Posted by corpsegrinder
Chuck beat tito twice too, should he retire?
way way way out of context. not saying he retired because chuck beat him, im saying he lost to a 205lb striker, twice in a row, then took a year off......
if you think that after a losing year, then a year off, and into his 40's, that coming back at a higher weight class, against a bigger, longer, taller striker is because he thinks hands down that he can win and wants the competition........you're being silly.
vera was the next guy in line to fight sylvia, they could have sold that fight
vera got greedy, and dana wasnt going to pay him what he wanted, and wasnt going to give him a title shot on the one fight left on his contract
dana was im sure working on a deal for CroCop at the time, but knew he needed somebody in the interim to fight Sylvia
he had nobody he could put in front of sylvia who would either make a good matchup, or that he could sell. nobody wants/is willing to pay to see sylvia/sanchez, sylvia/gonzaga, sylvia/kongo (after kongos brutal loss), and it was too soon, under the same circumstances, for alovski to fight him again........
dana needed a fighter he could sell, and randy was already on the payroll......
im not saying that randy isnt coming back for any reasons other than money/bailing out the UFC....but if he missed competing, stepping into the HW division just doesnt seem to be the logical first choice. he gives up too much size, fighters of his size have had a very hard time in that division lately, and im sure randy knew that crocop was coming back when he agreed....and there is no way randy wants to fight crocop...if he does well..the brain damage has already set in.......
is randy competitive? yes.....of course
is he one of my heroes? yes, of course
one of my favorite fighters? yes, of course
was the main reason he decided to come out of retirement to face a very large striker with great takedown defence and then possibly have to face one of the most brutal strikers in history because he felt the itch? no.........cant see it.
bail dana/UFC out thus ensuring more money by way of leverage #2