Lets be realistic about the titles, the value is diminishing because there is no real road to the championship. Of course the Champs are legit but the contendership is BS. And every chance there is, an interim belt is created for seemingly no other purpose than marketing reasons. In order to be able to say that the next huge pay per view is a champion vs champion match up. There's even a women's champion but no women fighters in the UFC. In spite of the lack of depth at the lightest weight classes, they continue to be added just so the company can say, we have a championship fight headlining the next PPV.
Chael may very well be my favorite fighter but he's getting a shot at the LHW belt? Come on. There is no credibility in that. Hendricks is one of my favorite college wrestlers and he is now one of my favorite fighters, but what does it matter if his title shot comes in 1 year as opposed to right now? In the grand scheme, what's the hurry for the fight? He's still learning, he's still getting better, the longer the shot takes to get to him, the better his chances. Weidman needs a shot right now at Anderson? First of all he's injured and 2nd of all, he just barely got his name out there. We barely know who he is as of this year and he has to have his shot at Anderson now? Those matchups can't wait for after a Super Fight?
Nick Diaz, I love that guy. Met him when he was 20 years old and fighting at the King of the Mountain tournament and made a great impression on me. Super nice kid and I love his style but we're trying to give him a title shot, coming off a loss against the guy who just lost against the champion? Belfort comes up from 185 to challenge Jones at LHW because Machida and Shogun refuse to step up? And now the next challenger to LHW is another 185 pounder coming up off of a loss???
Here's what the UFC has become. it's entirely about making money and selling fights first. If that means the right guys get title shots when they are deserved, so be it but if it doens't that's just fine, as long as the $$$ keep coming in. The arguing about Anderson and GSP holding up the titles and the contenders at 170 and 185 "deserving" their shots and are being "disrespected" by having to wait, is what inspired me to post this. Lets stop pretending like if these guys don't ge ttheir title bouts right now, somehow it affects anything in the grand scheme.