I am relatively new to MMA and the UFC. I recently watched UFC's 1-10 though.
If you could nominate a favourite UFC fighter from this era whom would it be?
The criteria for selection are not ability alone it is also considering their character and how/if they evolved. The whole package! Maybe even just because they were funny i.e. Art "one glove" Jimmerson. He tried a bit of grappling in training but decided just to stick to boxing and consequently faced Royce Gracie!
I am going to nominate Pat Smith. He came in as a kickboxer and got subbed in UFC 1 via Shamrock heelhook. In UFC 2 he came back with a new found respect for the ground game he subbed 2 of his 3 opponents and knocked out Scott Morris in under a minute before finally losing to Gracie in the final. UFC 6 Smith returned where he won Moncayo by rear naked choke-submission at 1:08. Due to an injury sustained during the fight, Smith had to withdraw from the tournament due to stomach cramps.