Originally Posted by Bork_Lazer
I agree with mostly everything you guys said, Im also not a big fan of fighters from different orgs coming in with an immediate title shot. But I also dont think that giving a guy with 3 straight wins a fight against someone coming off a loss, is good practice. I understand the level of competition is different but beating someone coming off a loss just loses a lot of value. And although there are exceptions to all rules I think that if you always do your best to place winners against winners and losers against losers, it brings a level of stability to the sport, which is something it really needs, given its dubious ranking system.
I have _NO_ issue with a current title holder stepping into a challenger role, as in the Hendo vs Silva/Rampage fights, but entirely too many champions have been passed over (condit, pettis, AO off the top of my head) for "unification" fights to have much legit meaning.
As for fighting guys off losses, if a fighters stock can somehow rise WITH a loss, how much loss of value can there be? GSP is about to fight someone coming off a loss, yet the tap-out t-shirt crowd seems to put a lot of value in that... Come to think of it, so is Aldo... and Jones....
Stability in this sport is gone. Its not coming back without some sort of unification in ranking, rules, and regulations with the promotions and AC's.