A few days ago I read something that I hadn't given thought to for a while. Someone on some message board or other referred to the Middleweight Division as the 'Ugly Sister' of the UFC. It struck me that while no one mentions it that much anymore, it still remains a kind of underlying notion held in the blogosphere psyche. Why?
A few pointers. The MW division is home to the UFC's greatest striker in Anderson Silva, most dangerous Jiu-Jitsu practitioner in Demian Maia and (steroids or no steroids), one of the greatest wrestlers in all of MMA; Mr Chael Sonnen. Add in to that mix MMA's biggest heel Michael Bisping, all-time fan favourite Wanderlei and more recently the addition of 'The Phenom', Vitor Belfort and you've got yourself a fairly well-ticked checklist of what an exciting weight-division requires, haven't you? Still feel like I'm trying to convince myself.
I dont know what more the MW division needs to have to shake this shadow. I think the hype that the Sonnen Silva fight brought, and indeed the fight itself did a lot to bring the spotlight on the 185ers. Further to that the fall-out of PED-gate has kept that spotlight, albeit a dim, seedy looking one you might find at your local 'Vadge Palace'. Im also eagerly anticipating the Belfort-Silva match-up, yet I still get the feeling this is just a small flow of attention before an inevitable ebb of middle-child type neglect, when the HW and LHW divisions grab back the gaze of the fans.
Do people still think the MW division is the 'Ugly Sister'? If so, why? Your thoughts.