Well, I'll just start with this...
Posted by cowcatcher
If you don't recognize him as the GOAT to this point(Anderson is closing quickly on that), then you are as fairweather as they come, and that is the mark of the MMA fan in general.
I'm a huge MMA fan, followed it with passion for many years, and have seen most of Fedor AND Silva's fights as they happened. And I can honestly say I think Anderson Silva is the best fighter ever. So I'm as fairweather as they come, eh?
Honestly, there's a case to be made for each guy. I don't need to speak on their achievement, cause if people on THIS site don't know them, they need to play catch-up...I Respect Fedor tremendously for everything he accomplished. However, Silva was more impressive to me.
The key point to me is whether or not you recognize the UFC as the best MMA promotion. If you do, like myself, you'll recognize the Silva's reign of brillance came entirely within the UFC. Now, PRIDE was one of the top promotions for a while, and Fedor was champ for alot of that time. BUT...Fedor had every chance to go to the UFC to fight the best remaining heavyweights..but instead he opted for Mark Hunt (losing career record), Mark Coleman (twice, after age 40), Matt Lindland (a middleweight), Hang Man Choi (exactly), Wagner de Whatever..that gigantic flabby dude that tapped to strikes within 30 seconds...and so on.
Even after the started fighting Legit Heavyweights again he would pick and choose his opponets. Decent names, respectable names, but not the best in the world...guy who were past their "prime" like Arlovski and Sylvia. Then Brett Rogers who was basically right guy, right place at the right time with a fan friendly style. I don't know anyone who had Rogers top ten P4P.
After dodging the UFC and the Top Heavyweights in the world, he lost to Werdum and Bigfoot. It doesn't even diminish his value to me, as I still have him as #2. Also, I think M-1 is probably the reason for most of the hate, not Fedor himself. Fedor is the best Heavyweight ever, a legend, and will be remembered as one of the all-time greats.
Unfortunately, he'll also be remembered as the guy who Dodged the UFC every chance he got and had his fights hand picked to increase the likelyhood of a victory.
And THAT is where the Fedor hate comes from