Posted by UFC_Fanatic
Posted by SmileR
Posted by BelXavier420
Awesome, I'm not aboard the Weidman train quiet yet and think Evans could give Silva a decent fight.
Me either! Weidmans record doesn't scream number one contender.
Me personally, I think Weidman should have to fight one more top ten guy before he gets the shot. That said, Evans has no business whatsoever in my opinion, of getting the title shot ahead of Weidman. It's not a question of whether or not he is elite enough to warrant the shot, as we all know, he is an elite fighter. The thing is that he hasn't earned a shot within the division he would be challenging for the belt in. Maybe it's just me and my wild and crazy ideas, but I think you should have to, oh, I don't know, actually have at least one fight in the division before you get a shot. In my opinion, it takes away from the integrity of the sport, and it makes it feel more like the wwe than an actual sport where title shots are earned rather than just given.
I kind of agree that you should fight in the devision you're challenging for the belt in but it happens in all combat sports all the time and I don't see how it takes away from the integrity of the sport.
Mayweather jumps classes constantly, same for Pacman, De La Hoya when he still fought and almost any boxer worth challenging for a belt will do it.
I don't see why the UFC can't let Evans fight for the belt when he's without doubt earned the right to move weights and be consider a contender.
Since he beat Bisping he's fought consistent top 10 opponents and beat them all except Jones.
Weidman has fought 1 guy in the top 10 at MW and he's ranked 9th.
Maia who's now a WW fought Weidman and was ranked 9th, 10th or not at all by the majority of lists when they fought.
In all seriousness Belfort is probably the number one contender at MW after beating Akiyama (Not ranked top 10), Johnson (Ranked average of 8th moved up to LHW), Lost to Jones at LHW on 2 weeks notice and then came down and KO'd Bisping who was overall ranked 3rd or 4th at MW.
That aside the MW devision isn't exactly jam packed with contenders since Sonnen and Hendo moved up. So maybe they are trying to build up Weidman slowly since he's still relatively untested. Outside of him, Belfort, Evans (if he moves down) and Rockhold its hard to see a fight for Anderson they can realistically market. An Rockhold is only mentioned because he has the Strikeforce belt.
Evans is real threat he's quick, powerful, short and stocky wrestler who's held the LHW belt and went the distance with the champion a weight class above. I don't see why he can't be a number 1 contender and I don't get why people are going crazy over this.
Evans vs Anderson is 10x's the fight Weidman vs Anderson would be.