Originally Posted by LethalStriker
Any idiot can armchair matchmake, you all can't hold a candle to what Joe Silva does. Part of his job is to recruit and find new fighters and keep on building up the UFC roster. How many of you people knew who Roger Huerta, Martin Kampmann, Goran Reljic, Cain Velasquez or Yoshiyuki Yoshida were before they debuted in UFC? Probably none of you. And considering how much overtime Joe Silva had to work on the UFC 85 card proves the job isn't that easy. Anyone can write up a handful of fight cards on paper but getting the fighters to agree to the specific matchups, dealing with fighters having medical suspensions and all that isn't that easy.
How many fighters are out there in no-name orgs that would have done just as well? Probably 10X as many... There is tons and tons of talent out there; there just isn't enough venues to show case them all.
Besides, 95% of the fighters in under UFC contracts were brought in for the undercard fights. The ones who won are still around the ones who lost are gone... it's not like Silva knew that fighters like Huerta would go as far as he has gone. Almost every fighter they bring in from small no-name orgs. are undefeated with 6 to 12 fights under their belt.
As far as getting fighters to agree to certain matchups... Silva does not deal with the negotiations, Dana does. If Dana wants a certain matchup to happen (that Silva created) I doubt he is going to take "No" as an answer from any fighter.
Sure it isn't easy... for a career it's pretty damn easy and interesting compared to what most people on this board do for a living. There really is no good reason to bitch about it. If Silva doesn't like his job I'm sure there are over 1,000 qualified people ready to fill his position.