Originally Posted by lufcrazy
It doesn't necessarily make Louis 's opponents better but it does make run better he's actually facing his ranked opponents whereas Wlad isn't doing.
I'd agree that Wlad hasn't been facing top fighters. Thompson may have been a top 10 guy, Wach top 15 at best, and Pianetta and JMM probably make the top 20 at best. I'm a big fan of Wlad and I don't like that his current run is bad, unless Wach or Pianetta go onto bigger things but I doubt it. He really needs to start fighting the top guys again after Pianetta, I think he will but we'll see.
The 4 guys I listed of Louis's may have been rated higher at their time than Wlad's have been at his time. But, I still think Wlad's opponents during that stretch were better than the guys Louis was fighting. The guys Louis was fighting were able to crack the top 10 due to the division being pretty weak at that time and no way does someone like Al McCoy crack the top 20 today.