I'm fine with waiting if a guy has unquestionably earned his title shot like Weidman and Hendricks did (Hendricks didn't sit though). Vitor hasn't really done that, and he has too many question marks. There really needs to be a system for how title shots work. If the champ is busy, then the other contenders should know what they need to do to be next.
Example: Who ever is ranked highest when the champ is ready gets the shot. If fighter C decides to sit and wait for his shot (assuming fighter A & B are the champ & #1 contender & they are fighing each other), he should know exactly who he has to beat to keep his position. If fighter D & E are fighting, then fighter C should be informed, via some sort of points system, that he will be leapfrogged by the win if he doesn't defeat either fighter F, G, or H (just an example). If he decides to fight the lowest ranked guy possible that will maintain his position then he should be informed that if he is upset then it will take substantially longer to get back into contention (I like to think that this would safe guard against guys ducking other top guys). MMA is a sport, and in sports people/teams have to earn their championship chances. Vitor should be told that if he sits for 9 months (at least if he plans to wait for the next time the champ is ready to fight), & Mark Munoz (example) goes out and wins two more fights against top contenders then he will be ahead of Vitor. That way there is no surprise, no outrage, and no unearned shots. Imagine if the Patriots win their first playoffs game, and then refused to play in the AFC championship because they feel like they've already earned their superbowl spot. Does that sound ridiculous? If you answered yes then you would be correct, and it is just as ridiculous in MMA. Boxing and MMA are the only sports where it isn't clear what is needed to make it to the championship (college football kinda too sometimes), and that desperately needs to change. Unless people want a impulsive hot head to continue to decide who gets title opportunities.
Last edited by The Donosaur; 07-29-2013 at 04:03 AM.
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