First and foremost, congratulations to Shane Rice on his victory last night. It is not an easy assignment to defeat Mark Hominick...let alone to do it on a few weeks notice and to my understanding, being under the weather the past few days. Kudo's to Rice on the victory.
If you're Shane Rice, what do you do? The Options are more obvious than they seem:
Option #1 is to give Hominick a rematch seeing as Mark granted Shane the chance of a lifetime. Will Shane offer the same courtesy to Mark?
Option #2 may be just a little more personal for Shane Rice: Richard 'The Monkey' Nancoo. Shane wants a piece of the Monkey in more ways than this forum can possible imagine. I know this first hand. I don't know if the Monkey feels the same, but I know Monkey very well and he wouldn't back down (contrary to what many may believe). Monkey's knee is on the way to a full recovery and this SLW division just got a whole lot deeper.
The beauty of all this is simple: Shane Rice will be convinced to give Simba a rematch. There can be nothing better than a Quebec Born SLW champion for TKO. Rice gets a chance to avenge a previous loss, TKO gets the chance to have a Quebec born champion. There's nothing wrong with that, but that's what I foresee.
Let's not forget Diaz and Stout would love to get in there as well, and there are a few other guys I won't mention.
Although a sad news scenario for Mark Hominick and his fans, it just makes the SLW division that much deeper. The match-making will be interesting over the next few months for sure.