Originally Posted by rivethead
That's the crux of it.
Some people accept this bullshit as an inevitability, or can convince themselves that Anderson is different from everyone else in the sport, and some people can't.
I'm one of the latter.
I'd actually rather have Anderson retire than fight six more years of cherrypicked bouts, and I say that as an Anderson fan.
You see fighting Bones as a cherrypicked bout? Isn't Bones a far more distinguished and seemingly more difficult opponent than Weidman?
The title should be defended regularly, but if there isn't a distinguished #1 contender then forcing a champ to fight inferior & opponents is both bad business & bad for the sport. How are fights like Silva-Maia, Silva-Leites, or GSP-Hardy a good thing?
Originally Posted by The Donosaur
I disagree completely and your comparing only their last two fights which completely discounts Weidmans other wins on his winning streak. If Bisping wins (which I would be willing to bet that he won't) he will be the number 3 contender.
The basic problem with everything is that title don't get defended often enough, and Silva is the poster boy for it.
Their last 2 fights are the only ones that mean anything. How are Weidman's previous bouts worth anything more than Bisping's? Winning streaks are irrelevant when they come against sub-par competition. It's not like Tom Lawlor, Jesse Bongfeldt, & Alessio Sakara are any better than Mayhem Miller, Jorge Rivera, Yoshihiro Akiyama, & Dan Miller. In fact, I'd say that on average Bisping has faced far superior competition over the last 3 years. Bisping has only lost one of his last 6 (7 if he beats Vitor) & that was against Sonnen in a razor close decision.
I totally agree that the titles don't get defended often enough (I think GSP & Carlos Condit were posterboys for that). However, I'd much rather see Anderson in competitive fights than defending his title against far inferior opponents that haven't distinguished themselves like Maia & Leites. If the competition doesn't appear to be available at 185 then Silva should be allowed fight elsewhere.