Originally Posted by Leucoethiops
Couple reasons it makes sense:
1.) For fans, styles make fights and this is guaranteed fireworks.
2.) For a business, Lombard was a big investment, with a lot of hype; he's expected to do more than coast thru the mid tier of the MW division. Leben looked rusty and sluggish, but I expect he'll come back looking better in his next fight. Being a household name, Lombard's stock can benefit from beating Leben; despite Leben having just lost by a lopsided unanimous dry hump. Conversely, if Leben comes back and beats Lombard, the UFC can reassess their investment.
You're right though, that in so far as rankings and contention, it doesn't make a lot of sense; but that's never been an issue for the UFC.
It's gotten so bad with the UFC, that actually losing fights earns you a title shot.
Very true, lately ranking doesn't mean shit and Lombard can definitely benefit with name like Leben on his resume if he wins.
I don't like Jds vs Cormier ranking wise but its an interesting fight nonetheless. But if Cormier beats him, it means nothing as long as Cain is champion.
I have a hard time seeing anybody beat the Cain Velazquez that we all saw last night, he was so relentless with his pressure and gnp. Overeem will definitely need to be careful with his knees against Cain.