A recent trend in the UFC has seen fighters wait for title shots over taking fights to stay active. These days the welterweight division stands out among the others. A small handful of fighters are content to wait for UFC Welterweight Champ George St. Pierre to recover from his injury.
Even the interim welterweight champion, Carlos Conditt, is going to wait as opposed to defending his nice piece of metal. I understand why all these fighters are waiting for their turn at a title shot and I have no problem with their decision.
I guess at some point I bought in to the idea that true warriors will welcome all comers, regardless of the money or risk because they know deep down that they will be the next champion and no one can stop them, but anyone is welcome to try.
I’ll admit my idea of a champion may not be realistic. But then again, I just witnessed Erik Silva crush another game opponent. Silva finished Charlie Brennan by rear naked choke with his third straight first round finish of his career at UFC on FOX 3. The moment the fight ended, twitter blew up with frantic requests to see Silva fight a couple of the top contenders in the division.
The popular threads pointed at the fighters who seem to resort to picking favorable fights over contender bouts (Rory MacDonald calling out Bj Penn) and others who are content to wait for their title shot (Carlos Conditt). Once again I have no problem with any of these fighters or their decisions.
They should only care about what’s best for their families and careers. I’m just some jack ass fan, and I’m aware. But apparently I’m not the only one. Others are as nonplussed as myself with the situation and the best part is, a remedy does exist. The UFC in my opinion shouldn’t create stipulations for anyone holding an interim championship belt or make fighters take certain fights.
Here is my solution: Don’t give fighters the option of a title shot unless they fight it out – until one man, not two, three, or four, are standing at the top of the contender hill. Even more to the point, creating a harder path to a championship fight creates discussion and generates hype. If Carlos Conditt decides to fight Johny Hendricks tomorrow and beats him, then takes out Martin Kampann and maybe even Rory MacDonald again, who wouldn’t want to see GSP vs. Conditt?
Don’t give fighters the option of a title shot unless they fight it out – until one man, not two, three, or four, are standing at the top of the contender hill. Even more to the point, creating a harder path to a championship fight creates discussion and generates hype.
The best part about Erik Silva is that he simply does not care who is put in front of him and it’s obvious. He’s scary fast and calculated in his attacks no matter how spontaneous they seem to be. His actions flow and don’t require much effort to become instantly deadly. He simply dances around, finds a weakness, then over powers his opponent, creating deadly opportunities out of chaos.
I say give Erik Silva a top five fighter. Let him become the next hype train, and let’s see if he can clear out a division and give us a reason to watch another GSP fight. I doubt Conditt, Hendricks, kampmann or Macdonald will be nearly the threat to GSP as Silva has potential to become.