Originally Posted by roaddawg
I understand where you are trying to go with this but I think that assumption isn't fair to Rockhold and should in noway deminish the importance and integrity of his title. If the roles were reversed and Silva went to SF mw with the UFC title he would equally deserve 1st dibs at Rockholds belt.
Ofcourse I say all this with the assumption that the SF fighters are equally skilled. For example I wouldn't make the assumption that Shogun is better than Mousasi or that Cain V is better than Josh Barnett.
In the eyes of fight fans Luke Rockhold is still coming into the UFC as the last SF mw champion that never lost his title. I view the whole situation like Hendo Vs Rampage and we all know how that turned out.
Hendo came from a company that was perceived to be on the same level as the UFC.
I guess I just don't put too much stock in Strikeforce titles because of the company's lack of depth and low entry standards.
Remember when Overeem won the Strikeforce HW title... and then didn't defend it for 2 and a half years?