Originally Posted by BonesKnows
If he is going to come back, should the UFC strip him of his title and make Barao the real 135 champ and not an interim champ?
I think they'll have him fight Michael McDonald for the belt. They could have a 4 man tourney, and the winner fights Barao for the actual belt, which would be cooler, but probably won't happen. they could do a one-night two rounder and make me happy, but that's even less likely.
I think a craxy one-night two-rounder with McDonald, Fernandes, Faber and either Pickett or Wineland would be outstanding, and could move more attention to the Bantams. The winner could then face Renan Barao.
If you're moving from the concept of an interim--which many fans look at as "placeholder" or even "fake" belts to a legitimized, "real" title, it would be a great illustration of the effort needed to capture the belt and make it more prominent as a result.
Plus I'm a sucker for one-night tourneys. I'll admit I'm a tad biased.
Originally Posted by adamatfullers
I personally think if a title is not defended within a year it should be stripped. Regardless of injuries etc. The previous title holder should be granted a rematch upon return. And IMO this goes for everyone. Anderson included.
What about interims? I don't even think they should get a year. dana talked about Barao fighting McDonald a couple weeks back, I think that's the most likely...but I would say interim belts--which I hate, by the way--would be on an even tighter schedule than legitimized champions.
Originally Posted by NLRepublic
Due to his style of fighting (quick foot work) and due to his age (he is missing his prime years) this could cause for some serious trouble when he gets back
Then again, that was said about GSP and he looked fantastic when he came back
But man, GSP has 1 surgery, not two. And as good as Condit is, Cruz has a BEAST waiting for him in Barao... tough luck for Cruz, hate to read this
GSPs injury wasn't as bad as either of Cruz's.
Originally Posted by W.Silva>C.Norris
Didnt they already give an interm belt to barao(sp) after he beat faber?
They did. That's why I think we have a chance to see a tourney winner face-off instead of just giving Renan the belt: it gives Faber another shot, it pumps up the division and adds a bit of legitimate drama, and it can sell a couple PPV buys.