I have seen GSP, Fedor, Rampage, Shogun, Lesnar, Aikiyama, Penn, Alves, Florian, Liddell, Saku, Bas, Carano, Couture, etc., etc., all receive harsh criticism from fans, also receive general disrespect and hate. But there is one fighter who has never gotten any o that from any fan across any forum.
And he is..
This is because
1) He is exciting. He has a style of punch, punch, knee knee, kill, kill, kill.
2) Does not back down. No matter how much punishment he takes he continue to come forward trying to brawl with his opponent. In his second fight against Hendo he was sick in the hospital with the flu the day of the fight, and still showed up and put up a war.
3)He is not afraid. He literally fight anyone! He put this on display when he fought a prime Mirko from K1, and an even stronger MMA Mirko in 2006. Also fighting Mark Hunt who was considered a top 10 opponent in K1 and MMA at the time.
4) Respect and appreciation to his fans.
5) His trash talk is sincere. When he hates an opponent, he'll tell you exactly what he thinks, but when he is indifferent towards his opponent, like with Franklin, he will be polite. Compare his trash talk to Tito's, who feels so fake when he trash talks, you'll see exactly what I mean.
Wanderlei is MMA's epitome of a model fighter that the fans want to see.