One thing I still don't get about MMA is why are so many fighters pretty slobbish in the physique dept. Maybe there are other factors involved, but I know from personal experience that I feel much quicker at 8-9%bf than I do at 15%. If you look at the HW, Sylvia is a slob, Fedor is built like a teddy bear, and even guys like Nog are lean, but not cut or muscular. I understand that MMA is not bbing, and strength is not necessarily tied to muscle size.
But MMA is a sport with weight limits. Some guys, like Hughes, GSP, Tito, Franklin, etc, are always lean and ripped. But look at Liddel (though he looked better at 66), Leben, Ninja, etc. They have pretty horrible physiques. Couldn't Chuck drop some fat and have less H2O to cut come weigh-in? Couldn't Leben drop a weight class? The Alves/Desouza fight is a perfect example. Desouza could have cut a lot of fat before fight time. Alves was ripped, and even got busted for diuretics to get to that weight. If you can be a fat 170, why not be a lean 155?
Am I missing something?