight shot to the UFC title.
Then we go a bit further. We see John Dodson. What had John Dodson done by 2012 to deserve a shot at DJ's belt? Well, let's look at his last fight before he got itt the first time. He fought Jussier Formiga. So what type of win was Jussier Formiga for a win over him to be followed by a title shot? A Guy who was just then making his UFC debut. That's right. DDodson's title contention fight was against a guy who was making his UFC debut and who just prior to that had been fighting unknown fighters.
The second time? Lining up wins over the likes of John Moraga, who also fought for the title, but 2 fights before was too fighting nobodies.
What i'm getting at is that if you look down the pedigree of DJ's oppone ts, you quickly find the bottom. Especially if you look at who these guys were at the time they were awarded the shot. Now you can claim they're just as good. But who's to know. The facts still show that the division is shallow: people find their way to the UFC title by facing almost nobodies. That shows lack of dept, aand is very similar to how Rousey's oppone ts were picked.
There's a reason why the depth of that tree is shorterr. It's because this is a very thin demographic. Male athletes that small are much more rare than male athletes at more average weights like 155, 170, 185.So when promotions try to built that division, they take what they can, because they have much less to filter from. That's not rocket science.
So yeah, MAYBE they're just as good, but that's highly unlikely. Because not only they're filter from a smaller pool, even an exceptional fighter in that pool will then be pushed by what iisprobably lesser competition.
And i'm bringing up GSP because he was specifically mentioned by OP as a guy who somehow erroneously found his way above DJ in the ranking. You can say what you want about the quality of the competition he's faced. I don't focus on what you think of them. That's irrelevant and ope tointerpretation. I focus on whatt type of competition these guys represented at the moment they were awarded their shot. Some were undeserving, but many were ranked pretty high at the time. He also u ified titles with strikeforce, and recently acqired a belt in a higher weightclass. one with, as Diaz would put it, "normal sized human beings". That's significant when talking about P4P rankings.