Originally Posted by Javy Pornstache
I certainly would agree he wasn't one of the BEST fighters of all time, but one of the biggest stars. Of course Tito dominated an era where MMA wasn't nearly as popular as it is today, and fighters weren't crosstrained nearly as well, if at all. I know he wouldn't have had the long title run he did if he won it in, say, 2006, let alone 2012. I don't think there is much of a dispute about his status as one of the biggest stars of all time, he's one of the fighters that's crossed over into some mainstream and popculture notoriety, and the gate numbers and PPV numbers he drew over the years would certainly attest to that. He was unquestionably the most popular UFC fighter until the sport blew up with the popularity of Liddell and Couture. And he did something of a "heel turn" playing off of those two in particular, being in the same division. I'm not even a huge Tito fan, but just how I see it, as someone who's been a fan of the sport from the "in the dark" days of SEG-owned UFC when tape-trading was about the only way to see it and PRIDE for a while.
I watched the first UFC live on tv and rented the next handful from a local video store. Ah, the good ole days. Tito was popular, but I never really understood why. Never really was a fan of the guy.