but they aren't facing the best if they aren't fighting on the biggest stage. you're changing the definition of biggest stage to refer to large audiences. i'm calling the biggest stage the one that pretty much guarantees that you'll fight the best opponents. i hear what you're saying by reading your replies to me, but it's a defeatist attitude imo. a lot of euro fighters made good $$$ by getting 'a belt', calling themselves 'world champion' and then milking it at home with a record that flattered them.