Posted by NME
The problem is: what if Babalu beats Shogun again? You have a guy who defeated a guy who may be the consensus best fighter in the world at 205lbs. who is without a contract.
Then you would be in a situation where your next big star has lost to a guy, would have no chance to avenge the loss, and the guy who beat him would either head to EXC/BODOG/wherever to cash in, or hold up UFC for a king's ransom.
If you give Babalu a can and he wins, he'd either re-sign or walk. If he walks, no harm done, because he beat a scrub. If he re-signs, he has more credibility to add to the storyline of the rematch against Shogun.
And if you give Babalu a can and Babalu loses, that's three straight losses in UFC and that about wraps it up for him. And at that point the can who beat Babalu would be on his way in the light heavyweight division.
I don't think we'll see too much 'bringing up' fighters in the UFC for long... I know that one of the biggest downfalls of boxing is that they don't have enough compelling matchups. There are always one-sided record-padding fights... I've heard Dana talk about it, and don't think that the UFC will go in that direction.
Maybe it's a little too early to say this, and your probably right, but I think the guys in the UFC's office, know that not a lot of people want to see Shogun fight an easy fight... The guy's made his bones, and deserves to fight better, much like Fedor. Let the fighters build a fanbase the oldfashioned way, by just going in there and kicking ass...
You're right about the contract thing though... But I would think that Sobral would sign right away if he beat Shogun again... He probably wouldn't have to fight Chuck for the title again, and could possibly finally get that UFC strap around his waist.
It's a tough call... I really hope they give Shogun someone that will challenge him... Otherwise it can end up a lot like Richie said about Babalu vs Lambert... What's worse having an upand comer lose to an established fighter or to an unkown?