I'd love to see Evans at MW but no one should get an immediate title shot in a new division (with the exception of champion superfights). Not Sonnen, not DC, not Evans.
That said, Evans' wrestling is fantastic and he poses huge problems for Silva if his chin holds. But I don't think it does.
Originally Posted by rampage9712
He was quoted as saying, ask Dana and Lorenzo...:
Umm, he was quoted as saying "I need to talk to Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta]." You really have a tough time with reality when it comes to Anderson...
Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher
I say Weidman is more of a contender than Lombard. Lombard is 1-1 in the UFC. I dont care about his long list of wins... Not really any impressive names on that list, notable names but not any top ten names.
I would also say Wiedman is more of a contender than Rockhold. But, the Rockhold fight is understandable as he was the SF champ.
I agree Evans has beaten a list of legends and would be a huge threat to Silva. I agree Evans career has been more impressive than Weidman.. but Weidman has worked his way up the MW ladder. Evans has never fought at MW. Give him a fight to make sure the weight cut would be ok for him and if he wins that, give him Anderson (if Silva beats Weidman, which he most likely will).
I just have a hard time with someone who had never fought at a certian weight just walking into the div and a title shot.......
^ This. And the other reason I want guys to take a fight before the title fight in a new division is that it shows commitment. I don't like the idea of higher ranking guys just floating around trying to get a new title fight. If you go to a division and fight the champ, you should have some intention of staying there win or lose. Otherwise it makes it too messy to define contenders.
That said, as I've noted elsewhere, I think Weidman should have to fight one more after coming back from an injury. So I'm not sure who I want to see Silva fight in the meanwhile.
Silva has said he wants time off, so that could work. Or maybe a title unification fight with Rockhold. Not a great fight, but justifiable.